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Listen to the story of the Iliad at home!

Year 4 have finished reading the Iliad! What an achievement! If you are missing the story, you can listen to War with Troy - an interpretation of the Iliad provided by the University of Cambridge. It tells the story of Achilles and the Trojan War in twelve episodes. 

Follow this link for the audio story: 

http://classictales.educ.cam.ac.uk/stories/warwithtroy/

 

Want to learn more about Greek mythology?

You can! Take a look at the Metamorphoses tales and other Greek myths. They involve some form of transformation and explore many aspects of human nature: greed, curiosity, vanity, generosity, arrogance, creativity. This makes them a very powerful springboard for discussion and creative work. Listen or read and then come and share your knowledge with the class!

Follow this link:  http://classictales.educ.cam.ac.uk/stories/metamorphoses/

 

Artefacts to art!

This week we have been applying our knowledge of greek pots and making our own from papier mache! This is the result (so far) - stay tuned to see how they look next week...

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The Iliad Dance Performance

Our parents performance is on Tuesday 3rd December at 11.15am.

 Please arrive at 11am and make your way to the main hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

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
  • Ancient Greeks and their influence on the world
  • Antarctica
  • Ancient Baghdad and the Islamic Empire

 

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;

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

Social Stories

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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 are looking forward to 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 will be 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!

Picture 1 The Wounded Achilles, 1825, Filippo Albacini
Picture 2 Terracotta face pot from Troy, c. 2550–1750BC
Picture 3 Priam & Achilles, Roman silver cup, 1st century AD

Our Year 4 children also have 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)

 

There will be a performance for parents on Tuesday 3rd December at 11.15am.

 

Learn more about our topics and books!

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.

In Autumn 2, the children will be blogging about their understanding of the epic Greek story of Homer's Iliad. Stay tuned to find out what they have learnt!

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.

Long Term Plan - Year 4

Autumn 1 Topic Plan - Anglo Saxons and the Vikings

Autumn 2 - The Iliad English Planning

Home learning links and resources

We've had 7 6 3 3 2 visitors
Well done to Medway's Year 6 Latin Club who take first place in an annual Latin reading competition!
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