Welcome to Year 4
We hope you have all enjoyed the Easter holidays and enjoyed lots of chocolate. Here is an overview of the areas we will be covering over the Summer Term.
In English we will be studying a fiction text (The Paperbag Prince) and a non-fiction text (RSPB Charity Letter) to learn about stories with familiar settings and persuasive writing techniques. Within these texts we will look at grammar for the Year 4 curriculum, along with other stand-alone grammar lessons. We will also be doing some creative writing and exploring form in poetry. The children are encouraged to improve the sentences they compose, by extending their range of adjectives, adverbs, fronted adverbials and conjunctions along with building up sophisticated vocabulary.
Spellings will be tested on a Friday and new ones given out on the same day. Strategies you might like to use at home might include: Look, Cover, Write, Check, Box Font, Pyramid Spellings, Spellings into sentences and Speed Spell to name a few (the children know all of these techniques).
We will continue to develop children’s confidence in solving mathematical problems as well as continuing our unit on decimals. We will then study Money, Time, Statistics and Shape. Year 4 children are expected to know all of their times tables by the end of the year. We practise daily in class but this is a very useful area to cover at home as well if you get the opportunity.
This term our two units are:
1) Animals including Humans:
• Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
• Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
• Role of the small intestine
• Diets of different animals
• Role of producers, predators and prey in the food chain.
2) Living Things and Habitats
• Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
• Consider some of the natural changes that could happen to an environment and to understand what some living things can do to survive such changes.
• Do a simple experiment to demonstrate the effect of a greenhouse and relate this to climate change.
• How can we reverse climate change and deforestation?
EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES: HOW DOES THE EARTH SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL?
In this unit children will explore the dynamism of the earth, learning about its structure, looking particularly at the causes and distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes and their effects on landscape and people. They will be introduced to the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, the most active region on earth, and consider why people choose to live on the flanks of volcanoes and in earthquake zones when both can be life-threatening. They will learn that volcanoes have existed throughout geological time, and that there are several different types.
CRIME AND PUNISHEMENT: HOW HAS CRIME AND PUNISHMENT CHANGED OVER TIME?
In this unit, the children will explore how and why Crime and Punishment has changed over time. This will support them in developing an understanding of change and development over a long period of time. They will utilise a variety of sources of evidence to develop their knowledge and understanding of the different time periods. Within this they will look at some small case studies in more depth to understand triggers for change, including the Bloody Code of 1815, the founding of the first police force, transportation of prisoners and the activism of the suffragettes. The children will also begin to appreciate that some things remain the same over long periods of time.
This term we will be looking at Christianity looking at the unit Kingdom Of God in Understanding Christianity.
We will be learning about The Beatles by listening to the song ‘Blackbird’ and then other songs from the band comparing different sounds and themes. We will also look at notation and the pentatonic scale.
We are very hopeful that the pool will soon be up and running and the outside temperature will allow us to start swimming. Mr J and Mrs Taylor will be taking PE on a Thursday, covering athletics and rounders.
This term our topic is ‘Living in the wider world’ where we will look at:
Rights and Responsibilities
Discuss and debate health and wellbeing issues.
Appreciate difference and diversity in the UK and around the world.
Sustainability of the environment across the world.
Role of money; managing money (saving and budgeting).
Learning what interest and loan mean.
We will continue to develop speaking and listening skills alongside some learning about French culture. Our vocabulary this term will focus on:
1) Sports (Football, Rugby, Tennis etc)
2) Carnaval Des Animaux
Phrases of questions and answers such as What sport do you play? I play…
‘We are Co-authors – Producing a wiki’
Children will learn what Wikipedia is and practise using Wikipedia to find out information. They will plan and create their own Wikipedia page. Discuss pros and cons of Wikipedia (e.g is it a reliable source if information can be changed?)
‘We are meteorologists- Presenting the weather’
Find out about ways of measuring weather and record weather patterns.
Start to predict weather.
Prepare and present a TV- style weather forecast!
In Design Technology our Focus is “Simple Circuits and Switches”. We will be investigating a range of battery-powered products and will be making simple circuits and handmade switches. We will be designing, making and evaluating our own torches.
In Art our focus is “Mixed Media Collage”. We will be looking at the work of Derek Gores and will be creating our own volcano collages, using contrasting colours and textures.
Miss Clare Carter and Mrs Susannah Taylor
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mr Branch or Mrs Cowling.