Saturn (Year 4)

Saturn Class Summer 2018 

Underneath the Canopy!

Together we will be exploring the fascinating environment of the world’s Tropical Rainforests.

We will be answering the following questions:-

  • Where are the world’s Tropical Rainforests?
  • How are they distributed across the Globe? In which Tropics and Countries do these forests flourish?
  • What are the conditions within the Rainforests?
  • How does the climate in the Rainforests affect the wide variety of plant and animal species living there? How are animals and plants adapted to this environment?
  • What are the four distinct layers of the Rainforest?
  • What is life like for people living in a Rainforest environment? How have the indigenous people survived?
  • What is happening to the Rainforests today? Why is this and how can they be preserved?

Some subjects will be taught separately, but cross circular links are made where possible.

Literacy will involve a range of opportunities, with an emphasis upon editing.

  • We will research, plan, and share fact files about creatures of the Rainforest.
  • Reproduce speech to show an understanding of the threats to all creatures living in the Rainforest, based upon The Great Kapok Tree.
  • Read and perform Rainforest poetry.
  • The children will write a narrative of a Rainforest adventure based upon books we have shared.
  • Whilst discovering what tribal life is like in the Rainforests the children will write a comparative piece – compare tribal life to our daily lives.
  • Persuasive writing will be undertaken focusing upon preserving the vanishing Rainforest.
  • The children will prepare role-play situations acting out interviews discussing the threats to the Rainforest. There will be many opportunities for discussion, with children encouraged to offer opinions and justify their reasons.

Reading will remain at the heart of our learning with extensive exploration of non- fiction texts also the children will combine daily Guided Reading sessions with comprehension lessons. The focus will be on fluency and understanding of inference and authorial techniques. They will continue to develop their sentence level and grammar skills. Grammar lessons will focus upon paragraphing, sentence styles, punctuation and improving editing skills. Weekly spellings will be taught, and must be practised at home.

Science –  We will also learn about living things and their habitats, recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things. We will be learning more about environmental change and how this can affect living things. The children will be learning more about sound, recognising that vibrations from sound travel through different materials before being heard by the ear. We will investigate how different sounds are made and how volume and pitch can be altered, linking this to learning in music.

Art/ DT– use sketchbooks to record their observations of the variety of life in the Rainforests. Butterflies, lizards and geckos will be studied and realistically reproduced. They will design and make their own creature with adaptations suitable for a layer of the Rainforest.

Computing – We will be using the internet for research purposes, considering how to check the reliability of information on websites. We will use word processing to create, store and manipulate information to present fact-files and a rainforest glossary.

French – Children will continue to develop their vocabulary which will inform their understanding of spoken French, as well as practising their own verbal skills. Through exploring texts, they will develop their ability to read and write in French, as well as making links and comparisons between cultures and languages.

Music – This term we will be learning rainforest songs and using percussion as an accompaniment. We will be exploring pitch, and relating what we know from learning the ukulele to work in music and science.

Personal Social and Health EducationJigsaw – Changing Me:-We will further explore relationships, focusing on ways to ensure we have healthy friendships. Children will also learn about ways in which our bodies develop through childhood and adolescence.

 Physical Education – athletics, cricket and rounders. Children will learn and practise to improve their skills with regard to throwing different objects, and running – to include long distance, hurdles, sprinting and relay. Batting, bowling and fielding skills will be learnt and applied and developed in games.

 Religious Education– We will be discussing different rites of passage and how faith and religion influence the way these are marked, with particular focus upon Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah in Judaism.

Homework – weekly spellings and continued multiplication                                                                                                      tables practice. We will set a half term project linked to what                                                                                                        we have been learning in class.

How you can help your child in Saturn class
Reading is so crucial across the whole of the curriculum, the more reading with and encouragement you offer your child the better! Please ask them what they are reading, chat about the stories and information they are interested in. Also visits to the local library to stimulate their interests will really help. Come and see us, or ask a librarian for ideas for engaging texts.

Quick mental maths games, especially those helping your child to learn their tables and number bonds. Remember – by the end of year 4, children should know all multiplication tables to12 x. Handwriting practice is beneficial for children developing their joined script.

Please do come and ask if you have any queries at all!

Thanks for visiting :-)

Miss Wall, Mrs Smith and Mrs White