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Spring 2017

Welcome to Spring term! This term is a very busy term for us as in spring 2 we have our production!

At the start of the term, we introduce our topic of Harry Potter. Our English focus in writing will be description, suspense and explanatory texts. After half term, we will be writing film narratives and eyewitness reports. Children are encouraged to read as often as they can and to keep up their amazing home reading!

Throughout the term in maths, the children will be consolidating their column addition and subtraction work and continuing work on their multiplication and division methods. We will also look at 2D and 3D shapes. In addition to this, the children will learn about units of measurements, including time and how to convert between different units of measurement. Children will continue to develop their rapid recall of their times tables.

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In Spring 1, the children will learn about electricity. We will look at why electricity is useful. The children will then create simple circuits and draw them using the correct symbols. In Spring 2, the children will look at the different teeth and their uses as well as the digestive system.

Electricity Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/electrical_circuits/read/1/

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/revision/Science/electricity.htm

Teeth

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/teeth_eating/play/

In History this term, we are looking at the Mayans. We will learn about their civilization and when and where they lived.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z2pfgk7

http://maya.nmai.si.edu/maya

The children will learn about the mountain ranges, focussing in North America and learn about how they are made.

In Art, the children will continue to develop sketching techniques before creating Mayan inspired art work.

During our DT lessons, the children will design, bake and evaluate their own bread that would be suitable for a wizard feast.

 

In addition to all of this, we also have our production on the 23rd March.

Other key dates:

8th February – Wizard WOW day – fancy dress encouraged!

22nd February – Harry Potter trip.

2nd March – World Book Day.

Welcome to the Autumn term!

Our topic this term is Sounds, Saxons and Settlements!

To begin with, we will focus on A Roman Triumph by Peter Paul Rubens (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/peter-paul-rubens-a-roman-triumph) and we will use this as a starting point for our artwork and our English description work.

For the first half term, our topic is Saxons. We will learn about where the Saxons came from, who they were and their impact on Great Britain. The children will learn about Saxon life, art and culture and use this knowledge to write a non-chronological report. In D.T. the children will create Saxon wagons using woodwork skills.

During the second half term, we will be looking at settlements and why people choose to live where they do. Children will write quests as well as persuasive leaflets in English.

In science, we will be focussing on Sounds. We will look at how sound is made of vibrations and how humans hear. After half term, the children will look at how habitats can change over time and use classification keys to group animals.

In ICT, the children will use programming skills to create sounds using online software such as Garage-band. After half term, the children will learn how to be co-authors and create wikis that can be edited and shared between each other.

In RE in the 1st half term, the children will learn about ‘Who Jesus was’ and his influence on Christians. In the 2nd 1/2 term, we will focus on Judaism and the Synagogue.

TRIPS, assemblies and WOW days

Science WOW day – 28th September – subject to change

Victoria and Albert Museum (Anglo-Saxons trip)

 – Viking and Saxon class - 11th October

- Norman and Roman class - 12th October

Local area study – Walthamstow Village – Autumn 2

24th November – Viking assembly

1st December – Norman assembly

 

Useful websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zxsbcdm - Anglo Saxons

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/science/sounds.html - Sound

http://www.literacyshed.com/the-inspiration-shed.html lots of short films to use for writing film narratives at home.

 

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Summer 2016

Our topic this term is Journeys.

To begin with we will be looking at the journeys penguins make and use March of the Penguins as our focus. Children will write film narratives and eyewitness reports based on the penguins’ adventures.

We will also be looking at the journey of a river whilst focussing on North America. Children will compare and contrast rivers in North America to those in Great Britain. We will also be looking at mountains.

During the second half term, we will be looking at journeys people make to the beach and compare a coastal area to that of Walthamstow.

Children will also write quests and following this will write a discussion on an environmental issue linked to our beach theme.

Our science topic is solids, liquids and gases and the children will look at how objects are made of particles and will learn how the particles behave in each different state of matter. We will also revisit areas of science from throughout the year to consolidate key information.

In Art and DT, the children will create moving models representing states of matter. Our art focus in the Summer 2 is collage and again the children will use the beach as a stimulus for this.

In ICT, the children will use Powerpoint and Excel to create weather reports (that we will present on our WOW day). Following this the children will use various ICT programmes to create repeating patterns.

