In Year 4, pupils will have the opportunity to face new challenges and apply what they have learnt to a range of contexts. During the Year 4 residential to Stedham, pupils will have the opportunity to camp in the natural beauty of the South Downs National Park. Year 4 also sees pupils explore and play a range of rhymes using African drums.
Please view the Year 4 Meet and Greet presentation for this academic year. The presentation provides you with key information regarding your child’s curriculum for the academic year.
If you have any questions regards the presentation, please email the school office so the questions can be collated and added to the Frequently asked Questions.
During the first weeks of the Autumn Term, pupils will apply to be a member of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to cross the continent of Antarctica. They will consider their personal qualities and what they will need to be part of his crew. In setting sail, pupils will face many challenges aboard the Endurance. They will consider whether Earnest Shackleton was a good leader.
Pupils begin their new topic in the second half of the Autumn Term by taking part in the War of the Roses. Pupils will become members of the House of York or House of Lancaster and learn about key events which defined the start of the Tudor period. During the term, pupils will learn about Tudor punishments and the reign of Henry VIII.
To deepen pupils understanding of the King Henry VIII war ship – the Mary Rose – pupils will visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. During the topic, pupils will develop their sewing skills in creating a money pouch.
Finally, to conclude the topic, pupils will hold a Tudor banquet.
The Spring Term begins by pupils learning about the Earth’s structure and how the shifting of tectonic plates can cause earthquakes, tsunamis and the formation of volcanoes. In deepening their understanding of the world, pupils will be able to identify the ‘ring of fire.’
Pupils will be able to discuss the benefits and consequences of farming on a volcano and the precautions that have been put in place since the Indian Ocean’s earthquake in 2004.
The second half of the term sees pupils learn about the origins of the Vikings and the different routes they chose when invading England. Pupils will learn about the invasion of Lindisfarne and the resistance of Alfred the Great and the key battles.
In art, pupils will tie dye their own t-shirts, learning how to make different patterns.
Pupils will focus on the continent of Africa and will deepen their understanding of continents, oceans and countries. In science, pupils will describe the simple functions of the digestive system.
They will look at the differing physical geography before focusing on the country of Tanzania and its human geography, including the difference between rich and poor. They will learn about the African Elephant and consider whether this mighty animal is friend or foe of the people living there.
To conclude the year, pupils will learn about the achievements of one of the earliest civilizations: The Ancient Egyptians. Pupils will have the opportunity to become archaeologists as they join Howard Carter on his exciting expedition to unearth the tomb of the of the boy king – Tutankhamun! From discovering a range of artefacts pupils will create their own Egyptian jewellery.
Pupils will explore the ancient wonders of the world: the pyramids, and learn about the significance of the River Nile. In learning about the River Nile, pupils will develop their understanding of the physical geography of the rivers. This will include some fieldwork linked to local rivers. Pupils will create their own shaduf and use it to transport water just like the Ancient Egyptians.