Please ensure that your child is using Spelling shed and Times tables rockstars to practice at home. (Please see Miss Pollock if you need help with your log in details)
Weekly spelling tests will be completed every Friday.
Summer 2- Urban Pioneers
This half term, we’ll look at important buildings in our town. We’ll photograph urban art including graffiti, murals and statues. At school, we’ll write an information leaflet about our town. Using digital mapping tools, we’ll identify streets and buildings. We’ll investigate cities around the world and find out how they’ve changed over time. As part of our design work, we’ll build a model urban landscape, create dramatic light effects and find out how light is used to keep people safe at night.
At the end of the ILP, we’ll create a sign for our town, thinking about imaginative wording and appealing colours.
English: Leaflets, poetry, autobiography, email, signs and slogans
Science: Light and dark, shadows, staying safe in the Sun
Art and Design: Photography, graffiti art, observational drawing
Computing: Digital maps, audio recording
Geography and History: Geographical skills and fieldwork,Local history
PSHE: Being safe
Please continue to practice spellings weekly- they're on spelling shed and there is a document below for the entire term.
There is a book list, knowledge organiser and lots of other resources to support your children's learning below :)
This half term, we’ll learn about Apollo and the other gods who reign from Mount Olympus and in art create head of our favourite god or goddess. We’ll explore the land of Greece, where the sun scorches the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy inspires the launch of a thousand ships. Using historical source materials, we’ll research daily life in ancient Greece. We’ll write diaries as Daedalus or Icarus and learn about epic battles. We’ll read Theseus and the Minotaur and create amazing labyrinths, using positional language to guide others around the maze. On maps of Greece, we’ll plot the journeys made by ancient Greek characters.
Reading: Greek myths and legends.
Writing: Character profiles and descriptions, diary writing, Myths and legends, Instructions.
Art & design: Sculpture, Greek art and design.
Computing: Presentation software, Internet safety.
D&T: Model making.
Geography: Ancient and modern day Greece, Using maps.
History: Ancient Greece.
PSHE: Living in the wider world- Money matters.
Help your child prepare for their project:
Greece is a fascinating country that has a long and colourful history. Why not sample some delicious Greek food such as baklava or tzatziki? You could also research ancient Greek pots and sketch the intricate images painted on them. Alternatively, have fun taking part in a back-garden Olympics, seeing who can run the fastest or throw a ball the furthest!
Spring 2- Blue Abyss
Get your wetsuit on! We're going on a deep sea adventure!
This half term, we’ll visit an aquarium to gain an insight into the ocean world. We’ll sketch different creatures and create clay sculptures of our favourite. Using maps, globes and atlases, we’ll identify the world’s oceans and seas. We’ll also find different ways of grouping living things. Diving back into the 1800s, we’ll learn all about the HMS Challenger. We’ll research Jacques Cousteau and write biographies about his exciting explorations. As a challenge, we’ll create model submarines using recycled materials and program an onscreen submarine. After locating the Great Barrier Reef on a map, we’ll learn about the risks it faces.
Reading: See curriculum map below.
Writing: Dilemma stories, biographies, persuasive writing.
Art & design: Observational drawing, printing, famous seascapes.
D&T: Submarine design, working models.
Geography:Seas and oceans of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, environmental issues.
History: 19th century ocean exploration.
Science:Living things and their habitats, animals including humans.
RE: Salvation- Why do we call the day Jesus died good Friday?
PE: Gymnastics and Real PE
Please complete the highlighted task and 2 other task (3 tasks in total). Homework is due the last Wednesday of term. Please do not bring projects in before this as we struggle for space at school. Thank you!
Spellings for W/C 24th February: Children brought home their spelling sheet from last term. Please have a look over any highlighted spellings. Children will be tested on 10 randomly selected spellings from last term on 28.02.20. Thank you :)
Owls have been learning multiplication and division this half term. It would be superb if they could practice their times tables at home to increase their speed and accuracy. This could be through using TT rockstars or using paper copy test (attached below). Children can have up to 10 minutes to complete this.
There will be a statutory times table check for Y4 for the first time this year in June- Please see parent information below. Thank you!
Spring 1- Rocks, Relics and Rumbles.
Please ensure your child is bringing a water bottle to school each day.
This half term our topic is rocks, relics and rumbles. In the Rocks, Relics and Rumbles project, your child will learn about the different layers of the Earth, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth's surface. They will investigate different types of rock to learn about their uses and properties. They will also investigate soil and fossils, including learning about the work of Mary Anning. They will also learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have.
Reading: Our class text will be 'The firework makers daughter- Philip Pullman'
Writing: Non Chronological reports, newspaper reports, poetry and diary entries.
Maths: Power maths- Textbook B (See attachments)
History: Significant people in history (Mary Anning) , Explain the cause and effect of a significant historical event (Pompeii)
Geography: Properties of rocks, Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography (such as limate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes).
Science: Properties of rocks and fossils, setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
Art/DT: Volcano painting inspired by Nick Rowland.
Pe: Swimming and Real PE Unit 3 (Cognitive).
We will be doing Music and Languages with Mrs Freeman this half term.
Swimming is every Thursday, please ensure swimming kits are brought to school.
Swimming starts 16.01.20
Swimming ends: 13.02.20
Homework: Please complete the highlighted task and two other activities (3 altogether).
Please ensure homework is brought in on the specified day as we do not have much space to store projects in school! Thank you!
Our topic for this half term will be 'I am Warrior!' which will involve learning about the Roman empire and its impact on Britain.
English: Soliloquies, historical narratives, instructions, invitations, menus and letters.
History: The Roman empire and its impact on Britain.
Geography: Comparing Britain and Italy; using maps to locate countries and cities. Looking at human geography including; types of settlement and land use, economic activity and distribution of natural resources.
Art:Drawing; Sculpture and Mosaic.
D&T: Shields and Helmets, Roman food.
Mathematics: Reading Roman numerals.
PE: Real Pe and Swimming.
Forest school (Every Friday)
Please complete the highlighted tasks and at least 2 other activities. Please be as creative as possible with these ideas :). Homework due: Wednesday 11th December 2019.
Please ensure spellings and timetables are practiced weekly. Spellings are on spelling shed each week and also on this webpage.
Our topic for this half term will be ' Mighty Metals' which involves metals, magnets and forces.
Science- Forces and magnets
Art/DT- Embossed patterns, making vehicles and magnetic games.
Computing- Creating spreadsheets, research and presentations
PE- Real PE and Swimming
Our class text for this half term is Varjak Paw by SF Said.
Home learning project- due in Friday 18th October 2019.
Everyone needs to complete the activity highlighted in pink on the Home Learning Project document and then complete 3 other activities of their choice.
I will be sending home a knowledge organiser containing lots of information about the topic for you to read with your child. :)