Welcome to Nanjizal Class. We are a mixed year 3 and 4 class which consists of 17 children, Mrs King our teacher and Mrs Forrest (our TA).
Spring Term 2023
This term our topic is called 'I am Warrior'.
I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare. Invade and attack. Romans versus Celts, the fight is on. Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus, brave fighters of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts? This unit looks at the Romans and their achievements from 43 CE to 410 CE. The first lessons explore what life was like in early Rome, who was in charge and held the power across the Empire and how the emperors trained up their powerful armies. This moves onto the Roman invasion of Britain; a comparison between the existing Celtic villages and the new Roman settlements, alongside finding out how the Romans protected their new lands and an introduction to significant historical figures of the time such as Boudicca. The unit finishes with a study of the final years of the Roman Empire and the events led to its downfall.
Autumn Term 2022 - 'Blue Abyss'
Welcome back to the Autumn Term.
This half term our topic is called 'Blue Abyss'.
Grab your wetsuit. We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Can you pick a favourite fish, plant or animal? What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world. Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make our own stuffed sea creatures, inspired by our journey to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures. Look closely and create a colourful, 3-D art exhibition when you rise to the surface. Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the Blue Abyss.
Our guided reading book for the first half term.
Our Guided Reading book for the second half term.
Our book for pleasure, during the first half term.
Our book for pleasure, to be started in the second half term.
Autumn Term 2021 - Extreme Earth
What happens when the earth shakes? In this project, we'll find out about the natural disasters and their deadly effects. This term we'll gather rock samples, find out about different types of rocks and sort them according to their properties. By carrying our research, we'll investigate the Earth's layers and location of volcanoes, discovering what causes them to erupt. We'll write powerful poetry inspired by our work on volcanoes. Working as archaeologists, we'll locate Mount Vesuvius on a map and find out what it was like to live in Pompeii during the devastating eruption of 79AD. We will use different modelling materials to create a volcano and make it blow. We will also learn about what causes an earthquake and locate the world's tectonic plates. This will lead into our work on tsunamis and we'll write instructional texts about, 'How to survive a tsunami'.
We will be reading ‘The Firework Maker's Daughter’ by Philip Pullman and 'The Abominables' by Eva Ibottson as a class during this topic. We will be discussing the text, answering comprehension questions about it and really immersing ourselves in the story plot.
Spring Term 2022
Our topic for this term is called 'Prehistoric Britain'.
This is the first chance that children have to explore pre-history, looking at Britain’s changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Children will use their knowledge of the UK from previous learning to explore what societies were like during this time to what they are now and build a foundation for a timeline of civilisations throughout time. Children will identify what the difference is between the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. This topic starts children off on a learning journey of ancient history, with a number of civilisations being learnt about in KS2. Within the topic, children will have the opportunity to explore what their local area was like during this period of time, understanding the change in location from then to now. They will learn about the way of life in each stage of prehistory. They will learn about the iron tools found, along with other archaeological finds that tell us about the settlement at that time. We will learn about Stonehenge and Skara Brae. We will aim to visit the Merry Maidens and read our own historical narratives based on the text, 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura. Our whole class guided reading novel will be 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King.
Summer Term 2020
Traders and Raiders
Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. In our 'Traders and Raiders' topic, we will go on a fascinating journey of discovery as we find out about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England and how England became a unified country. We will explore where the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings came from, how they fought for territory and power, and how their fighting ultimately led to the kingdom of England we know today.
We will be reading ‘Anglo-Saxon Boy’ and 'Thorfinn the Nicest Viking' as a class during this topic. We will be discussing the text, answering comprehension questions about it and really immersing ourselves in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking age!