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All About Year 4

In Year 4 we continue to build upon the knowledge and skills they have learnt in previous years. The children will be involved with a variety of topic work throughout the year.

Out of this World - Term 1 and 2

This term Year 4 will be watching WALL-E to explore and investigate key scientific concepts. 

During Term 1, pupils will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.  Changes in environments will be examined and how humans sometimes pose dangers to living things.  The purpose of recycling will be discussed, alongside a local study of recycling behaviours. Local Sculptors will be researched, enabling pupils to create their own sculptures with recyclable items.

In term 2, experiments will be conducted to demonstrate how sound travels.  Pupils will also learn about the ear and examine how we hear.  Pupils will explore electricity including making circuits, and investigate the role of insulators and conductors.

Time Warp - Term 3 and 4

In Year 4, pupils will be exploring the Anglo Saxons and Vikings.  The term will start with a Wow day experience at the Wilson Museum in Cheltenham, where pupils will participate in various activities including making Saxon brooches.

The pupils will gain an understanding of chronology and be able to place these two periods in a chronological framework.  Throughout the term, pupils will investigate key historical events, including the discovery of Sutton Hoo.  In addition, pupils will become archaeologists for a day and undertake an archaeological dig to uncover artefacts.  Exploration and thinking skills will then be used alongside historical evidence to establish their origins and validity.

In English, the Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Beowulf’ will be used to develop poetry techniques, including writing and performing their own Anglo Saxon poem..

In DT the pupils will explore toys from the past whilst having the opportunity to make cam mechanism toys and Viking purses.

A Road To... - Term 5 and 6

In year 4, pupils will begin to develop their understanding of Locational, Physical and Human Geography.

Explorations will begin in Cheltenham where pupils will investigate how it fits into the wider world; including naming and locating the main counties and cities in and round Gloucestershire, the regions which make the UK and the countries within Europe. Children will develop an understanding of using the 8 compass points and applying atlases, globes and maps to assist in locating and naming countries and their features. 

Pupils will make a 3d representation of the United Kingdom; identifying and comparing mountains and rivers; including the River Severn and Amazon.  The key features of rivers and the settlements that surround them will be discussed, alongside the Water cycle will be further explored using a variety of experiments and investigations.

In English, the class will then set sail on the ‘Peggy Sue’ to begin their journey, alongside Michael and his family, around the continents; calling at Europe, South America, and Australasia.  Pupils will explore key aspects of climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts and the impact that these have on both the world and them personally.

The class will then return to Rio to explore the rainforests and the forthcoming Olympics

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