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John Hellins Primary School

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Curie Class

In Curie Class (Year 4) we follow the National Curriculum for Maths and English. We also focus on other areas of the National Curriculum for the whole class projects that we plan. These areas are: Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Cooking and Nutrition and Computing.

In English we will be watching a short story clip, “Pigeon Impossible” and reading and studying the text, “The London Eye Mystery” by Siobhan Dowd. The children will have opportunities to enhance their creative writing skills; writing at length as well as focusing specifically on grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives.

Mathematics is also included, where possible, in our project and covers the objectives in the Year 4 curriculum. We teach Maths in practical and exciting ways, ensuring we deepen the understanding that children have of the three key areas; problem solving, reasoning, and fluency.

Our projects run for a term and they involve exciting days for the children including trips, visitors, child led ‘Google’ days and WOW days.

The Autumn project in Curie Class is, “It’s a Mystery”.

We will research Sherlock Holmes to discover what it was like to be a detective and look at what life was like in the Victorian times. This will include looking at ingredients and recipes and lead to Curie class cooking some yummy Victorian foods. We will also be doing some map work around London to locate landmarks and places. This will link with our artwork which is focussed on city landscapes based upon L.S. Lowry’s work.

The children will have a visit from PSCO Kev Thompson, a visit to Bletchley Park and to finish off an exciting project, an Escape Room experience which will be held in school. 


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  2. Autumn 2019 Medium Term Planning
  3. Autumn 2019 Project Planning Short Term Mystery
  4. Spelling Guidance Autumn 2019