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Year 4 - Morpurgo


Welcome to Morpurgo Class!
Mrs Parkes and Miss Coates
Summer 2

Our topic this half term is ...


'The Great Kapok Tree'

This half term we are widening our imaginations with a journey through the Amazon Rainforest as told by Author Lynne Cherry.

The story focuses on the journey of a lone man through the Amazon Rainforest. He stumbles across a great Kapok tree and is excited to chop it down until he hears small voices from deep inside the rainforest.

Can the animals of the Amazon persuade him to save the Great Kapok Tree?



In English we will be using all the skills we have learnt throughout the year to focus on some amazing final pieces of writing. Our book will help us to widen our imaginations and develop a high level vocabulary needed for our setting descriptions and story writing. Through our reading sessions we will be considering the importance of rainforest and writing balanced arguments surrounding the issue of de-forestation. 

In maths this half term we will be consolidating our use of written methods when solving problems for all 4 operations. This will help prepare us for year 5! Other topics that we will cover include data handling, decimals and shapes.

As we quickly approach the end of year 4 it is important that pupils are learning their times tables all the way up to 12x12! Make sure you are completing your NED homework each week.

In the afternoon we will be getting creative through Art and Music. Pupils will be working to develop a piece of rainforest music and will be looking at the artist Andy Warhol, and attempting to recreate work in his unique style! We will also be looking at our own personal goals and achievements throughout PSHE lessons and considering how we can further develop as learners.

PE - Tuesday    Swimming - Thursday
As part of the national curriculum year 4 pupils will be having swimming lessons each week at Lea Manor swimming pool. Please ensure your child has swimming kit and towel each week as we have a limited amount of spare kit.

Each Tuesday we will be outside and will be practice our fielding and striking skills in the game of rounders.
If you have any concerns or questions please consult with the  class teacher.

RED and NED homework - each week pupils will be given RED and NED homework. This needs to be completed each night and signed by an adult. Regular number work and reading helps your child greatly so please encourage and support us with this.
Home learning - Each week pupils will be set 2 homelearning tasks to be completed. Homework is given on Wednesday and is due the following Tuesday. If your child is finding homework difficult please see your class teacher.

Key dates
Library - Tuesday
Homework - Wednesday
PE (Swimming) - Thursday

PE (Outdoor) - Tuesday
Special Reminder!!

Year 4 will be having a WOW day on the 14th June. This will involve making model rainforests and we would like all pupils to bring in a shoe box or a small and strong box, so that they can complete this project.


Thanks for your support!