Willow Newsletter Term 4 – ‘Amazon Adventures’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a wonderful half term break. We are continuing our focus on Geography this term and our topic is based around the Amazon Rainforest! We will be reading ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell, and doing lots of different styles of non-fiction writing to display our knowledge. Our Geography sessions will focus on comparing our lifestyles to what it might be like to live in the rainforest climate and discussing deforestation.

In maths, we are beginning to tackle fractions and decimals! This can be an area that children find particularly difficult so any extra support at home, and with their My Maths homework, would really benefit them.

We have Forest School on Wednesday afternoons this term starting on Wednesday 6th March. Please ensure your child has their forest school kit in school by this time.

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school.

Times tables

By the end of Year 4, all children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. We are doing at least one session a week focused on these, but please do practice with your children at home, as much as possible. Times Table Rockstars is a really useful website for this as it tests the children on their tables at their own pace. The children also need to be secure on the inverse calculations – e.g. 100 ÷ 10 = 10.

Termly Project

This term, it would be great to have some models of animals or the rainforest that we could display in the corridor for visitors to see. So we can display as many of these as possible, please keep in mind what size the projects are. Models that would fit inside a shoe box are the perfect size as they will fit into the white units that we use to display work.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.


Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Axell and Mr Mackarness

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child about Their Learning This Term

  • Where is the Amazon Rainforest?
  • What animals live in the rainforest?
  • How do you add fractions with the same denominator?
  • What is a decimal number?
  • What is the climate like in the rainforest?
  • What is a preposition?

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