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Year 4

Welcome to Connaught, Biddulph 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)

  • The Age of Enlightenment (Spring 1)

  • Antarctica (Spring 2)

  • Ancient Baghdad and the Islamic Empire (Summer 1)

  • Ancient Sumer (Summer 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;

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Autumn 2
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Summer 1
Summer 2

Social Stories

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 4 Weekly Timetable
Long Term Plan 
Mid-Term Plans
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

Poetry by Heart Competition

This term, KS2 children at Medway are taking part in the Poetry By Heart competition! The finals will be held in the Main Hall on Thursday 13th February at 1.45pm!

 

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/

Extracts of Homer's Iliad translated by A. S. Kline (2009)

KS2 Music: Heroes of Troy

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.

Trip to the British Museum in London, on Thursday 5th December 2019!

 

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!

The Wounded Achilles, 1825, Filippo Albacini
Terracotta face pot from Troy, c. 2550–1750BC
Priam & Achilles, Roman silver cup, 1st century AD

Our Year 4 children also had the opportunity to study and perform a movement piece of the Iliad.

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)

 

Learn more about our topics and books!

The science of static electricity! (Spring 1)

We've all had the experience: you're walking across a soft carpet, you reach for the doorknob and ... ZAP. But what causes this trademark jolt of static electricity? Anuradha Bhagwat sheds light on the phenomenon by examining the nature of matter.

Electric Vocabulary (Spring 1)

We all know the words around electricity, "charge," "positive," "battery", and more. But where do they come from and what do they really mean? Let the history of these words illuminate the physics of electric phenomena.

Romanticism (Spring 1)

Romanticism is a historical movement that still hugely colours how we tend to feel and look at the world: it's responsible for the way we approach love, nature, business and children. This is its history.

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' - Summary (Spring 1)

Quick and easy Frankenstein synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel.

The Iliad (English - Autumn 2)

The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Greek literature, written by Homer in the 8th century BC. It is an epic poem, with 24 chapters, based on the attack on Troy by the Mycenaeans. The poem includes early Greek myths and legends.

The Greek influence on the world (Topic - Autumn 2)

From artistry to politics, ancient Greece left a considerable impression on world history. Learn why Greek and Roman gods share so many similarities, how the alphabet got its name, and how the legacy of ancient Greece has evolved over thousands of years.

Passport Points

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

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.

Home learning links and resources

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