Welcome to Year 4
Listed below are the themes for each subject area that we will be following this term, which we hope you will find useful.
English: We will be linking the majority of our English lessons to a fictional text based in the Caribbean called ‘Gregory Cool’, before studying the non-fiction text ‘Rainforest Rough Guide’ after half term. We will continue to develop children’s literacy skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary and handwriting. There will be daily spelling practice and a set of spellings to learn each week, so it is important that children practice these ready for a test on Friday, including on Spelling Shed.
Reading: As part of our Reading Curriculum, every child will have a daily class guided reading session linked to a range of carefully chosen texts linked to our curriculum topics, with a focus on developing a wide range of VIPERS reading skills (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise). We also have the new Accelerated Reader scheme in place, which further develops these core reading skills. Children are expected to read at home every day, and we recommend that you also enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if s/he is still developing reading fluency.
Maths: This term we will continue to develop children’s confidence in multiplication and division. We will be solving mathematical problems using money and developing our understanding of fractions. In measure we will be exploring area and perimeter. It remains important for children to continue to regularly practice their number bonds, times tables and related division facts, particularly with the National Multiplication Tables Check in Year 4 in the Summer Term.
Science: Our first topic this term is ‘Sound’, and will include learning about how sounds are made, how it travels to the ear, pitch and volume. After half term the children will be learning about ‘Living things and Habitats’ with a focus on grouping and classifying a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
Geography: We will be focusing on the question ‘Where does all the water go?’. This topic introduces the water cycle and, as the key concept is that water flows downhill, looks at mountains, the source of many rivers. We will research how people interact with rivers using a variety of sources, as well as their geographical features. Children will do a case study feature on one of the UK’s major rivers, the River Thames, plus a local study of the River Dart. Cameos of some of the world’s great rivers and mountain environments are included to extend children’s geographical general or locational knowledge. Children will be using a range of maps including digital and OS maps.
History: After half term, the children will learn about the Roman invasion of Britain and its impact on the lives of the Celts. They consider whether the Roman settlement was a positive experience for all involved and explore the long-term legacy of the invasion. They will use a variety of sources of evidence to investigate the topic, including visual sources of artefacts (the Vindolanda Tablets) and archaeological sites (Hadrian’s Wall). The children will analyse written sources from writers such as Tacitus and Dio Cassius and consider why they interpreted events as they did. From this they will develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history and be able to address historically valid questions about change, cause and significance.
Art/DT: Art activities this term will be linked to the medium of mixed-media collage. After half term the children will design, make and evaluate a range of shell structures in DT lessons.
RE: This term the children will learn about Hinduism, investigating what it means to be a Hindu in Britain today. After half-term we return to Christianity, exploring the question ‘Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?’.
Music: We will continue to follow the interactive Charanga scheme, focusing on rap songs and then soul/gospel music. We will listen to and appraise a wide range of artists, exploring the musical elements including dynamics, tempo, pitch, duration and timbre.
Computing: Our first topic this term is ‘We are musicians’ and focuses on producing digital music, followed by a computer networks unit ‘We are HTML editors’.
PE: In addition to following the Real PE scheme, we will also focus on invasion games, gymnastics and dance.
French: We will use the easyMFL scheme to develop speaking and listening skills in lively practical sessions alongside learning about French culture, extending our French vocabulary through the topics of Cinderella and healthy eating.
PSHE: Our theme this term is ‘Relationships’ exploring feelings and emotions, healthy relationships and valuing differences. Sessions will explore a range of age-appropriate themes and issues, including secrets, dares, acceptable and unacceptable physical contact, solving disputes and conflict and how to listen and respond respectfully to a wide range of people.
Due to the temporary return to home learning, we will be adapting the planned activities to ensure they are manageable for parents and children to complete at home, whilst still ensuring the children develop core subject knowledge and skills, and receive a rich and varied curriculum. Thank you once again for your invaluable support at this challenging time. It is very much appreciated.
Mrs Michelle Cowling
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.