Year 4

Autumn Term 2015 – Invaders!

This term, Year 4 will be going on a very exciting learning journey as we explore our new topic Invaders!

As part of our creative curriculum, we will be going on an historical and geographical adventure into the misty worlds of the Vikings, Saxons and Normans…

We will follow the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous the Third as he attempts to overcome his fear of dragons. During our research, we will be investigating historical artefacts and creating our own 21st Century interactive museum in which to house and display our amazing archaeological treasures created in our art lessons. We will also be studying the history of weapons and learning how to use a bow and arrow with Southsea Archery Club!

In Music, we will be singing songs about the Viking Gods as well as using the iPads to compose and record digital music for a film clip about a famous Viking and his many battles.

As our new cookery room is up and running we will be visiting the fish market in Old Portsmouth and then cooking our very own ‘delicious’ fish recipes.

In our Science lessons, we will be studying ‘Electricity’ and then designing and building our very own electronic games and toys!

We have some fantastic Learning Log tasks planned and if your child wishes to come to Homework Club we will be running this every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00.

Don’t forget that your child should be reading at least 3 times a week.

Our PE days are Monday and Thursday so please ensure your child has their kit in school.

The Year 4 Team


Summer Term 2015

Lots of exciting topics lined up for Year 4 this term! We are kicking off with habitats, linking these to information texts. Following this, we shall be constructing dens and making locks for our ‘secret’ diary writing topic. To end the half term. We will be learning about synagogues, as part of our RE learning.

After the half term, we will study stories from other cultures. This is a great opportunity to learn about countries of the world. A week of poetry and talking about our feelings follows this, before we learn about nutrition in science.

Trips lined up for this term include a Tudor play from Portsmouth University Students (linking back to our Tudor topic in the Spring term), a ‘Beach, Hill and Wood’ trip in May and a harbour visit in July, where we can practise our orienteering skills.

Alongside all of this, we will cover maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar daily. Please help your child with times tables, number facts and spellings. We are encouraging the children to take ownership of their own learning, so they will be coming home with incorrect spellings from their own work and maths problems. These can be added to their Learning Log to build up a great picture of home learning.

Learning Log club remains on Tuesday after school; simply pick up your child from the office at 4:15 if you want them to come along. PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Make sure your child has the appropriate kit in school (this should be t-shirt, shorts and trainers/plimsolls). ERIC is every Thursday morning; all parents/carers are welcome to come in and read with children. Thank you to those parents that are regularly signing their child’s home reading diary; this lets us know how much reading they are doing at home.


Spring term 2015 – Extreme Environments!

This term, Year 4 will be investigating some of the most amazing places on Planet Earth as part of our Extreme Environments topic.

We will be focusing our initial investigations on the Polar Explorers and asking ourselves one simple question – Were they Courageous or just plain Crazy?

We are planning on exploring the life and famous journey of Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance as well as the expeditions of other explorers past and present.

As we research the historical context of exploration, we shall also be investigating the topographical features of both poles as well as the effects of climate change.

Science will lead us to explore the habitats of animals living in the poles and how they have adapted to live in such extreme conditions. We shall also be investigating changing materials and sound.

Our writing will involve most genres particularly journalistic writing, diaries, information texts, instructional writing as well as stories and poetry.

Our outdoor PE sessions this term will be swimming lessons at the Mountbatten Centre – These will take place every Thursday  for 10 weeks so please ensure your child has their swimming gear.