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Year 4

We have two Year 4 classes

Miss Paterson Miss Riches
4P Class 4R Class

Topic Summer 1 - Invasion

Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Saxons invading Britain’s shores!

During this half term, we’ll start by making sturdy boats to sail the ocean’s fearsome waves. We’ll write reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we’ll find out about key dates. Using online maps, we’ll plot the location of Roman shore forts and draw our own sketch maps. We’ll make models of Saxon weaponry, homes and jewellery and carefully carve runes using clay tools. When we learn about the Legend of King Arthur, we’ll retell the story, and write character portraits about Alfred the Great. We’ll write poems praising King Olaf, making sure they are complimentary, and learn about the everyday lives of the Saxons and Vikings. Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate viking invasion sites. We’ll research Viking beliefs and take part in a scrumptious Viking feast.

At the end of the project, we’ll reflect on what it would have been like to be a child during these troubled times and invite you to a Saxon and Viking art exhibition.

Help your child prepare for their project
Watch out – the Saxons and Vikings are invading! Why not visit your local library together to see if there have been any Saxon or Viking invasions in your area? You could also find out more by visiting your local museum to explore Saxon and Viking connections further. Alternatively, read books and watch films together to gain an insight into this period, such as How to Train Your Dragon.

Memorable experience Make sailing boats
Innovate challenge Trade fair
English Reports; Myths and legends; Character profiles; Poetry; Historical narratives
History Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
A&D Patterns and print making; Sketchbooks
Computing Animation; Images
D&T Making weapons and jewellery; Models of Anglo-Saxon homes; Clay rune stones
Geography Using maps; Settlements; Europe
Music Composing lyrics
PE Competitive games; Attack and defence games
Science investigations How did Vikings dye their clothes?

Topic Summer 2 - Road Trip USA

Buckle up and put your sunglasses on – this half term we’re going on a road trip across the USA!

We’ll start by ‘visiting’ the states where Native American tribes settled. We’ll use travel brochures and the internet to research New York and write postcards to family members. Using maps, we’ll locate the USA and find the names of the states. We’ll look at the amazing lights of Times Square, make circuits and create a program for a tourist trip around New York. We'll write diaries and explore Native American myths. After learning about their cultural significance, we’ll weave beautiful dreamcatchers. Looking at aerial views of natural landmarks, we’ll think about how they might have been formed. We’ll create travel brochures and make illuminated models of different landmarks. Then we’ll cook delicious dishes – would anyone like a corn dog?

At the end of the project, we’ll make a ‘journey stick’ so we can remember where we have visited. We’ll use this to explain our learning journey.

Help your child prepare for their project
The USA is an incredible place, with a varied landscape and culture. Why not choose a state to research together and create a scrapbook of exciting locations? You could also make a playlist of American songs from different genres that you could listen to on your road trip. Alternatively, visit the supermarket together to see if you can identify any foods associated with the USA. You might even try some of them!

Memorable experience Visit 14 US states
Innovate challenge Plan a family holiday
English Postcards; Emails; Diaries; Myths and legends; Poetry
Geography Using world and US maps; Human and physical geography
A&D Native American dreamcatchers; Weaving; Journey sticks
Computing Collaborative databases and spreadsheets; Using logical reasoning; Writing programs; Effective online research; Presentations
D&T Preparing US dishes; Making models; Designing totem pole
History Native Americans
Music Traditional and cultural music
PSHE Expressing opinions; Stereotypes and discrimination
Science Electricity
Science investigations What conducts electricity? How do plugs work? Can you make a circuit from play dough?