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Autumn 1 - Vicious Vikings

During Autumn 1 our topic is the Vikings. In English, we will be focusing on the text “Beowulf” by Michael Morpurgo. We will complete multiple pieces of writing across the half term, including our own narratives based on a hero and villain, and newspaper articles covering a Viking invasion. During our Topic lessons we will be looking at who the Vikings were and where they came from, what life was like for Viking children, how their homes compare to ours today and what beliefs the Vikings held. We have already created some wonderful Viking artwork which is on display outside our classroom – please pop in and have a look! We have drawn and painted dragon eyes as the Vikings used to have carvings of dragons on the front of their longships to protect themselves against the evil spirits of the sea.

Autumn 2 - Antarctica

Our topic for Autumn 2 is Antarctica. We will be focusing on Robert Falcon Scott and his fatal expedition to the South Pole. In English, we shall be writing newspaper reports which will break the news that Scott was beaten to the South Pole by Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen. In topic lessons, we will be following a Geography based series of lessons, discussing aspects such as Northern and Southern hemisphere, latitude and longitude. We will also have the chance to send our own questions out to a researcher who is currently living in Antarctica! This will be a fantastic opportunity and a great way to learn all about Antarctica. Science will focus on Animals and their Habitats. We will be creating classification keys and partaking in lots of class discussions. This half term, we will also be participating in lots of Christmas activities - especially lots of Christmas performance rehearsals! It will be a really busy and exciting time in Year 4!

Spring 1 - Ancient Greeks

Travel back in time with us, during Spring 1, to Ancient Greece. The children will be writing mythical creature descriptions, their own creation myths and a set of instructions during English lessons. We will have an Ancient Greek day where the children will take on the role of Ancient Greek Potters. They shall be designing and making their own Greek vase using papier-mache and taste testing some Greek food. In topic lessons, we shall be focusing on a variety of things ranging from the Ancient Greek political system, the Olympics, Greek Gods and the Trojan War. Electricity is our Science focus and hopefully the children will be conducting their own investigations. As already shared in a recent newsletter, Miss Cooper will be joining the Year 4 team during Spring 1 and 2, working alongside Miss Smith. Please keep an eye on our Class Blog for the latest activities and learning taking place in Year 4.


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General Information

Homework will be handed out every Monday, to be completed and returned the following Monday.

Maths homework will be sent weekly, with English every two weeks. I shall be running a “Homework Help” session on Friday lunch times, for children who have had a go at their homework but would like some extra discussion with me before the hand-in date. Spellings will be handed out every Friday and tested the following Friday. The effort that is put into learning at home is much appreciated – so thank you!

Please keep an eye on our class page for further updates and information about exciting things happening in Year 4, throughout the year.

Miss Smith