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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

 

Year 4 Topics

Autumn 1 - Potions

Autumn 2 - Pharaohs

Spring 1 - Blue Abyss

Spring 2 - Traders and Raiders

Summer 1 - The Civil War - Local History

Summer 2 - Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Topic Webs

100 Books To Read In Year 3 and 4

TOPIC SYNOPSIS

* POTIONS

Welcome to the amazing world of potions and their properties.  Now scientists, beware! Use what you know about materials and their properties (including states of matter) to create incredible potions. You will create potions - both real and imaginary - that have some very interesting side-effects! 

 

English Instructions, Poetry, Narrative
Art Clay work
Science States of Matter, Working Scientifically
Guided Reading George's Marvellous Medicine

 

* PHARAOHS

Let's travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt.  Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.  Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts.  Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods. 

Look at the work of Howard Carter and what he discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun.  Was he right to explore this ancient burial site? Now open the door to ancient Egypt - who knows what we will find?

 

English Non chronological reports, diaries, research skills
History Ancient Egypt
Art Death Masks (mastery of painting techniques, study of original design)
D&T Egyptian spices/food
Geography Physical Features, the River Nile, map work
PSHE Moral issues
Mathematics Ancient Egyptian numbers

 

 

* BLUE ABYSS

Grab your wetsuit - we're going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and amazing sea creatures.  What do real divers get up to under the surface?  Discover the different layers of the ocean and the creatures that inhabit them. 

 

What are those lights in the distance?  It's a group of bioluminescent creatures.  Look closely at their adaptations and create a colourful, 3D art exhibition.  Flippers on?  Snorkel ready?  Let's head into the Blue Abyss...

 

English Poetry, balanced argument
Art Vincent Scarpace, 3D models
ICT Research
Geography World Oceans, layers of the ocean, Environmental Issues
Science Habitats, Adaptation, Classification, Electricity, Food Chains

 

 

* BURPS, BOTTOMS & BILE

Open wide - let's take a look inside! We're on a voyage of discovery to investigate the world inside your body!  Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile?  Let's find out all about teeth and investigate the effects of sugary drinks on your pearly whites!

Follow a bit of tasty food as it makes it's way through your digestive system, helped by some mouth-watering saliva! Mmm! And don't forget the importance of hygiene.  Make a life-size model of the digestive system and use it to persuade other to eat healthily.  Learn how to look after this marvellous belching, squelching, mixture making machine we call our body. 

 

English Fantasy narrative, persuasive writing
Science Teeth Types, Tooth Decay and Hygiene, Digestive System, Working Scientifically, Sound
ICT Databases, data loggers
D&T Healthy Food
PSHE Healthy Bodies

 

 

* TRADERS & RAIDERS

Sail back to the Dark Ages where battles were rife and fear reigned.  Find out about the life of Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from.  Meet the blood-thirsty Vikings from Scandinavia - never before had such terror swept the land.  What was it like for the people already living here?

Visit Perlthorpe and delve deeper into the life of a Viking.  Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages? 

 

English Reports, Descriptive Narrative, Myths and Legends, Poetry
History Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
D&T Jewellery, Models of Anglo-Saxon homes
Geography Maps, Europe, settlement, Place Names


 

* THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR

Travel back to the 17th Century to the reign of King Charles I.  Discover the causes of the Civil War and choose your side!  Are to going to become a Royalist or a Parliamentarian? 

 

Investigate what life of a Civil War soldier was like and what weapons they used in battle.  Which soliders were more skilled?  Who was more likely to survive the deadly battles?

 

Discover the importance of Southwell and Newark in the Civil War and the role they played.  Travel the Newark Civil War trail, using interactive resources to ensure the Civil War really does come back to life!  Immerse yourself in the life of a soldier, including training and re-enacting a real battle. 

 

Don your amour and bring your locality alive in the name of the King!

 

English Battle Speeches
History Conduct a local history study
Geography Map work, geographical importance of Southwell and Newark
ICT Green screen re-enactment
Art Roundhead/Cavalier (painting techniques)

 

Year 4 IPL - Information Links

Grammar - A Parents' Guide - Year 4

Maths links

Ultimate Times Tables Sheet

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P.E. Timetable

All classes do PE on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 

 

Homework:

Homework usually concentrates on Maths and English and it alternates between the subjects each week.  Children are always given a full week to complete the homework.  

 

In Year 4 we concentrate on Times Tables for Maths homework as this is a vital skill for future success in the subject, plus Year 4 children are now required to take an online Multiplication Table Check in the Summer Term.  TTRockstars is particularly helpful as the 'Sound Check' area replicates the format of this check.

 

We ask that children read at least three times a week at home.  We have found that children really benefit from reading with an adult and discussing what they have read, as well as learning to become more independent readers.  Children who have read three times and have a parental signature in their diary will be entered into a class raffle each week.

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