Morpurgo's new topic is `Scavengers'. We will use this topic as the springboard to subjects across the curriculum.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum – The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
2. Personal development – The characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
3. International understanding – This will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on History, Art and International.
In History, we’ll be finding out:
• How fossils are made and what we can learn from them
• What our earliest ancestors might have looked like
• How our ancestors were able to survive
• How to use archaeological evidence to find out about a prehistoric hunter
• Where our ancestors settled and how they lived
• How we can learn about the past by investigating a Stone Age village
• What life was like during the Bronze Age and Iron Ages
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
• How to create our own prehistoric cave paintings
• How to make and decorate pottery, based on one of the periods we have explored
In Technology we’ll be finding out:
• About the types of foods that the first farmers would have grown
• How we can update the dishes that the early settlers may have eaten
In International, we’ll be finding out:
• How we can work together to learn new skills and achieve our goals
The children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science, RE and Music will be interwoven with our topic learning. In English we will imitating a poetic structure and looking at non fiction texts. In Numeracy, we will be exploring coordinates and time. During this term Year 4 will continue their French sessions, learning lots of new vocabulary through songs and games. We will also be learning ‘Black Bird’ during our Music lessons.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm.
Importantly, this term we will be continuing to develop our independence in our work and reflection. Please encourage your child to be independent with their choices at home and this will pay dividends in the classroom. I hope your child will have lots of fun and be happy and enthusiastic in their learning this term.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call in and see me after school or call the office to make an appointment.
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When reading with your child at home it is important that they understand what they’re reading. Use these questions to help question your child:
Please comment in your child's diary each time you read with them. Pupils will also have the opportunity to bring a book home from the school library. Please make sure children have their books available to read everyday.
Pupils will be set homework on a Wednesday and Friday. On Friday the homework will consist of spellings and times tables. On a Wednesday homework will be set that will consist of an area of the curriculum. The children will be able to access this through Google Classroom or in the homework book. In addition to this, each child will be expected to complete their daily work program on DoodleMaths.