Class 4

SPRING TWO TOPIC

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

This half term we are learning all about animals! From our trip to Northumberland County Zoo, to poems, fact files and stories in English, and to Science where we are studying animal groups and classifications.

We have been reading –

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Mad about Mini Beasts by Giles Andreae

A Mummy for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer

In English, we are creating letters from a character’s perspective, writing fact files about jungle animals and a poem about mini beasts!

In Mathswe are studying fractions, learning ½ and ¼ of shapes and numbers! We are also looking at measurement, measuring height and length whilst discussing what is tallest and shortest.

In Sciencewe are continuing our learning from last half term, all about animals and humans. We are understanding what animal groups different animals come from, as well as what they eat, and which may be best for a pet!

IDEAS FOR HOME LEARNING RELATING TO TOPIC

Write an animal description of different jungle animals.

Write a creative story including animals as characters – who is the hero and villain?

Find out about an endangered animal and make a poster.

Google ‘Edinburgh Zoo live cams’ and watch the animals at Edinburgh Zoo – can you name the animal types?

OTHER IDEAS FOR HOME LEARNING

Phonics hunt – find objects around your house beginning with a particular sound.

Tricky word dominos – make your own domino cards using tricky words on each side.

Comparing objects in your house – what is the tallest and the shortest object you can find?

Finding ½ and ¼ - using different foods or objects in your home.

Use Mathematic knowledge to help when measuring ingredients when you bake or cook with a grown up.

Research the U.K.’s four countries – We have already discussed England and Scotland, but what can you find out about Northern Ireland and Wales?

LINKS TO HELPFUL WEBSITES

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0– You can use your personal Bug Club log in to access new school books whilst at home.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p - FREE interactive games at BBC Bitesize KS1.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk – Phonic games that your children will be familiar with from their phonics lessons use the Username: March20 and Password: home for FREE access.

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-5 - FREE phonics games.

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com – FREE phonics games.

https://www.vooks.com/parent-resources - Storybooks brought to life. One-month FREE trial.

www.twinkl.co.uk/offer- Huge selection of resources to print, use the offer to gain FREE access.

https://whiterosemaths.com/- FREE activities covering a range of Maths topics.

https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk – FREE interactive and printable resources.

https://scratch.mit.edu – FREE creative computer programming that your children will be familiar with from their computing lessons.

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids - FREE YouTube videos on many subjects aimed at a child audience.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio - FREE listening activities and sounds for children.

https://www.redtedart.com– FREE art and craft ideas.

LINKS FOR MINDFULNESS AND KEEPING ACTIVE

https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.htmlPE with Joe 9am every day on The Body Coach TV YouTube channel.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers - FREE curriculum linked active learning resources.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - FREE YouTube yoga that your child will be familiar with.

https://www.headspace.com/meditation/kids - FREE trial.