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Spring Term 1 - Topic: Water Around The World
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Our topic this half term is “Water Around The World”. We will begin by discovering the difference between water mass such as; Seas, Rivers, Lakes. following this we will delve deeper by learning about The Water Cycle and how this effects our world. Finally, we will look at and compare our water supply and demand to other countries in Developing Nations.
In English we will be writing gripping news articles which aim to inform the public on water poverty around the world and articulate ways we can help support these countries. We will follow this by learning about a diverse form of written language - Poetry. We will be producing our own Water poetry which includes a range of language features.
In Science we will be looking at 'States of Matter' which allows children to recognise and understand water in 3 different forms of a Solid, Liquid and Gas. We will be conducting experiments and investigations within the classroom during our learning - creating memorable experiences to secure this knowledge.
Water Around The World - Topic Homework:
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This will be issued with our English and Maths weekly homework every Thursday. All homework is due back the following Wednesday. Due in dates are provided on the homework sheets.
Autumn Term 2 - English and Maths Weekly Homework:
Homework is issued every Thursday and due back the following Wednesday. Homework club takes place on Wednesday lunch times if you need it.
Reading - at least 3 times a week. 5 times a week to progress on our reading tracker and ultimately win a free book!
Spelling Quest - specific spellings have been given to you. I will test you weekly on these to ensure you are working towards the next land.
Times Tables Rock Stars - this will be change and set to a specific times tables each week. Become a 'Rock Hero' by answering questions in less than 1 second to win a lollipop!
Times Tables Rock Stars:
Ferring Primary have subscribed to 'Times Tables Rock Stars' which is a fun, easy to use and personalised way for your child to gain their confidence and rapid recall of all tables up to 12 X 12. The online programme is available through an app or directly through the website. When first entering TTRS, children must complete a 'baseline' test which comes in the form of a 'Gig' game. This will analyse what tables your child is confident/ struggling with by looking at if they got the answer correct AND the speed time it took them to answer the question. Games from then on will adapt accordingly to strengthen the tables your child has shown they are unconfident with. It will continue to adapt, progress and challenge your child as they get better at their times tables. As children play, they will earn points/ coins. The more games you play, the more coins you earn which will place you on the leader board in ranking order. The more coins you earn, the more confidence in your tables you gain - it's a WIN WIN. Children are also able to challenge peers across the entire school to compete against them in a tournament to be the ultimate Rock Star!
To explore further, click the link: https://ttrockstars.com/
Raising awareness for Plastic Pollution!
This week we have created a whole class sculpture to raise awareness of plastic pollution on our oceans. When researching environmental issues in our planet, we discovered some horrific facts.
- Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.
- Recent studies have revealed that plastic pollution was found in:
- 100% of marine turtles
- 59% of whales
- 36% of seals
- 40% of seabird species
The main problem with plastic is that it takes up to 500 years to decompose. That means that a bottle dropped in the ocean today could still be there in the year 2518!
These facts led us to make a change and educate our school and community!
Our sculpture is made up of 100% recyclable plastic. We decided to form it in the shape of a wave to highlight the damage these items are having on our ocean and sea creatures.
Here is an iMovie of how we created our sculpture. We hope this encourages you to make a change. Please enjoy :)
We Adopted an Orangutan!
Year 4 won a poetry writing competition and as a result, won £50. Following our learning within Topic lessons, we discovered that the size of a football pitch gets destroyed through deforestation every minute. Consequently, multiple species of animals loose their homes and/ or lives. Orangutan's are now classed as 'critically endangered' due to deforestation. This learning led us to make a change and help protect this wonderful species which are currently at risk of becoming extinct. Therefore, we chose to use our prize money to adopt an Orangutan.
Our Mythical Creature Models:
For our topic homework, we were asked to create a mythical creature and present our creatures in any way we like. Some of us chose to make a 3D model - Take a look!
We name names plaques from Greek letters!
We had our first Djembe Drumming Lesson!
It was such lovely weather so we took our music learning outside!
The Learning Pit:
'The Learning Pit' celebrates when children stumble upon a misconception in their learning. It encourages individuals to persevere and independently climb 'out of the pit' by either recognising their mistake and fixing it OR by researching to find out the answer. Other children or adults may give individuals the tools to help them climb out of their pit. However, the quest will remain on the individual to succeed and conquer their mountain.