Teacher – Stephen McConnell
HLTA – Sultana Ferdausi (Maternity Leave)
HLTA – Debbie Lewins
Year 4: Term 3
It’s All Greek to Me/ Around the World in 80 Days
Science 1st half: ELECTRICITY
- Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
- Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
- Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether the lamp is part of a complete loop with battery.
- Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
- Recognise some common conductors and insulators and associate metals with being good conductorsScience 2nd half: LIVING THINGS AND THEIR HABITATS.
- Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
- Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
- Recognise that environments can change and this can sometimes pose a danger to living things.
Cross Curricular ICT: DIGITAL DATA
LO: to create and use a simple digital branching database
Use Purple Mash 2Question to make a simple Yes/No branching database to sort and classify a group of familiar thingsSCIENCE VOCABULARY: circuit cells wires bulb switch conductor
SCIENCE VOCABULARY: classify classification keys
Vertebrates invertebrates amphibians mammals reptiles fish mosses ferns exoskeleton History 1st half ANCIENT GREECE
- Recap word ‘civilisation’ – what do we know about a civilisation?
- Compare and contrast the legacy the Romans left behind compared to the legacy the Greeks left behind.
- Compare and contrast legionaries and hoplites.
- Know which countries were part of the Ancient Greek empire.
- Know the dates of the Ancient Greek era.
- Know what made Ancient Greek fighters so powerful.
- Investigate whether the Battle of Marathon was a great victory for the Greeks.
- Know who the Ancient Greeks worshipped and why.
- Know what happened in Greek theatre.
- Fond out through sources about importance of the Olympic games.
- Learn about key Greek monuments (e.g. The Parthenon, Acropolis)
- Find out about democracy.
- Investigate the Greek alphabet
- Investigate the Spartans and contrast their lives with the Athenians
- Investigate Greek philosophers – do they have relevance today?
- Investigate and read the Iliad and the Odyssey. Learn about the story of Troy
- Learn about Greek myths and legends and know the difference between both
- Recap word ‘civilisation’ – what do we know about a civilisation?Geography 2nd half LOCATING COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.
- Use a range of maps, atlases and globes and digital computing mapping to identify countries.
- Revise the continents.
- Locate Italy on a map and compare its proximity to Greece and Russia.
- Locate the main countries of each continent on a map.
- Locate and label the main countries of Europe.
- Identify Russia on a map.
- Know that Russia is in both Europe and Asia.
- Locate Greece on a map.
- Use 8 compass points to say where countries are located on a map.
- Use grid references to locate countries on a map.
- Know that the world is split into two hemispheres
- Locate countries in each hemisphere
- Investigate why Russia is known as an energy superpower.
Cross Curricular ICT: DIGITAL RESEARCH
LO: Use digital resources to make notes on a topic for a report
Use National Geographic Mapmaker Interactive to explore maps or Europe and Asia. Plot distances using the distance tool, add markers of places being studies and annotate with notes and information about countries. Print.
HISTORY VOCABULARY: ancient monument ancient arts city state gods democracy hero goddesses myths and legends sacrifice hoplite scholar temple amphitheatre worship battle
GEOGRAPHY VOCABULARY: political map hemisphere industry energy natural resources fossil fuel continent
CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES FOR THE MORE ABLE PUPILS – Ancient Greece
- Judge who were the better fighters – the Athenians or the Spartans? Give your reasons why.
- Compare and contrast the Greek alphabet to other alphabets.
- Create a set of top trumps cards for the Greek gods
- Plan an Olympics event for school – which activities would you include and why?
- Argue why democracy is a better system than oligarchy (when a country is ruled by a small group of people)
- Plan your own Greek myth – which gods or goddesses would you include? What mystical creature would you introduce?
- Which philosopher – Socrates, Plato or Aristotle do you admire the most and why?
- Assess the impact the Trojan horse had on people living in Troy.CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES FOR THE MORE ABLE PUPILS – Locating countries around the world.
- Evaluate the similarities and differences between Greece and Russia.
