AUTUMN TERM TOPIC
INTO THE UNKNOWN
The term started off with a treasure hunt to help us discover our first topic. We were given lots of clues to follow and puzzles to solve. Eventually we found a hidden treasure chest which revealed our Autumn term topic would be called "Into the Unknown". We learnt that this meant we would be learning all about the Tudors! In particular we will be focusing on explorers such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus and John Cabot. We are very excited to set sail on our journey of discovery.
Here we are carrying out our treasure hunt with 4J.
Year 4 Trip to The Matthew and Red Lodge
To link with our topic work of explorers travelling around the world, we have been reading 'Stories from other Cultures'. We have read folk tales from Russia, China and Thailand to name but a few.
We also enjoyed reading 'Noah and the Devil' which is an adapted version of the Bible story, 'Noah's Ark'. We read about how certain animals came to be the way they are. For example, why the cat doesn't like getting wet and why the snake has no tail. We then used this as a model for our own writing. Some of us thought up a tale to explain why the giraffe has a long neck, others explained how the panda came to have black eyes. There were some very interesting ideas as to what else happened on Noah's Ark that day!
We also had great fun using 'Talk for Writing' to learn 'The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin', a folktale from Bengal.
We are now excited to get writing our very own folk tales over the coming week.
We are currently learning about 'Place Value' and reminding ourselves of the different values of numbers. We have been partitioning numbers, rounding to the nearest 10,100 and 1000, counting in different steps and finding 1000 more and less. We will soon be moving onto ordering and comparing numbers.
Battle of Bosworth
We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Battle of Bosworth, which was a battle that brought the War of the Roses to an end in 1485. Henry Tudor was victorious over Richard III. He later married Richard's niece meaning the house of York and house of Lancaster were finally united and peace was restored.
We had our own re-enactment of the battle on the school field. We had long men, pike men and horses - a great time was had by all!
We performed our class assembly on Thursday 11th October. It was all about the journeys that Christopher Columbus and John Cabot made and their discoveries along the way.
We used super loud performing voices and were naturals on the stage! Well done 4CW!
Tudor 'WOW' Day
On Friday 19th October we became Tudors for the day! It was great fun and we got up to so many different things. We learnt about Tudor music and mastered some Tudor dances, we baked Tudor jam tarts and made sugar paste Tudor Roses. In the afternoon we dined like lords and ladies (with a few peasants thrown in for good measure!!) with a Tudor feast of pigs head, swans and all sorts of other delights! A big thank you to the parents who gave up their time to help out - Henry VIII even made a guest appearance!!!
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