Welcome to Year 4
Firstly, we’d like to welcome you back to school. We hope that you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer and are ready to get back to learning. Please find below the curriculum outline for this Autumn.
We shall begin by studying a mysterious and imaginative quest book called ‘Arthur And The Golden Rope’. This book will allow us to explore creative ways to write noun phrases and build sentences by using adverbial phrases. In the second half term, we will look at the explanation text ‘Until I met Dudley’. The children will learn how to use a range of sentence structures to write their own explanation pieces.
Our class novel for the first half term is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. We shall use this text each week to work on the comprehension skills of summarising and predicting. In addition, each week we will use an extract to learn how to retrieve and infer information from a text. We plan to use a variety of texts from different areas of the curriculum as well as poetry and classics. Together, this ensures the children have a reading comprehension lesson each day. There will also be opportunities for children pursue their enjoyment of reading independently. There is a wealth of books for them to borrow in school or they are welcome to bring in books from home.
The children practise handwriting each day. We have pen licenses at the ready for children who join consistently with correct letter size and formation. This means that they will progress from writing in pencil to pen.
Monday to Thursday we practise spellings using a variety of techniques for a spelling test on Friday. We give out new spellings on Fridays which we will share with you on See-saw.
In maths this term we will start off by looking at place value and improving our understanding of numbers and what they are worth. We will be looking at 4 digit numbers, comparing, ordering and rounding as well as investigating negative numbers and roman numerals. Then we will move to adding and subtracting three and four digit numbers, looking at exchanging and estimating. Towards the end of the term we will be looking at lengths, kilometres and perimeter.
This term our two science topics will be electricity and states of matter. We will identify common appliances that run on electricity, construct simple circuits and identify common conductors and insulators. After half term we will start comparing and grouping materials together as solids, liquids or gases. We will be closely observing how some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and research the temperature at which this happens.
In our unit ‘The Americas’ the children, inspired by Johnny Cash singing ‘I’ve been everywhere’, travel the North and South American continents, and distinguish between the terms ‘continent’, ‘region’, ‘country’, ‘state’ and ‘city’ along the journey. Finding and using images and maps on the internet and in atlases, children will make notes on cities and record their countries and/or states. They will compare the built environments and settings of the cities and, through them, identify some key regions of the American continents.
This term our History topic is The Mayan Civilisation. In this unit, the children will explore the world of the Maya and debate whether they should continue to be remembered today as a significant culture. The children will begin by learning about the lives of the Maya today, before focusing on ancient Mayan architectural achievements, their religion and surviving writings. They will also study the possible reasons why the Mayan city states declined after 900 AD.
Art, Craft and Design
In our Drawing unit, the children will be studying portraits and will investigate, compare and replicate the work of Amedeo Modigliani. The children will create their own self portrait using a range of mediums to create colour and tone.
Our unit after half term will focus on food and we will learn about a healthy and varied diet, including cooking and nutritional requirements. The children will be designing, making and evaluating a bread-based product with a filling for lunch, such as a wrap, a sandwich, a roll or a toastie.
In our unit ‘We are Software Developers’; the children will develop a simple educational game using Scratch. In our second unit ‘We are Toy Designers’, the children will design a simple toy that incorporates sensors and outputs and then create an on-screen prototype of their toy in Scratch.
In our first unit ‘Les Transports’, the children will learn how to label forms of transport. They will learn adjectives and connectives to give and write opinions on transport methods. In our second unit ‘Faire les magasins’, the children will learn to count to 40 in French and use this to understand how much things cost in French. They will label shops and hold a conversation in a shop in French.
Our class will have a lesson every Friday afternoon as well as enjoying a PE session with our Sports Specialist Mr Jacobson on a Thursday. Please could the children bring their PE kits into school so that they are ready for these sessions.
We will be learning about a balanced lifestyle, as well as hygiene and germs and how to make informed decisions to stay healthy. The children will be encouraged to celebrate what they are good at and set goals with strategies to help them achieve them. They will learn how to keep safe in their local area and online, as well as understanding who helps them stay healthy and safe at home, school and in the community.
For the first half of term we will be looking at Christianity and the creation story, considering how this impacts on Christians’ beliefs and their relationship with God. After half term we will be looking at Judaism, particularly how festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people. We will find out about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and discover why the 10 commandments are important to Jewish people.
Autumn’s curriculum is bursting with variety to enthuse the children and help them develop the range of knowledge and skills they need. We always encourage children to extend their learning beyond the classroom and we welcome them to share this in class, as this is always inspiring for everyone. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your child or have any questions.
Kind regards, Clare Carter and 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.