The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Welcome to Year 4 - Turtle ClassImage result for turtle

What a busy term! Turtle Class worked incredibly hard last term, producing some wonderful pieces of work. We enjoyed learning about Ordnance Survey Maps and creating our own maps of Dymchurch. We were also lucky enough to go on a trip with Year 1!

You can see our Year 4 Curriculum Map here. It explains the different topics we cover throughout the year.

Term 6

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This term, our topic is Vicious Vikings’. We will launch our topic with a visit from Ian of Kik Theatre, who will lead us in a drama activity about the Vikings. We will learn where the Vikings came from and how and why they invaded Britain. We will learn what it was like to live in Viking Britain and explore Europe in Viking longboats.

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In English, the children will be consolidating their use of figurative language and effective storytelling techniques. Our writing will focus on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, the story of a young viking and his attempts to train his tricky dragon. Using both the film and book as inspiration, we will write about Hiccup and Toothless as they discover the deadly dragon’s cove!

In maths, the children will be revising a range of skills across the curriculum. We will start the term consolidating our understanding of fractions before moving onto the conversion of units of measurement (focusing on g and kg) and rounding numbers.

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Wider Curriculum - In science, we will learn about electricity.

In RE this term, our learning will focus on answering the question ‘Why are Festivals Important to Religious Communities?' Over the term, we will discuss important festivals from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam and their significance to each faith. 

In Art this term we will be learning to recreate ‘The Scream’ by Scandinavian artist Edvard Munch. We will then create our own scenes inspired by the famous piece of work.

This term PE will be on Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school on this day. Any earrings will need to be removed or covered with micropore medical tape during PE lessons (tape will need to be supplied by parents). Turtle class will be swimming on Tuesdays this term. Mr Higgins, Mrs Ritson and Mrs Sherlock-Scougall will accompany them to their lessons. Please ensure that the children arrive promptly with an appropriate swimming kit ready to leave at 8:45.

Homework -A homework grid will be sent home at the end of the first week of term. As usual, there will be a selection of 8 activities to choose from. Please aim to complete up to 5 of these activities by the end of term. Each piece of homework is celebrated and earns a star point!


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss McKay and Mrs Ritson