YEAR FOUR: SPRING TERM
OUR YEAR FOUR DURING SPRING TERM
OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION
SPRING TERM 'WHEN I GROW UP...' THEME: PASSPORT TO NEW EUROPE - A JOURNEY TO WERNE (ST. ANNES TWIN TOWN)
A 'When I Grow Up' Spring Summary
Passport to New Europe - A Journey to Werne was our new Spring Term ‘When I Grow Up…’ theme. A tour across the continent on our journey to our twin town.
Being part of a local history comparison theme we planned for our Geography and History work to have a focus upon building the story of St Annes and Werne from what they were to how they look today including their significant positions on maps and their distances to key towns, cities and other nations.
Our Science work focused upon sound. The children considered how sounds are made and how sound travels. The children undertook a range tests relating to volume, pitch and vibration.
As we were considering wider Europe as our main theme this term, we used to study abstract Art influenced by Antoni Gaudi and Paul Klee. Interesting and very different! Their abstract style made this a very different kind of study with widely varying skills in use. The children had to think about line and colour in very differing ways from before. The making of Design & Technology fabric passports formed the focus of our work this term. Fitting well with our theme this textiles focused unit gave the children chance to further develop skills last studied during 'Roman Invasion' in Year 3. Music allowed us to develop our playing of melodies with our glockenspiels - playing in one, teo and more parts during our weekly sessions. Physical Education was a dance driven term - with a theme called 'Carnival'. This involved the creation of a dance sequence with a partner. We then moved on to hockey skills outdoors in small sided games.
Computing was a data driven focus. The children were gathering data from our focus European countries and major cities before interpreting this using the spreadsheets we had developed. A range of French classroom terms were the focus of our MFL work, whilst we considered community and safe gathering and use of information and data during our PSHE & Relationships activities. During Religious Education we considered the Jewish faith and the importance of Passover and expectations regarding food before moving on to study aspects of Easter from a Christianity viewpoint.
'The Man in the Brown Suit' (an adventure unit) and travel poetry were our fictional units in English during Spring Term. We also wrote a newspaper article about the opening of the Channel Tunnel and a letter (in report style) to the children of Werne - explaining all about St. Annes. In Mathematics we covered fractions, decimals and areas of shape, whilst spending extensive time on our multiplication and division written methods and associated problem solving.