Welcome to Year 4!
The curriculum we provide for the children in Year 4 is creative, exciting and memorable. The first term’s topic is based around the theme of ‘Journeys’ and begins with an in depth study of the children’s novel ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamillo. There will be a project linked to the journey the Romans took to invade and take over Britain. This will form part of the residential and enrichment activities as the children discover, through first-hand experience, just what it was like to be a Roman soldier and settle in Britain. The children will visit Fishbourne Roman Palace to enhance their understanding of this time period. The learning is also enriched through the children being visited by a Roman soldier, making their own Roman bread and creating ancient musical instruments!
In the Spring term we examine the ancient civilisation of the Indus Valley. This leads nicely into our study of aspects of geography linked to learning about rivers and mountains and of science and how the water cycle is crucial to society. Building on this focus on water, we take an in depth look at the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo and how the characters cope with being shipwrecked. We also learn about the wonderful, vibrant religion of Hinduism and enjoy a memorable trip to the amazing Apple Tree Centre – a Hindu temple in Crawley.
The final term takes us into a more global dimension and we consider the natural world around us. ‘Into The Forest’ is an exploration of the environment with a forest theme. The children engage in forest school activities and explore a local woodland. This builds towards looking at world environmental issues though examination of the Australian Rainforest and deforestation encouraging the children to research other aspects where humans are having a direct impact on the environment. The culmination of this term is an enterprise project whereby the children will use recycled materials to create objects to sell to raise money for environmental causes.
The curriculum we provide in Year 4 is just the tip of the iceberg! The children enjoy learning to become more confident and independent. They have more freedom of choice in the way they present their work. They are taught skills for life and are encouraged to be ‘active’ and questioning as they learn, collaborating with each other in order to develop their understanding. It is an exciting and rewarding year – for the staff involved and the children alike!
Mrs. Karen Wise
Assistant Headteacher Lower School (Years 3/4)