As we arrive in Year 4 after the long break from school, we will think about journeys and ‘What makes a good journey?’ We will take our own simulated flight to America and investigate life there, through research projects, interview, foods, sport and the life of Edward Tulane-a very accident-prone porcelain rabbit. Brace yourself, we will play some American football!
The journey of sound through the air into our ears will give us plenty to explore and experiment with. We need to protect our hearing-how could we do that?
Another journey is that of electricity around a circuit, and our topic on ‘Are batteries included?’ will let us make many different circuits, try different materials and predict which will light bulbs or make buzzers work. We will extend this learning in our Design and Technology project, ‘What makes it Buzz?’ as we create our own games using batteries and knowledge acquired. Our own adverts will persuade a new audience to come and try out our games-will they get the approval of the players?
Role up, role up! Would you be interested in joining the Roman army? The Romans came to Britain, stayed a while but eventually left. What did they do for us? This is a marvellous topic for finding out more about our own neighbourhood and the development of this country, from over 2000 years ago. Drama, Roman Numerals, research, Philosophy, drawing, letters home and persuasive speeches included.
The Jataka tales will let us find out more about Buddhism through these intriguing stories. We will try our best to unearth truths in them regarding the character of Buddha. In Philosophy, we will consider the concept of happiness-what really makes us happy? Can these things withstand the test of time?
As we approach Christmas, we will look at the different characters of the nativity story and think about their role and importance. If we could meet one, who would it be and what would we ask them?
Our first topic of the year is about the amazing plants and animals found in the Amazon. We will find out about the remarkable adaptations creatures make to live in the Earth’s largest rainforest. We will look at products that we readily find in our homes that come from the region, including coffee, chocolate and medicines too.
Moving on from finding out about ‘the lungs of the Earth’, we will consider the role people have in maintaining this beautiful environment. Deforestation and destruction are big topics to research, but we will enjoy discussing it. Closer to home, what about our own local environment issues? How can we be part of positive solutions?
After half term, get ready to join in with the rollercoaster journey of our food-where does it go? Teeth, mouth, digestive system, blood system and senses joining together to help us enjoy, eat and benefit from good food!
Designing a package will enable us to use our Design and Technology skills to plan a product that will withstand sending through the post! Consideration of materials, weight, budget as well as aesthetics will all be important. Do you think you could send something fragile through the post in a box you created?
We have an additional treat this term, with a visit to the Cambridge Launch pad, to be inspired, educated and enthused about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Our RE this term will be about how and why places of worship differ, continuing to find out more about Buddhism and Christianity. We will also be looking at why Easter is important for Christians, with a focus on Good Friday.
During the final term of Year 4, we will be looking at Fen V's City, where we compare the rural life of the Fens to the hustle and bustle of city life. We hope to visit Cambridge city centre as well as Wicken Fen, to give us greater knowledge and understanding of the two very different landscapes, and way of life.
We will also be looking at the Anglo-Saxons, who were they? Why did they come here? What did they bring us? When did they come? all questions that can be answered in this topic, we are hoping that we will also be able to fit in a trip to West Stow, an Anglo-Saxon village and working archaeological site where we will learn so much more about these interesting people.
In D.T. we will be designing and making our own sandwiches, this topic is always great fun and gives the children the opportunity to taste many different varieties of bread, fillings and spreads. They will then design, their own sandwich, make their own sandwich and get to eat it for lunch. Last year we had some very interesting concoctions from strawberries, cheese and mayo to tuna and tomato.
Science will see us cover, solids, liquids and gasses. Looking at changing states, can we melt chocolate and turn it back into a solid state, what about an ice cube?