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Year 4

We have two Year 4 classes

Miss Paterson Miss Riches
4P Class 4R Class

Topic Autumn 1 - Potions

Poisonous potions, aromatic brews, vapour or a sticky goo… Welcome to the amazing world of potions!

By reading an extract from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we’ll learn all about mysterious potions, and write a safety label for Alice’s bottle. We’ll sort everyday items into solids, liquids and gases. Using our investigation skills we’ll explore capacity and the properties of liquids. We’ll also design fabulous bottles for magical potions. Becoming super scientists, we’ll investigate chemical reactions and states of matter. We’ll research the use of anaesthetic and learn what life was like without it! The play, Romeo and Juliet will inspire us to write scripts, and we’ll think of an alternative ending for this tragic tale. We’ll write spells with magical, strange or gruesome effects – what ingredients will we use? It will be great fun to make chocolate hearts and bath bombs! We’ll also create canvas art on a large scale!

At the end of the ILP, we’ll invite you to visit our class of potion masters. We’ll even make delicious potion treats for you to taste!

Help your child prepare for their project
‘Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ Why not hunt around the house to track down a wide variety of items and sort them into solids, liquids and gases? You could also sketch interesting bottles or containers that you have at home. Alternatively, you could try baking something new together, thinking about how the ingredients change when you mix and cook them.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Memorable experience Alice in Wonderland discovery trail
Innovate challenge Create a potion
English Labels and instructions; Letters; Play scripts; Poetry; Non-chronological reports
Science States of matter
A&D Design; Clay work; Crayon art; Photography
Computing Presenting information
D&T Developing products
History Historic use of potions
Music Improvising
PE Dance
Science investigations Are all liquids runny? How do smells get up your nose? Is custard a liquid?

Topic Autumn 2 - I am Warrior!

We are brave, powerful warriors, and we will meet in battle!

This half term, we’ll divide into two warring groups: the Celts and the Romans. In our battle games, who will be victorious? We’ll research Celtic and Roman warriors and write soliloquies as soldiers. Using different source materials we’ll investigate the Roman Empire and read Roman numerals. After designing and making shields, we’ll test them in battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. The Celtic warrior queen, Boudicca, will inspire us to create stories, models and artwork. We’ll write plays about gladiators and a menu for wealthy Romans. Using maps, globes and information books, we’ll compare Britain (the home of the Celts) and Rome (the home of the Romans).

At the end of the ILP, we’ll reflect on what the Romans did for us. We’ll become archaeologists, examining and sorting artefacts. You’ll receive an invitation to our art gallery where we’ll give guided tours to explain what we have learnt.

Help your child prepare for their project
The Romans changed the course of England’s history. Why not visit a museum together or look at Roman artefacts online to see what you can learn about the Romans? You could also look at holiday brochures and online information to find out about modern day Rome. Which tourist attractions would you like to visit? Alternatively, you could work together to make a model of a Roman villa using recycled materials.

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Thieves of Ostia – Caroline Lawrence

Memorable experience Battle reenactment
Innovate challenge Become a Roman soldier
English Soliloquies; Historical narratives; Play scripts; Instructions, invitations and menus; Letters
History The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
A&D Drawing; Sculpture; Mosaic; Jewellery
D&T Shields and helmets; Roman food; Roman designs
Geography Comparing Britain and Italy; Using maps; Locational knowledge; Human and physical geography
PE Competitive games; Building strength and agility
PSHE Recognising achievements
Science investigations Did the Romans use toilet roll?