Welcome To Our Learning Journeys
To continue the children's learning in year 4 we will be learning about the Rainforest. In the first part of the spring term, we will not be using a text to focus on as we will be using media to engage and inspire our writing. However. we will be reading The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry in our whole class reading sessions.
To ease the children into year 4 we are starting off with learning about World War 2. Our main class text that we will using in our English sessions, is The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes, we will also be reading Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo in our whole class reading sessions.
The children will start their learning through narrative, exploring how an author begins stories using setting descriptions. The children will then write their own story opening using the evacuation period at the beginning of the War. We will also look at the features of a speech in order to write their own speech as if they are Winston Churchill rallying the troops.
Our Maths focus this term will be 'Number'. This will included: place value, ordering and sequencing, negative numbers and rounding. Additionally, the children will be taught to apply their skills using mental and written methods for addition and subtraction. Throughout each sequence of learning, the children will be using questioning, reasoning, evaluating and solving problems in as many real life contexts as possible.
In Science, we will be focusing on Electricity . Using our investigative skills we will learn how to create an electrical circuit and explore the properties of lots of different materials in order to establish whether they were conductors or insulators.
Art & Design:
In Art and Design Technology, we be looking into the work of Henrik Simonsen and Georgia o'Keefe . From these we will be sketching poppies in our sketch books and then using a permanent marker to draw them on actetate and painting them with glass paints. Our beautiful poppies will then be placed onto a piece of our written work.
We will be recycling plastic bottles, lots of papier mache and paint in order to build our very own spitfires.
History / Geography:
With our topic being history based, we will obviously be covering an awful lot of History! We will chronologically explore WW2 starting at where and why it began, declaration of war, evacuation process, Battle of Britain, The Blackout and The Blitz, the role of women, D Day and eventually V E Day. Geographically, we will explore Europe using an atlas and investigate which countries were invaded and the particular paths armies took through countries in order to defeat the enemy!
It is going to be a very exciting and busy term!