Misty Mountain, Winding River
“Oh misty eye of the mountain below…”
Have you ever wondered how mountains form? From the towering Mount Everest to the United Kingdom’s very own Ben Nevis, mountains shape the earth in the most remarkable of ways. Many artists, singers and writers have been inspired by these astonishing natural wonders and so will we in this topic ‘Misty Mountain, Winding River’. In this project, we will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of mountains, including how they are shaped and their significance around the world. We will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to learn about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world. Our learning journey will also take us to look at habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.
Our class text for the next topic is ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. This thought-provoking text, and stunning illustrations, will help us to explore the qualities of the rain forest as well as discuss the impact of humans on the environment. We will look at interpreting illustrations, powerful vocabulary, setting descriptions and predictions. Finally, our writing will focus on creating newspaper reports on the events in the story.
HOMEWORK (due on the week commencing 15th June):
Create a 3D setting of a mountain range or a rain forest.
RE: Faith Founders – we will be looking at who the different faith founders are and what they taught.
PSHE (Jigsaw): Healthy Me
We will invite parents and carers to attend our end of topic celebration in the week commencing 29th June (date and time to be confirmed).
In the Misty Mountain, Winding River project, your child will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding. They will start by plotting the journey of a river using key vocabulary to explain each course. They will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. They will have the opportunity to learn about the stages of the water cycle. They will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.
Our class text is The Great Kapok Tree: A tale of the Amazon Rainforest by Lynne Cherry where a young man finds himself facing a conundrum of whether to destroy the habitats of the Amazon animals. Along this journey we will be focusing on story writing, persuasive and explanation texts as well as looking at the importance of environmental preservation.
Spellings will be tested each Friday and homework collected each Thursday in Year 4 and each Friday in Year 3.
Homework and spelling will be given out every Friday.
Children will also have a weekly times tables test.
Year 3 – Tuesday
Year 4 – Thursday
Children need indoor and outdoor PE kit:
Indoor – sand shoes, black shorts and white t-shirt
Outdoor – trainers, black shorts or black jogging bottoms, white t-shirt and black hoodie