Class 4 Home Learning – Summer Term
Welcome to the Summer Term, Class 4!
Commotion in the Ocean
- Reading (Bug-Club books are available online)
- Times tables
- 3 digit by 1 digit x
- Division using bus stop method
- Access Times-Tables Rock Stars (See additional sheet for log-in details)
Hi, Class 4!
It’s been over a month now since we last saw each other and I’m sure you are all missing your friends, families and everything we took for granted when things were ‘normal’. Once everything does return to the way it once was, we may see things in a different way and be much more appreciative of all those little things like playing in the park, popping to a family members house and the freedom that normal life allows us – I know I will! Ralph has especially been missing his weekend hikes, he got quite used to spending his weekends climbing mountains, swimming in streams and exploring the countryside!
Our summer term topic is called ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ (thanks to Miss Garner for the awesome name!). The oceans may look fairly ordinary on the surface, but as you dive deeper and deeper they start to become quite mysterious and extraordinary. There are still many places in the ocean that we haven’t explored, and we don’t really know that much about life under our seas! In fact, we have a better picture and understanding of the surface of Mars than we do the bed of our oceans. There are all sorts of eerie and peculiar marine life that we know about, and also don’t know about (just Google the anglerfish or the black dragonfish if you don’t believe me!)
Below are a number of activities that fit around our topic of the ocean, luckily they’re not quite as scary as those fish! I had planned one of our classroom displays to show everyone the weird and wonderful fish we were going to learn about, and kindly ask Mrs Eyre to somehow create 3D versions (she doesn’t know this yet!). Mixed in with all the fish was going to be your fact-files on your chosen fish. So, could you please have a little search online and choose a fish that is perhaps either very strange looking or has strange abilities and characteristics and create a fact file to share with the class. You could include it’s habitat, what it eats, whether it’s a predator, prey or both, what we know about it, any special abilities it has, it’s Latin name and anything else you find out – bonus points for a picture too! These will make a super informative display that is both terrifying and fascinating!
Other than that, sit tight, take care and try to enjoy all this time that you are spending with your close family!
See you soon
Create an information poster describing the various marine habitats. You could include habitats such as the polar waters, temperate waters, tropical waters, coral reefs, rocky shores/rockpools, estuaries or any other you find during your research. For each habitat, try to include the following:
· Where you may find the habitat on Earth? (e.g rockpools are typically found on the coastlines and beaches after the tide has gone out)
· The average temperature of water in each habitat
· Different types of fish/marine life found in each habitat
Create a food chain to show what various fish and marine life eat. Here is an example – try to use different animals if possible. This will take lots of research!
Create a bar chart/line graph to show a years worth of sea temperatures in your chosen city/town/port/coastal region. Use this helpful website to choose your location, perhaps you could choose somewhere you have been on holiday, or somewhere important to you. – https://www.seatemperature.org/ On your graph, include the minimum/maximum temperatures of your location. This means if you choose a line graph you should draw 2 lines, (one for max, one for min) if you choose a bar chart you could split your monthly bar into two (one colour for max temps, one colour for min temps OR use two bars per month – your choice!) Remember, charts show data and information and must be extremely neat and clear. Think of a title to suit your graph and a brief explanation of what your graph shows.
Write a letter to persuade people not to litter when they visit the beach. 13 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year (the same as a bin lorry full every minute!) Below is what is found every year on beaches around the world – most of it is unfortunately plastic. This is extremely damaging for marine life and is polluting our waters and damaging the environment. Your letter should be split into 4 paragraphs.
· Paragraph one – introduction. Why are you writing this letter? What is the issue you are going to be talking about?
· Paragraph two – use the figures below to explain how big the problem is. The more facts and figures you use the more chance you have to persuade people not to litter.
· Paragraph three – find some examples of how this has had an impact on the environment. For example – plastic waste kills up to a million sea birds a year, half of all the sea turtles worldwide have swallowed some plastic, unfortunately killing some. This website is a good resource to help you find examples. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/09/24/plastic-pollution-affects-sea-life-throughout-the-ocean
· Paragraph four – Use the ‘reduce/reuse/recycle’ diagram below to explain what we can do with our rubbish, instead of putting it into the sea.
Build/create something ocean related. The materials you use are entirely your choice as is the object you can build/create. You may want to draw, paint, pastel, paper mache, sew, use lego, cardboard, wood, plastic, ‘junk’ or even create something on the computer! Few ideas if you are stuck –
· Pufferfish – (this could be a good one for paper mache!)
· ‘Beach scene’ (would be a nice picture to draw)