As a celebration of our topic 'Raiders, Traders and Invaders', we will be bringing history to life with a Viking workshop on the last day of the half term -Friday 28th. Children are very welcome to come in dress up for the occasion (but please don't feel obliged!).
Welcome back, Year 3/4! We hope you enjoyed your Easter holidays, catching up with friends and relatives! Have a read of what lovely things we have planned for the summer term...
In English, Pew Tor will be looking at the 'Firebird' by Saviour Pirotta- a beautifully illustrated book that takes us on the quest of two brothers to find the illusive 'Firebird'.
At the end of the unit, the children will be writing their own story in a similar style. They will apply what they know about prepositional phrases and expanded noun phrases.
Our new grammar focus will be learning how to use speech to move the story along and how to punctuate it correctly. We will also build on their knowledge of expanded noun phrases to look at similes.
In Maths, we will be learning how to solve division calculations, with the aim to use what you know- efficiency is a big focus! This unit explores the concepts of division as repeated subtraction, sharing and grouping. Building on this, children will be developing skills, applying their arithmetic to more complex problems.
Children will be expected to :
- ➢ calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
➢ show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot
Once this is mastered, children will move on to more formal written methods.
In history, we will be finding out about the Vikings in order to answer our key question 'What did the Vikings want and how did Alfred help to stop them getting it?'
This investigation assists pupils to distinguish historical facts from myth, folklore and legend in relation to the people commonly referred to today as ‘the Vikings’, but who never shared or would have recognised that collective identity. Pupils will identify and reflect on the reasons why Viking Norsemen came to Britain and the impact they had. We will think about what it was about the longship that provided Viking Norsemen with such a commanding advantage when raiding English religious communities, as well as when in direct combat with Anglo-Saxon military forces. And of course, no enquiry focusing on Viking Norsemen would be complete without considering why it is that horned helmets are popularly associated with Vikings!
Through this line of enquiry, pupils are also introduced to the concept of ‘legacy’ and encouraged to reflect on what Alfred passed down to future generations (including our own), as well as his considerable achievements in Anglo-Saxon England in the ninth century.
We have been so impressed with the amazing work the children have been doing as historians- they've really enjoyed finding out about the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons!
In Geography, children will be answers the key question 'Why do so many people in the world live in megacities?'
This investigation supports the children to develop their understanding of the important geographical concepts of settlement and urbanisation through the study of the world’s megacities (cities with a population of over 10 million). This is very important because globally over half of the world’s population now live in towns and cities – in the United Kingdom this figure has reached 80 per cent.
During the lifetime of the children, urban populations will continue to grow very rapidly around the world and particularly amongst the poorest countries as they develop economically. Through the weekly questions, children are able to explore some of the economic and social reasons why the population of cities increase. They also compare and contrast the benefits and problems that can arise in urban areas as a result of housing people at such high densities.
Through their enquiries, pupils are able to apply, in relevant contexts, a wide range of geographical skills; and as is appropriate to Lower Key Stage 2, the emphasis is on supporting them to explain things through the synthesis of information from different sources.
In Art, we are learning all about sculpture. We will find out about different sculptors such as Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Gormsley. After learning some key clay techniques, we will apply these to create our very own sculptures and Viking-inspired pots.
In DT, get ready for some yummy cooking... how would we feed a Viking!?
In PE, we are looking forward to getting outside in the sun (wishful thinking!?) and enjoying some cricket and athletics.
In science, we will learn all about plants, states of matter and the water cycle!