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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School

Kingsley Class

Welcome

Spring term B

 

 

Welcome to the second half of the spring term!

To access the curriculum map for this term, please click here.

To access the knowledge organiser for this term, please click here.

To access the newsletter and updated dates for the diary for this term, please click here.

Don't forget that in June the children will complete a Multiplication Check testing their times tables fluency. Please encourage them to use TTRockstars daily to complete a soundcheck - it really does help!

By the end of year 4 the children will be expected to spell all of the year 3/4 statutory spelling words as outlined by the National Curriculum. A copy of these words can be found here.

Parental engagement is very important to everyone at Northgate Primary School. If you wish to speak with me, you can either catch me at the end of the school day, contact the office to make an appointment or if it is not urgent email ng-kingsley@northgateprimaryschool.org.uk

 

Topics this term

 

 

 

 

 

                                    Spring B

The Romans

We will start the half term by writing our own suspense stories, inspired by our Roman topic and the story of ‘The Thieves of Ostia’, by Caroline Lawrence. We will research the expansion of the Roman empire over time, recalling key facts about the invasion of Britain. We will consider Roman roads, how these were made, and the impact they had on Britain. We will write a newspaper report, linked to Boudicca’s revolt.

 

In Spring A, we had a great time learning all about the design and construction of bridges. We looked at the importance of beams and pillars, trusses, arches and suspension bridges. The children used their findings to design their own bridges and the parents were invited in to participate in the activity.

We also had a special visitor from Griffiths Civil Engineering deliver a STEM workshop to the children.

In keeping with our dragon theme, Year 4 have been learning how to play the 'Dragon song' on Glockenspiels. 

 

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 In PE this term we were developing our footwork skills and learning the rules of basketball. 

 

Welcome to the second half of the spring term!

To access the curriculum map for this term please click here.

To access the knowledge organiser for this term please click here.

To access the newsletter for this term please click here.

Class information

Welcome to the second autumn term!

To access the curriculum map for this term please click here.

To access the Greek knowledge organiser for this term please click here.

To access the newsletter for this term please click here.

Parental engagement is very important to everyone at Northgate Primary School. If you wish to speak with me, you can either catch me at the end of the school day, contact the office to make an appointment or if it is not urgent email ng-kingsley@northgateprimaryschool.org.uk

   We made a digestive system in science!

   In RE we made Coconut Burfi sweets. 

 

 

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                                                                     Half Term         

The Greeks

History

We will hone our historical skills through examining artefacts from the South West Heritage Trust and secondary source evidence from Ancient Greece, explaining what these can tell us about life during that time. We will explore the Battle of Marathon, the Olympic games and Alexander the Great.

 

In English, our focus will be looking at the book ‘’Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek myths’’ by Lucy Coats and Anthony Lewis. This will be our key texts to support the children to create their own Greek Hero and Greek Myth. In our D.E.A.R time we will be reading ‘’Run Wild’’ by Gill Morris and this will support our next English focus to write an Adventure story focusing on speech and sentence structure.

Autumn A

 

 

Topics this Term:

Where we live

This term our topic will be exploring where we live. We will be looking at the book “In our hands” by Lucy Farfort and reading “The animals of Farthing Wood’’ by Colin Dan as our D.E.A.R text. The first writing task will be writing their own story about community spirit and working together. We will then be looking at diary writing and completing a recount based on our residential trip to Magdalen Farm.

In Geography we will be identifying significant locations in the UK using aerial and digital mapping; learning how to use an 8-point compass and 4 figure grid references and using this knowledge to create a set of directions. This will include a walk around out local area, looking closely at recognisable landmarks of the town.

Multicultural week - Kenya

 

 Kingsley class have had a fantastic end to the half term learning all about Kenya. We have completed Geography work using Digi-maps, researched and discussed the types of animals and different habitats found in Kenya and also discussed the impact of climate change on the area. The children painted flags and created some fantastic paintings of Kenyan landscapes inspired by the work of John Dyer and the Born Free Foundation. 

 Magdalen Farm

This term we were extremely lucky to have our residential trip to Magdalen Farm. The children were absolutely fantastic and got involved every step of the way. We started off the trip with a very wet orienteering task around the farm and fields, learning facts about local wildlife as we went. The children were taught how to use a compass to find North and how to read and follow a map to solve clues.

 After that, we headed inside for some problem solving games promoting team work and communication.

The next day was much brighter as the children helped out with jobs around the farm. They met the pigs, cows, chickens and goats. In the evening we enjoyed camp fire songs, games and tasty treats.

              

 On the final day we surprised our senses by picking our own vegetables and herbs and making our own pizzas. We even made our own 'Hugo' smoothie using a blender bike! We learnt about food miles and the importance of sustainability to help the environment.

       

The trip was a brilliant way to enhance their learning through real life, hands-on experiences and really brought us all together.