Rocks, Relics and Rumbles
Do you feel that rumbling? Could it be a volcanic eruption? In this topic of ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles’ we will explore the different layers of the Earth, right down to the core, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth’s surface. Once we’ve journeyed to the centre of the Earth, we will explore how these layers and shifts can create environmental disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have. We will investigate different types of rock to learn about their uses and properties as well as examining soil and fossils. Our exploration into this daring topic will take us to research the work of the famous scientist Mary Anning. With this in depth understanding of the Earth, we will use our geography skills to look at maps and learn about the lines of latitude and longitude. We will also begin to learn how to use a compass and about cardinal and intercardinal points.
Our class text for the next topic is ‘Mouse Bird Snake Wolf’ by David Almond. This powerful and thought-provoking text, illustrated in a graphic novel style, will help us to explore the beauty and dangers of nature as well as the importance of boundaries and self-restraint. We will look at interpreting illustrations, character development, setting descriptions and writing an argument based on the themes within the text.
Choose one of these to create a model of:
- Earth with a cut out cross section
RE: Faith Founders – we will be looking at who the different faith founders are and what they taught.
PSHE (Jigsaw): Dreams and Goals
We will invite parents and carers to attend our end of topic celebration in the week commencing 2nd March (date and time to be confirmed).
ROAD TRIP USA
This is an exciting term for Year 4 as we buckle our seatbelts and put our sunglasses on – we’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A! We’ll start by ‘visiting’ New York and landing at JFK airport, it’s time to explore this big city! We’ll use travel brochures and the internet to research the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Together, we’ll look at the amazing lights of Times Square, make circuits and create a brochure for a tourist trip around New York.
Using maps, the children will locate the USA and find the names of the states by planning a bespoke road trip for Mr Smith and his family of four. We will learn how to send an email to book a day trip or reserve a room and ask the important questions: ‘Does your hotel have a pool? Is there 24-hour room service?’
As we move from the east coast to west coast, we will take in the aerial views of natural landmarks and we’ll think about how they might have been formed. Our reading and writing lessons will be based around the novel ‘Charlotte’s Web’ a story of friendships, affection and protection set in the American farming countryside. The children will create illuminated models of famous American landmarks or icons. At the end of the project, we’ll make a ‘journey stick’ so we can remember where we have visited. We’ll use this to explain our learning journey.
It’s going to be a long ride, put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair – we’re off!
- Help prepare a United States-themed evening meal by writing a shopping list for parents and carers. Report back to others using video or photographic evidence. What did you have to eat?
- Make a playlist of different American songs you could listen to on your road trip. Make sure you include songs from a range of genres, such as blues, jazz, country, rock, hip hop and rock and roll.
- There have been many U.S. presidents over the last 100 years. How many can you find? Write a short biography about one of them.
- Use online sources to research and create a timeline of Native American history. Decide which events are most important, and write a caption to go with each date, explaining what happened.
- Create your own artistic Stars and Stripes flag. Be as creative as you like!
Spellings will be tested each Friday and homework collected each Thursday in Year 4 and each Friday in Year 3.
Homework and spelling will be given out every Friday.
Children will also have a weekly times tables test.
Year 3 – Tuesday
Year 4 – Tuesday
Children need indoor and outdoor PE kit:
Indoor – sand shoes, black shorts and white t-shirt
Outdoor – trainers, black shorts or black jogging bottoms, white t-shirt and black hoodie