Welcome to Year 4
During this topic and the children will be finding out lots of interesting facts about Tropical Rainforests. These will include:
➢ What defines a rainforest?
➢ Where in the world they are and why they are there.
➢ The layers of a tropical rainforest, which plants grow there and who has a home there.
➢ The people of the rainforest.
➢ The rainforest under threat and what can be done to save it
As always, the topic focus will provide varied writing opportunities, including: a balanced argument looking at the positive and negative points of deforestation and creating a fact file about endangered animals of the rainforest.
Our initial focus is syllabic poems where we’ll be using contemporary Japanese popular culture, including Pokemon to frame our study of haikus and write our own. We will be using rainforest stories ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry and ‘The Shaman’s Apprentice’ also by Lynne Cherry to explore the issues confronting indigenous people and the environment and creating our own stories based upon similar events.
Our non-fiction focus will include persuasive writing. The children will be thinking about cherishing the rainforest and persuading others to do so too. We will be using ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’ by Jeannie Baker to identify key aspects of a persuasive text. We will then look at ‘The Vanishing Rainforest’ by Richard Platt (written in 2003) and carry out some research to find out what has happened since and question whether things are getting better. The children will use this to inform their own piece of persuasive writing.
We will begin the term continuing our work on decimals; writing, comparing, ordering, and rounding decimals. We will then move our focus to money and the children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of pounds and pence before being introduced to decimal notation for money. The children will learn to order money represented in the same format before looking at totals that include mixed pounds and pence and totals represented in decimal notation. They will learn to round amounts of money written in decimal notation to the nearest pound. We will then move onto developing our understanding of telling the time, with particular focus on a.m. & p.m., 24 hour clock and analogue to digital. Our focus on statistics will feature how to use bar charts, pictograms and tables to interpret and present discrete data and the children will be introduced to line graphs. In shape, we will be looking at identifying, comparing and ordering angles. Our shape work will continue to classify triangles using the names ‘isosceles’, ‘scalene’ and ‘equilateral’ triangles and naming quadrilaterals including a square, rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram and trapezium, describing their properties and highlight the similarities and differences between different quadrilaterals.
The children will be focusing on ‘living things and their habitats’ in relation to the rainforest environment, their own environment, climate change, impact of change and how to help the habitats to create a positive impact. They will also be looking at ‘animals including humans,’ beginning by looking at the teeth as the first stage of the digestive system before beginning to understand the human digestive system further as they consider what happens to their food, what the small intestine does and what we can learn from a poo! They will also interpret food chains and discuss the impact of changes to a chain.