Year 4 - Swallows
Welcome to Swallows
Welcome to Swallows class!
Our topic this half term is ‘In Flanders Fields” and we will be immersing ourselves into how World War One started, the disastrous decisions and battles that took place across the nations, the development in weapons, uniform, machinery and how this bloody war came to an end.
To further cement our understanding and learning of WWI, we will be having a special guest visiting us in December to provide the children with the chance to experience what life was like as a soldier and the challenges they faced.
Don’t forget we have outdoor PE on Mondays and indoor PE on Tuesdays – please remember to come to school in your PE kits on these days with appropriate clothing to match the weather.
Finally, we have weekly spelling and times tables tests on a Friday morning!
Books we are currently reading in school
London is dirty, distant and dangerous ... but that's where orphan Tom Falconer is heading. And he's got a whole assortment of vicious criminals hot on his heels. Tom is helpless and alone until he meets Moll Cutpurse, a thirteen-year-old pickpocket. Together they find themselves chased across the city by the murderous Ratsey. But it's only on the first night of a new play - The Devil and his Boy - that Tom realizes that the fate of the Queen and indeed the entire country rests in his hands.
The book is set in Tudor Times and follows the adventures of a young boy as he meets several influential people from that time period.
A wonderful story, full of magic and excitement. The Tempest deals with themes of revenge and forgiveness, power and responsibility. It even has a comedy subplot. What more could you ask for as an introduction to Shakespeare?
We will be producing our own version of The Tempest for our Year 4 Production.
In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.
This is a great way of introducing young readers to the realities of WWI.
The First World War was the world's first 'total war'. Although large-scale wars like the Napoleonic wars had ranged across many territories, the scale of WWI was unprecedented. It was also the first war between modern industrialised nations, and mechanised warfare saw new and terrifying weapons deployed for the first time, including airplanes, tanks, zeppelins, giant warships and poison gas.
Now, on the verge of the centenary of the end of the conflict, The Story of the First World War for Children (1914 - 1918) is a fact-packed information book that relates the unfolding events and the human stories in a way that brings history vividly to life.
Books to read independently
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Kick by Mitch Johnson
Cliffhanger by Jaqueline Wilson
Kid Normal by Greg James
The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong
There's a Werewolf in my Tent by Pamela Butchart
Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell
The Shakespeare Stories by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross
Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown
The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Rene Russell
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
The Newspaper Kids series by Juanita Phillips
Lady Long Legs by Jan Mark
I’m Scared by Bel Mooney
Why Headless Chickens Run by Michael Cox
The Big Bad Story book by Denis Bond
Ouch! Extreme Feats of Human Endurance by Georgina Phillips
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain series - Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson
You Smell and So Does Everything Else by Clive Gifford
Tom Gates series - Liz Pichon
Children Who Changed the World - Marcia Williams
Max and the Millions by Ross Montgomery
Operation Gadgetman! by Malorie Blackman
The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C O’Brien
Challenge Books for Year 4
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Blabbermouth by Morris Gleitzman
The Owl Tree by Jenny Nimmo
Stig of the Dump by Clive King
Flood and Fang by Marcus Sedgewick
The Invisible Boy by Sally Gardner
Harvey Angell by Diana Hendry
Dragon’s Child by Jenny Nimmo
Grandpa Chatterji by Jamila Gavin
I Was a Rat! By Philip Pullman
Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac
The Battle of Bubble and Squeak by Philippa Pearce
Snow Dog by Malorie Blackman