Year 4 Summer Term -Incredible India

An in-depth study of India, its history, geography and culture.

Art and Design

The focus of our art this term is Indian animals and birds including their national symbols. We will use our sketch books to develop our ideas before creating a final piece. We will also investigate animal prints and use mixed media to experiment making our own animal prints.

In addition, we are going to use the technique of Batik to make designs.

We will also learn about the history of the Taj Mahal and its chief architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, before creating our own interpretation.

Design Technology

In conjunction with our art work, we are going to investigate the construction of the Taj Mahal and explore the life of its architect. We will then design and construct our own model of this amazing building.

In food technology, we are also going to learn about traditional Indian cooking before creating our own menu with the information we have collected.

History

As we investigate the history of this amazing country we will investigate the following topics:

· The Story of India- build a timeline 

· Vasco da Gama- completion of sea route to India. Trade with India- cotton (links to spring term Age of Exploration). 

· First civilisation of the Indus Valley. 

· Ashoka the Great- India emperor links with Ashoka’s wheel of law (flag) and his links with Buddhism 

· King Akbar- Age of Reason

· The British Empire and rule of India

· Independence and Ghandi

Computing

In computing, we are going to learn about the history of computing and describe the impact that technology has had. We are also going to use our own computing skills to create multi-media presentations that showcase our own work.

Geography

In Geography, we are going to investigate both the physical and human characteristics of India and make comparisons with the UK. Our studies will include work on the following topics:

· How the Himalayan mountain range was formed

· The monsoon seasons

· The River Ganges

· Topography

· Climate in comparison with the UK

· Population comparison to UK

· Settlement around India’s rivers and use of the land

Music

We are going to listen to a wide range of Indian music including ‘Bollywood’. We will learn how to identify cultural and social significance in both melody and lyrics and we will listen to and appraise traditional Indian instruments.

Science

In the first part of the term, we are going to learn about electricity.  We will explore how it is used every day and learn about electrical safety. We will also build our own simple circuits in order to control a device.

In the second part of the term, we will learn about sound and the way in which it travels. We will investigate patterns in pitch and volume and learn how sound gets fainter as the distance from the source increases.

PHSE

We are going to explore our individual strengths and set our own future goals. We will also learn about the importance of team work and investigate gender stereotypes through history and in the modern world.

RE

In the first part of the term, we will learn about Hinduism and learn some key facts about the religion, including the significance of their Gods and Goddesses. We will also find out—What is the best way for a Hindu to show commitment to God?

In the second part of the term we will explore Buddhism. We will investigate Buddha’s teachings and whether it is possible for everyone to lead a good life and be happy.

French

We will be continuing to expand our French vocabulary and begin to read and write sentences that contain conjunctions. The focus of our learning this term will be our hobbies and things that we like.

PE

For our indoor sessions we are going to be swimming – improving our strokes and revising the importance of water safety. Outdoors we will working on athletics and striving to improve our own personal best in running, jumping and throwing events. We will also learn the basics for batting and fielding in cricket.

In addition to the taught aspects of our curriculum we also provide children with many other opportunities to develop and extend their learning. Please click on one of the following links to find out more.