The class teacher is Miss Clark and Mrs Andrews works with us.
Our learning experience is called
The children will be visited by the Rainforest Roadshow. During this day, the children will have the opportunity to: explore life in the Rainforest, look at some live invertebrates, explore tribal artefacts and make tribal jewellery
The children will produce an assembly to share their learning from this half term. Parents are invited to share this work with their child on Thursday 25th October at 9.15am.
Choose from one, or even more, of the following. Alternatively, choose something of your own – get creative!
To inspire the children at the start of this Learning Experience, they will be visited by the Rainforest Roadshow where they will explore rainforests in depth and the animals and people that are found within them.
Through Geography, the children will investigate the question: Where in the World are rainforests? They will develop the skills needed to locate them on World maps and make connections between geographical location, climate and vegetation. The children will also explore what rainforests are like by looking at temperature, structure and inhabitants. They will develop a good understanding of the issues of deforestation, the use of Palm oil and its effects on rainforest animals like orang-utans, investigating why they are important and what they give us. Finally, they will explore the changes that are happening to rainforests and research the impact these are having.
In Science, the children will be looking at the features and function of flowering plants and will investigate how plants reproduce. They will also explore how plants adapt so they are able to survive in the rainforest. Further learning will be about photosynthesis – how plants produce their own food - which will be linked to how layers of the rainforest behave and differ to each other. Finally, the children will be comparing the life cycles and characteristics of birds and mammals
During our Art sessions, the children will be exploring the different animals that live in a rainforest habitat. They will develop their fine motor skills by sketching and drawing the animals using different forms of media to produce variation in texture and colour.
To start this Learning Experience, the children will begin to read “Running Wild” by Michael Morpurgo and other short stories by this author before exploring the characters and settings within them. The children will look at the characters, theme, opening and structure of the Running Wild story. They will use their knowledge to write their own short story with a setting of the rainforest. Once they have completed their stories, the children will be using the features of persuasive writing to express an opinion about the use of Palm Oil – something we know they will be very passionate about.
Exploring numbers up to 10 million, considering the value of digits within them and comparing and ordering them will be the initial focus for Maths at the start of the term.
Following this, the children will revise mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction working with whole and decimal numbers. They will then apply these strategies to problem solve and reason ensuring they make good use of mathematical vocabulary. Towards the end of the half term, the focus in this subject will be revising mental and written strategies for multiplication and division and using these to further develop reasoning skills.
This term our PE day will be on a Wednesday and we will swim on a Friday.