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Howitt Primary Community School

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Year 4

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AUTUMN TERM - An Indian Adventure

Year 4 begin their learning journey by finding out all about India. We will begin with a WOW Day to experience a little bit of Indian culture through food tasting and bhangra dancing. We’ll also make some ankle bells to wear when we learn some Bollywood dance routines in PE . We will use our geography skills to learn about where India is located and find out what the climate is like there. We will research facts about the rivers and mountains of India. In Music, we will listen to some music played by Anoushka Shankar, a famous sitar player, and find out about other Indian instruments.

 

 

 

   

 

In our RE lessons, we will be learning about Hinduism. We will also use our history skills to find out about the discovery of an ancient civilisation in the Indus Valley. We will finish our topic by using our creative skills to make Indian themed artefacts to sell at our Indian Market. It looks like we’re going to be busy!

 

SPRING TERM - A Greek Odyssey

This term we are learning about the Ancient Greeks.  We will discover where and how they lived, their mythology, and the legacy they left behind.  Through our cross curricular work we will investigate ancient Greek art and design, looking at pottery and silhouettes. We will complete design and technology projects, learning how to strengthen columns out of just paper, and design and make Greek theatre props. We will even have our own ancient Greek Olympics, where we will find out what it was like to take part in the earliest Olympic Games. Ancient Greece was the home of many famous thinkers and great ideas so we shall use our research skills to investigate these. We will be reading about all sorts of gods and monsters in famous Greek Myths and Legends and we will be writing our own Greek Myths. To end our topic we will learn about Greek theatre to help us to write our own plays. If the weather is good, we might even perform them outdoors on our outdoor stage!

 

GREEK WOW DAY

Our Wow Day will be delivered by Portals to the Past so we know that we’re going to have a lot of fun learning! We will look at how Greece was divided into city states and explore why the Athenians and Spartans were always falling out. We will find out why Athens became known as the birthplace of democracy and will use this to develop our understanding of the importance of British Values.

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER TERM - Heanor: history and habitats

In the Summer Term we will be making the most of the good weather and spending a lot of time learning outdoors. Our Science unit is Habitats so we shall be investigating animal homes in our local area and further afield. We’ll find out what creatures make their homes in our school grounds and we'll design and build bug hotels. Then we’ll make our own Deadly 60 fact files about the world’s deadliest animals.

 

 

We'll also be delving into Heanor's fascinating past,  looking at how land use has changed over the years and finding out about the local Victorian authors William and Mary Howitt. 

Year 4 performing their Greek plays in the amphitheatre 2018.

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Y4 Ancient Greeks WOW Day

 

Year 4 had a great introduction to their new topic on the Ancient Greeks with a visit from Portals to the Past. We began by learning about how Greece was divided into city states and then heard how Alexander the Great established the Greek Empire. We were amazed to hear how the Indian army used elephants to fight the Greek Army! We had time to do some research of our own and we really enjoyed doing a quiz to find out about life in Ancient Greece.

 

After break, we took part in some Greek Theatre. We sat in a semi-circle and watched a very funny version of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur performed by Harley, Halle, Jayden and Sean. We all cheered when Theseus chopped off the Minotaur’s head! After that, we learned to play an Ancient Greek game called Petteia which was a bit like chess where the Athenians and Spartans had to capture each others’ soldiers. We also had to use team work skills to solve a puzzle set by the Greek mathematician Archimedes.

 

During the afternoon workshop, we learned about the Hoplites, which was the name for Ancient Greek soldiers. We found out about the uniform they wore and the weapons they carried. Then we acted out a formation which helped us learn how fearless the Hoplites were in battle.

 

To end the day, we played a game which was based around the story of The Trojan War. 4G were Trojans and 4H were Greeks trying to break down the city walls of Troy. It was a bit like dodgeball and we had lots of fun.

 

We had a great day. We’ve learned so much about Ancient Greece already and now we’re eager to find out more!  

Year 4 children discussing bullying during an anti-bullying workshop.
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