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Year 4

Children in Year 4 start each term with a new topic which begins with a Sensational Start and ends with a Fantastic Finish. Children will enjoy books throughout each topic, with two that they will become very familiar with. The book webs set out how subjects are woven throughout the topic.

Autumn Term - Raid, Invade and Stayed!

Sensational Start: Viking Workshop

Fantastic Finish: Sailing Longboats on the River Lea

The beginning of Year 4 continues the historical study moving on to the time of Anglo-Saxon settlements and Viking invasion. They will be visited by ‘The Viking Man’ who will spark children’s interest in the topic. In geography children will study the area of Scandinavia. In design technology they will follow Viking recipes for nettle soup and bread. Children will learn about Norse art and the intricate patterns used. The children will make and sail models of Viking Longboats on the River Lea.

Spring Term - Tomb Raiders!

Sensational Start: Highclere Castle Visit

Fantastic Finish: Mask Making

Children will visit Highclere Castle and their Egyptian Exhibition to begin their topic. They will learn about Ancient Egypt. Children will undertake projects to support their understanding of the time including designing and making a model of a Shaduf and experimenting with weaving techniques to make a cape for a Pharoah. The celebration of the end of the topic will be a chance to get creative making an Egyptian mask.

Summer Term - Down By The River

Sensational Start: Bridges Workshop

Fantastic Finish: 'Holes' Cinema Experience

The key text is Holes by Louis Sachar, this fully engages children in the topic. Children begin the topic with a design technology focused workshop making bridges. In science they will learn about the water cycle and changing states of matter. Children engage in a local history study and will learn about the work of Claude Monet, using their knowledge of rivers to inform their art work. The fantastic finish will be a cinema experience.
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