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Spring 1

Welcome to Year 4!

Main learning theme: The Mayans!

We are going to be looking at who the Mayans were and what their civilisation was like. The Mayans lived in Mesoamerica (this is now known as Southern Mexico and Central America) between 2000 BCE and 1500 AD. We will be focusing on learning about their writing, art, science and most excitingly cacoa (chocolate/cocoa beans!). Our topic will begin by focusing on where chocolate orginates from and learning about how this was important to the Mayans through an exciting workshop.

Vocabulary:  Mesoamerica, cacoa, lowlands, highlands, Mexico, hieroglyphs, codices, agriculture, Xocolatl, Popul Vul

Maths/Numeracy:

We will be learning about how to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers, multiply and divide by 10 and 100 and begin to learn about fractions. We will revise our times table facts using knowledge of multiplication to learn new times tables as well as their inverse operation in division. We will also continue to practise a range of arithmetic methods through Number and Lightning.

Vocabulary: thousands, hundreds, tens, units, remainder, divide, multiply, share, groups of, hundredths, tenths, equivalent fractions, half, quarters, thirds, numerator, denominator

English:

We will be looking at Mayan Folktales and Myths and write our own in a similar style. We will also look at writing persuasively with a focus on deforestation. 

Vocabulary: Gods, Goddesses, powers, monsters, villains, heros, heroine, persuasion, facts, rhetorical questions, alliteration

Science:

We will be learning about Animals and Humans - digestion, teeth and food chains! We will learn the features and functions of the digestive system, why we have teeth, types of teeth, how to clean teeth as well as creating and understanding food chains.

Vocabulary: digestion, saliva, mouth, oesophagus, stomach, intestines, bowel, molar, incisor, canine, prey, predator, consumer, producer, food chains

Other curriculum areas:

Art – 3D ART Paint Masks, Mexican Folk Art Mirrors,

PE – Dance

RE – People of God - What is it like to follow God?

Music – Ukulele – working on learning new chords and playing melodies with 3 notes

Languages – Learning core information such as saying what is your name, your age and learning about family

Design and Technology - Creating Mayan creations using weaving and sewing

History – All about the Mayans!

Geography - Deforestation and impact on Mayan Settlements

Important diary dates:

6/1/2020- Back to school

7/1/2020 - Chocolate Workshop

3/2/2020 and 5/2/2020 - Parent Consultation Evening

3/2/2020 - 7/2/2020 - Matt Warn Cup

10/2/2020-14/2/2020 - Year 4 Parent/Carer Engagement (Date TBC)

13/2/2020 - Valentine Disco

13/2/2020 - Valentine Special Menu

14/2/2020 - Last Day of Term