Autumn Term 2020
Vikings and Anglo Saxons
Welcome back to school, it has been so lovely to see all of your smiley faces back in school!
We will be starting Year 4 off with a mini-topic based on the book ‘How to be a Viking’ by Cressida Cowell. We will be creating our own Vikings and producing our own comic strips about them. We will also be spending time getting to know the children and settling them into new routines.
Later this half term, we will begin our learning on Vikings and Anglo Saxons!
We will be writing our very own adventure stories and instructions on how to build a Viking Longship. We will be learning about Viking battles, invasions, settlements and even what kind of food they ate. We will use this knowledge of their diet to make our own Viking feast! As scientists, we will investigate plants and later in the autumn term, we will look at electrical circuits. In maths we will continue to follow Maths: No Problem, learning about place value, addition and subtraction. After half term we will be moving onto multiplication and division.
Our PE days are Monday and Fridays. Please bring your child to school wearing an appropriate PE kit, especially for the outside in the winter months (tracksuit bottoms and a hoody).
We expect children to come into school with their book bag and home reading book. Please read with your child at least 5 times a week and practise times tables with them too.
If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, please do not hesitate to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your child’s teacher will reply as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support,
4E: Mrs Earl (Classteacher), Mrs Kaur & Miss Geddes
4K: Miss Kova (Classteacher), Mrs Metcalfe & Mrs Wilkes
Spring Term 2020
This Spring Term, Year 4 will be diving into 'Extreme Environments' where they will explore the most unique places on Planet Earth! We will be looking into: Polar Explorers, natural disasters, endangered animals, climate change and so, so much more!
Our writing will lead us through animal poetry and have a real focus on the famous Polar Explorers, where we will look in depth about their experiences whilst exploring. Can we put ourselves in their shoes and write our very own diaries?
In Science, we will look into food chains and the habitats of the Earth and how some are in extreme danger. We will also be looking into a balanced diet and how Polar Explorers needed to fully prepare themselves for the Arctic conditions.
Don't forget that this term our outdoor PE session will be Swimming at the Mountbatten Centre - These will take place every Tuesday morning, from the 14th January, so please don't forget your swimming gear!
We look forward to a jammed packed Spring Term!
Autumn Term 2019
In Year 4 this term we are excited to start our topics surrounding the Vikings.
Our book for the term is "How to Train Your Dragon" by Cressida Cowell which is a fantastic read to launch our topic. The story will influence our writing as we write stories of adventure and, within the humanities subjects, we will be looking at the history and geography of the viking era and how it impacted lives in Britain.
We are excited to have ukulele lessons for Music and our PE subjects will be focusing on creative dance and co-ordination.
In Maths, we will be looking at creative problem solving with the help of "Maths No Problem" text books which include various challenges and investigations.
We are looking forward to a very productive term and will be happy to speak to parents and carers after school to discuss anything we can help with.
The Year 4 Team - Mrs Earl and Mr Philpott
Summer Term 2019
This term, Year 4 will be exploring the world of Tudors, investigating how they lived as well as how their attitudes and beliefs were different to ours.
We will be focusing on researching and comparing famous Tudors, investigating what they achieved and discussing whether they deserved to be famous for what they achieved. These famous Tudors will include: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, Elizabeth 1st, Nicolaus Copernicus and Hans Holbein.
We will be going on a number of topic trips this term, including: a visit to Southsea castle (built by Henry VIII) as well as a trip to the Mary Rose Museum where we will take part in a variety of workshops and even get to work as teams to fire our own Tudor Canons to defend Portsmouth!
As we research the Tudors, we shall also be finding out which areas of the world they explored and how they brought back foods and plants from the New Worlds that they were discovering from potatoes to exotic fruits. As part of our Design and Technology lessons, we will be preparing and cooking dishes based on potatoes and our Science lessons will be focussed on Changes Of State and the water cycle.
In Design and Technology, we shall also be designing and producing a pillow for a Tudor Monarch, using fabric paints and sewing skills.
In Geography, we shall be finding out how maps have changed since Tudor times and the way humans see and record their world. We will focus our studies on Portsmouth and see how the island had changed and developed throughout the ages.
Science will lead us to explore the Tudor world of alchemy, where scientists began discovering how to make potions and liquids react with one another. We shall also be going to Wittering beach and Itchenor harbour in June to explore the environment and wildlife that may be found there in the Summer. (This trip has a link to our environment work from the Spring.)
Our writing will involve most genres, particularly the narrative writing of ghost stories, the diary of Anne Boleyn, explanation texts and play-scripts based on Romeo and Juliet!
Our outdoor PE sessions this term will be Tennis and Athletics.
In music, we will be learning to read, write and compose music. We will continue our learning to play ukuleles as well as learning to appreciate music of others including songs by famous US artists, Jazz musicians and Soul singers.