Maritime Academy Trust

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Year 4

Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Summer Term Topic - Blue Abyss

This term, we will visit Chatham Historic Dockyard to gain an insight into the ocean world. We will sketch different creatures and create clay sculptures of our favourite. Writing poems inspired by our favourite sea creatures will help us to develop a rich vocabulary. Using maps, globes and atlases, we shall identify the world’s oceans and seas. We will also find different ways of grouping living things. Diving back into the 1800s, we will learn all about the HMS Challenger. We shall research Jacques Cousteau and write biographies about his exciting explorations. As a challenge, we will create model submarines using recycled materials and program an onscreen submarine. We will study Antony Gormley’s Another Place sculpture and write reviews. After locating the Great Barrier Reef on a map, we shall learn about the risks it faces.

Knowledge Organisers

Each of our termly topics has a knowledge organiser. These are created to support our curriculum projects. They set out the key facts and information that children need to use and remember as they progress across the curriculum. Each knowledge organiser includes:

• Essential facts about the topic, laid out in easily digestible chunks.
• Key vocabulary, technical terms and their meanings.
• Ambitious levels of literacy including a topic glossary.
• High-quality images including maps, diagrams and photographs.
• Timelines and significant dates where appropriate.
• Famous quotations, if relevant.

Blue Abyss - Knowledge Organiser

Word Mats

We also have word mats which complement the knowledge organisers. These contain vocabulary which links directly to the current topic. This vocabulary is regularly referred to during lessons, which we also encourage the children to use during discussions and in their writing.

Blue Abyss - Word Mat

Blue Abyss - Fun Facts

Blue Abyss - Glossary

Topic Based Homework

In addition to the online learning apps, such as Times Table Rockstars and IXL, the school offers some additional optional topic based homework. 

Blue Abyss - Home Learning Activities

Blue Abyss - Home Learning Workbook

Curriculum Map

The Curriculum Map which gives you an overview of what the children will be learning throughout this year in Year 4.

Year 4 Curriculum Map