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Year 4 - Rosa Parks Class

Year 4 Spring 1 Curriculum Information

 

Welcome back Year 4! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New year! Let’s tell you all about the new and exciting things we will be learning about this half term! Firstly, we will be reading the thrilling ‘Julius Caesar’ by the famous, English poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination, and the great defeat of his conspirators! This tragic tale will focus on hardships, friendships, and the betrayal of others. Thus, encouraging the acceptance and help from others to reach your goals – which links in with our school values and Personal, Social and health Education topic, ‘Dreams and Goals’. As we will be thinking about the acceptance of others, this shall compliment a day of thinking about refuges and racism. A second book we shall explore is ‘Dreams of Freedom’. This book is a celebration of champions of freedom throughout history. This brilliant book not only introduces children to the importance of human rights, freedom, and the history of these concepts, but also to a wonderful variety of illustrations. It also has a collection of words from Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai, and many more! Additionally, we shall have our Shakespeare day, where we will be commemorating his birthday.

In English we shall be looking at the fascinating explanation of Microbes! This journey takes us into the wonderful world of our own Microbes – looking at how they help us stay healthy! Everywhere we go there are microbes! Volcanoes and toxic waste dumps – there are microbes. Icy glaciers and the darkest depths of the ocean – there are microbes. The scorching hot deserts – yes, there are microbes -They really are everywhere! This links with our new Science topic ‘The Human body’, where we shall be delving into cells, nutrients, LOOKING AT REAL HUMAN TEETH and digestion! Thinking about our BIG QUESTION: Why and how should we look after our bodies?

We will be starting Basketball in PE! Learning about ball moment and control. The children will also begin their swimming lessons for the next twelve weeks.  Marching into Maths –We will continue developing our timetables knowledge and focus on Division, Fractions, and Decimals.

 

Right, let’s talk about History! We will be thinking about Why does Pompeii hold the richest source of archaeological evidence in ancient Rome? Exploring Life in Ancient Rome! Looking at the Monarchy, the great Roman empire, and the life they lived. We will be able to use our new library artefacts to bring our history lessons to life! These include pottery and an Ancient Rome project box.

 

For music, we shall continue with our guitar lessons with Mr R, learning new chords and hopefully some songs! Additionally in Art, we have a two hour ‘Take flight’ art session with the library service, which will get the children’s creativity flowing. Lastly, we will be making some links between some religious festivals and stories (e.g., Svetaketu, Ganesh, Diwali) and what Hindus believe about God in RE. This will compliment our RE, when we celebrate World Religion Day.

 

Now this is just a whistle stop tour so please keep a look out on Class Dojo for photos of our learning, information, and updates. We also have our three-day residential trip on adventure training! We will be developing character muscles of courage, as we try new things and teamwork as we work together to overcome problems and take sensible risks!

 

 We will keep you well updated along our learning journey.

 

Thank you for your continuous support.

Year 4 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

I’s time for a new and exciting half term! We will be reading, the spectacular ‘Oliver Twist’ by the marvellous Charles Dickens. As we delve into the novel we learn that Oliver twist is a young, innocent boy who runs away from the brutality of the workhouse, only to find himself taken in by a gang of thieves! The devilish Fagin runs the show alongside his violent side kick, Bill Sikes, and the irreplaceable Artful Dodger. Rescued from London’s dingiest and darkest dens, but then forced to help in a violent burglary, Oliver’s chances of survival are slim and his chances of happiness is almost nil. Will he survive? This novel will focus on hardships, friendships, and the understanding of others. Thus, encouraging compassion, teamwork, and acceptance of each other – which links in with our Personal, Social and health Education topic, ‘Celebrating differences’. We will also be thinking of our school and British values as we commemorate Remembrance Day and celebrate Diwali.

This year we are very lucky to have some visitors from Creative Learning Services who will be talking to the children about WW1 and Remembrance Day. This will be an interactive assembly! We are very excited for this!

