Penguins (Year 4) Spring 1 2019 Newsletter

Amazing Amazon
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In our Geography based topic we will learn about the location and climate of tropical rainforests. We will explore the different layers of the rainforest and discover why they are under threat. Watch the following video clip to find out fun, amazing facts about the Amazon Rainforest.
Maths
In Arithmetic we will be learning to add and subtract fractions. We will begin by investigating equivalent fractions. To develop your understanding of equivalent fractions watch the following video clip.
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In Measurement we will be finding the area of shapes by counting squares. Watch the following clip to get an introduction to what area is.
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In Geometry we will be comparing and classifying quadrilaterals based on their properties and sizes. Watch the following clip to learn about the different quadrilaterals. 
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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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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 this fun song about a rainforest.
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RE
This term the children will learn about Sikhism. To begin with we will focus on 'believing' in Sikhism. We will look at the early life of Guru Nanak from birth through to the beginning of his travels that saw his message spread. Watch the following video about the life of Guru Nanak.
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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.
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