Penguins (Year 4) Spring 2 2020

We will begin this half term looking at the poem 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. We will explore the structure and language of his poem and use what we learn to write our own poems, capturing sounds and images of the rainforest. Click on the image below to hear Kit Wright perform his poem.
We will then be looking at non-chronological reports. We will use the text 'Unicorns' by Pie Corbett to learn the structure and vocabulary needed and use this to write our own reports of a rainforest creature.
Continuing our learning on multiplication and division we will begin this half term by learning to divide 2 and 3 digit numbers using place value counters. We will also use our knowledge of multiplication facts to solve correspondence problems that have several solutions. We will continue to have a strong focus on recalling multiplication facts for tables up to 12 x 12
This half term we will be solving problems using pounds and pence. Click on the following link to watch a short clip about adding coins and notes of different values
This half term we will be exploring ' What is Lent? What do different Christians do during Lent and why?'
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We will develop our gymnastics skills by practising and performing a sequence using a variety of jumps, rolls and turns.
Key vocabulary: sequence  travel pike  straddle
Striking & Fielding
We will develop our games skills to play team games involving hitting the ball towards a target area and running to beat the fielding team to the stumping bases.
Our Online Safety work this half term is entitled 'Too Much Information'. The children will again be looking at the information that they can and that they shouldn't share online.  They'll consider why it is dangerous to share certain information and understand what do do if they are asked to share certain information.
We'll watch Kara, Winston and the Smart Crew again  as a reminder.
Vocabulary: profile, account, register, public, private
We'll then be continuing our work on block coding, using 2Simple 2Code which the children can also access at home through School360.  The children will begin to use more complex coding including the use of IF/THEN/ELSE statements, 'repeat until' and timers. We'll also be making some simple games with sounds and scores!
Vocabulary: algorithm, object, command, event, property, repeat, sequence, action, if, else, then
Continuing our learning on rainforests we will describe key aspects of human geography by learning about the people and settlements of the Amazon rainforest. We will explore why the rainforest is under threat and the measures taken to protect it.
Key vocabulary: tribe  settlement  endangered  protect
We will continue learning about the artist Henri Rousseau who used plants and animals from the rainforests in many of his paintings. This half term we will be working alongside an artist to create our own felt wall hanging inspired by Henri Rousseau. We will also be creating our own wire sculptures of flowers found in the rainforest.
This half term we will be learning about animals, including humans.
Key vocabulary:  food chain  predator consumer  prey  producer construct  interpret  digestion
As part of our learning we will be finding out about the journey our food takes from the first mouthful to the end product! Listen to this song to help you remember some of the main parts of the digestive system.
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We will also be learning about the different types of teeth and their uses, comparing the teeth of a variety of animals. Watch the following video to learn more.
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We will be using Purple Mash to learn about 'La salle de classe'. Watch the following video clip to learn some of the words and phrases we will be using.
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