Spring Term 2 2020
This term, the children will be continuing to learn about the Rainforest.
We are going to learn where in the world rainforests are located and learn about their geographical features such as climate and structure. We will explore enquiry questions such as; 'How could you survive in the rainforest?', 'What threats does the rainforest face?' and 'Tribal life: the past or the future?'. We will focus our learning particularly on threats faced by The Yasuni National Park in Ecuador - somewhere I personally hold very close to my heart after an expedition to the area before training to become a teacher.
A cross-curricular approach will lie at the heart of our learning.
We will be writing a rainforest description using high level vocabulary as well as writing our very own rainforest stories based in the Amazon rainforest. We will use the text 'The great snake: stories from the Amazon' by Sean Taylor as our inspiration. Towards the end of the term we will be writing poems about the rainforest.
Throughout English, our focus for grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) will be to recap the 8 word classes and look at how we can improve our writing. This term we are focusing on extending our sentences using conjunctions, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases. We will be focusing on ensuring punctuation is correct taking a one sentence at a time approach.
We will continue to practise the Year 3 and 4 spelling words, focusing on homophones and morphology.
We will be developing our division methods - using part-whole models to break down larger divisions to make them more manageable.
We will then be moving on to learn about fractions and decimals.
We will be learning about human impact in our local area and beyond.
We will be developing our drawing skills in art to learn to draw rainforest animals in detail. we will focus on different rainforest animals each week and focus on different drawing techniques such as hatching, stippling and blending. We will learn about the work of Henri Rousseau and design our own Rousseau inspired rainforest background. The children will draw a final drawing of a rainforest animal of their choice for their final art piece.
We will be learning a dance routine around the theme of 'Deforestation.' We will be be creating a whole class dance using step patterns, wheeling arm and leg movements and mirroring.
We will be revising and extending our knowledge and understanding of coding. We will create rainforest themed games using Hopscotch.
To enhance the children's learning, the children will visit Colchester Zoo and will experience a Rainforest Talk by members of staff at the zoo during the children's visit.
Towards the end of the term, we plan to hold a rainforest cafe in the classroom for parents to join us in our rainforest themed feast created by the children themselves and we also plan to make and sell sustainable goods in order to raise money for a wildlife charity.
We really hope that the children enjoy learning about the Rainforest.