ST PAUL'S YEAR 4Welcome to year 4


ST PAUL'SOur topic this half term is:

What if you had to choose Athens or Sparta? This is a history-based topic focusing on all things Ancient Greece! We will work through the chronology of this time period, through the dark ages and into the classical period, learning about the way of life for different people within the society and how the country dealt with conflict. Also included in this topic is the study of Ancient Greece's great thinkers, such as Hippocrates and Pythagoras - we will consider how even now, they have an influence on the way we live.
In English, we have chosen to read The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson and Bigfoot Mountain by Roderick O’Grady to support us in our humanities unit of work, which is entitled, “What would you do if you had to climb a mountain?” Our writing outcomes for these novels include a diary entry, a persuasive letter, poetry, an informative letter, a vivid setting description and a non-chronological report – what a busy start to the academic year!
In Maths, we begin the academic year recalling the place value of three-digit numbers before moving on to four-digit numbers. We use dienes and place value counters to represent these numbers so that our knowledge of four-digit numbers is deep, before moving on to adding and subtracting within four-digit numbers. Here, we will rely heavily on the manipulatives so that we thoroughly understand what it means to “exchange” in Maths, whether that be exchanging, for example, one thousand into ten hundreds, or ten hundreds into one thousand.
In Science we will learn all about sound. What is it, how is it made and how do we hear it? We will start to link ideas about different materials and how they affect sound waves passing through them and use different experiments to demonstrate our understanding.
In Humanities, we start our unit of work by considering what a mountain range is and the location of some famous mountain ranges around the world. We then explore different mountain types, followed by an in-depth study of The Himalayas and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest peak in The Himalayas.
In Computing, we will begin to develop our programming knowledge, look at more complex algorithms and how we can use these to perform desired outcomes such as simple games.
In Art and DT, we are first looking at artistic skills, with tone and shade, as well as textures using the art of Cézanne and Barbara Hepworth. We are looking making strong structures in DT building a model pavilion.

YEAR 4Topic Overviews

WELLBEINGChildren's Mental Health Week

Now more than ever we need to be looking after our mental health! 1st -7th February was Children's Mental Health Week. We got involved to mark the occasion and to raise money for the charity Place2Be who focus on improving children's mental health.

The theme of this year's Children’s Mental Health Week was Express Yourself.
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

Check out how we have expressed ourselves this week!
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