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.
Year 4 Trip to The Red Lodge
On Monday 23rd September year 4 visited The Red Lodge, a Tudor house in Bristol. We had a great time visiting Dame Joan, dressing up as Tudors, sketching and touring around the house learning more about life as a Tudor. In the afternoon we looked at different Tudor artefacts and enjoyed finding out lots more information about Tudor life.Take a look at our pictures!
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 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 in the hall. We had long men, pike men and horses - a great time was had by all!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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