 

 

TRIPS and WOW days 

Children will visit the ballet on Friday 22nd April.

Each class will have a weather WOW day where they will present their weather reports – parents are invited to come and watch at 2pm on the following dates:

Roman and Viking – Tuesday 24th May

Saxon and Norman  -Thursday 26th May

The children will be visiting the beach in the second half of the term.

Children will also go on some local area trips in order to compare the local environment with the beach.

 

Useful websites:

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/science/changingmaterials.htm solids liquids and gases.

http://www.literacyshed.com/the-inspiration-shed.html lots of short films to use for writing film narratives at home.

General links for maths/ICT

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Useful apps:

Weather station by Netamo – Weather links.

Times tables apps – Times table quiz and 10 minutes a day times tables.

Dr SPAG – quick reminders on sentence expectations.

Spring 2016

Our topic for this term is Wizarding and Ancient Worlds.

In the first half term, our focus is Wizarding Worlds and children have already enjoyed a fantastic Hogwarts inspired WOW day.

In English, children will write using tension and building-up suspense using parts of well-known books and Harry Potter as a stimulus. We will then move on to explanatory texts. The children will use the Wizarding World work to explain how broomsticks fly before linking our science work to explain how their alarm systems work.

During Science, the children will learn about electricity and its uses in school. The children will then build circuits to help re-wire the Wizarding Bank.

Our Maths focus this half term is fractions, division and 2d Shapes. Children will learn how to find fractions of numbers, fractions of shapes. We also look at decimal fractions and use money as an example. The children will then learn how to use a method for division. Finally this half term, the children will look at shapes and their properties as well as co-ordinates.

Our R.E. focus this half term is Buddhism. We will look at Buddhist teachings.

The ICT focus is using SCRATCH to create a new toy that responds to commands.

 

During the 2nd half of the term our topic looks more into the Ancient world – Egypt.

Our English work begins by looking at contrast settings and story writing. We then begin to look at instructions on how to mummify a Pharaoh. 

The topic focusses on Ancient Egypt and children will look at a range of areas including the after-life and mummification, Egyptian Gods and Pharaohs, the use of the River Nile and also Egyptian life. We will also be creating 3D Death masks similar to Tutankhamun’s.

Our maths furthers our learning on fractions. Children also look at time and real-life time problems. The children will also begin to look at and interpret statistics on graphs. Children will also look at angles in shapes as well as describing the translations (movement) of shapes.

In ICT, the children will collaborate together to create mini-wiki pages like Wikipedia.

During RE sessions, we will look at Judaism.

Our science focus is Teeth and Digestion and children will look at how the digestive system works. They will also be looking at food chains.

 

Here are some useful web sites to explore at home

English:

www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z9dc87h

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/instructions/play/

Science:

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/teeth_eating/read/1/

Maths:

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

https://www.iamlearning.co.uk/

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Autumn term 2015 ROCKING ROMANS

Welcome to Year 4! We are really excited for the year ahead and look forward to lots of fun and exciting activities. Our topic this term is Rocking Romans! In English, we are going to begin by writing play-scripts before moving on to persuasive writing. After half term, we will focus on stories from other cultures and non-chronological reports. Children will begin the half term looking at sound in science and creating musical instruments.  In geography, we will look at map-work skills and settlements and then, as the term progresses, we begin our history topic of Romans in Britain. Our maths will focus on place value and number skills including addition and subtraction methods and then shape. After half term, we will move onto multiplication and division, as well as fractions.

 

Some useful links:

 

Romans:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/romans/.

 

Maths:
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/.

 

Sound: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/sound/play/

 

Lots of learning resources:

https://www.iamlearning.co.uk/  

 

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2014/15

Summer term

We’ve got lot’s to do in the next few months! Our topic for this term is ‘Tutankhamen’ the boy-king of ancient Egypt. We’ll be looking at the climate and location of ancient Egypt and what impact this had on how people lived. We’ll also be exploring Tutankhamen inspired art and gaining a working knowledge the ancient technique of mummification. In Science we’ll be learning about living things and their habitats. In literacy we’ll focus on historical stories and look at how to bring a story to an end (think of how much effort you put into the beginning of your stories… and now how much effort you put into the ending...). After the half term break our topic will be ‘Toys and Leisure’ which will include designing and making our own electrical toys. Our literacy focus will be around the book ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes, and we’ll be going on a trip to the seaside to learn about physical and human geography. In P.E. children will be doing athletics and our R.E. topics will be Pilgrimages and Judaism.

