Herne Bay Junior School
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Year 4



Terms 1 and 2

Ancient Egyptians!

Throughout terms 1 and 2, our topic is ‘Ancient Worlds'. We will welcome Mr Egypt all the way from Luxor in Egypt to introduce our topic and will find out lots of first-hand knowledge about the Ancient Egyptians! During this topic, we will be exploring Ancient Egypt and Ancient Sumer. We will be learning how these cultures were influenced by great rivers, creating River Nile models and flooding them to replicate what happened. We will be learning how the Ancient Egyptians preserved their dead through mummification and we might even have a go at mummifying an orange! Will they survive 4000 years or will they rot over the holidays? Watch this space! In Topic lessons, we will research what daily life was like in the ancient world and draw comparisons between Ancient Sumerians and Egyptians! During Art, we will make Egyptian headdress artwork and learn about colour theory by studying the colour wheel and learn to mix colours. During Science lessons, the children will learn about the digestive system, teeth and bodily functions.


Terms 3 and 4 

In Terms 3 and 4, the children will be engaging in our Geography topic 'Misty Moutain, Winding River'. The children will be exploring how rivers and mountains are formed, their characteristics and will study mountain ranges around the world. In Science, the children will be exploring States of Matter. The children will learn about solids, liquids and gases and their characteristic properties. They will observe how materials change state as they are heated and cooled, and learn key terminology associated with these processes. In Art, we will be exploring the techniques that artists use when composing landscape images, such as colour and atmosphere. We will take inspiration for our artwork with a trip to Herne Bay beach to take photographs of the landscape. At the end of Term 4, the children will make water-based board games. 


Terms 5 and 6


The Year 4 History topic is Invasion. The children will explore what life was like during Anglo-Saxon England and go on to learn about the Viking invasions. Through this topic, the children will gain an understanding of these critical periods of British history and discover how we know about the past.