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Spring 2

Welcome to Year 4!

Topic: Ancient Egypt

This term, our topic is Ancient Egypt. We will compare the life of Ancient Egyptians to present day life, as well as to the life of Ancient Mayans. We will explore the hierarchical society of Ancient Egypt including the technology and techniques of farming and hunting, and how this changed over time. We will also see how Egyptians worshipped, used hieroglyphs, mummified wealthy people and constructed pyramids. Our History topic will also link closely to our Geography topic of rivers, as we will be learning about the Nile River and making comparisons with rivers found in the UK. The exciting world of Ancient Egypt will be explored through looking deeply at key vocabulary, which you can see below.

Vocabulary: afterlife, agriculture, ancient civilisation, amulet, antechamber, archaeology, bandages, Cairo, Canopic jar, cargo, chamber, chisel, crop, decompose, desert, empire, flood plain, harvest, hierarchy, hieroglyphics, irrigation, merchant, mummify, obelisk, oppressive, organs, papyrus, pharaoh, physical and human features, primary sources, pyramid, River Nile, scarab, scribe, secondary sources, sphinx, tomb, transport, Tutankhamun, underworld

Maths:

In maths we will continue to explore and gain a deeper understanding of division and fractions. This includes being able to divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number as well as a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number. We will also begin to learn how to find a fraction of a number and how we can use visual ways to help us to understand and see fractions.

We will also continue to practise a range of arithmetic methods through Number and Lightning.

Vocabulary: hundredths, tenths, equivalent fractions, half, quarters, thirds, numerator, denominator, fraction bar, divide, share, part, group

English:

In English, some of our writing will be linked to our Ancient Egypt topic, including; writing a set of instructions for a mummification, as well as writing a chronological report on how the pyramids were built.

We will also be listening to, reading, exploring and discussing a range of poetry, before writing our own poems. In guided reading we will continue to practise the reading skills that we have learnt so far, whilst learning new skills to support us when reading.

Vocabulary: instructions, steps, imperative verbs, adverbs, paragraph, introduction, conclusion, tense, caption, label, diagram, poem, verse, simile, metaphor, rhyme, couplet

Other curriculum areas:

History – Ancient Egypt

Geography - Rivers

PE – Dance, Tag Rugby

RE – Incarnation - Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?

Languages – French – Describing people

Design and Technology – Shell structures with CAD 

Science – Sound

Computing - use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

PSHE – Living without harming others

Important diary dates:

22/2/21 - Back to school

4/3/21 - World Book Day

4/3/21 - World Book Day special menu

12/3/21 - Red Nose Day

12/3/21 - Red Nose Day special menu

25/3/21 - Last day of term