YEAR FOUR: AUTUMN TERM
OUR YEAR FOUR DURING AUTUMN TERM 2020
OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION
AUTUMN TERM 'WHEN I GROW UP...' THEME: VIKING ARRIVAL
When I Grow Up... swung into action as phase of our new curriculum began. Year 4 launched with the Viking Arrival theme. This was essentially a study of the Vikings and their lives, home land, beliefs and their methods - which covered our History and Geography themes. We studied the lost village of Kilgrimol and their invasion routes and settlements alongside a study of King Ethered II and Danegeld. We studied prints and sketches inspired by the Vikings during Art and made longship replicas during Design & Technology. The longships were fabulous and a highly popular part of our theme. The children demonstrated superb joining and connecting skills. Music focused upont he creation of a Viking soundtrack to match the style and approach of their invasion - drawing inspiration from modern films and how they use music to evoke particular emotions in an audience. Joining movement sequences in gymnastics, handball and circuit training formed the focus of our Physical Education work - although not directly linked to our Vikings theme of course! In addition to our dance enrichment group each week in the theatre. We also created a hyperlinked Vikings quiz during our Computing studies whilst learning how to use technology to communicate with different audiences.
Habitats and digestive systems were the dual studies in our Science work alongside materials and floating and sinking enquiries during our longship construction. Whilst in Religious Education we considered the special relationship between Jewish people and God and the underlying symbolism of Christmas for Christians. We were learning terms for clothing during our French work this term.
As a Stunning Start we played the roles of Vikings making their first journey to these shores as we brought performance into our launch event. We couldn't do our Mayfield Theatre Presentation due to the rising Covid-19 numbers nationally prior to Christmas, but we are ready and raring to go with further Parent Celebration events 'in person' when we finally have the chance!
Writing to explain and entertain have been the focus of our English studies. We have read, and then created, fantasy stories and fairy tales, whilsy our non-fiction work has centred upon inventions and creating explanation texts for them.
Mathematics this term has been centred largely upon the four operations alongside units around length and perimeter - all within our new approach to mathematics lessons using fast tracking and guided 'peel off' groups as part of our precise input and appropriate pace core intentions.
As part of our school's core intention, we have been working hard upon drafting, testing, refining and polishing our work as we search for constant small steps in progress and placing real emphasis upon our learner's to take time to do this. Marking work has changed greatly to ensure that the children must respond to what we mark. It is a process in training them how we want them to respond to work and the importance of them, as learners, reflecting upon their successes and never being afraid to make mistakes. These have also formed important aspects of our life choice and personal studies in PSHE.