Penguins (Year 4) Spring 1 2020

Amazing
Amazon
Geography
In our Geography based topic this half term we will learn about the location and climate of tropical rainforests and explore the different layers of vegetation. Watch the following video clip to find out fun, amazing facts about the Amazon Rainforest.
Key Vocabulary: tropical climate, temperate climate, Equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, emergent, understorey, canopy. 
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Science
We will be learning about living things and their habitats, focusing on the rainforest and finding out about the plants and animals that make the rainforest their home. We will use classification keys and Carroll diagrams to help group and sort the different animals. Learn some of the animals you will find in the rainforest in this fun song.
Key Vocabulary: classify, criteria, habitat. 
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RE
This half term we will be exploring the question 'Why do religious believers pray?'. We will begin by exploring how and why Christians pray and then compare this with other world faiths. Watch the following clip to hear Christian children discuss how and why they pray. 
Art
We will be learning about the artist Henri Rousseau who used plants and animals from the rainforests in many of his paintings. Watch the following short, animated story to find out about the artist and some of his paintings. This half term we will develop our skills in drawing and painting to create our own jungle paintings replicating the techniques used by Henri Rousseau.
Key Vocabulary: Henri Rousseau, Botanical Gardens, 
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DT
This half term we will be designing, making and evaluating a poison dart frog beanbag. In order to do this we will be measuring and marking out material to the nearest mm and selecting appropriate joining techniques.
 
English
This half term we will be developing our story writing by writing a warning tale. We will use two warning tales by Pie Corbett to learn about the language and structure that makes a good story and then write our own story set in the rainforest. We will be focusing on developing our story openings and endings to make our stories interesting for the reader. We will also be looking at using dialogue in our stories and how to punctuate this correctly. Watch the following video clip to learn about punctuating speech.
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Maths
This half term we will begin by consolidating our learning of addition and subtraction of 4-digit numbers. We will then move on to multiplication and division. We will be having a strong focus on recalling multiplication and division facts for tables up to 12 x 12. Hit the Button is a fun way to increase the speed and accuracy of your recall of multiplication/division facts.
In Geometry we will be comparing and classifying triangles and quadrilaterals based on their properties and sizes. Watch the following clips to learn about the different triangles and quadrilaterals. 
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French
This half term we will be learning about animals. The children will learn new vocabulary, practice pronunciation and play games to reinforce vocabulary learnt.
Continue to practise at home by logging on to Purple Mash through School360.
PE Dance
Using the movement of animals in the rainforest as a stimulus we will choreograph and perform a group dance demonstrating the six basic actions - jump, gesture, stillness, turn, travel and fall. 
Music
We will continue our work with an external singing teacher. This half term the children will sing short melodies as a solo/small group with a sense of shape and expression, accompany a song with a rhythmic ostinato played over the beat and make up new words for a song.
Computing
As part of their online safety learning, the children will be finding out about the importance of using technology safely and respectfully in the context of online plagiarism.  We'll be discussing the importance of giving others credit for their work if we use it.
Key vocabulary: plagiarism
 
We'll then be moving back onto block programming using 2Simple 2Code (which can be accessed at home through School360). The children will be learning to write and debug simple computer programs that begin to include appropriate sequences of commands, repetition and selection culminating in them making their own simple maths test games that respond to inputs with appropriate outputs.
 
Key vocabulary: sequence, repeat, debug, selection, input, object, property, action.