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Year 4

Autumn 1 – I Am Warrior

In Autumn 1, we will discover what Romans brought to Britain and recognise key events in Roman history. Through the children’s English work we will explore life as a Roman soldier and introduce the children to some Latin vocabulary. Children will have the opportunity to research famous artwork and design and create their own mosaics using a range of materials. We will have a visit from a Roman person to learn about life as a Roman.

Autumn 2 – Vicious Vikings

In this topic the children will be learning what life was like in Britain when the Saxons and the Vikings invaded. They will be stepping into the shoes of an Anglo-Saxon warrior and they will be discovering all about Viking market towns during their visit to Murton Park. They will get creative in Design and Technology when making jewellery and weaponry. In Geography, the children will be looking at the location of different settlements and homes that were built. The children will have the opportunity to participate in some drama activities and will be writing a short story using descriptive devices.

Spring 1 – Blue Abyss

This half term we will be diving into the wonders of the deep. We will start our topic with a visit to an aquarium to look at some of the amazing creatures that can be found in our oceans today.

To begin our topic, the children will look at a range of poetry about ocean life and will look specifically at similes and metaphors and how language can create a range of images.

Throughout the term the children will be producing persuasive texts about life in the ocean and environmental issues that surround this. In addition, they will be extending their Geography skills through finding out about the location of different oceans and climate zones.

Spring 2 – Butterfly Lion

In this topic, children will enhance their geographical skills by looking through the eyes of a South African child and comparing the different cultures and ways of life. Based around the book – The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, children will have the chance to explore African wildlife whilst developing their scientific knowledge of animals and their habitats.

Children will experience first-hand African music through the music curriculum and will learn a sequence of rhythms to play on Djembe drums.  Alongside this, the children will be able to explore their creative side by rehearsing and performing a street dance with an African theme.  In Art, we will be focussing on proportions through our drawing and gradients in our painting activities in the build up to our final pieces.

Summer 1 – Burps, Bottom and Bile

In Summer 1 we are on a voyage to investigate the world inside our bodies.

We will look at teeth and how to have a winning smile.  We will be adapting familiar recipes and learning how to make them healthier by reducing the sugar.

Climb on board as we take a journey through the digestive system.  We will be following a piece of food from its starting point to its end destination!  In our topic lessons, we will write an explanation of the digestive process and write fantasy stories imagining the sights and sounds of the food on its route.  Watch out for the bends of the intestines and what you might see there!

So by the end of this topic, we will know all about the mystery of our body and how to look after the marvellous belching, squelching, mixture making machine that is the body we live in.

Summer 2 – Native Americans

Buckle up! Year 4 are heading across the Atlantic, entering the museums of New York and going back in time to discover the amazing customs and traditions of the Iroquois Native American tribe.  We will be learning about life as a Native American by retelling the story of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America.

As this term is an Art and DT focus, we will be getting artistic by designing and creating our own totem poles and dreamcatchers by looking at local sculptures in Stewart’s Park.

Children will continue to work scientifically whilst exploring electricity.  A trip to Hartlepool Power Station will help to link their learning in the classroom to the real world, giving them an insight into local industries and their role in our community.

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