Below is a summary of the units of work that we will cover during the year. Click here to visit our curriculum page, which gives more detail about each curriculum area.
The first part of this term will be History based. Throughout this term we will be learning about the impact of World War 2 on people's lives. We will be using the findings from our History enquiry in literacy to help us write a diary from the perspective of an evacuee.
In DT, we will be researching and creating a model of an Anderson Shelter. These will have to withstand a weight being dropped on them so we will also be researching and experimenting with different types of joins to strengthen our own models. In science, we will develop our understanding of electricity and simple circuits. We will then incorporate a simple circuit that we have created (involving a buzzer), into our Anderson shelter models.
In our reading lessons, we will be looking at one of the Year 4 recommended reads:
Our work on World War Two will continue into Summer 2 and in DT we will be using the concept of make do and mend to design and make an item of clothing. In literacy we will be writing a newspaper article based on an event in World War Two.
Alongside this we will also be focusing on Geography, in particular that of South Wales. We will look at the changing environments of that area of the UK and compare the regeneration of Cardiff to changes here in Nottingham.
Our first unit of work this Spring is History based. We will be learning about the impact of the Romans on Britain. We will be using our History enquiry to write a non fiction text within our literacy writing cycle. In Art, we will be working in the style of Giorgio Morandi and developing our painting skills by painting a still life scene involving pottery.
In the second half of the Spring term we will be learning about the Campania region of Naples in a geography based unit. We will be focusing on the physical features of the area and the importance of tourism. In Design and Technology we will continue our focus on Naples by creating our own Neapolitan pizza.
Housing and the Local Area
Our first unit of work is Geography based. We will be looking at housing in Chilwell and focusing on how the area has changed over time. We will start by going on a walk round the area so get ready to make lots of observations about what you can see around you!
In Science we will be learning about the water cycle and we will be using what we have learnt to write a non-fiction text in literacy.
Our class reading book this term is called The Train to Impossible Places by P.G Bell.
In Book Talk sessions, we will be reading both fiction and non-fiction books about the water cycle including; Once upon a raindrop James Carter, Water National Geographic, The Water Cycle at Work Rebecca Olien, The Water Cycle Santana Hunt.
Pre-Historic Britain (Stone Age to Iron Age)
We will study what life was like for early Britons. Stone Age life in places such as Creswell Craggs show us how our ancestors lived and how life was different thousands of years ago. We will think like Historians by studying artefacts from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron. We will be asking you to choose which Pre-Historic Age you would have preferred to live in.