Welcome to Connaught and Laurel!
Throughout Year 4, the children will be learning about diversity, equality, collaboration and respect through a broad range of topics, including:
Anglo Saxons and the Vikings (Autumn 1)
Ancient Greeks and their influence on the world (Autumn 2)
Age of Enlightenment (Spring 1)
The Frozen Continent (Spring 2)
Ancient Baghdad and the Islamic Empire (Summer 1 and 2)
Key concepts such as Social Responsibility, Justice, Gender Equality, Democracy, Environmental Care, Social Exclusion and Discrimination and Disability are built into everything we learn.
In Year 4 our children hone their critical thinking skills through topic work including the following literature;
Poetry by Heart is an inspiring competition for students in schools and colleges to learn and to recite poems by heart. The competition is a pyramid of participation from individual classrooms to whole school/college contests, then county contests, regional semi-finals and the grand final. In the process, pupils foster deep personal connections with the poems chosen and bring poetry alive for their friends, families and communities.
Year 4 are focussing on the Romantic Poets, to support their work on Frankenstein in Literacy. So far, we have studied the Big 6 - Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Blake, William Wordsworth, John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Link to poems: http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/romantics-showcase/
To support our understanding of Homer's Iliad, we are learning the songs from Heroes of Troy; a sequence of learning which targets objectives from the Music curriculum at Key Stage 2. There are seven exciting songs to learn, each one linking to an episode of the story of the Trojan War.
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed attending Troy: Myth and Reality this December. It is the British Museum's major exhibition for Autumn 2019, revealing the lasting legacy of stories and legends from the Trojan War. They were first talked about by the early ancient poets including Homer, in his epic work the Iliad. This trip will fully support our work in Literacy and Topic on Homer's Iliad and ancient Greek culture, history and society.
There were 300 objects and works of art on show which have been inspired by the tales of war, love and loss. Below is an overview of the exhibition. Please feel free to take a look and discuss with your children!
Children will develop their confidence in performing arts and dance whilst deepening their understanding of story telling techniques.
Previous performances have been:
- Arion and the Dolphin (2018)
It was lovely to see so many children had gained the Year 3 badges and were wearing them on their jumpers coming up to Year 4. We are proud to say that even more children have gained their Year 4 Bronze badges and are now working towards Silver. Badges are earnt by following our School Aims and our Keys to Success.
PE is every Tuesday afternoon and children should bring their PE kit in a bag. Earrings and other jewellery should not be worn on that day.
In Y5 children will have the opportunity to go swimming.