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We begin this term with a classical music focus. Our project explores a piece of music in depth whilst making cross curricular links to history, art, drama, storytelling and dance. We shall be looking at the life of the composer and the circumstances, purposes and visions for the music. Characteristic sounds and motifs will be explored and replicated using body, voice and percussion instruments whilst learning further musical terminology. The class will be working towards an end performance.
After ‘Take One Piece’, without Covid, we would have been working towards a Year 4 production of ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. The same skills will be practised and developed, covering many drama elements and we aim to record aspects of the work for you to enjoy. Our writing will be exploring characterisation and script writing.
Making puppets of the characters is going to be a design and technology focus which promises to be fun, exploring and refining sewing skills.
Please note that PE will be on Tuesday and Fridays this term and children still need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on these days.
Please ensure that pencil cases are replenished with writing and colouring pencils, a pencil sharpener, glue stick, ruler and rubber where possible.
This term, our main project is entitled ‘Disgusting Digestion’. We shall be learning about key organs in the body and their functions. There is a lot of technical vocabulary with this project and we would appreciate it if you could reinforce this language at home. Many of the keywords are written on the project map sheet for you to refer to. Tea-time is the perfect opportunity to discuss some of the ideas associated with this project, although it is not for the faint-hearted!
We begin the term with a local history and geography focus, centred around Oxford. A key text will be about an Anglo-Saxon princess entitled, ‘The Princes Who Hid in the Tree’ which is about Saint Frideswide who has a medieval shrine in the cathedral in what is now the site of Christ Church. Her tale is one of adventure, courage, danger, friendship and kindness.
Thank you and well done to all those taking part in the ‘Street Tag’ challenge. It is pleasing to see so many children from Year 4 taking part and having fun! Keep up the good work here!
We learned the story of Saint Frideswide, the Patron Saint of Oxford. We wanted to demonstrate our learning by making stained glass windows, like the one that is dedicated to her in Christ Church Cathedral.
We collected information and decided to make our windows using a collage effect with tissue paper. In the process of making the stained glass window, we have learned to use a variety of techniques for cutting, overlapping and layering and we designed a silhouette in the window which considered a key element of the story.
In constructing 'My World' we learned
To use our imaginations,
To plan our ideas and think about the resources we needed,
We used a range of techniques - painting, cutting, gluing, moulding and building with bricks which developed our artistic techniques
After we finished, we described our finished worlds using a range of vocabulary.
This term, we begin with a mini project, ‘Take One Picture’ where we will be looking at a painting by Wassily Kandinsky. We shall be exploring the artwork, the artist, the historical context and making links with different curriculum areas. Recreating the artwork, exploring how it makes us feel and writing about it descriptively will be a large focus of the work we do.
Our main project is ‘River Journey’, with largely a geographical and scientific focus looking at how rivers form and the water cycle. There are many new scientific terms to learn which you can find on our project map for the term. We would strongly recommend a visit to ‘The River and Rowing Museum‘ in Henley.
Our overriding goal this term is to settle the children back into school routines and support their social, emotional and academic progress. Please drop us an email via the school office with any worries or concerns.