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Y4 (2021-2022)

Year 4
 
Hello everyone and welcome to our Year 4.
We do hope that your children will thoroughly enjoy their year at St. Petroc's and we can't wait to work with them!
Meet the Team
Mr Edney

Teacher

Hello everyone! My name is Mr Edney and I have recently moved to teaching Year 4 after teaching Year 6 for the last four years. Looking back, my favourite book as a child was definitely 'James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl. I loved the idea of an epic adventure inside a peach, and the centipede is without a doubt my favourite character. I think the best part of the story still is that James manages to escape evil Aunt Sponge and Spiker in the end!

Mr Scott

Teacher

My name is Mr Scott and I teach in year 4. My favourite books are the Hunger Games Trilogy. I don't usually go for blockbuster dystopian stories - but this trilogy is imaginatively conceived and well written and a genuine page-turner. Sixteen year old Katniss takes part in a terrifying annual televised game where teenagers fight for their lives. It's often disturbing, but it certainly will hold the attention of even the most reluctant reader.

Mr Banks

Teacher

Hello everyone. My name is Mr Banks and I teach in 4B. I have always had a love for reading. As a child, I would spend many hours reading; my favourite book is The Hobbit. I loved imagining other worlds and going on adventures – especially walks through the woods and pretending that I was in the middle of Mirkwood. This absolute classic, sees the great adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarfs as they make their way through Middle Earth trying to return the dwarves to their home currently besieged by a dragon. As the adventure unfolds, we find a very timid hobbit learn that he can step out of his comfort zone and become more than he ever though he could. Currently, I am reading the Alex Rider series and really enjoying these exciting and thrilling books. I also love reading to my girls – our favourites are books by David Walliams and Roald Dahl.

Mrs Smith

TA based in 4B

Mrs Manning

TA based in 4B

Mrs Garratt

TA based in 4S

Mrs Brown

TA based in 4E


Topics Throughout Year 4
Autumn - Invasion
 
In the Invasion project, your child will explore the effects of the Roman withdrawal and the chronology and geography of subsequent invasions. They will study the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in detail, examining their reasons for invading, their settlements and their everyday life. Your child will also look at monasteries and the Anglo-Saxon legacy. They will consider how we know about life in this period and investigate the Sutton Hoo ship burial. They will learn about Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon king, and what happened after his death, before ending the project by learning about the Norman invasion of 1066.
 
Useful Documents - Knowledge Organiser

Spring - Misty Mountain, Winding River
 
In the Misty Mountain, Winding River project, your child will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding. They 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, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. They will have the opportunity to learn about the stages of the water cycle and about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world. They will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.
Useful Documents - Knowledge Organiser

Summer - Ancient Civilisations
 
In the Ancient Civilisations project, your child will learn about three of the earliest civilisations in the world; ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. They will study the ancient Sumerian and ancient Egyptian civilisation in detail, to discover how crucial factors like water sources and farming helped them to develop and thrive. They will find out about important inventions and the growth of cities. They will also study the lives of different people in society, including the roles of kings and pharaohs. The children will reflect on their learning by identifying the similarities and differences between the two civilisations, before studying the Indus Valley civilisation independently. They will explore sources of evidence about the location of the Indus Valley, cities and trade, and note the reasons why historians know less about the Indus Valley than other ancient civilisations. The children will then compare all three civilisations, before learning about the causes and consequences of each civilisation’s decline. They will also consider whether or not these civilisations left a lasting legacy.
Useful Documents - Knowledge Organiser