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Terms 1 and 2 : The Nordic countries

Dear Parents,

Hello and welcome to Year 4! We hope you have a fantastic summer break and we look forward to seeing your children’s lovely, smiling faces back for a new academic year.

Wow! What incredible terms we have waiting ahead of us! We cannot wait for the exciting experiences the children will take part in during terms 1 and 2. Our main focus is Scandinavia, however we will be branching off in many different directions to make our topic extra special and cross-curricular. In geography, we will be focussing on the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, learning about the physical and human features that make up these spectacular places. Our maths will link in very well when we look at Lapland in the Arctic Circle, where we will be using bar charts to compare climates with the UK. Place value, times tables and addition & subtraction will also be a focus over the next coming weeks.

To ignite our English topic, we will start by walking through the settings of several enchanting fairy-tale stories by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, gathering clues along the way about the characters and plots of each one! This will lead us nicely into the rest of our unit of work, where we will create our very own magical versions of The Snow Queen. This experience day will take place during the first week back on Thursday 2nd September. We thought it would be lovely to give children the opportunity to dress up as their favourite fairy-tale character on this day too, villain or hero/heroine! After half term, we will focus on persuasive writing linked to the one and only Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland! 

Our wonderful art and DT projects consist of drawing Scandinavian animals, creating Nordic patterns and making a miniature throne and cushion for a fairy-tale character of the children’s choice. How can we forget the scrumptious food making and tasting experience we have planned in too?! We are very much looking forward to sampling some cinnamon twisted rolls as well!

In computing we will develop our programming skills through scratch and using our creativity when making e-books linked to our English work. We will ‘thank ABBA for the music’ through a series of lessons listening, composing and controlling pitch! In RE, we are going to be focussing on what we can learn from religions about what is right and wrong, looking at the Ten Commandments, the Jewish and Christian faith. 

Our science topics consist of ‘Animals including Humans’ and ‘States of Matter’. We will be describing the function of the digestive system, identifying different teeth and interpreting a variety of food chains. We will also look at changes in states, evaporation and condensation. 

As normal, we will have PE sessions twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays and we ask that children come into school already dressed in their kit on these days. We advise extra layers and long jogging bottoms for those chilly months, especially when playing netball outside. We will learn to play cooperatively as a team, apply simple rules and learn a range of passing techniques. 

During the week leading up to Christmas, we will take part in a traditional Danish day celebrating the lifestyle of Hygge! The Danish people believe in living a healthy lifestyle through a feeling of cosiness and contentment. So pull on your favourite woolly jumper and your most comfortable pair of slippers and join us for a day of hot chocolate, burning candles and Danish arts and crafts before a well-deserved Christmas break!

We would be really grateful if you could make a £4 topic contribution to support us in providing some of these extra activities that will really bring some sparkle to the children’s learning over the course of the year.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 4 Team (AKA The Dancing Queens!)

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