Autumn 1 2021

Y4 Penguins
Autumn 1 2021
We will focus this half term on the suspense story 'The Old Mill' written by Pie Corbett. Through story mapping and oral retelling we will learn the model text and identify the features needed to write a suspense tale. We will learn the structure of the story and create a toolkit to help us write suspense and a setting description. We will use these to support the writing of our own suspense stories.
Geographical Skills
This half term we will use maps and photographs to identify human and physical features of Amble and the surrounding area. We will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map.
Use the following link to sharpen up your map skills:
Dry Water Arts Centre - Sculpture Trail Workshops
Structures - Castles
Learning about the features of a castle, we will design and make one of our own. We will be use configurations of handmade nets and recycled materials to make towers and turrets and construct a base to secure them.
This half term we will learn about key aspects of the Buddhist faith. We will find out about where Buddhism originated, about special places linked to Buddhism and about key festivals in Buddhist life. The children will also learn about symbols in Buddhism, the Buddhist holy book and the main beliefs held by Buddhists.
Click on the link to learn more about Buddhism 
Click on the video below to hear the Buddhist story of Siddhartha and the Swan and the Monkey King
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Language angels - My Family
This half term we will focus on learning to say, read and write the names of members of the family in French. 
Click on the link and login to pupil games to practice your French
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Password: pupil
Games - Dodgeball
This half term we will develop our understanding of the rules of dodgeball and learn to work tactically as a team. We will develop our throwing skills to throw accurately, over distance with power. We will begin to understand how, when and why to jump, duck, catch and dodge.
This half term we will focus on place value and addition & subtraction, using 4-digit numbers.
Remember to log on to DoodleMaths every day to consolidate your skills and collect your stars. Use the app or login online using this link DoodleMaths
Living Things and their Habitats
We will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. We will learn how animals are split into ‘vertebrates’ and ‘invertebrates’ and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. We will use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. We will be introduced to the idea that environments are subject to man-made and natural changes and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. We will work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.
Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
This half term we will learn about the invasions of the Scots and Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. We will find out where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they managed to settle and then go on to investigate how life in Britain changed as a result.
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 CLICK HERE for more information about this half term's learning in Computing.
Jigsaw - Being Me
We will be introduced to Jigsaw Jaz and begin the unit by learning about being part of a class team and a good school citizen. We will then go on to learn about our rights and responsibilities and how democracy works through our school. We will consider rewards and consequences and what motivates our behaviour.
This half term, we will continue with singing lessons from an external teacher, building on the skills we developed last year. We will also be introduced to the Ocarina and develop the basic skills needed to play this instrument.