Welcome to Swallows Class!
Swallows is the Year 4 Class at the school and is taught by Mr Stanton.
The Teaching Assistant is Mrs Norton.
The topic for this final term is 'The Ancient Maya' and allows us to explore a mysterious and important civilization which existed on the other side of the World. Our writing focus will centre around the books 'Rainplayer', 'The Hero Twins' and 'The Chocolate Tree', all of which lend themselves beautifully to a range of genres that children will explore in their writing. These allow for some deep and interesting thinking on the subject of one of the most interesting peoples on earth and the way of life they endured. The Maya will also be studied through the foundation subjects, most obviously geography and history, where we will find out about the location of the great Maya cities, the weather and climate experienced in the South American continent, and a timeline of their existence. We will also spend some time finding out about the tribes of the Maya, exploring their cultures and ways of life and looking at the similarities between them and their ancestors. We shall also explore the legacies left behind some 1000 years since the Maya demise. Art is another area which will see a big focus on the topic with children honing their skills to complete a variety of pieces that reflect various aspects of it, most notably the masks and decoration seen at the height of the Maya civilization. Children will design and make their own Maya-themed project, as well as putting on a class assembly based on their learning.