Welcome to Year 4
In each term we have main topics that we use to motivate the children and link different parts of their learning together. We will kick-start the year by diving into our exciting topic entitled ‘Brilliant Britain’! We focus on settlements and land use, such as Bradford Beck, but use the topic to learn much about our local history and how the Anglo-Saxon era shaped what we know of Bradford today. Our Science unit will focus on sound in which children will learn about how sound travels, volume and pitch. They will also consider how to make a soundscape and link this knowledge to Anglo-Saxons; for example, with the pre-battle speech of battle cry!
In term 2, we will have many cross-curricular opportunities, allowing the children to get an in-depth study of the Egyptians. This will involve learning about Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s reign and the impact the ancient Egyptian era has had on today’s society. To further engage the children, we will hopefully be hosting an ancient Egyptian day in school (restrictions permitting), where children will have the opportunity to dress and experience daily life as an ancient Egyptian!
As well the ancient Egyptians, we will be learning about Animals and the human body, electricity and habitats. In term 3, we will complete an in depth study of The Vikings! Vikings settled all across the country, but the densest population was found in Yorkshire – they even made York their capital. The Viking era followed the Anglo-Saxon and so links will be made between the two units to allow children to understand the impact these two eras have had in shaping what we call Bradford today.
This year will also be the first year where year four will be required to take the multiplication tables check. In order to assist children with this, we have launched the ‘Time Tables Rockstars” across the school, which is an online learning tool.
As part of the year four curriculum, children will be learning how to swim for the year; again, this is dependant upon restrictions. Barcelona’s swimming will take place on Friday afternoon and Ankara’s on Wednesday morning.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come and speak to us.
Mr Wickett and Miss Khalid