Year 4

Around the World in 70 days!

To start off the new year we go on a learning journey, let’s get our bags packed as we are off to explore Around the World in 70 Days!

We do a lot of Geography in this topic as we use maps to locate countries of the world and major cities. We learn to use  grid references on maps.  On our journey we learn to identify the equator and about the northern and southern hemispheres as well as the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. We continue our exploration and look at the Arctic and Antarctic circles. We become cartographers and make our own maps.

As well as exploring the world, and all the different habitats and biomes, we will be artists by creating our own watercolour landscapes!

Writing is an important part of our topic and we will be creating our own travel brochures to make you want to visit a variety of places! Our class text this term is ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Murpurgo; we will use this to create our own African story, and to learn about the African animals too.

The Roman Era

‘This term year 4 are going to be learning about the Roman era, as well as volcanoes. We will have cross curricular links to English, where the children will read ‘Escape From Pompeii’ by Christina Balit, and also ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman. Our ‘Powerful Project’ will allow the children to create their own pop-up books, and provide them with the opportunity to design and create a range of pop-up mechanisms.

As part of our exciting topic, we are taking the children on a fantastic trip to the Roman fort of Chester (Deva). We will be taking part in a workshop at the Grosvenor Museum, which will entail a tour around the museum and, best of all, the chance to take a trip back into history and get dressed up as Roman soldiers. The trip to Chester will bring the Roman’s to life, allow the children to explore life in Roman Chester, and to investigate the Romanisation of Britain.