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Year 4 - Rosa Parks Class

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.