Year 4/5 PH - Rosa Parks Class
As we move onto Spring 2, we will begin to read the exciting, thrilling book ‘The Brockenspectre’ by Linda Newbery. It is a short book about a young boy called Tomas who wants to be a fearless mountain guide like his father, Niklas Rust. Following a heated argument in the family home, Niklas suddenly goes missing. When his father fails to return home, Tomas knows he must face the hazardous mountains to find him… before the Brockenspectre does! The underlying themes of perseverance, honesty and compassion leave the reader wanting Tomas to succeed and prove himself.
Children will get the inspiring and exciting opportunity to produce a newspaper report based on this book and towards the end of term they will create a fascinating, non-chronological report based on a creature of their choice!
In Science, children will continue to focus on living things and their habitats, recognising that environments can change which can pose dangers to living things. Furthermore, they will look at the functions of the human digestive system as well as identifying the different types of teeth and their functions.
Children will explore how the
As we start the New Year, it is full speed ahead into the first part of our Spring half term. We will be turning into courageous and adventurous Explorers. We will begin to explore Michael Morpurgo’s ‘King of the Cloud forests’ – A much loved story which finds a boy called Ashley escaping from China and embarking on a journey across the Himalayas with his Uncle. After battling through difficult conditions, Ashley is met by a mysterious and terrifying encounter! We will be working as a class to create a story like Ashley’s, about our own thrilling and dangerous expedition up a mountain.
We will also explore the picture book: ‘First to the Top’ by Sir Edmund Hillary. This book explores the life of Edmund Hillary – a famous explorer from New Zealand. We follow his journey from a shy young boy to a tall and strong man completing challenging expeditions – will he be the first to the top? We will also use this story to design and create high energy foods needed by explorers to survive such treacherous mountainous conditions, and thinking about how we can prepare for changes, overcome life’s challenges, and discuss what it means to embrace and achieve your dreams.
ow are places different and the same?
We will also become one with nature and our surrounding environment by composing and creating rainforest music. Thinking about the sounds, the animals, the climate, and other elements that create a rainforest atmosphere.
As we move into the second half of the Autumn term, we will be time travelling back over 150 years to the Victorian Era. We will begin exploring the work of Charles Dickens, reading the book ‘Oliver Twist’ - a heart wrenching, tear jerking novel. The plot follows the journey of an innocent young boy, Oliver Twist, living in London in the 1860s which is a very dangerous and lonely place for a small boy, and it is a constant battle for survival. We will be working as a team to build our own diary from the perspective of Oliver.
We will use this story to explore the Industrial Revolution and how life changed for so many people during this period. We will find out about the invention of machinery and how wealthy businessmen built factories to make lots of money. From here we will discuss how one machine could complete the job of hundreds of workers in a fraction of the time.
In Art, we will look at the works of artist William Morris, best known for his flowery patterns, and celebrated artist L.S Lowry who focuses her drawings on townhouses.
We will also be getting our musical hats on to find out about rhythm and how it is used in music.
We are very lucky to be opening a new class called the Rose Parks Class. This class was opened in Autumn 2, 2020.