Year 4

Summer 2021

Create Project: Is happiness really infectious?

Our creative based project for this term focuses upon aspects of the creative arts, especially relating to the theme of celebrations / carnivals. Your child will be discussing and debating the impact of the following key concepts: beauty, belonging, dreams and tradition to our enquiry question. We will use a variety of artists work and examples of music, that convey happiness and your child will evaluate how the audience responds to these stimuli. In art, your child will study the works of traditional and modern artists, Van Gogh and Keith   Haring. This will involve your child creating their own pieces of artwork in the style of the artist. We will be exploring how artists use techniques and art media for different styles and effect. As budding musicians, your child will create their own rhythm with a melody and use of dynamics, which can then be performed on a variety of percussion instruments. This will also involve your child planning and making their own musical instrument in DT, using junk materials and modroc. Our enquiry question will be explored throughout the various creative activities we complete this term. Cross-curricular links in PSHE, history, RE and Science will be made. By the end of the summer term, your child will be a reflective artist who will be able to impart key knowledge on different artists and impress you with wonderful pieces of artwork.

Spring 2021

Explore Project: What does it mean to take things for granted?

Our geography based project for this term focuses upon some of the things we may take for granted in our daily life and the wider world. During the project, your child will be discussing and debating the impact of the following key concepts: choice, loyalty, responsibility and value to our enquiry question. Our project will begin with the study of our hometown of Dronfield; discussing its land use, amenities and reasons why families choose to live here. As competent geographers, your child will be using maps, atlases and laptops to identify and describe the physical and human characteristics of settlements starting locally and then spreading to the wider world. This will allow them to compare and   contrast geographical features found in the UK to those found in other countries. During this work, your child will develop their ability to identify   Ordnance Survey symbols; read and write 4 figure grid reference and state direction by using the 8 compass points. As part of the project, your child will be considering the ways in which people can improve or damage our environment, focusing upon conservation, fair trade and life in war torn countries. Cross-curricular links in PSHE, Art, Design Technology, RE and Science will be made. By the end of the spring term, your child will be a critical-thinking geographer who will be able to impart key knowledge on different locations and dazzle you with a wealth of knowledge!

Autumn 2020

Discover Project: Is change always for the better?

Our project for this term is Victorians.  We will be discussing the concept of change; what it is and whether changes made in Victorian times were for the better and improved peoples’ lives.  During the project, your child will be discussing and debating the impact of following key concepts: consequences, fairness, poverty and reform.  As good historians, they will be analysing and questioning primary and secondary sources, interpreting bias and constructing timelines of key events including: the life of Queen Victoria; the impact of the industrial revolution, the roles of children in the work force, the growth of the British and repercussions of crimes.

During our project, our local historian, The History Van, will visit school (25/9/20) and share Victorian artefacts and fascinating facts about daily life during this era.  Throughout the project, we will be making links to our project question and analysing where change have been seen during this historical period.  We will also be using these concepts to make cross-curricular links in Geography, Art, Design Technology, RE and Science.  By the end of the autumn term, your child will be critical-thinking historians, able to impart key knowledge to amaze you and all the family!