Class studies ~ here are details of the topics that the children are studying this term.
As part of the curriculum, all children, from Reception onwards will be learning French, and our Year 5 and Year 6 children will be learning Spanish weekly. We are also offering German and Spanish as a club to other year groups, and la Scuola Italia Broxbourne offers the opportunity for children in Years 1 to 6 to learn Italian; do see the clubs list.
Year 4 classes
In English children will be studying historical stories, short novels and poetry. In science the children will be studying Electricity and their design and technology project will complement their study as they make winter inspired decorations that light up using circuit components. Later in the term, their scientific studies will include learning about Animals, including Humans, with a focus on digestion. In history children will be examining Britain during the Stone Age and Iron Age, focusing on how people lived during these periods. A virtual visit by History Off the Page on the 11th November will complement their studies. Children’s geographical work will focus on physical and human land features in the United Kingdom, including a case study on changes in land use in the Lake District. In art children will be studying Aboriginal art and cave painting, and in religious education their learning will focus on Christianity and Islam. In computing, children will be exploring a variety of different computer programs to create and edit texts and graphics. In music children will continue learning to play a stringed instrument. They will also be exploring the poetry of Paul Cookson. In PSHE&C children’s learning will relate to the themes of New Beginnings, Going for Goals, and they will further their understanding of celebrating difference.
Chidren’s studies. Activities will be adapted for remote education.
Year 4 classes
In science children will be studying the plants and animals that live in two contrasting habitats in our school grounds, the wood and pond, examining how they are suited to their environment. In geography they will compare our locality, Hoddesdon, with a distant economically developing locality, Moshi in Tanzania. In art children will be investigating African pattern and fabric printing, including Adire Eleko. Their design and technology focus will be on making money pouches, linking to their geographical topic. Children’s English studies will include a focus on the poetry of Charles Causley. They will be continuing their study of Christianity and Islam in religious education. In Computing children will be learning to create their own database to analyse scientific data. In music, children will continue their learning to play a stringed instrument and in P.E. they will be developing their skills in athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities. In PSHE&C children will further their learning in how to establish, develop and sustain positive relationships with others.
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.
Across the school in English, all children will be focusing on writing imaginative and thoughtful texts, which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose. In mathematics, we continue to focus on improving children’s mental arithmetic ability and number fluency, alongside teaching other areas.
Year 4 classes
Children’s English studies will focus on stories from different cultures, information and explanation texts. Children’s poetry studies will focus on kennings and clerihews. In science, children will be learning about solids, liquids and gases, with a particular emphasis on changes in the states of matter and the significance of these processes within the water cycle. Their design and technology project will focus on the structure and mechanisms associated with catapults which will link to their history topic. In history children will be learning about the Romans, with particular reference to the Romans’ arrival in and impact on Britain. Children will be producing class information booklets about these aspects of Roman times. In art children will be designing and creating mosaic patterns. In religious education children will continue their studies on Christianity and Islam. In PSHE&C children’s learning will relate to the themes of friendship and emotions, and they will further their understanding of celebrating difference. In Book Week they will also study sustainability and equality in relation to Fair Trade. In computing children will be introduced to coding, and in music children will continue to learn how to play a stringed instrument.