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Year 4

Year 4

Autumn

 

  

Topic

Heroes & Villains

Suggested Authentic Outcome

Art exhibition of symbols and totem poles – raise money for native American Heritage association.   https://www.naha-inc.org    

Suggested

Essential Question

Do explorers always improve life?   Should new discoveries happen?  How does discovery affect human life?  Are we entitled to go wherever we want to go? How does exploration develop our world?

Learning Suggested Environments

Giant boat (Christopher Columbus style)  Native Indian reserve (tepees/totem poles)  Outline of islands and different American landscapes

Foundation Subjects

History – Christopher Columbus

As historians we will be using a range of different sources of evidence to look at the life of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the USA.

Geography – America

As geographers we will be using maps to locate America and then learn about its physical geography.  We will develop our curiosity about America and the people in it.

DT – Mechanisms

As designers we will be exploring how levers, pulleys and gears work and using this knowledge to design and make a vehicle that can explore the different terrains in America.

Food – refreshments for exhibition or through maths

Art –

As artists we will be looking at native American art and exploring the different symbols native Americans use in their culture.  Then create a totem with important symbols on it.

Science – Animals

As scientists we will be working scientifically to explore electricity and sound.  As physicians we will construct and investigate electrical circuits and identify how different sounds are made.

Fiction Genre

Defeating the villain

Warning Story

Fiction Text

Harry Potter

Kensuke’s Kingdom (change using Christopher Columbus travels)

Fiction Focus

Character

Setting

Non-Fiction Genre

Recount

Non chronological report – invent non chron on America

Non-Fiction Text

Newspaper report

Desert island survival

Poetry

In 1942 – Poem about Christopher Columbus (can be a song)

Author Study

JK Rowling

Michael Morpurgo

Spring Term

Year 4

Autumn

  

 

Topic

Wonderful World

Suggested Authentic Outcome

Mini residential – camping for one night (New Forest or on school grounds – Forest school)   Fundraising to pay for equipment – sponsored walk

Suggested

Essential Question

How can others perseverance inspire us?  What would happen if you reached your goals?

Learning Suggested Environments

Ski village, ski lifts, 3D mountains, modern day ski and older when Everest went (tents, snow shoes etc)

Foundation Subjects

History –

As historians we will be research and describe the life of Edmund Hillary, and people who have tried and failed to climb Everest, using a range of sources of evidence.  We will use timelines, ask questions and recognise cause and effect of his actions.

Geography – America (mountains)

 

As geographers we will be using maps to locate different mountain ranges in America and compare them to Mount Everest. 

DT – Mechanisms

As designers we will be exploring how winches and levers work and using this knowledge to design a way of transporting up a mountain to their village homes. 

Food – energy food/drinks for camp and when on an expedition

Art – Drawing

As artists we will be looking at the work of Van Gogh and exploring his use of different techniques to mix colours and use watercolours to create a background to mountain paintings.

Science – Animals

As scientists we will be working scientifically to explore a range of living things.

As biologists we will group living things in different ways and recognise that different habitats survive in different environments (mountain ranges)

Fiction Genre

Journey story

Free Writing Unit

Fiction Text

How to train a dragon

Free Writing

Fiction Focus

Action

Free Writing

Non-Fiction Genre

Instructions

Persuasion

Non-Fiction Text

How to trap a dragon

Persuasive letter

Poetry to read & learn

Slowly, From a railway carriage

Author Study

Cressida Cowell

Anthony Browne

Year 4

Summer  

   

 

Topic

Saturday Night at the movies- Lorax

Suggested Authentic Outcome

The Big Clean – collect rubbish from different places (local park, beach, Staunton…) to make big art scluptures (

Suggested

Essential Question

How can we treat our world fairly?

Should we be fair to the world?

Learning Suggested Environments

One half Lorax forest the other half Beach/sea

shore with washed up litter.

Foundation Subjects

History – The History of recycling

As Historians we will be research and describe the History of recycling and the people who were prominent figures in this field.   We will use timelines, ask questions and recognise the significance of this for our world.

Geography –

 

As geographers we will be using maps to locate different oceans around the world.  We will also be looking at Human effects on oceans

DT – Mechanisms

As designers we will be exploring how winches and levers work and using this knowledge to design a way of making a device to clean up our oceans. 

Art - Sculpture

As artists we will be looking at examples of sculptures made from recycled material.  We will look at the different techniques to sculpture and make sculptures of our own out of rubbish.

Science – Animals

As scientists we will be working scientifically to explore the ocean as a habitat.

As biologists we will group  living things in the ocean in different ways and recognise what habitats are found within it.

Fiction Genre

Wishing

Portal

Fiction Text

The Lorax

Max and the Millions- Ross Montgomery

Fiction Focus

 

 

Non-Fiction Genre

discussion

explanation

Non-Fiction Text

Should the Wonsler cut down the forest?

How the miniature world was formed

Poetry to read & learn

Nature knows - https://www.poetryinnature.com/poem/nature-knows/

Author Study

Dr Seuss

Ross Montgomery

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