Saturn (Year 4)

                          Autumn 1 – Road Trip USA

ENGAGE

Buckle up, sunglasses on- we are going on a road trip across the USA. Flying from London  and landing in New York, it is time to explore the sites and sound of the Big Apple. We will be using map skills to navigate our way around some of the most famous landmarks and sending a postcard home.

DEVELOP and INNOVATE       

This half term we will meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions.Reading the magical The Indian in The Cupboard will enhance our understanding and we will write character sketches and diary entries based upon this text. We will also be planning a bespoke road trip for a family of four who want to see the sites and soak up some of the history of the Native Americans. Together we will construct a class totem pole and make our own dream catchers. In science, we will be investigating electricity, circuits, switches and conductors and making an illuminated route map.

EXPRESS

We will end this fantastic topic with a celebration of all the work we have done on October 17th at 2pm – 3pm – everyone is invited.

IPL Geography
English Postcard, emails, Diary writing
Geography Using world and USA maps. Human and physical geography
Art Native American dream catchers,  Navajo weaving designs,
History Native Americans
Science Electricity
Design Tech. Totem pole design, model making, preparing US dishes

Religious Education  Judaism- What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God? How special is the relationship Jews have with God? Do sacred texts have to be ‘true’ to help people understand their religion? Does participating in worship help people to feel closer to God or their faith community? Believing/Belonging

Physical Education  Netball and gymnastics

Homework  will be focus on learning multiplication and division facts and all the Year 3 / 4 spelling words from the National Curriculum.

Ways in which you can help your child in Saturn class
Reading is so crucial across the whole of the curriculum, the more reading with, enjoyment and encouragement you offer your child the better! Please ask them what they are reading, chat about the stories and information they are interested in.Also visits to the local library to stimulate their interests will really help.

There are many great titles recommended on this website https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-4    You can always ask us for ideas.

Please encourage your child to use a dictionary both to check spellings and definitions.

Quick mental maths games, especially those helping your child to learn all their multiplication tables and number facts. Telling the time as part of their daily activities would be beneficial, many children struggle with this and regular reference to actual time is very helpful.

Please do come and ask if you have any queries at all.

Remember to catch glimpses of the class via class Dojo ! 

Mrs Smith, Miss Wall,Mrs White, Mrs McKeown, Mrs Ray and Mrs Heron.