This first half term, we will be studying the topic ‘Blue Abyss’. We are hoping to arrange a visit to an aquarium to gain an insight into the ocean world. Using maps, globes and atlases, we’ll identify the world’s oceans and seas. We will sketch different creatures and create clay sculptures. We’ll also find different ways of grouping living things. Diving back into the 1800s, we’ll learn all about the HMS Challenger. We’ll research Jacques Cousteau and write biographies about his exciting explorations. As a challenge, we’ll create model submarines using recycled materials and program an onscreen submarine. After locating the Great Barrier Reef on a map, we’ll learn about the risks it faces.
If you wish to help your child prepare for this project, you could visit the coast together to see an ocean or sea up close. You could also look at an atlas or online map to find out which seas and oceans surround Britain. Alternatively, work together to create an under-the-sea collage using different materials to represent the plants, creatures and water. There are optional home learning ideas in the children's learning logs.
Next half term, we will study the topic ‘Alchemy Island’. We’ll be going on a magical journey to find the gold hidden somewhere on Alchemy Island. A mysterious visitor will arrive to present us with artefacts from the island. Reading stories set in fantasy worlds will inspire our story writing. We’ll manipulate digital photographs, adding fantastical special effects. Our geography skills will improve as we look closely at maps of Alchemy Island, plotting routes and using coordinates. We’ll examine samples from the island, explore the properties of materials and experiment with changes of state. If we’re going to find gold, we’d better find out all about it! In English we’ll write soliloquies and poems inspired by the island’s magical powers and dramatic landscape. The coding programme Scratch will help us to plot and correct errors in our route, and we’ll use technology to create beautiful digital images. We’ll compose raps and use sound effects and mood music to reflect the atmosphere on Alchemy Island.
If you are able to help your child prepare for this project, why not investigate foods together that change state when they are heated or cooled? You could also visit the library to find a book to read together which is set in a fantasy world. Alternatively, work together to create a map of your own fantasy island – what landmarks will you include?
Class 4 have PE on Monday and Thursday afternoons; Born to Move on Mondays and Swimming on Thursdays (starting on 16th January).
Please can all items of kit and school uniform be named.