Steve Backshall is a naturalist, explorer and adventurer who is known for his series ‘Deadly 60’ and ‘Expeditions’. He displays many of our learner attributes. He is knowledgeable about the natural world and has a particular fascination with animals that are deadly predators. He is a risk-taker who has climbed previously unclimbed mountains, paddled rivers that no-one had before and most recently got into the Guinness Book of Record by paddling the length of the River Thames in the fastest time ever. He is principled as he supports many charities and organisations, helping them to promote respect for the environment and animals. He is an ambassador for the Scouts and patron of The Sharks Trust. He has a love of learning and obtained a Masters at Canterbury Christ Church College.

‘The thing that every naturalist, explorer, adventurer and conservationist have in common is their passion for learning and being learning enthusiasts; their way of looking at the world as a puzzle that needs to be understood. We are all students, and every day is a different lesson.’ Steve Backshall

Transdisciplinary Themes

Transdisciplinary Themes: During the year we will cover the following transdisciplinary themes:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • Sharing the planet
  • How we organise ourselves
  • How the world works

When following these themes, we will have a central idea and some key concepts which our inquiry will be based around.

Poster illustrating the six IB PYP Transdisciplinary Themes.

Homework

For homework please use Times Tables Rock Stars to improve the quick recall of times tables facts. In June, there is a times tables check for all Year 4 students. Reading should be undertaken everyday if possible. Pupils also have Spelling Shed to help them with their spelling and a login for Languagenut to improve their Spanish skills.

Reading

Children can change their book whenever they have read. We ask that an adult sign the book so that we know that your child has read and been asked questions about the text. Please try to talk about new vocabulary in the text so that your child knows what the words mean. They can then use them in their own writing. If your child has read at least 3 times a week, they will have their bookmark ticked and this leads to different rewards.

PE

PE is on Tuesday. We ask that children come to school in their kits. Please make sure long hair is tied back and jewellery has been removed.

What are Steve Backshall class learning?

Our theme is ‘Sharing the Planet’. This module is an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution. We are considering how food brings people together, points of view on religion and what it is like to be part of multiple communities.
 
Please see the knowledge organiser below for details about each subject.
Module 2 Knowledge Organiser

This module, our central idea is: Conflicts and criminal activity between networks may corrupt justice and leadership. In this inquiry, we will be exploring crime and justice through different time periods. We will identify how it has changed and our responsibility as a good citizen to follow the law. We use the text ‘Agent Asha’ to explore the use of technology in society.

Module 1 Knowledge Organiser

Paul O’Grady was an English comedian, broadcaster, drag queen, actor and writer. In the 2000’s, Paul became the presenter of a number of television and radio shows. He has been honoured for his charity work and love for animals. 

Paul is most commonly known for his work with Battersea dogs and cats home.He had been an ambassador for the animal rescue centre – now known simply as Battersea – since 2012. Over the course of his time as an ambassador, Paul fronted campaigns, showcased the rescue centre on TV and he even rehomed some residents himself. Paul O’Grady has always been very reflective within his work as he has worked with a number of different charities who he has supported over the years.

Transdisciplinary Themes

Transdisciplinary Themes: During the year we will cover the following transdisciplinary themes:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • Sharing the planet
  • How we organise ourselves
  • How the world works

When following these themes, we will have a central idea and some key concepts which our inquiry will be based around.

Poster illustrating the six IB PYP Transdisciplinary Themes.

Module 1 – Who we are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Homework

Homework for children will be uploaded to Google Classroom weekly. The children should complete this every week, which should be uploaded onto Google Classroom or handed to school every Friday.

Times Tables Rockstars

This year we will be focusing on fast recall of all timetables; TTRS allows the children to practise this and provides the class teacher with data on which timetables might need to be reviewed. Children can log onto their accounts at home whenever they wish. If you could support your child in practising their timetables, this would be highly appreciated. If your child does not know their log in please do let me know and this can be sorted.

Reading (VIPERS)

Every day the children will be doing 30 minutes of reading; this will involve reading a piece of text and answering a range of questions. The skills the children will learn in reading are Vocabulary, Inferring, Predicting, Explaining, Retrieving and Summarising. There will also be one session a week where children read for pleasure, meaning that they can choose any book they would like. Children are provided with a reading journal with an opportunity to change their books every day. It is expected that children read daily at home, and this is to be recorded in their reading journals.

Spanish

Once a week, the children will learn Spanish following a sequence of lessons that develop their language knowledge. We will be using a scheme known as Languagenut. The children are able to practise their Spanish at home. If they are not sure of their log in, please do ask.

PE

This term we will be having PE on Tuesdays and children are required to wear their PE kit to school. Please refer to the letter on the gate for reference to PE dates. 

What are Paul O'Grady class learning?

In this module, we will be looking into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution. We will be reading a class text called ‘Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles’ and will be basing some of our writing outcomes on this for this module. In our reading, we will be focussing on Inference skills. In Maths, we will be continuing with our work on area and we will also be looking at multiplication and division. In our Science lessons, we will be looking at animals (including humans). Later in the module, as part of our Design Technology lessons we will be cooking pasta to link with our work of which foods are from the UK and different parts of the world. In computing, we will be looking at Google Forms and Google sheets, as well as e-safety and Adobe Express.

Module 2 Knowledge Organiser

In this module, we will be looking into conflicts and criminal activities between different networks and how these may corrupt justice and leadership. We looked into what the words ‘justice’ and ‘leadership’ meant and were able to come up with some different examples for both. In Science, we will be investigating electricity to see what we need in order to make a circuit work effectively. Our class book this module is ‘Agent Asha – Mission Shark Bytes’ and we will be producing some writing based off of this. We are looking forward to seeing what will happen next in the book! As part of our Geography work, we will be looking into WiFi signals and how they differ in a variety of countries.

Module 1 Knowledge Organiser