Last term the children choreographed a dance based on the life of the Vikings. They took exciting music for a stimulus and worked together as a team to produce a story that told the story of a long-ship being built, sailing across from Denmark to the United Kingdom and facing fierce opposition when they arrived. They did brilliantly!
Reporting in Year 4
Year 4 have been studying Invaders and Settlers. They have focussed on Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. Today they travelled to Lindisfarne to meet a monk who had been in the monastry when it was so brutally invaded. They wrote some fantastically inquisitve questions and showed that they had the skills to make fantastic reporters.
Knitting in Year 4!
Year 4 have been really lucky to have the help of the lovely ladies and gentlemen from the church. Over the last three weeks they have come into our class and introduced us to the wonderful world of knitting. The children have produced some wonderful owls, and if you pop into the local church over Christmas you will see them all on display. Twit twoo!
The Spring term has been really exciting in Year 4. Our Topic has been split by the half terms. In our first half term we studied Riotous Royalty. This meant that we were able to look at the Kings and Queens of England in a speedy dash from 1066 to the modern day. We enjoyed a Victorian day with students and teachers alike dressing up. We followed a traditional day, making sure that all pupils behaved, otherwise there was the risk of the cane! Year 4 pupils created some wonderful clay portraits of Queen Victoria which are now pride of place in the key stage 2 corridor.
Our second half term has been dedicated to Sustainability. We have enjoyed a visit to Bursledon Windmill as well as the Sustainability centre . The children have learnt about all of the many ways that they can be Sustainable including the use of Solar, wind and wave turbines. We have enjoyed looking at how the landscape and population in Nepal differs from our own. In Art the children are designing and creating sculptures based around the works of Michelle Reader.
Year 4 is a fantastic year to be in, where we learn many interesting things and go on some exciting trips. It is an important school year, the last before the children make the transition to Upper Key Stage 2, where greater responsibility for their own learning is expected. With this in mind, we encourage the children to take more independence in their learning as we go through the year.
Throughout the year the children embed and broaden their literacy and mathematical knowledge and skills, where we build on previous years’ learning and develop new concepts. In Year 4 we enjoy problem solving and practical investigations to help us with our mathematics learning and we use drama and creativity to help us make our writing interesting and exciting. We also develop our understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar as we move through to higher levels of writing.
In Year 4 the children extend their knowledge and understanding of their local geographic area, specifically looking at the rivers' eco-system and how it impacts the local community. We compare and contrast a different locality with our locality. We specifically focus in on Southampton during this topic, but look at other industrial cities to complement the study.
Historical study is also important in Year 4 where we examine many periods of British history. Our ‘Invaders and Settlers’ topic gives the children the opportunity to relate present events with those in History. We study the Anglo-Saxon period and the topic culminates in a half-term of full Viking immersion. This gives the children the opportunity to research specific areas of this period including religion, way of life and travel. The children take on the role of roaming reporters to discover vicious Viking facts! The children have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of drama activities along with extremely exciting creative writing.
All three topics form the basis of much of the learning that takes place in Year 4 as cross-curricular links are made where possible, including the construction of Viking Long ships!
While in Year 4 children are given the opportunity to embed their learning by class trips and topic days. To raid the school in a full Viking workshop! and, of course, the exciting activities day at Charlton Lakes. The children will also have constant access to the outdoors and the exploration of their local community.
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