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Welcome to Topaz Class - Yr 3/4

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Term 6 DICE Topic - Predator

This term, our DICE topic is entitled 'Predator' and focuses on the animal kingdom, specifically the classification of animals, how both predator and prey adapt to their environments and the different ways animals hunt their food. 

We will be looking at examples of land, sea and air predators, insect predators and predatory plants, as well as looking at similarities and differences between a range of animals. We will also look at habitats, food chains and webs, and the impact humans can have on animal ecosystems. The children will have the opportunity later in the term to take the strongest attributes of the predators we have studied and design their own 'perfect predator', using computer software to present their terrifying creation.

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Letter-join

Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

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Computing - Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.

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Home Learning

This year Maths Home Learning will be due in on a Friday. Spellings will be due in on Wednesday, as spelling tests will be on this day. Times Table tests will be on Tuesdays, therefore Times Table homework will be due in on Tuesdays as well. 

Those children who forget to bring in their homework, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the homework during their lunch time.

Useful Websites

Here are some useful websites for Home Learning or extra research! As always, the websites have been checked and are all age-appropriate. However, do feel free to check yourselves or choose your own websites.

Predator – BBC Nature  - A fantastic resource providing videos and information about a wide range of predators.

Pictures and facts – National Geographic  - Information about a wide range of animals from around the world.

Food chains – BBC Bitesize  - A 30-second video introducing the basic concept of food chains.

Food chains – BBC Bitesize KS2  - Simple information about food chains, including definitions for producers, consumers, predators and prey.

4 Deadly Carnivorous Plants – YouTube - A six-minute video that shows the ways that four different carnivorous plants catch their prey.

American Crocodiles – National Geographic - A two-minute video that compares crocodiles and alligators that live in Florida.

Which animal is the best predator? – BBC Two – Primary Class Clips - A six-minute video showing a variety of different predators.

 

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