Learning at home-Swallows Year 4

Updated 1/6/2020 Week 6
NEW - RAINFOREST PROJECT! WILDLIFE PRESENTER ROLE PLAY (see below for ideas and videos with David Attenborough, Steve Backshall...and Mr Fawcett!).

(see PE below)
Art & DT
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RAINFOREST ROLE PLAY project number 2

How to become a WILDLIFE PRESENTER in 7 easy steps!

1. First, watch some of the VIDEO CLIPS below. How do the presenters speak? You probably already know how David Attenborough and Steve Backshall sound, so copying them is a great way to get started!

2. Practice copying their voices. How does their expression change? Can you make…some… words…clearer…by…slowing…down…and……..pausing (take a deep breath like David) …for…dramatic…effect? When do their voices get quieter? (Like whispering loudly, as they get close to the animals).

3. How do they move? Walking slowly through the habitat followed by the camera. Stopping and looking closely at the animal and its habitat as they explain facts and describe what the viewer can see.

4. Practice describing wildlife. What details can you observe? Paint a picture in the minds of the TV audience. Share your senses - sights, sounds and feelings. Are you getting hot, cold, tired, nervous, excited?

5. You can write a script if you need to. What facts do you know about rainforests and your favourite animals? Look up some facts if you’re stuck. But it’s great to just “improvise” and describe what you can see around you as you explore.

6. It would be great to do this outdoors, so you can use a garden or real trees to walk through. Or you can just to make it all up indoors in your head! Observe and describe your dog/cat as if it’s a wild wolf/lion. Use your toy animals. Just have fun copying the style of a real documentary!

7. You could ask a family member to video you, or find out how to video yourself. But you don’t need a camera, tablet or phone, you can just use role play and imagine you’re speaking to TV viewers watching you at home!

What have SWALLOWS been up to AT HOME?
ART and DT

Invent a rainforest DIORAMA to explore the layers of the rainforest and what lives in them.

Watch this VIDEO LESSON on how to make a RAINFOREST COLLAGE inspired by this famous painting of a TIGER by Rousseau.
More videos for inspiration about Rousseau and his TIGER:


There are lots of animation projects on BBC bitesize:


 Our theme this term was BLOGGING. A blog can be like a public DIARY: such as 'my life during lockdown' or 'my observations of wildlife/pets etc'. Some blogs are more like presentations/news on your own speicilist topic.
To avoid spending even more time in front of a screen (I know there's competition for laptop time with other members of the family), why not sit outdoors and write your blog in a notebook or role play recording a spoken blog (scripted or improvised, with an audience or just by yourself). Pretend you're a youtuber by cutting a cardboard box into a screen you can stand inside. 

Geography and Science for examples, scroll to photo gallery at end of page.
Key Question: How does a FOOD CHAIN work? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zbnnb9q
Key Question: What are the LAYERS in the rainforest?https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zscsmnb/video
Key Question: Why are rainforests important?
Key Question:Why are rainforests in danger?
Key Question: Which species live in the rainforests?


1. Choose an ANIMAL/LOCATION you’d like to see! RESEARCH species and habitats to find out how it is endangered and what more needs finding out to help with its protection. I studied the Colombian Weasel because only five had ever been seen by scientists!
2. Draw and write a PROJECT LEAFLET to tell other people about your plans. This is how expeditions raise funds. (See Mr F’s example leaflet below).What to include: YOUR ANIMAL, LOCATION and BACKGROUND RESEARCH (see above). Use what you’ve already found out about rainforests to write some BLURB - where are they, what’s special about them,  why do we need to save them etc.
3. Draw a MAP OF YOUR ROUTE from here to the rainforest . You could research this on the internet or just make it up! Remember to show: 1) International flight from London to the capital city of your chosen country. 2) Local flight - from the capital to somwhere with an airport out in the countryside near the forest. 3) Boat to follow river into the forest or jeep to travel along muddy/bumpy forest tracks.
4. Draw an EQUIPMENT LIST. What will you need to wear and take to keep you safe in the forest? You need tough clothes with long sleeves and trouser legs to protect you from spiky plants and stingy insects. They need to keep you cool and be quick drying It’s warm but it rains a lot. Hammock with mosquito net and rain cover - keeps you off the ground above ants etc (tents get too hot). Camera/ GPS/ phone/ compass. Waterproof notebooks/ pens/ pencils. Find out what other tools biologists use to study  animals (nets etc). 
5. Add up your BUDGET. How much will flights cost? What other costs are there? (Equipment, food etc) (see Mr F’s leaflet in the photo gallery)
6. Assemble a TEAM. It would be nice if you can plan this with a friend, if you’re in touch by phone etc. Then you can work together/share out these planning jobs. Expedition team often have specialists who study a different group of animals e.g. mammals, birds, reptiles, insects. Your leaflet could include a list of ‘Personnel’ to say what their speciality is (see Mr F’s example - I went to Colombia with my oldest friend from school, Justin).
7. WHAT NEXT? It’s up to you! Ask adults for help to ROLE PLAY your expedition in the garden or a real FOREST and make a PHOTO STORY showing yourself: 1) Exploring the forest layers - tree canopy, shrubs, small plants, dead leaves on forest floor. 2) Finding animal tracks and signs - footprints, burrows, droppings, bark/twigs/nutshells etc. 3) Sketching and taking.notes. 4) Cooking, sleeping etc. You could then use you pictures to write up your expedition as a DIARY, ADVENTURE STORY or NEWSPAPER REPORT.

This week: PRESENT A WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY (see above for project details)
BBC bitesize lessons for this week:

READING: Read a favourite book! Write a review/recommendation for a friend, write your own chapter, describe a character, copy an illustration. Rate and compare your books with top trumps!  

1. Look at the list of year 3/4 words (PDF BELOW) and choose a word you think you need to practice.
2. Find ten words with this spelling pattern https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list-128.htm
3. Use look, cover, write, check to write each word three times.
4. Use the word in context. Copy out the sentence for each word from the website, write your own sentence, or copy the definition from a dictionary. https://kids.britannica.com/kids/browse/dictionary


MUSIC: Play your own instrument or use your VOICE!
Here’s a film about how to write your own songs!
Try these lessons on melody and pitch
Try these lessons on pulse and rhythm

P.E. Our new SPORT and FITNESS challenge is called ALBOURNE ACTIVE.
Get started here:
New Unit: Changing Me (Watch this space)
R.E: What symbols and stories remind Jewish people of their relationship with God?

Introduction to JUDAISM: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwhfg8/articles/zh77vk7

What are the important symbols and objects in a SYNAGOGUE? e.g. Ark, Torah, Mezuzah.

Abraham and the Torah


What is the importance of Shabbat for Jewish people?


Lots of you have been drawing RAINBOWS to put up in your windows but what did it SYMBOLISE in the story of NOAH? What can you find out? 

What would you like to find out more about? This website is a good starting point, with information on all aspects of Judaism for school children:


WATCH THESE VIDEO CLIP EXAMPLES by Mr Fawcett! With a bit of imagination, you can explore rainforest and find African Buffalo not far from here!!