Class Y4 - Miss Webster

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Welcome to Class Y4.

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What are we learning? - Summer Term 2016/17

Tribal Tales

As Authors ... we will be exploring non-fiction writing. We will use resources to research the prehistoric ages in order to write our own non chronological reports. We will also be refining our abilities to explain concepts and occurrences linked to the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. We will be exploring a classic children's story linked to Tribal Tales and create alternative scenarios and events using the characters.

As Scientists ... we will explore and categorise rocks and soils. We will also be looking into how pre-historic people used to plant crops and farm the land. We will be learning about the different parts and needs of plants and flowers.

As Historians ... we will be exploring how people from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age lived. We will focus on housing, what they looked like, what materials they used to build them. We will look at how they used hunting to survive, how they travelled and how they used and made different weapons.

As Designers ... we will design our own tools using natural material found around school. We will compare the materials available in the prehistoric ages to the materials available using them to construct to most effective tools.

As Artists ... we will be developing the use of sketching and planning before moving into more detailed observational drawings using a variety of different mediums. We will be learning how to effectively cut and join materials with the outcome being the construction of our own 3D models of Stone Age houses.

As Enterprising Learners ... we will be refining our design, collaboration, analysis and assessing the impact of our work in these areas.

What are we learning? - Spring Term 2016/17

Potions!

As Authors ... we will be exploring stories featuring magic and potions, such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. We will write spells and chants that we will perform to an audience. We will developing our skills to write scientifically after our investigations. In addition to this, we will be exploring writing in role through the use of stories and letter writing.

As Scientists ... we will explore the properties of solids, liquids and gases. We will be observing how some materials change state when they are heated or cooled. We will also be exploring evaporation and condensation. We will be using this knowledge to create our own potions.

As Historians ... we will be exploring how potions have developed through the ages and the benefits this has had to our health and wellbeing.

As Designers ... we will designing our own potions, the bottle it would be contained in and the packaging and promotion for it. We will be creating a scene using modelling materials based upon one of the stories/poems we will study.

As Artists ... we will be developing the use of sketching before moving into more detailed observational drawings. We will be working with a wider range of media such as clay, pastels and chalks.

As Enterprising Learners ... we will be refining our design, collaboration, analysis and assessing the impact of our work in these areas.

What are we learning? - Autumn Term 2016/17

Blue Abyss

As Authors ... we will be refining our use of sentence types, conjunctions and vocabulary to write explanations, adventure stories and specific types of poetry, such as kennings. We will be using a range of reading skills to research our favourite sea creatures and summarise the key information to write our own non-chronological reports.

As Scientists ... we will explore the different ways living things can be grouped and use classification keys to group animals and plants in different ways. We will also be identifying how environments can change and how this can pose a danger to living things.

As Historians ... we will be learning about the importance of a variety of sea vessels and how they contributed to modern oceanography.

As Geographers ... we will be identifying the location and key differences between different seas and oceans of the world. We will learn how to read maps and understand terms such as "equator", "hemisphere" and "tropics". We will be exploring one of the world's greatest natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, and examine the diverse life forms that depend on it to survive. We will also be examining the impact of human behaviour on seas and oceans, such as oil spills, over-fishing and pollution.

As Designers ... we will discover how submarines work and will create a scaled model using recyclable materials.

As Artists ... we will be refining our observational skills by creating sketches and drawings of sea creatures and plants. We will also be engaging with our imaginations by designing our own sea creatures. We will be examining the work of the artist, Anthony Gormley, examining how his sculptures are created and the impact they have on those who view them.

As Enterprising Learners ... we will be refining our uionse of planning, vision and collaboration.