Friday 13th September 2019
We have started reading the Lost Kingdom. It is based in the colonial United States of America, before the entire country had been claimed and long before independence from British government.
The children were given four different activities based on what they had learned about the book so far.
The Spread of the United Kingdom
Friday 20th September 2019
This week we looked at how we (people) started to explore and catalogue the natural world. We spoke about the advances in travel that allowed them to go further than ever before, and about the growing field of biological science. We looked at scientists such as Carl Linneaus and Charles Darwin.
The Exploration and Discovery of Biological Kingdoms
Friday 27th September 2019
This week was an extension of the work we started last week. The activities were very similar.
However, the children were given permanent topic groups. We played a few team building games before we got started.
From now on, topic lessons are about making group decisions, planning, and compromising as well as learning and sharing knowledge about the foundation subjects.
The Exploration & Discovery of the Biological Kingdoms 2
Friday 4th October 2019
This week, the main focus changed from Science to History.
Year 4 looked at how the U.S.A. became the first country to fight against the rule of the British Empire and strike out alone. We would also use the opportunity to discuss when and why the British Empire came to an end.
In The Lost Kingdom, Benjamin Franklin has already alluded to uniting the (13) states and taking a first step towards creating a new and independent country.
From Kingdoms (& Empire) to Democracy
Friday 18th October 2019
In Literacy lessons, we have been preparing to write a biography about Benjamin Franklin. He is a main character in The Lost Kingdom and he is an important historical figure for many different reasons… those reasons allow us to link a few of our topics together.
This week during our topic time, we turned our attention to electricity. First, we looked at Franklin’s kite experiment.
Monday 4th November 2019
The first day of this term was Steampunk Day! We all came in dressed in Steampunk costumes.
During the morning, we continued to put our ships together. Ships that would will carry us through this term and have been inspired by The Lost Kingdom.
In the afternoon, we carried out experiments with different modes of transportation. Three of them were prepared with our Science museum trip in mind. We will be focusing on flight while there, so we looked at different ways and means of flying.
Friday 9th November 2019
Having completed a whistle stop tour through a history of the British Empire, we turned our attention to time.
Time zones were created to help railways run smoothly in the United States of America and adopted internationally during the height of the British Empire.
We used this link to explore time more closely.
Time & Timezones
Friday 15th November 2019
This week, having finished our ships, we decided to have a look at some of the most famous European explorers. We chose Magellan, Drake, Raleigh, Columbus, and Captain Cook. We put them on to our timeline and then plotted their routes.
Exploration in the name of the King
Friday 29th November 2019
We have seen how European Kingdoms catalogued and organised the natural world, and learnt a little bit about how they conquered and colonised land in the Americas. Today, following our trip to the science museum, we took a closer look at human invention and achievement.
We looked at flight!