Summer Term 2017
Welcome back! I hope that you've all had a great Easter holiday and you are ready for another exciting and busy term! This term our main topic is based around the geography theme of 'How green was our valley?' We will be starting the topic by studying the Alps and learning about the different European countries where the Alps are located. Next we will be focusing on the physical and human geography of Castleton and learning about its land use, tourism and comparing the similarities and differences between the Alps and Castleton in terms of the mountains, rivers and climate. Our trip in June will also give us the opportunity to use grid references, symbols and keys on a map in addition to understanding how the Peak District has changed over time. I think we're going to have a fantastic day! Let's hope the sun shines for us!
Our class novel this term is 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry which explores environmental issues. As we read the novel our children will be noting ideas on the following themes of the novel: deforestation, habitats, species, preservation and survival. Our motifs for the story are the kapok tree and the axe. Our book corner has been transformed into a tropical rainforest ready for 4JB to become explorers! (Just watch out for the snake as Mrs Spencer likes to make our children jump!)
Other topics this term include a new and exciting look at a 'Giant of Science' and 4JB will be learning all about Marie Curie and her inspirational work which made her a Nobel Prize winning Scientist. In Science we will also be touching on a Rainforest topic 'Save our Home!' from 'The Crunch' where we will be investigating the connections between our food and its impact on our health and global environment. This topic also links to our class novel and our DT topic where we will be looking at food. 4JB will also be growing their own tomatoes in our Biodome to use as ingredients for some healthy sandwiches. Our main Science topic later in the term looks at States of Matter - solids, liquids and gases.
4JB will also have the opportunity to learn about an Ancient Civilisation this term: The Ancient Egyptians. Work includes learning about the River Nile, Pharaohs, pyramids, Gods and Goddesses and myths, e.g. The Story of Isis and Osiris. PE this term includes cricket, rounders, outdoor athletics, swimming every Tuesday and a Sports Day towards the end of term. We will be continuing art work for 'Picture This', continuing out weekly Friday orchestra music session and studying PSHE and RE.
Finally, 4JB will have a fantastic opportunity this term to study 'King Lear' by William Shakespeare as part of a Shakespeare Festival in June with the Open Minds Theatre Company. They will be performing Act 1 of the play at Clifton Park in a giant theatre tent so parents don't forget to order your tickets as it promises to be an amazing evening!
What a busy term we have 4JB!
Each week I will choose a 'star of the week' based on good behaviour, work and attitude. The star of the week will have the opportunity to take Leo home for the weekend to look after him so he doesn't get lonely in the classroom. They can also complete his diary describing his exciting adventures.
Class 4JB have enjoyed exploring the novel through drama. The children explored different drama techniques like freeze frames and thought tracking to imagine how Michael felt at a boarding school he hated and being bullied.
4JB also really enjoyed trying scones as they were reading the part of the story where Michael eats scones with Millie. We enjoyed our little tea party with Jack the dog from The Butterfly Lion (although Jack did make a mess!)