Welcome to class 4D When you walk into our class, you will be sure to see a room full of enthusiastic and eager children, who have a thirst for knowledge! We are a curious group, who know that by working together, we can learn with each other, and you will see that we support one another by encouraging our friends and recognise that mistakes are just part of the learning process. We have made a super start to the year and we are really looking forward to all of the learning that we will be doing together.
Road Trip USA:
For our first topic, we travel to the United States of America to learn all about the key geographical features of this amazing and enormous country! –Did you know it was the third largest country on the globe? We will learn all about its location, famous human and natural landmarks and the way that life there is both similar to and different to ours in the U.K. We will also learn about the Native Americans and their culture, customs and beliefs. We will learn about key events in American history on a timeline and explore the significance of Martin Luther King to the civil rights movement. We will sharpen our geographical skills by locating the USA, its border countries, important cities and by putting it in the context of the wider world. Just ask one of our children where the USA is located and I am sure that they can show you on a map!
I am Warrior:
During this topic, we will journey back in time to the period of the Roman Empire! We will learn all about the way that the Romans invaded different countries, including our own, to expand their enormous empire. We will look in detail at the changes that these invaders brought to our shores and the way that their inventions changed our lives forever! Excitingly, we will learn all about the lives of Roman soldiers and of the gladiators who fought in arenas for sport. We will sharpen our history skills by looking at the timeline of important events, learning about the years classed as BCE and CE and by comparing our lives now to lives in the Roman times. We will also learn about the Pope, and his significance both then and now.
Traders and Raiders:
Following on from our exploration of the Romans and their impact on our world, we will look closely at the next sets of invaders: the Saxons and Vikings! Throughout this topic, we will learn about where these people came from and why they invaded other lands including our own. We look forward to discovering all about the way that these groups of people lived and what they believed in, all the time comparing it to what we learnt about the Romans and what we know about the modern day. We will investigate just who Alfred the Great was and what he did. We look forward to learning about this brutal time in history, which is full of pillaging and deadly battles.
Finally, we will delve under the sea to look closely at the wonders of the deep. We look forward to learning all about the marvellous marine creatures that we would encounter on and around the Great Barrier Reef. We will discover the geographical location of the Great Barrier Reef and we’ll learn about the tropics and the equator, and understand how these places are important to marine life. We will also study the work of the legendary Sir David Attenborough and look at how human behaviour on land is having a devastating effect on life beneath the waves. We cannot wait to discuss what we can do to help make big changes to life in the ocean!
Our very first text is the beautifully illustrated and magical story ‘Wisp’, which tells the tale of a young refugee boy who is searching for hope. We have already made a great start to our investigation of this story –We make excellent book detectives and have wonderful imaginations! So far, we have made predictions about what we might find in the story, using evidence from the front cover and blurb and we have started to explore the world in which our main character, Idris, lives. We have all been very excited to share our ideas about what the characters might be thinking and what choices we feel they should make as the story progresses! –We love to share our opinions!
Rather than being simply magical, our second text this year is ‘Leon and the Place Between’. This is a story that is literally about magic! Desperate to prove to his family that magic exists, Leon gets more than he bargained for! In this text, Leon is transported to another world, a magical realm called ‘The Place Between’. This is another story full of beautiful illustrations that we can use to help our imaginations go wild! We will be using this beautiful book to inspire us to write setting descriptions, giving us a chance to really show off all of our amazing Year 4 vocabulary! We will also be thinking about how we could continue this story. This is going to be an opportunity for us to show our creative sides and we are definitely up for the challenge!
We will then move on to our third text ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. Lots of us are very excited about this text because we have already seen the film and so we are familiar with the characters of Toothless and Hiccup. We also like the fact that it links to our Traders and Raiders topic too! Being a little familiar with these characters, we are looking forward to being able to dig deeper into our understanding and write character descriptions based on this book. We also hope to create a diary entry based on the experiences of our main characters.
We finish the year with the lovely text ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’. This text takes an emotional look at the issues facing marine life because of our actions on land, as told through the eyes of a young boy. It will be a wonderful to have the opportunity to discuss our thoughts and feelings on the issues raised in the text and suggest what we think that Finn (the main character) should do next. We hope to be able to write a letter as Finn to try to help save the dolphins from the problems that they face using our suggestions to form the basis of our letter. It will also be a wonderful chance to use our knowledge from our Blue Abyss topic to further our understanding of the text.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful school year full of learning.