Middle School Y3/Y4

Come with us to discover a fantastical world of mythical creatures and heroes! During this term we will find out… Who needs a hero?

We will learn about Apollo and the other gods who reigned from Mount Olympus. We will explore the lands of Greece, where the sun scorched the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy, whose face launched a thousand ships. Using historical source materials, we will research the daily life of the Ancient Greeks. We will write diaries as Daedalus or Icarus and learn about epic battles. In D&T we will design wings just like Daedalus and then test them in Science to see if the myth might actually have some scientific basis; In we will become ancient sculptors and use Greek patterns to make authentic make Greek pottery. We will read Theseus and the Minotaur and Pandora’s Box and then use the features of Greek myths and legends to create our very own monsters, heroes and magical adventures. On maps of Greece, we will plot the journeys made by our ancient Greek character.

We also have whole class shared VIPERS sessions, which unpick the reading process and enable the children to better understand what they are reading, as well as guided reading activities– where our children read as part of a group and weekly 1:1 reading with a teacher.

In maths we will continue our work on fractions and decimals as well as looking at measure- in particular looking at time, money, capacity and mass. Answering fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions. We will solve problems and puzzles looking back at all 4 operations as well as looking at measure, fractions and decimals.

At home you can help your child by…

Encouraging them to read every day and talking to them about what they have read; helping them to learn their multiplication tables; making sure they have completed their homework to a good standard; practising their spellings as well as talking to your children about what they have been learning in school – it’s good to talk!