http://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-egypt.html

http://www.ngkids.co.uk/history/tutankhamun-facts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/launch_gms_mummy_maker.shtml

http://oi-archive.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/mummy.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/plant_animal_habitats/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/habitats/Coast

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/habitats.shtml

http://oi-archive.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/mummy.html

This term's topic is Londinium and Roman Britain.

We have started this term looking at poetry. We will continue to look at quest stories and write our own quests set in Roman London.

Our numeracy focus is the four operations. We will also look at shape, area and perimeter. Through history, we will focus on Roman London including roads, transport, architecture and daily life.

Our DT project is to make a Roman wagon using DT skills. Children will design, cut and measure their own wood and assemble joints.

In RE, we are focusing on the life of Jesus.

In ICT, we will look at e-safety as well as introducing coding.

Our science focus in animals, including humans and we look at the digestive system and teeth. Through PE lessons children will develop fundamental movement skills.

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During Summer 2 our creative curriculum topic will be The Egyptians.  We will have a whole range of opportunities to investigate life in that time and link this to writing, creating adventure stories as well as writing instructions.   We will also use their artistic skills when drawing hieroglyphics and use clay to make artefacts. 

Maths will focus initially on data collection and how best to present findings.  We will link this creatively to other topics such as Science and learn how to record in different ways.

Our Science topic will be all about animal habitats and the different requirements of species. Pupils will learn more about how to categorise animals and their differing needs.

 

Please remember that our reading morning takes place every Friday from 8.50 – 9.10.  This is a great opportunity for you to read with your child, see their teacher and look at some of the work on display in class.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

Follow this link for more information on Ancient Egypt

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/

 

During Summer 1 our creative curriculum topic will be World War Two.  Using a range of literature as a starting point we will investigate life during that time, using texts such as Adolophus Tips by  Michael Morpugo and Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden.  This will help the children imagine life as an evacuee through diary and letter writing.  This topic will also provide a range of artistic opportunities for the children through making flags and bunting, designing their own evacuee’s suitcase and creating a D-Day picnic.

In maths we will revisit fractions, looking at equivalence and conversion to decimals.  We will continue to investigate patterns in numbers and secure a range of number facts.   As ever, knowing their times tables and the related division facts will really help your child.

Our science topic will be all about temperature and keeping things hot and cold.  We will investigate a range of materials, identifying the best insulator and using thermometers to make accurate measurements.

Our main school trip this term will be to the Imperial War Museum.

Visit the BBC History for Kids for lots of exciting information

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

"Up, up and away"

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Listen to part of the finale of our fabulous Year 4 production

Year 4 trip to Science Museum

Year 4 trip to Science Museum 1
Year 4 trip to Science Museum 2
Year 4 trip to Science Museum 3

We started the Spring term with a really fun maths week.  The children did all sorts of problem solving activities, looked at the work of the artist Mondrian and researched different aspects of the number 7.  This involved the 7 Wonders of the World and 7 lined poems to name a few. 

Thanks to all the parent who attended our drop in morning, you made it a real success.
During the first half of the Spring term our creative curriculum topic will be called ‘Hocus Pocus.’  Using science as a starting point we will investigate solids and liquids and the changes that can occur when we heat or cool different items.  You could help your child understand this by letting them help you cook at home!  We will also be doing a cooking day in school on Monday 20th September.
This topic will link with a range of creative writing about witches through poetry, drama and explanatory texts. 
In maths we will continue to investigate numbers, particularly division and multiplication facts, place value in 4 digit numbers and problem solving using the four operations.
Our main school trip this term will be to the Boundary Road synagogue to find out more about the traditions and customs of the Jewish faith.


Please remember that our reading morning takes place every Friday from 8.50 – 9.10.  This is a great opportunity for you to read with your child, see their teacher and look at some of the work on display in class.  We look forward to seeing you.
 

During the 2nd half of the Spring term we will be learning about friction, air resistance and water resistance in our topic "History of Flight"

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