This term our Unit of Inquiry is ‘Humans can have an impact on other living things’. We will be following different lines of inquiry to help us discover:
- Why is the environment changing and how do we know?
- What impact do humans have on living species?
- What are food chains and how are humans affecting them?
In our Unit of Inquiry this term, we will be studying different species in depth and will find out about how their habitats are suited to them. This will lead us into finding out about how their habitats provide them with their basic needs and what humans can do to have a positive impact on different species of animals. We will discuss the changes we can make to help take care of our planet and have a positive impact on the environment. We will explore where we might find different animals across the world and will locate this on a world map. We will also learn about simple food chains and how humans impact them. As part of the creative curriculum, children will study the work of Andy Warhol whose pieces feature endangered species.
In English this term we will be reading ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo which will be our primary focus. Later in the term, we will be supporting this by looking at additional fiction texts and comparing to information texts. To begin with, we will explore the text by making inference and explaining our reasoning for this, using evidence from the book. We will use what we learn in our Unit of Inquiry to support our non-fiction writing and to write persuasive letters about improving the lives of endangered species and Rainbow Bear. We will practise using conjunctions to create compound sentences and will learn to use the relative clauses ‘who/which’, for example, the zoo, who has captured Rainbow Bear, are keeping him in a cage.
In maths this term, we will continue our learning in geometry by focusing on 3D shapes. We will also look at position and direction, where we will describe movements, turns and make patterns with shapes. Our learning will then focus on fractions and, in particular, on half, third and quarter of shapes and amounts. This links nicely with division, which we will also recap this term.
You might like to join in our learning by…
- Watching ‘Blue Planet’.
- Visiting the Natural History Museum online and finding out about species that are extinct.
- Drawing, painting or making a collage of your favourite animal.
- Making a fact file about your favourite animal.
- Visiting a zoo and finding out which animals are there and why.
- Reading one of these stories; Tree Trouble - Kathryn Lamb, Penguin Problems – Kathryn Lamb, Stories for a Fragile Planet – Kenneth Steven,
- Watching the CBBC show ‘Endangered Species’.
- Making an endangered species craft.