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This is the enquiry question we will be exploring throughout our discover term. The discover term focuses on history. Our history topic for the term is the Romans.
As this is the Discover term, we will be looking into Roman life and this will come through in our English writing. We will be reading the book 'The Thieves of Ostia' which focuses on the Geminus family and the many adventures and problems they find themselves in. We will be using elements of the story to create our very own newspaper report, and we will be learning about all the features and sections of a newspaper to support our final piece of work.
For the first 3 weeks, we will begin by continuing our learning of multiplication and division. These are the objectives we will cover:
We will then move on to area and cover these objectives:
We will then begin our fractions block just before the February half term.
Our science topic for the first half term is animals including humans. We will be exploring the following questions:
What are organs and why do we need them?
What are the major bones in the human body?
How does human anatomy compare to other animals?
Are all teeth the same?
How is oxygen transported around our body?
How do humans digest food?
This term, all of our history learning will focus on the Romans. We will be considering the following questions:
How did the Roman Empire become so powerful?
Who was Julius Caesar?
What was Britain like before the Romans?
How did the Romans conquer Britain?
Why did Boudicca lead a revolt against the Romans?
How did the Romans change Britain?
What did the Romans believe?
Why did the Romans leave Britain?
In what ways did life in Britain remain the same after the Roman invasion?
Coach Louise (TB Sports) will teach both Blue 1 and Blue 2 once a week this term. This will be on a Tuesday and for the first half term the PE will be Roman dance.
In the first half term, Blue 2 will be going swimming for one of their PE sessions. This will be on a Thursday.
Miss Martin will teach Blue 1 their other PE lesson whilst Blue 2 are swimming.
After the February half term, Blue 1 will go swimming and Mrs Clarke will teach Blue 2 their other PE lesson.
In computing, we will be looking into how to stay safe online. It will focus on our online footprint (the information we share), communicating with strangers, SPAM emails, whether or not sources are reliable and what to do if they are unsure about something they have seen or experienced online. This is a very important topic for the children and something we hope they are able to apply in everyday life.
In spring 1, our French topic is Romans. By the end of this unit the children should be able to
tell somebody in French the key facts and key people involved in the history of the Roman Empire;
say the days of the week in French and learn how these are related to the Roman gods and goddesses;
tell somebody in French what the most famous Roman inventions were;
learn what life was like for a rich and a poor child in Roman times;
introduce the children to the concept of the negative form in French.
Our topic for spring 1 is Safety First. In this unit of work, children will consider what it means to take responsibility for their own safety. This will include the decisions they make and how they can stand up to peer pressure in a range of situations. They will learn about everyday risks, hazards and dangers and what to do in risky or dangerous situations. They will also learn about road safety and dangerous substances; drugs (including medicines), cigarettes and alcohol. Children will look at e-Safety, considering what should never be shared and how to report any concerns about online incidents.
The religion that we focus on in Year 4 is Hinduism. Our topic for the term is Symbols and Religious Expression. We will consider why people go on pilgrimages and suggest how and why belonging to a community and expressing spiritualty in, for example, the memories, stories, music, rituals, emotions and experiences of pilgrimages might be valuable to Hindus. We will also find out more about different forms of worship, prayer and meditation in different communities as well as create works of art or music which express their understanding of what it means to belong to a religion.