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Thursday 18th June


Yesterday, we found out about orangutans - they live in the rainforest. Orangutans are currently an endangered species - meaning that they are seriously at risk of extinction

Watch the video, following along with the text I've added below.

Then, have a go at answering the questions.

Rang-Tan - Greenpeace

This text is a dual narrative - this means that there are two people speaking.

Who are the two people?


The orangutan is described as being 'naughty' but it is actually trying to tell the little girl something. 

What do you think the orangutan trying to say?


The orangutan is scared.

Why is this?


There is a special type of oil that can be found in the rainforest.

What is it? What is it used to make?


The little girl decides that she can help the orangutans.

What is she going to do?


Deforestation will keep happening as long as there is a need for it. Rainforests are being cleared to make way for palm oil planatations - where palm oil trees are planted and the oil is squeezed from the fruit. Palm oil is used in all of these things that we buy from the supermarket:


One way that we could help to prevent deforestation is to stop buying these products or only buy them if they contain palm oil grown responsibly.


Using what you know about orangutans and palm oil, choose one of the following writing tasks to complete:

  • Design a poster to make people aware of the dangers that orangutans face in the rainforest. On the poster, explain how people can help. Remember to make the message stand out and use pictures to catch people's eye.
  • Write a persuasive letter to encourage the Prime Minister to help save the orangutans and ban palm oil products in the UK. Remember to use persuasive language, e.g. rhetorical questions and giving facts to support your point.


Today's maths involves rounding. We have looked at rounding in Y4 before - it is the process of adjusting a number to make it easier to understand or calculate with.


So, if there are 17 children in my class, I will round that to 20 - a much easier number to work with and very close to 17. 


However, today, we are Rounding with Decimals.

Watch the video clip to help your understanding before you start today's activity.

Topic - Art

Look at this great piece of rainforest art!

It's called 'Rainforest' and the artist is called Oenone Hammersley. She was born in England but now lives in the USA. Her artworks include a lot of wild animals and natural things, like water, trees and wind.

Oenone is also very keen to help with rainforest conservation and raises money to help prevent deforestation.

Today, I would like you to spend some time developing your drawing skills.

What do we need to remember when we are drawing/sketching?


  • To look at whatever you are drawing regularly to check your progress.
  • To draw the outline first.
  • To press lightly/hard with the pencil for different effects.
  • To move your paper around (rather than the pencil) if it helps you to get more comfortable.
  • To change the position of the pencil for different effects.


Have a go at sketching your own version of Oenone Hammersley's rainforest art.

Send me a picture when you're finished!