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Our Refugee Journey

Stain glass windows inspired by the refugee Marc Chagall

This half term, Year 4 have been learning about refugee journeys from around the world and what caused refugee crisis’. We have travelled back to ancient Egypt and learned about the exodus of the Jews from being slaves to Egypt, then flew to 20th century Europe to learn about the millions of Jews who fled Nazi Germany. We have been to Rwanda, Zanzibar, Jamaica, Mozambique, Czechoslovakia and Ireland to learn about the variety of refugees who have left their homes for many different reasons. We researched famous refugees such as Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury and Lord Alfred Dubs. We had the pleasure of a Zoom call with Lord Dubs, where he explained his refugee experience and answered lots of the class’ questions. We have read books inspired by refugee stories, created art inspired by refugee artists and looked at different refugee experiences. It has been such an interesting topic where the class have gained historic, geographical and social knowledge.

Our English work has been inspired by the story of a refugee family in the book. ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna. We have created a refugee diary entry and a refugee narrative using new writing techniques and vocabulary. Some of the writing by the class has been absolutely beautiful and has shown such great empathy to a refugees journey.

In Maths, we have focussed on addition and subtraction this half term, with the class learning both formal and informal methods of calculation.

In R.E., we have been learning about faith-based communities and the impact being in a community has on its members. We created an online questionnaire and sent it to a number of religious groups from the area. We then analysed the answers and created a poster in our classroom to show what we have learned.

Trinity Church Chester

We were also invited to Trinity Church Chester to meet their pastor and discuss their community. He also answered lots of our questions and even gave us a history lesson about the building.

We have had lots of fun this half term! The Year 4 class would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!