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Our topic for the Autumn term will be The Victorians. We will be discovering what life was like in Victorian Britain and how the Industrial Revolution changed society. As a class, we will study what it was like for children growing up and having to work every day in the dangerous mills! Study will also focus on important historical figures such as the scientist Charles Darwin, inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell and Lord Shaftsbury who was instrumental in trying to make sure that children had rights. The children will look at the comparison between Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2nd. A class debate will take place to decide who is the greatest monarch.
For our English work this first half-term, we will be focussing on the book, 'Counting on Katherine,' by Helaine Becker. It is a really engaging text with captivating illustrations and will introduce the children to the amazing life of mathematician Katherine Johnson. As we move to the second half of the Autumn term, we will look at the book 'Charlotte's Web,' and be using drama to help us with ideas for our writing. Throughout this term we will be editing and improving our work through ambitious vocabulary and use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. Our writing conference work will form a big part of the editing and re-drafting process. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to develop atmosphere in writing will be looked at. Additionally, we will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words.
We shall, of course, get back into learning Maths again, but I realise that it may have been some time since many of the children have been learning Maths, so we will be revisiting the Year 3 curriculum to check that the children feel secure before moving on to the Year 4 learning. Initially, we will be concentrating on number. This will include looking at place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 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 also be developing our understanding of shape and measure. All of us will be rocking out and competing to get the best guitars and gear on Times Table Rockstars!
In Science, the class will be looking at sound. How is sound created? How does it travel? What effects pitch and volume? The children will get chance to make their own string telephones inspired by Alexander Graham Bell and also develop their skills in working scientifically to answer questions using experiments and results.
In P.E. we will be focussing on fitness this term and the children will have the Sportscape team leading their lessons in the first half of the Autumn term.
In Art and Design the Children will create mixed-media works depicting Victorian buildings. The use of collage will be practiced and employed to create a Victorian self-portrait. We will design and build our own toys, after studying this Victorian craft in detail. The work of artist William Morris will be studied. In Music, we are going to have some fun with some body percussion exercises and we shall we be additionally looking at pulse, rhythm and melody.