Welcome to Year 4
We are made up of two classes – Team Morpurgo (27 children) and Team Kinney (26 children)
Our aim is to ensure that every child receives high-quality, engaging learning experiences that support their academic learning and social development. We encourage our children to be independent learners by providing them with opportunities to think for themselves and collaborate with their peers. We want the children to be proud of their school and their year group teams understanding that every pupil has different life- experiences, interests and strengths which will help to both enrich and challenge everyone’s understanding of the world around them. In Year 4, we strive to ensure all children enjoy their learning and feel valued. We aim to teach an exciting curriculum and to challenge children to achieve their full potential.
Meet the Team
Miss Newton – Class teacher of Team Morpurgo
Miss Jefferson / Mrs Brannon – Class teachers of Team Kinney
Miss Davis will provide additional support to both classes in a morning.
Miss English will provide additional support to both classes in an afternoon.
What we will be Learning this Year:
Burps, Bottoms and Bile!
Open wide – let’s take a look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside our bodies…. To begin this unit of work, the children we listen to a talk from the 'Brush Bus Company' and learn all about oral hygiene as well as begin to examine the effects that sugary substances can have on their pearly whites. Working like dentists, the children will take dental impressions and examine the different types of teeth that make up the human mouth. The digestive system is the next stop! The children will research all about their digestive system starting with the saliva glands in the mouth - gulp.... before heading down the esophagus and beyond.... UNTIL.... all that is left is the waste product - NICE! From there, children who dare will take on the challenge of recognising an animal just by looking at its poo sample - YUCK! In English, the children will have opportunities to explore teeth-related idioms to give their writing extra character, write a fantasy story and develop their persuasive writing skills. They will also be writing explanation texts about the digestive system explaining how it works. To conclude this unit of work, the children will work as a team to create a model of the human body including the digestive system. Can the children persuade others to eat healthy and look after this marvellous belching, squelching, mixture-making machine that we call our body?
Grab your wetsuit! We're going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. To begin this unit of work, the children will visit their local aquarium (The Deep) to learn about life in the ocean whilst also drawing as many creatures of the deep as they can in their sketchbooks. As explorers of the ocean, the children will need to dive a little deeper and find out about Cornelius Drebbel, the inventor of the first submarine, investigating the types of materials he used and how the first submarines worked. To really understand some of the beauty of the ocean, the children will explore the Great Barrier Reef using satellite images and real-life photographs taken using underwater cameras. Using these images as inspiration, the children will have more opportunities to get their creative juices flowing, using brightly coloured paints. In English, the children will have opportunities to take part in a poetry competition, create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world and develop their persuasive writing skills. To conclude this unit of work, the whole year group will work together to create a 3-D art exhibition of the wonderful world beneath the sea. Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let's head into the blue abyss...
I am Warrior!
I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus Celts, the fight is on… How better to begin this unit of work by designing and creating shields that the children will be able to use in the weeks that follow. As Historians, the children will learn all about Boudicca, the Celtic Queen of the Iceni tribe as well as begin to understand what the Romans did for us. To prepare to become a qualified Roman warrior, the children will explore attacking and defending skills as well as develop their athletic ability during their Gladiator school sessions. In English, the children will produce lots of pieces of writing all inspired by the book, 'I was there... Boudicca's army'. They will explore the following genres: historical narratives, play-scripts, letters, diaries and balanced arguments. To conclude this unit of work, the children will work in small teams to compose a Roman themed piece of music which reflects the different stages of a Roman battle which we will share and perform as a whole year group.
Carpe diem – seize the day!
Summer Term 1
Traders and Raiders
Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain's shores. To begin this unit of work, we will be creating our own miniature Viking long-ships so that we can sail back into the Dark ages where battles were rife and fear reigned. As Historians, the children will find out about the life of the Saxons including how they lived and where they came from. They will meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia - never before had such terror swept the land. As artists and designers, the children will have the opportunity to make a Viking weapon and create a whole class Viking village. In English, the children will produce lots of pieces of writing all inspired by the book, 'The Saga of Erik the Viking'. They will explore the following genres: Report writing, Letters, Newspaper articles and Narrative work. To conclude this unit of work, the children will help to organise a Viking bake sale through produce made at home and in the classroom.
Choose to be a Saxon or a Viking and trade your craft goods. But let's keep it cool - we don't want a fight breaking out! Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?