This term our topic is 'Colours of World: Graffiti'. We are very excited to learn about the history of graffiti art and get stuck in creating our own graffiti 'tags' to put on our classroom wall.
Everyone has an opinion on graffiti — Is it vandalism? Is it art? The children will enjoy the process of deciding this for themselves. We will focus on famous graffiti artists including Banksy. Banksy’s work has world renown and is a reminder that small beginnings can lead to great things. As this is our last term as Year 4 it is also a topic that celebrates growth and new beginnings.
Our Literacy learning this term begins with a look at the book 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett.
‘An important introduction for young rabbits to the danger of wolves: every burrow should own one!’ This is a cleverly constructed book that provides many literary avenues. Initially we will be analysing how effective the format of the book which is unusual to say the least. The subject matter lends itself to a re-write with different endings and also an opportunity for research into Wolves and their habitats.
In term 5 our topic is 'Disasters at Sea'. In our History lessons this term we will be investigating one of the most famous sea disasters, the fateful journey of the Titanic. We will really try to understand what life was like on board the Titanic by experiencing the luxuries provided for 1st class passengers and the poor conditions of 3rd class passengers. Finally we will reflect on the devastating events of the 15th April 1912 and consider 'Who was to blame for the sinking of the Titanic?'.
In our Science lessons this term we will be focusing on changing states - solids, liquids and gases. Practical experiments and activities will make for some exciting discoveries!
In term one we have been learning about Shang Dynasty. So far we have created some amazing pieces of art work based on Ancient Chinese bronze statues. We have used atlases and pictures to compare China with the UK and researched a lot on the social hierarchy of Shang. Our literacy has been based around a ninja cat called Varjak Paw. We have enjoyed learning our journey tale and adapting it to make our own. Now we are focusing on instructions to help Varjak Paw to capture the gentleman.
In maths, we have covered addition, subtraction, mass, decimals and multiplication facts.