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Dogsthorpe Academy

Year 4

Our Team

Almond Class: Mrs Y McDonald

Cherrytree Class: Miss S Shabir

Maple Class: Mrs D Jordan (Year 4 phase leader)

Sycamore Class: Mr B Wright

Additional Teachers: Mrs L Hewitt, Mrs J Naylor, Miss E Woosnam

Teaching Assistants: Mrs N Hogg, Mrs V Lang, Mrs V Golipad, Miss L Stone



Spring 1:  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. Find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Make a Saxon sword or a Viking brooch and decorate it with intricate patterns. Choose to be a Saxon or Viking and trade your crafty goods, but let’s keep it cool. We don’t want a fight breaking out. Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?

Spring 2: Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit. We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. 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 a model deep sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first. 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. 

Click on the knowledge maps below for more information about what we are learning about this half term.

We use the following websites to supplement the learning children are completing in school. Please click on the links to find out more about each one:

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