Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Year 4 Learning Challenge - What happened in 1914?

Poem: 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Painting: 'Explosion' by George Grosz


Person: Vera Atkins

Music: 'Nimrod' by Elgar




Draw a portrait of the person

Listen to a piece of music

Produce a timeline of their life

Identify the instruments.


Produce a poster to advertise their achievements

Research the life of the composer.

Write a letter asking them about their life

Attempt to recreate the piece of music


Explain how the world would be without this person

A mind map of different emotions you feel at various points in the piece

Give five reasons for and against why they should be in ‘The Hall of Fame’

Produce a piece of art/collage based on how the music makes you feel.




Learn it off by heart

Find out 10 facts about the painting/artist

Write the poem out in your best handwriting

Produce a collage of other paintings by the artist


Create a performance as part of a pair/group

Draw a picture in similar style

Find another poem about fire

Transform the medium of the painting: use collage instead of painting


Write your own poem inspired by the topic

Use the image as a stimulus for 100WC

Draw a picture inspired by the painting

Describe what the painting: what it represents, how it makes you feel, what it is based on

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