Year 4 - Emerald Class

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Welcome to Emerald Class with Miss Morris :-)

Our topic for the Spring term will be The Anglo-Saxons and The Vikings. We will be discovering what life was like in Britain at this time and how the invaders changed society. As a class, we will study UK countries and cities up to 1066. We will work on understanding that many different peoples have settled in Britain and shaped the culture and language we have today. The children will examine the Primary Sources found at the Sutton Hoo burial site and study the clothes, customs and traditions of society at this time. A really exciting part of this term will be our residential trip to Delamere! During our residential, we will learn to build dens and work as a team to solve problems.

Geography lessons will include a study of key aspects of human geography. The children will learn about different types of settlement and land use. They will discover how natural resources governed settlement locations. They will use maps and learn to sketch their own maps to record features. They will make a 3D map of a Viking settlement and local area.

In our Maths work we will be concentrating on efficient multiplication strategies and division at first. We will deepen our learning through real life multi -step problems and use our reasoning skills to show what methods we could use. We will use pictorial diagrams to help us visualise solutions and approach problems creatively. We will then move onto looking at fractions and decimals. All of us will be rocking out and competing to get the best guitars and gear on Times Table Rockstars!

In English we will look at the book 'Skyhawk,' by Gill Lewis and use drama to help us with ideas for our writing. The children will get the chance to write using the variety of genres that they learned about last term, including persausive writing, non-chronolgical reports and narratives. We will continue to practice the use of commas, speech marks and the apostrophe in contractions and to show possession. There will be an in depth look at homophones this term. Additionally, we will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words.

Science this term will focus on animals and humans. We will construct and interpret a variety of food chains. The children will be able to identify producers, predators and prey. We will be looking at recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. The children will aim to be able to explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.

In P.E. we will be working on jumping skills and gymnastics. We will concentrate on the fundamental movement skills of each sport.

Our R.E. work will be centred around Jesus' last week on earth. We will use works of art to put these events into chronological order. The class will have a discussion about the crucifixion and look at the Christian symbols that have their origins in this event.

In Art and Design the Children will create their own Viking shields and helmets out of cardboard. They will also design and make longboat models and create a replica broach out of air-drying clay. The use of collage will be practiced and employed to create a work of art inspired by the Bayeaux Tapestry. We will practice the use of watercolour washes and each child will get to paint themselves as a Viking Warrior.

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