Welcome To Year 4
Year 4 make a spectacular start to our Here Come the Romans topic by taking part in a drama morning to immerse ourselves in the topic. We design, make and paint Roman coins and link topics with maths, learning about Roman numerals. At Fishbourne Roman Palace, the children see a genuine Roman mosaic, which we use to inspire the creation of our own versions. Our first science topic is Humans as Animals, and we discover how the digestive system works and make our own version in class. We investigate sound through vibrations in water and make string telephones and percussion instruments. Year 4 have an opportunity to perform in front of the school and parents and carers at the end of the autumn term.
Our spring topics are Water and Solids, Liquids and Gases. We explore the life of the famous Antarctic Explorer, Ernest Shackleton—a topic that lends itself to some fantastic writing as the children apply for jobs on his expedition. In maths, the children plan what is needed for the trip, including the cost and weight of the items.
Summer is special, as the children go on their first three- day residential trip to Sayers Croft. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn outside the classroom and to study more about water, linking it to rivers and to habitats. We develop independence and team building whilst sploshing about in shallow rivers, pond dipping, climbing low ropes and orienteering. Our history topic is Viking and Anglo-Saxon Invasion. Our year culminates in a superb trip to Battle Abbey, where we are able to recreate the Battle of Hastings. We visit Brighton Museum and the Pavilion, linked to art and D&T.
It is amazing how much fun and learning Year 4 pack into just one year.