Birchwood Grove

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Year Three and Four

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Summer Term 

Rainforest (Orangutan Sanctuary)

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Our topic for the first half of Summer term is 'Orangutan Sanctuary', in which we are using the text of 'The Great Green Forest' told by Paul Geraghty. The children will become a team of expert orang-utan conservers who are needed to advise on the relocation of apes in distress in forest areas, for example, transporting them to a safe reserve. The children will be presented with questions to answer throughout their project, enabling them to think about how to safe guard animals in jeopardy, how humans can co-exist with apes and why orang-utans are endangered, to be able to design their own habitat and provide for the apes. 

The Fabulous finish for this topic will take place in the second half of Summer term consolidating all of our learning about the Rainforest. 

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Click here to see our Rainforest homework grid. 

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Click here for some useful website links about the Rainforest. 

 

Spring Term

India (Flavours of India)

In the second half of Spring Term our topic is 'Flavours of India'. The children have received a commission from a holiday company to create a holiday brochure for children including all of the exciting elements to Indian culture and convince them to visit. This topic will kick off with Indian painting and dancing workshops and a class visit to the Indian restaurant 'Flavour', which will provide children with a great starting point to review certain aspects of Indian life themselves. They will then do further research each week to give information on an aspect on India, including; food, traditions, gods, animals, music and art. They will also further explore the geography of India and find discover human and physical elements and how their climate affects life in India. They will then present all of their findings in the style of an Indian festival with stalls about each aspect of Indian culture and life at our fabulous finish on Thursday 6th April at 2:30pm. 

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India (Puppet on a String)

In the first half of Spring Term our topic is 'Puppet on a String'! We are using the text of 'Rama and Sita, A tale from Ancient Java' retold and illustrated by David Weitzman to enable the children to experience India and the Hindu festival of Diwali from the point of view of two Indian natives. We will be commissioned to make a shadow puppet theatre re-telling the story of Rama and Sita, which will involve the children taking on the role as designers. They will need to design their own puppets, test out materials, investigate how to make shadows and perform their show. We will also be producing some Mendhi and Rangoli patterns, looking at the beliefs and traditions in Hinduism and finding out about the location of India. 

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Click here to see our India homework grid. 

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Click here for some useful website links about India. 

 

Autumn Term

The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura

In the first half of Autumn Term our topic is 'Back to the Stone Age'! We are using the text 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura to enable the children to experience the Stone Age from the perspective of a modern day child. We will then be transported back in time using our class time machine and put ourselves in the place of the boy that gets transported to the past to experience all parts of Stone Age life. We will look at different periods within the Stone Age to develop a chronologically secure knowledge of events and the sheer scale of the Stone Age period. We will also be producing some creative Stone Age cave art and depicting parts of the story through drama. 

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Click here for some useful websites about the Stone Age. 

Click here to see our Stone Age homework grid. 

Click here to see our spelling homework grid for Autumn term. 

 

Ancient Egypt (Tomb Raiders)

 


In the second half of the Autumn Term our topic will be based around Ancient Egypt, with the children stepping into role as archaeologists that have discovered Tutankhamen's tomb. We will look into how Ancient Egypt fits into the historical timeline compared to other eras and events. We will move onto comparing life in Ancient Egypt to the modern day and exploring myths and stories based on the Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. 

Our Ancient Egypt topic will conclude with the children stepping into role as archaeologists and showing you their understanding of life in Ancient Egyptian times. This fabulous finish will take place on the week commencing 12th December. 

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Click here for some useful websites about Ancient Egypt. 

Click here to see our Ancient Egypt homework grid.