Planning

Year 4. Topic- Dragons

English

The children will read and re-tell How to Train Your Dragon during this half-term. They will learn how to correctly punctuate spoken language; how to add detail and description; and, how to add fronted adverbials to their stories. After re-telling, the children will then re-write the story, changing the viewpoint to Toothless’ and change the story accordingly. The children will look at an information report all about dragons and then create one of their own. They will then use what they have learnt to write an information text about the Vikings in the story How to Train Your Dragon.

 

Maths

During this half-term the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division and measurement. They will learn how to multiply using short multiplication and divide using short division. Also they will learn all of the times tables and the facts associated with them. By the end of the half-term the children will be able to find the area of rectangular shapes.

 

Geography

This ‘All around the World’ Unit allows children to take a closer look at where the countries of the world are located, and some of the ways geographers describe locations. Children will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude, and find out about some of the important lines that delineate specific areas of the Earth - the Equator, the Hemispheres, the Poles and the Tropics. Finally,

by looking more closely at the lines of longitude, children will develop their understanding of time zones.

 

Science

This ‘Scientists and Inventors’ unit will teach your class about famous scientists and inventors linked to the Y4 science curriculum. They will learn about the dangers posed to living things in Madagascar, and Gerald Durrell’s conservation efforts on the island. The children will learn about Alexander Graham Bell and and his invention of the telephone. They will create and present an interactive poster about

his life and work. They will find out about the discovery of oxygen, and carry out an experiment to investigate the effects of oxygen on burning objects. Furthermore, they will learn about Lord Kelvin, the man who determined the temperature of absolute zero. The children will explore the work of Thomas Edison, carrying out an electricity hunt around school. Finally, children will find out about the invention of toothpaste, and will invent their own brand of toothpaste to compare against real brands. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

 

Art

Children will learn how to draw like Cressida Cowell and develop their sketch skills, focusing on shading and texture. They will compare and contrast ancient and modern architecture with dragon designs and themes and then design a dragon themed building/ city/ park. The children will study artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1862) and their stained glass windows depicting story of St George and the dragon. They will create their own stained glass window of a scene from How to Train Your Dragon. Finally, the children with develop their 3D art skills and create a model of their favourite dragons using clay.

 

Topic

The theme of ‘dragons’ challenges pupil perception of what is real and what is not. They journey through ages, times and places searching for clues and this culminates in a class presented news programme at the end of the Unit which seeks to answer the question, Dragons – are they fact or fiction? A great deal of the Unit is built around fantasy, but at each step, an element of truth and history is unveiled. Pupils work as a team of dragon experts and explorers and then take on roles as reporters, presenters, journalists and entertainers in the final session.