The children will be studying via Literacy and Geography, this term, the topic of the Rainforests and the country of Brazil. We will be learning about South America and researching about the animals and how the rainforests exist including the interesting, contrasting human geography of Brazil. We will also be discussing and debating the subject of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.
We will be progressing with our skills in the four functions of Maths whilst focusing on decimals, money, time, statistics, shape, geometry, and position including direction. The ‘Frog Maths Club’ will continue. I am delighted to see how successful the children have become in their basic maths skills and how much they are enjoying working hard to leap to their lily pads!
The children are also working very hard on their multiplication challenges, and with huge success, so well done for all that extra practice at home and once again – practise, practise makes perfect! In June, the children must sit the Government multiplication tables check. It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 random times tables questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practise questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and it is completed within the school. By the end of Year 4, all children are expected to know their 12 x 12 tables by heart. For them to achieve this challenge, we are focusing on each timetable in class to be answered in 1 minute. To access the check please see https://urbrainy.com/mtc.
After finishing our topic of sound, we will be identifying a variety of living things (plants and animals) in the local and wider environment, using classification keys to assign them to groups. We will be looking at the habitat changes which occur during the year, whilst recognising that habitats are constantly changing and why this poses dangers to specific habitats. We will also be identifying how animals and plants have adapted to become suitable to their environment through evolution. This will also be incorporated into our geography topic of the Amazon Rainforest.
Art and Design
In our art and design lessons we will be using our Geography topic to sketch and draw animals within the rainforests whilst studying the artist Henri Rousseau for his 3D rainforest work.
Spellings will be given every Monday, to be tested on Friday. Please encourage your child to learn these at home. Homework will be given out on a Monday to be handed in by Friday via Teams.
Reading is still going to be focused on heavily this term and regular practice at home really helps your child to improve. I am asking each child to read five times a week, in their own time. I would be most grateful for your help and encouragement with this including completing their reading journals to show their reading journey and thoughts.