In Year 4, pupils will have the opportunity to face new challenges and apply what they have learnt to a range of contexts. During the Year 4 residential to Stedham, pupils will have the opportunity to camp in the natural beauty of the South Downs National Park. Year 4 also sees pupils explore and play a range of rhymes using African drums.
Pupils will learn about the achievements of one of the earliest civilizations: the Ancient Egyptians. Pupils will explore the ancient wonders of the world: the pyramids, and learn about the significance of the River Nile. In learning about the River Nile, pupils will create their own shaduf and use it to transport water just like the Ancient Egyptians.
Pupils will have the opportunity to become archaeologists as they join Howard Carter on his exciting expedition to unearth the tomb of the of the boy king – Tutankhamun! From discovering a range of artefacts pupils will create their own Egyptian jewellery.
During the second half of the Autumn Term, pupils will apply to be a member of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to cross the continent of Antarctica. They will consider their personal qualities and what they will need to be part of his crew. In setting sail, pupils will face many challenges aboard the Endurance.
In computing, pupils will create their own stop-frame animation using Learn Pads, whilst in DT they will investigate the best insulators in designing and creating their own gloves that will protect their extremities for the harsh elements they will face.
The Spring Term begins by pupils learning about the Earth’s structure and how the shifting of tectonic plates can cause earthquakes, tsunamis and the formation of volcanoes. In deepening their understanding of the world, pupils will be able to identify the ‘ring of fire.’ Pupils will be able to discuss the benefits and consequences of farming on a volcano and the precautions that have been put in place since the Indian Ocean’s earthquake in 2004.
Pupils begin Spring 2 by taking part in the War of the Roses. Pupils will become members of the House of York or House of Lancaster which defined the start of the Tudor period. During the term, pupils will learn about Tudor punishments and the reign of Henry 8th.
To deepen pupils understanding of the King Henry 8thwar ship – the Mary Rose – pupils will visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.
To conclude the topic, pupils will hold a Tudor banquet to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
During Summer Term, pupils will visit Stedham for the Year 4 residential.
The first half of the term sees pupils learn about the origins of the Vikings and the different routes they chose when invading England. Pupils will learn about the invasion of Lindisfarne and the resistance of Alfred the Great and the key battles.
In DT, pupils will create their own Viking helmet using papier-mâché.
To conclude the year, pupils will use the text Kensuke’s Kingdom to inspire their writing and deepen their understanding of continents, oceans and countries. In science, pupils will describe the simple functions of the digestive system. In addition to this, pupils will name and identify the functions of human teeth.
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