In our class you will see fun learning happening at all levels. Our cross-curricular approach ensures that skills in core subjects like Maths and English might be applied in other subject areas. Topics build on previous knowledge the children have experienced in year groups lower down the school and teach the skills of deeper research in a broad range of subject areas. Our curriculum overview and coverage, along with welcome letter, are attached as documents below. Also included is one of our first knowledge organisers for history which includes all key information for our Victorian study.
Autumn Term 2019
Our Autumn term topic is entitled ‘Victoriana.’ Here we share the life of children in our country 150 years ago and look into how the changes came about in order to appreciate what is provided for us all today. It includes a class visit to a coal mine to experience working life for families during the era. A case study of Queen Victoria is undertaken and children question, investigate and formulate opinions, based on research, about this monarch that led the British country and empire towards significant changes. We also consider our current rights and responsibilities at school and at home. Linked also with the great inventions of the 19th century, Class 4 will carry out investigations into changing sounds, particularly in relation to wind and string instruments. There will also be much philosophical thought underpinning our work and many more exciting threads to our challenge question!!!
Friday, 27th September - Macmillan Coffee Day
Tuesday, 15th October - Harvest Festival
Thursday, 7th October - Trip to the National Coal Mining Museum
FIRST WEEK BACK - SEPTEMBER 2019
Our High Standards in Year 4 - What we aspire to!
Investigating Our Rights and Responsibilities
A VICTORIAN TRANSFORMATION FOR THE MOBILE
Our Reflection Area - Thankfulness
RE - Expressing faith through the arts
Unit on Victorian Street Scene Music Using Percussion Instruments
Music Using Body Percusssion
Victorian Street Scene - Composing and Performing
Our Introduction to Orienteering - Treasure Island!!!
Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell, renown for inventing the forerunner to the modern telephone, was actually a sound expert?
We have been developing our knowledge about sound too.
Our starting point knowledge
Investigating how sounds are made- seeing is believing!!!
Exploring through which mediums sound travels best and why?
How can we make the most successful telephone?
Testing the material connecting the phone cups
The wire allowed for the best transfer of sound
STREET CHILD - In literacy we have interrogated the text and used a variety of drama techniques to help us understand the action and the thoughts/feelings of characters as well as their motivations. This has really helped us when we have written recounts, playscripts and list poems.
Drama techniques to help with recounts in character
Our first Reciprocal Reading Session - Street Child
Our Reading Corner
Playscripts, list poems and P4C to deepen understanding of life for children in workhouses
Playscripts about a School Day in the Workhouse
P4C Is a Workhouse a Home?
P4C 'Is a Workhouse a home?'
Deepening our understand of life for poor children
Hotseating to enhance recount through the eyes of the character, Rosie.
A Recount as Rosie, the cook from the Big House
Work on character descriptions
Marking character description,habits & personality
William Morris Inspired Stain Glass Windows
Numeracy - Place Value
Group investigations into perimeter
Applying our maths to an Enterprise Project to raise money for Macmillan Cancer
Studying the evidence avaiable to use for the Victorian Period
Finding out about how children found jobs within domestic service
Our Spring Term has certainly seen our classroom transformed once more with vibrant burst of colour as we compare and contrast life in Navenby to a village in India, Chembakoli. Whilst tackling location and climate, we will also be unpicking the processes at work in the water cycle, creating explanatory text to show our understanding. This learning will be enhance be further investigation into the nature of solids, liquids and gases! Our India topic is also centred round respecting and celebrating differences as we investigate the beliefs and practises of the Hindu Faith, decorating our own classroom shrine with images of Hindu Gods and artefacts. The walls will also be adorned with the steps towards successfully designing Indian Block Print Cushions and the creation of Indian Music Samples as we explore Rag, Tala and Drone!! ....
Indian Costume and Traditions
Dancing and Festivals
Indian Chalk Art - Rangoli Designs
Learning the Hindu Religion and Challenging Stereotypes
Meditation and Well-being
Thank you Sunita for a great day supporting a Great British Value
Creating our own Indian Music
Investigating, creating and performing
Starting to investigate Hindu Beliefs and Practices
Our class Hindu Shrine
Our Hindu Beliefs and Lifestyle Learning Journey
Showing Racism the Red Card
Celebrating Differences - Indian Kite Day
Indian Kite Day - 13th January
Seeing out the Winter & welcome to warmer weather
First we researched why it happened
Kite racing competition in practise
The Race ..and the Champions
Indian Block Printing Design
Exploring explanatory text and creating our own for the water cycle
We also tested to see which was the most successful material and size for the listening cups as well as what length was best for the connecting lines. Our conclusion was that the best phone would have large, metal cups with short connecting wires!!!
Starting Point - Locating India and Chembakoli leading towards non-chronological text about this village.
Non-chronological report on Chembakolli
Digestion and Teeth - What we have covered so far!!
Information Text about Teeth
Explanatory Text about Tooth Decay
Teeth - Cutting and Grinding Food
The food moving down the oesophagus to the stomach
The stomach muscles contract breaking down food
Enzymes in the stomach also break down the food
The broken down food moves to the small intestine
Further nutrients are absorbed through the walls
In the large intestines final absorption occurs
The waste food moves out of the colon as faeces
Design and Technology - Making Naan Bread (Research and Tasting)
Tasting Sample Breads
PE - Unit on Cheerleading and Indian Dance
INDIAN PLAYSCRIPT WRITING
Reciprocal Reading - The Picky Princess
Numeracy - Fractions and Decimals
Multiplication and Division (A build up to written methods)
Our Reflection Area - The Christian Value of Faith
Year 4 Class Fund Raising for Red Nose Day and Numeracy Word Problem to find Profit..£80 made!!!!!
Respect (Courage and Encouragement)
World Book Day - Dressing up and enjoying authors (David Walliams)
Recounting the story of Dribbling Drew by David Walliams
Use of Apostrophes - Grubby Gertrude (David Walliams)
Writing like an author - Our own stories
World Book Day
Happy Mother's Day from Year 4 - You're eggxellent!!!
CONSERVE AND PRESERVE
Creative Writing Day
It's a Mystery
The Crime Scene
Clue 1 - Blue Eyes
Clue 2 - Size 7 feet
Clue 3 - A fair hair in the empty box
Clue 4 - Left-handed
Changes to the Environment - A Grammar Focus
How fossil fuels were created.
How coal is made? Fronted adverbials
Arguments For and Against Wind Farms P4C
How changes to the environment can impact nature
First we looked at habitats and food chains
Food chains and flow of energy
PERSUASIVE LETTER WRITING - ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES
PSHE- How to be Responsible Citizens and Guardians to Our Planet?
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Making recommendations to classes about recycling
Recycling Bottles - Explanatory Text
Graffiti Art Day - Paid for by our enterprise
Numeracy - Space
Logo - Programming Movement
DT - Replica Anglo-Saxon Houses
Anglo-Saxon Beliefs - The Creation Story
Recounting Anglo-Saxon Myths (cartoons)
Planning and creating our own Anglo- Saxon Myths
A Visit from Hrothgar - Viking weaponry and tactics
Viking Myths and Saga
Viking Burial Practise
Hope - Our Christian Value
We helped other classes to create their own Pentecost Art