This term our theme of learning is Rock ‘n’ Roll which has a history focus on the Stone Age period. The children will be learning about rocks and soils, fossils and magnetism in science. The children will be designing and making Iron Age roundhouses and discovering what life was like during that period. We hope to have a Stone Age day experience where the children will be making shelters, creating fires and gathering food. All learning will be underpinned with our purple learning strategy and the school will be enjoying a whole school mental health fortnight.
This term, Year 4 will be travelling back in time to 753BC, to experience what life was like during the Roman Era. We are so lucky to have such a rich history of Roman remains in our very own city! We would encourage the children to spend some time at a weekend exploring some of the Roman sites which are available locally. They will also explore artefacts related to Roman domestic life to help gain an insight into how they lived their everyday lives.
In Literacy, the children will be completing a range of different genres, including: a playscript, an explanation text about the digestive system (linking to their work in science), persuasive gladiator arguments and instructional writing about Roman roads. We will be looking at Roman legacy, focussing particularly on Glevum (Gloucester), which was a very important Roman town. We will look at a range of historical and geographical sources to draw our own conclusions. To end our theme, we will be holding our very own Roman day, where we will be making pizzas (a traditional Roman food) and taking part in Roman games. The children will be able to dress up as somebody from the Roman period, whether this is a Roman soldier or Boudicca herself!
Blast Off! – We will be shooting into space to investigate such topics as: our solar system, the phases of the moon and how we have night and day. There will be research of the
history of space exploration, learning facts about Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and Tim Peake’s adventures on the International Space Station. We will be reading and writing Science Fiction stories, designing leaflets to persuade the public to visit a science museum and creating our own space poetry. Geography will take us on a study of some features of the USA and our art work will be inspired by the pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. In computing, we will be focussing on developing our skills by using Desktop Publishing and Excel. In PE we will be practising our gymnastics skills and creating a Space-themed dance. It’s going to be a busy, action–packed term so let’s be ready to Blast Off!
Our topic this term is largely science and PSHE based, as we explore the most incredible machine – the human body. We will start by learning about the organs of our body, our body systems and everything that we can do to keep our bodies working well. We will also be learning about how different substances effect our body and healthy choices that we can make. Later in the term we will discuss how our bodies change as we grow up and human reproduction. In a secondary topic, we will be travelling across the Severn Seas as we read the famous Treasure Island and start our Pirate Anthologies. Over the term, we will explore a range of writing genres, all with a pirate theme. This always proves to be an exciting topic and we look forward to reading the wonderful writing that our talented young authors produce.