Welcome to Year Four
Teachers: Miss Allen & Mr Fraser
Teaching Assistant: Miss Burns
I hope you are ready for a jam-packed spring term!
When Earth Roars!
In term three, Year four will be introduced to our planet's structure and its dynamic system of natural forces through an examination of the natural hazards of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as volcanoes,
They see how these natural events become disasters when they impact people, and how engineers help to make people safe from them.
We will begin by learning about the structure of the Earth; then create clay models showing the Earth's layers, see a continental drift demonstration, and make fault models.
Following on from this we will learn how earthquakes happen; we will investigate the integrity of structural designs using model seismographs. (Using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows, the class will create and test structures in a simulated earthquake on a tray of jelly).
We will then move onto learn about tsunamis, discovering what causes them and makes them so dangerous. Using a table-top-sized tsunami generator, we will test how model structures of different material types fare in devastating waves. As we don’t often have Tsunamis in Stockbridge Village we will link this to look at flooding and learn about the causes of floods, the benefits of these and potential for disaster.
Next up is tropical storms and tornados we will cover there
basic characteristics, damage and occurrence of storms and tornadoes, examining them closely by creating water vortices in a bottle
Finally this term, we will learn about the causes, composition and types of volcanoes going on to create and watch a volcanic eruption, observing the phases that change a mountain's shape and the effect these have long term.
In term four, we will move onto Vesuvius and into Pompeii, which will start our journey of discovery about the Romans.
We will look at Pompeii in detail and why the Romans settled here and the link between Chester being developed as a Roman fort and the eruption of Vesuvius.
Then we will look more widely at the rise of the Roman Empire looking at two contrasting stories of how legends and historical fact vary. Using a timeline, we will place the Romans in the wider context of History.
We will study why the Romans wanted to invade Britain and the many attempts that they made. Including those who stood in their way especially Boudicca.
Finally we will use Chester as a case study to look at the long lasting legacy the Romans have left in modern day Britain. Before, ending with the fall of the great Empire.
I am sure you will agree that this is a fun packed spring term. Keep an eye on Seesaw and Twitter to see the amazing learning and work the children will produce.
We will be reading a number of texts over the next 12 weeks including
This term, we will mainly be focusing on multiplication and division.
Our science topic for the Spring term is 'States of Matter' and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. The children will be researching information and carrying out a range of investigations, so keep an eye on Twitter and Seesaw to see your scientists at work!
R.E. and P.H.S.E