Year 4

Welcome to J.K. Rowling Class

J.K. Rowling is a British author and screenwriter. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter series about a young wizard who enrolls at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. In 2000, she was awarded an OBE for her services to Children’s literature. Our class believes that she is an inspiration as she was a risk-taker and continued to write even when there were fears she may not be able to get her books published.

Portrait of JK Rowling

Transdisciplinary Themes

Transdisciplinary Themes: During the year we will cover the following transdisciplinary themes:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • Sharing the planet
  • How we organise ourselves
  • How the world works

When following these themes, we will have a central idea and some key concepts which our inquiry will be based around.

Transdisciplinary themes poster

Module 1: Who We Are

This module, our central idea is: Conflicts and criminal activity between networks may corrupt justice and leadership. In this inquiry, we will be exploring crime and justice through different time periods. We will identify how it has changed and our responsibility as a good citizen to follow the law.

Module 2: Sharing The Planet

This module, our central idea is: Relationships between communities may differ based on their locality. In this inquiry, we will be exploring our local community and will compare it to a community from another country. We will identify systems that are used by communities and ways that we can change our community for the better.

Module 3: How The World Works

This module, our central idea is: The use of natural resources could depend on features of a location. In this inquiry, we will be exploring different types of resources and their uses. We will identify why natural resources are important and will explore ways to preserve them for the future. At the end of the inquiry we will look at ways we can take action to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

Module 4: How We Organise Ourselves

This module, our central idea is: Decision-making may influence the way the world evolves. In this inquiry, we will be exploring invasions in the past and how they impacted the way we live today. At the end of the inquiry we will be exploring how we can have an impact on a local or global issue.

Module 5: Where We Are In Place And Time

This module, our central idea is: Past discoveries and inventions may impact our lives and possibly impact future generations. In this inquiry, we will be exploring sound and inventions for recorded sound. We will be looking at the different inventions and how they have evolved over time.

Homework

Our homework menu provides a selection of activities for the children to complete so as to further develop their knowledge and understanding of our inquiry. Children will be asked to try and complete 5 activities during the module and these will then be uploaded onto our Google Classroom.

Reading

Reading books can  be changed every day if they have been read. Children will be sent home with a school reading book and a reading record book.. Parents or children can record in here when they have read and how many pages.

Times Tables

All children have a login to Times Tables Rock Stars which they can access in class and at home.

PE

PE for our class is on a Thursday. Children are asked to come into school wearing their PE Kit.