Year 4 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information
Our topic in Year 4 this half term is Vikings. As part of this topic we will be reading a book called ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Ted Hughes. The story is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III who is the son of a Viking chief. Someday he is supposed to lead the tribe, but he seems to lack the qualities of a good leader. Hiccup is a small, skinny boy, not a brawny hero the Vikings want. Nobody takes him seriously, not even his father, Stoick the Vast, and other boys bully him. His chance to prove himself worthy comes on the day of initiation when 19 Viking boys go on a dragon hunt. Each must capture a young dragon, raise it and training it.
As we explore the book we will be thinking about some of the key themes highlighted in the story. We will be asking what it takes to be a good leader is and how it is important that we build on our self-esteem to be successful. We will be looking at how people have similarities and difference but focus on the fact that we are all able to build our sense of self and confidence and how we can help others become more confident as individuals.
We will be looking at ways that archaeologists build up a picture of the past and how the past have played such a significant role for the way we live our lives today. We will be looking at why we speak English as a result of the many invasions across the country. We will be asking ourselves if Viking were really vicious and explore their way of life.
As part of our Geography work, we will be locating key cities of Viking invasions and the impact this has had on the country. We will be looking at atlases to locate areas of invasion.
Year 4 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information
In Year 4 our first exciting topic is all about Robots. As part of this topic we will be reading a book called ‘Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The story is part science fiction with elements of a fairy tale. The Iron Man tells a fabulous story about a huge robot who appears from out of nowhere. As the Iron Man crashes onto the beach in many shattered pieces. He is discovered by a boy called Hogarth.
As we explore the book we will be thinking about some of the key themes highlighted in the story. We will be asking what a good friend is and how we can build good friendships with others. We will be looking at how people have similarities and difference but focus on the fact that we are all unique.
We will be looking at ways in which Robots do jobs that people used to do and toys that we play with. The jobs of a robot has changed dramatically since 1954, when George Devol invented the first programmable Robot. How have the toys we play with changed over the last 100 years? Thinking about futuristic toys and what they could look like. As a class, we will look at a number of famous inventors such as Fusajiro Yamauchi, Alexander Graham Bell and Joseph Priestley.
For this half term, in P.E. we will be exploring and building on our gymnastics and dance skills, sequencing and choreographing our own Robotic dance.
As part of our Geography work, we will be locating key countries where Robots are being made, taking into account Japan’s influence on Robotics. How could Robots influence our future?