Curlews

Term 1 – I am Warrior!

We are brave, powerful warriors, and we will meet in battle! We’ll research Celtic and Roman warriors and write soliloquies as soldiers. Using different source materials, we’ll investigate the Roman Empire and read Roman numerals. After designing and making shields, we’ll test them in battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. The Celtic warrior queen, Boudicca, will inspire us to create stories, models and artwork. Using maps, globes and information books, we’ll compare Britain (the home of the Celts) and Rome (the home of the Romans).

Term 2 – Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Open wide – let’s look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body. This half term, we’ll visit a dentist and ask lots of questions. We’ll find out about different dental procedures and learn new scientific vocabulary. At school, we’ll use this information to write toothy fact files. There will be lots of investigating as we learn about our different teeth, how to brush them and how sugary drinks affect them. We’ll examine the amount of sugar in different foods and create images of ourselves with healthy and unhealthy teeth. We’ll write a story describing the journey a piece of food takes through the digestive system. In science, we’ll learn about the organs involved in digestion and make our own wearable digestive systems in D&T. We’ll learn about digestion in different animals and handle a range of digestive organs.

 Term 3 - Road Trip USA

Buckle up and put your sunglasses on – this half term we’re going on a road trip across the USA! We’ll start by ‘visiting’ the states where Native American tribes settled. We’ll use travel brochures and the internet to research New York and write postcards to family members. Using maps, we’ll locate the USA and find the names of the states. We’ll look at the amazing lights of Times Square, make circuits and create a program for a tourist trip around New York. Looking at aerial views of natural landmarks, we’ll think about how they might have been formed. We’ll create travel brochures and make illuminated models of different landmarks. Then we’ll cook delicious dishes – would anyone like a corn dog?

Term 4 – Potions

Poisonous potions, aromatic brews, vapour or a sticky goo. Welcome to the amazing world of potions! By reading an extract from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we’ll learn all about mysterious potions, and write a safety label for Alice’s bottle. We’ll sort everyday items into solids, liquids and gases. Using our investigation skills we’ll explore capacity and the properties of liquids. We’ll also design fabulous bottles for magical potions. Becoming super scientists, we’ll investigate chemical reactions and states of matter. We’ll research the use of anaesthetic and learn what life was like without it! We’ll write spells with magical, strange or gruesome effects – what ingredients will we use?

Term 5 – Traders and Raiders

Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Saxons invading Britain’s shores! During this half term, we’ll start by making sturdy boats to sail the ocean’s fearsome waves. We’ll write reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we’ll find out about key dates. Using online maps, we’ll plot the location of Roman shore forts and draw our own sketch maps. We’ll make models of Saxon weaponry, homes and jewellery and carefully carve runes using clay tools. Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate Viking invasion sites. We’ll research Viking beliefs and take part in a scrumptious Viking feast.

Term 6 – Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going on a deep sea adventure. This half term, we’ll visit an aquarium to gain an insight into the ocean world. We’ll sketch different creatures and create clay sculptures of our favourite. Writing poems inspired by our favourite sea creatures will help us to develop a rich vocabulary. Using maps, globes and atlases, we’ll identify the world’s oceans and seas. We’ll also find different ways of grouping living things. Diving back into the 1800s, we’ll learn all about the HMS Challenger. We’ll research Jacques Cousteau and write biographies about his exciting explorations. As a challenge, we’ll create model submarines using recycled materials and program an onscreen submarine. We’ll study Antony Gormley’s Another Place sculpture and write reviews. After locating the Great Barrier Reef on a map, we’ll learn about the risks it faces.

 

Our curriculum overview can be found here



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Gentlemen in school on Science day

On Monday, some of our dads came in to join us for the day. We started the day with science and learned about how to dissolve solids in liquid.  First, we found out how many spoons of sugar will dissolve in 200ml of water.

At break, we let some skittles sit in a waterbath and were amazed that the bottom dissolved very quickly.  It also made a beautiful rainbow pattern.

Later, we found why the sea is salty by experimenting with salt.  We found the answer was VERY salty.  We also tested another solid, flour, and this didn't dissolve at all.

In the afternoon, we made sea animals from clay.  It was incredibly messy but fun. 

After that, we began to experiment with our printing blocks and printed upon sugar paper.  We had a great day, even though some of us went home covered in clay and paint.

Trip to West Stow Anglo-Saxon museum.

Last week, Curlews class braved the rain and mud to go on a school trip to an Anglo-Saxon village.  We explored some amazing replica houses set out as they would have been a thousand years ago. We viewed some ancient artefacts and, in some cases, got to wear them!  We had a fabulous day, despite the weather!

Saga role play

Today, we read the opening section of "The Saga of Erik the Viking".  To help us develop our descriptions we acted out the scenes.  Let's hope our descriptions don't have the effect we're acting out here!

 

Ukelele

This week, we had our first session of learning to play the Ukulele with our visiting specialist teacher Tim from Louder Than Life Ltd.

We had a great time learning the names of the components of the Ukulele, learning how to hold it successfully and having a go at strumming along.

Next week, we are going to learn some chords and will play and sing along to the song 'Hey Baby'.

We will share some photos of our learning in this blog next week.

Symmetry

Year 4 have been exploring symmetry in Maths.  Today, we looked at patterned shapes and created larger, symmetrical patterns from them.  We then used SeeSaw to explain how we found the lines of symmetry.

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