- If you were to create a new continent – where would you place it in the world? Justify your location.
- Choose one of the continents and write a fact file about it – what technical language can you include?
- Do all countries in Europe have a coast?
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of living in a land locked country.
- Argue why it is still important to use a globe as a source. Art: CREATE A MODERN DESIGN FOR A GREEK/RUSSIAN VASE
Explore images on Greek vases.
- Discuss what images on Greek vases represent.
- Design own symbols and signs to represent everyday events in their life.
- Discuss and explain the symbols to the class.
- Represent signs and symbols in picture form.
CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES FOR THE MORE ABLE
- Make own vases using clay.
- Research and use the colours used for Greek vases.
- Experiment with different media for colouring detail of their vases and choose most appropriate –e.g. oil pastels; paint, colouring pencils. Explain which is the most effective/authentic.
- Explore other colour combinations that could be used to create a mode modern take on a Greek vase.
D.T: MAKE AN ALARMED BOX TO PROTECT ELGIN’S MARBLES
- Know what alarmed systems are used for.
- Look at ways in which different types of switches work.
- Talk about possible output warning devices (flash a light; buzz etc.)
- Brainstorm ideas for the design of an alarmed box.
- Plan an alarmed box on paper.
- Build the alarmed box and evaluate the product.
CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES FOR THE MORE ABLE
- Discuss what different types of alarms can be used for (link to output warning devices)
- Design different types of alarms based on their research of what they can be used for and specify what their alarm is for
Cross Curricular ICT: DIGITAL MEDIA
LO: Storyboard and shoot a series of video clips/photos for a purpose
Make a short video/magazine advert to showcase the finished alarm box and try and sell it – use persuasive language and interesting camera angles to show off the features of the alarm boxMusic:
- Play in solo and ensemble contexts, playing music with increasing accuracy and fluency.
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes.
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds.
- Appreciate staff and other musical notations.
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.E net and wall games, athletics.
- What different ideas does our class have about God?
- How do Hindus express their beliefs about God?
- What is a shrine and why is it important in a Hindu home?
- How do Hindus worship in the home?
- What happens in a Mandir (temple)?
- How is prayer central for a Hindu person?Why do some people get married?
- What is a wedding celebration?
- Why do people choose to get married?
- What are marriage vows? What do they mean?
- What important actions take place in a Hindu wedding ceremony?
- What is the symbolism behind the seven steps?
- What do Muslims believe about marriage?
- What happens at a Muslim wedding?
- What kind of wedding would I like? Computing
Coding and Programming
- Algorithms and Decomposition
- Programming on screen
- Sequence, Repetition, Selection
Using Technology Safely
- Social Networking
- Being Responsible
- Reporting ConcernsEntitlement and enrichment: trip to the River Thames, the Serpentine Lake
Topic writing links: (please teach during Friday’s literacy lesson and work in topic/Science books
- Create a top trumps style card about an Ancient Greek fighter.
- Write a description about different Gods.
- Create an information book about the Ancient Greeks.
- Write an eye witness account about the Battle of Marathon.
- Create a playscript to be performed at a Greek theatre.
- Write a simple information guide to the Parthenon or Acropolis.
- Write a simple speech about why democracy is important.
- Write an advert for an alarmed box for Elgin’s marbles.
- Write a simple guide book about Russia.
- Write a postcard from Russia/Greece.
- Create a set of instructions about buried treasure using the 8 compass points.
- As a group, write a presentation about one of the continents.
- Create a booklet about the different plants found in local area.
- Write about the changes that have occurred to the environment (link to ‘Windows’ by Jeannie Baker)
Cross Curricular ICT: DIGITAL PUBLICATION/PRESENTATION
LO: Use tables, text boxes, and borders to layout content
LO: use transitions and animation effects to improve a presentation
Use PowerPoint to create a simple presentation about the Olympics, with appropriate animations, transitions and sound effects
to make a simple Yes/No branching database t sort and classify a group of familiar things
Literacy books which link to the topic:
Books on Greek myths.