Mrs Roberts' Class 2020/21
This half-term, year 4 will be taking a trek into the depths of the rainforest. They will discover where the rainforests are located, what they are like, who lives in rainforests (including animals, plants and indigenous peoples) and much more, through lessons across several curriculum areas.
We will be reading The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them …
• Finding out what a Tropical rainforest is and where they are found.
• Locating rainforests on a world map as well as the Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer and equator. By the end of the topic, children should be able to name continents and countries that have areas of rainforest.
• Exploring the layers of vegetation in a rainforest, what the layers called and what their features are. They will find out what kind of animals live in the layers.
• Finding out about the people and settlements of the rainforest and their way of life.
• Identifying the different parts of rainforest plants and their uses.
• Identifying a variety of animals from the Amazon rainforest, describing what an animal is like based on a variety of characteristics.
• Food chains will be identified in the Amazon rainforest and terms explained such as producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. The children will create food chains to see feeding relationships in the Amazon rainforest.
• Rain forest animals will be drawn in detail.
• We will explore and replicate the art of Henri Rousseau. We will also design, make and evaluate a rainforest animal mask, making decisions about materials, tools and colours.
• Design, make and evaluate a poison dart frog beanbag.
• Design, make and evaluate a rainforest information book with moving parts.
Spring Term 2
Bile, Burps and Bottoms
We will be reading, ‘The Demon Dentist ’ written by David Walliams
Science Animals, including Humans
We will also be looking at types of teeth and their functions and how to look after them. We will also be finding out how the digestive system works.
We will also be naming and locating counties and cities of the United Kingdom.
We will be finding out where some of our food comes from.
We will be preparing healthy recipes by using ingredients hygienically and using appropriate utensils.
We will be reminding ourselves of the Easter story.
Summer Term 1
The Ancient Egyptians
Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll and The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Understand what was important to people during ancient Egyptian times.
- Compare the powers of different Egyptian gods.
- Raise questions when confronted with an artefact in order to understand more about this ancient civilisation and select information that is useful in understanding the use of hieroglyphs as a form of communication and recording.
Finding out about where Egypt is and the
Importance of the River Nile.
Describe sounds around them.
- Identify high and low sounds.
- Identify loud and quiet sounds.
- Observe how different sounds are made.
- Describe how sounds change over distance.
- Participate in an investigation to find the best material for absorbing sound.
- Answer questions based on their learning using prompts.
- Create a musical instrument that will play different sounds.
Design and make Egyptian artefacts
Summer Term 2
We will be reading, ‘Charlotte’s Webb ’ written by E.B. White and
‘Tuesday’ by David Weisner
We will recap our knowledge of plants, animals and habitats and learn about ecosystems.
We will classify the diet of animals and find out why producers are so important. Finally, we will construct food chains and food webs
We will begin by learning about different types of maps and their purposes. We will also learn how to use four figure grid references to find locations on a map. Creating sketch maps will also be part of our studies. Finally, we will act as geographers to develop an enquiry question.
Art: Environmental Art
We shall look at using nature as our medium for transforming outdoor areas and partake in some foraging. We shall think about the fleeting beauty of the natural world. We will learn different yarn bombing techniques that will transform our streets and local areas in ways to make our audience smile!
Exploring the world from a different viewpoint will also be part of our studies - creating miniature installations.