Welcome to Grand Canyon Class. We are a mixed year 4/5 class of 23 children, who enjoy learning collaboratively. Our teacher is Mrs Lynn, and we have a number of different Teaching Assistants who work with us at different times during the week. We are a confident group of children, and we love to have fun in the classroom.
We are developing our independence after so much time out of the classroom, and are also building skills in resilience and perseverance. We like learning new skills and are excited to expand our knowledge of the wider world, focusing particularly on our planet and all the environmental issues we are currently facing.
What are we learning
about this term?
This term we are learning about Resourceful Rainforests. Did you know there are different types of rainforest? There are temperate and tropical rainforests. Temperate rainforests are found in the temperate zones (between the tropics and the polar circles). They are found in a few regions scattered around the world such as western North America, south-eastern Australia and New Zealand. Tropical rainforests lie in the tropics (between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, 23.5° north and south of the equator.). They are found in many areas near the equator such as Asia, Africa, Central America and the Pacific Islands.
In English, we start the term by writing an adventure story based on the book 'The Jungle Book' by R.Kipling. We shall further apply our knowledge of the ‘FANTASTICs’, ‘BOOMTASTICs’ and ‘GRAMMARISTICs’ by using writing techniques such as fronted adverbials, noun phrases and similes (just to name a few!) throughout our writing. We will also be looking at the following books throughout the Spring Term in English: The Tin Forest by Helen Ward, Earth Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs and David Attenborough (Little People, BIG Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara.
This term, we are also focusing on Guided Reading where we shall be looking at a different extract each week from a book related to Rainforests. Some examples include: Bloomin' Rainforests, Fanatical About Frogs, The Amazon Rainforest, The Shaman's Apprentice, Under the Canopy and many more!
In Maths, we will be focusing on Multiplication and Division and Fractions. We will be using resources to help us investigate the relationship between numbers!