Summer Term 1
Our enquiry question: What can artefacts tell us about Roman Britain?
Our focus texts: 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit (Writing)
'Romans on the Rampage' by Jeremy Strong (Guided reading)
This half term we are going to be using discussion to form balanced argument to answer the question: Were the Romans good for Britain? We will also be writing a biography about Julius Caesar!
So far this term, we have written a personal story (recount) about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii in 79AD, based on our focus text: 'Escape from Pompeii'.
This week, we have performed and analysed the features of the poem: 'The River' by Valerie Bloom. We then wrote our own poem following the same structure, but about a volcano. See some of our fantastic poems on our class blog!
We will be covering three different topics in maths this half term: decimals, money and time. We will be applying our knowledge of decimals to support us with our learning of money and time.
This half term's science is all about electricity! We will be identifying common objects that run on electricity, constructing simple circuits and learning about their different parts (including bulbs, wires and batteries), and will be able to recognise conductors and insulators.
Our History topic this term is getting us really excited! We are going to be learning all about the Romans. We are studying different historical sources to answer a range of enquiry questions about Roman Britain.
So far this term, we have investigated:
- Why did the Romans invade Britain?
- Why was the Roman invasion on Britain successful?
- What kind of men could join the Roman Army?
- Who was Boudicca and why do we remember her?
- What have the Romans done for Britain?
We are going to be learning about Sikhism this term. In Summer Term 1, we will be thinking about the main beliefs of Sikhs and their places of worship.
Our artist focus for this half term is Giacometti. We will be analysing the artwork of Giacometti and then creating our own statues of a Roman soldier, which will be made from clay and wire.
We will be designing and creating battery-operated torches this half term, using our knowledge of electricity that we have learnt in science.
For more information on our curriculum, click the link below to view our long term planning overview:
We had a fantastic time celebrating Roman Day and many of us dressed up in super costumes! We took part in many fun activities including:
A Roman baths team challenge and quiz
Designing our own Roman bath house for the emperor
Creating our own version of a Roman shield (and sword)
Creating a Roman mosaic using a printing technique
Take a look at some of the photos below:
Year 4 Sponsored Spring Sprint
To raise money for our school trip, all of year 4 took part in a Sponsored Sprint. We had 30 minutes to complete as many laps around the field as we could. Our class ran over 59 miles in total and complete 416 laps! Amazing effort from all Bluebirds!
For our final Art lesson, Mr Slaney showed us how to draw a Roman solider. Take a look below:
In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of money. For this lesson, we worked in groups to solve real life problems using the coins.
We have loved our Science topic of electricity. For our final lesson, we created our own experiment, exploring how the shape/size/length/thickness of an insulating material can affect the brightness of a bulb.
Our centurion led a Roman legion training session to help us answer the enquiry question: What kind of men could join the Roman Army?
Performing 'The River' poem by Valerie Bloom
Experimenting with the position of our Giacometti inspired sculpture and designing our own Roman soldier sculpture.
Investigating how to connect components in a circuit and get the bulb to light
The 3 attempted Roman invasions on Britain