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‘Here be Dragons!’ by Year 4

Year 4 children have really been enjoying their current IPC topic ‘Adventurers and Explorers’ and have recently been learning about the Age of Exploration. The children have compared maps made at different points in history and learnt how our understanding of the world changes, as a result of exploration and advances in technology.

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We were particularly inspired by one map, the Carta Marina (shown in the gallery above), which depicted perilous oceans full of sea monsters. The children developed their art skills, using pen for line work and watercolour paints, to produce wonderfully imaginative monsters of their own.

The children then considered why, if the journey was so dangerous, people would want to go on voyages of exploration. They learnt about the reasons for exploration at that time and showed their learning by producing beautiful flip books. In the process of making these, they developed valuable skills such as taking notes from a presentation and recording information in their own words.

The next step in our topic will be detailed research into a chosen explorer and we look forward to seeing how the children choose to record and present their information.

Ms Eileen Winfield-Chislett, Year 4 Class Teacher

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