In English we shall be looking at the remarkable story of ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. This story includes a gigantic metal robot who appears out of nowhere, crashing onto the beach and shattering into many parts. He is discovered by a young boy called Hogarth, who becomes his friend. The Iron Man proceeds to devour farm machinery, until the farmers rise up against him and threaten to bring in the army. Hogarth comes to his rescue and suggests that the monster should be left in peace to feed from the scrap metal yard. But is the Iron Man the only strange creature to visit Earth?

We will be focusing on Cricket and tag rugby this half term in PE – The Leicestershire Tigers will be leading the cricket and are roaring to get started!  We will also be learning about the World Cup and British Values! We will spend time as a whole school sharing learning about sport’s from different country.

In Design and Technology, we will be exploring the concept of Structure. We will be producing a range of free-standing frame structures of different shapes and sizes in order to design a pavilion that is strong, stable and aesthetically pleasing.

Marching into Maths –We will continue developing our timetables knowledge and focus on written Addition and Subtraction methods. As well as Multiplication and division!

In our shining classroom, we will be learning about Electricity in Science and thinking about our Big Question: How do we make a light shine? This will include circuits, switches, and lots of electrifying fun.

We will be continuing with our Ancient Greece topic in History, looking at Greek art, architecture, legacies, and the Olympics games. How has Ancient Greek culture influenced the Western  World?

In Geography, we will look at Mediterranean Europe and be asking ourselves our Big Question: ‘What impact has Mediterranean Europe had on Britain?

Please keep a look out on Class Dojo for photos of our learning, information, and updates. We have lots more exciting experiences planned for this half-term such as an all about Greek Art session, an interactive assembly at Christmas where we will be learning about Christmas in Leicestershire in 1891, an opportunity to record our own Christmas songs live for a CD and many more!

Year 4 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

Are you ready for a new year and lots of learning? We will be reading, the ‘The Wolf Wilder’ by Katherine Rundall, as our adventurous class story. We will delve into the novel, starting with Feodora and her mother who live in the snowbound wood of Russia. But down the road, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. We will learn later that Fedora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is in training to become one too. This means they teach tamed animals to be wild again – fighting, running, fending for themselves and being wary of humans. This thrilling tale will find Feo running for her life, trying to escape the Russian Army who threatens her very existence. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, encouraging all to stand up for what you love and of course, wolves. Thus, encouraging compassion, teamwork, and acceptance of each other – which links in with our school values and Personal, Social and health Education topic, ‘Being Me in My World’.

In English we shall be learning about the Greek myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. We will meet kings, a ravenous beast, and a brave boy. Linking with our History topic, Ancient Greece! According to legend, King Minos ruled Athens and forced the people to deliver children every nine years to keep the beast’s hunger at bay. We will be unpicking the rich vocabulary from this novel to use in our narrative writing. Who will win, boy or beast? 

 

Complementing our English unit, History will be bursting with fun! Thinking our big question: How has Ancient Greek culture influenced the Western World? We will be using artefacts from the library and looking at philosophers, warriors, myths, and legends! I am hoping Ancient Greece won’t be our Achilles heal by the end of this half term!

We will be focusing on Basketball and Cricket this half term in PE – I think a lot of ducking might be involved for me!

 In Geography, we will be learning about Spatial sense. We will be identifying and locating tropics on a globe, looking at scales and grid references to help us. Linking to our BIG question: Where is our local area and how has it changed over time? We will also be using our map reading skills to identify where we live and look at our local area - perhaps you already know some famous facts about Melton Mowbray... cheese and pork pies come to my mind.

Moving swiftly onto Maths –We will continue to develop our timetable knowledge and focusing on place value. Looking at how this can aid our ability to overcome problem solving and reasoning questions.

In Science, we will be learning about the classification of Plants and Animals. Developing our grouping skills, looking at different classes of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Thinking about our Big question: Why do we classify plants and animals?

We are also very lucky to have some specialists in school from Leicestershire library services who are going to be teaching us about how animals adapt and food changes. They will be bringing the children some brilliant artefacts of wild animals to look at!

We will also be looking at Jesus in Religious Education and how he is an inspiration to many.

Please keep a look out on Class Dojo for photos of our learning, information, and updates. We have lots more exciting experiences planned for this half-term such as Ronald Dahl day and many more.

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