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Year 4 Curriculum 2017-2018
We are starting the Spring Term with our topic on ‘James and the Giant Peach’ where the children will work on building and writing character descriptions about Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, diary entries, play scripts and non-chronological reports about spiders. We will then be moving onto traditional tales and looking at several examples, in particular ‘The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’ to guide us into writing our own traditional tales and stories.
After half term, we will be using videos as every stimulus for our writing! We will begin by watching the ‘Shirt Machine’ and using this to help us invent our own machines and write about them in the form of explanation texts. This may even involve a Dragon’s Den style activity involving speaking and listening! Our second video will be based around Valentine’s Day and the invention of love where we will also be looking at writing dialogue between two characters and hotseating characters. Lastly, and perhaps most excitingly, we will be looking at film trailers and writing descriptions of the settings and characters, as well as voice overs!
We will still be pushing our ‘word of the week’ which the children have taken to so brilliantly this term. Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to use this word in their writing homework as well as orally. It would also be great if you could encourage children to choose challenging texts which will expose them to different language that they could transfer over into their writing.
We have two guided reading sessions planned each week, whereby the children will be studying and comprehending a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, supported by adults.
This term, we will be looking at a range of mathematical areas but our main three areas of focus will be on:
We will be learning about states of matter this term, learning about solids, liquids and gases! We will be using the terms of heating, cooling, melting, freezing as well as learning about the terms of evaporation and condensation and their role in the water cycle. After half-term, we will be focusing on sound. We will be identifying sources of sound, describing how sound travels to our ears, using the terms pitch and volume as well as investigating how sounds travel through different materials.
Due to Harvest Assembly and Christmas production rehearsals, we did not have much time to do computing last term! Therefore, we are going to be continuing our topic of programming with Scratch which will involve simulations.
We have a couple of lessons of the Romans to complete, before moving onto our unit on Anglo-Saxons which is very exciting. We will be learning about the importance of Sutton Hoo, who the Anglo-Saxons were and where they invaded and we will compare Anglo-Saxon villages to our own. We will also research Anglo-Saxon religious beliefs and artefacts and see if there are any similarities and differences to our lives today.
After finishing our topic of volcanoes, we will be taking on a European study! This will involve looking at Scandinavia! We will be locating the countries and major cities on a world map and exploring the climate and weather. We will also be looking at both the human and physical geography of Scandinavia and what the countries have to offer. Lastly, we will be comparing one of the cities or countries to our own before planning a holiday as a tourist to one of the given destinations!
Art and DT
Due to Harvest Assembly and Christmas production rehearsals, we did not have much time to do Art last term! Therefore we will be continuing with our work on ‘Landscapes’ where we will look at different landscapes, match the colour and texture of paint in landscape paintings through mark-making and colour mixing and develop ideas for landscapes, before working with watercolours to create their own landscape. The children will also have the opportunity to look at artists such as Derain, Vlaminck and Braque and try to recreate some of the colours and marks they observe and then work together to create their own shared idea of a Fauve landscape. We will then move onto creating Anglo-Saxon art work.
PE and Performing Arts
Indoor PE is currently taken by Premier Sports who are delivering a fantastic performing arts programme to Year 4 on Thursday afternoons. Last term, they took on the role of animals to the music of The Lion King and I know they are just as excited to get stuck into a new unit this term. Outdoor PE will also be taught by Premier Sports on a Friday morning who will be starting with striking and fielding. They will be learning the different skills and how to participate and compete in at least two different games, by understanding how to strike and field efficiently.
Please ensure your children have the correct PE kit for both sessions.
Our RE unit begins with learning about founders and prophets, before looking at the Easter story.
The children get a weekly PSHE session. In the Spring term we are going to be starting our ‘Relationships’ topic. This involves learning about confidentiality, how to manage dares, what constitutes a healthy relationship and learning about how to negotiate in conflicts. We will also be teaching the children about different types of relationships, stereotypes and similarities and differences between different people.
Every week the children will be given Maths and English homework. It will be given out on a Thursday and is expected in the following Tuesday. Your child will have a homework slip stuck into their Home School Books and this is also accessible via the school website. On top of this, we also expect children to be learning their times tables (ready for our weekly Cracking Times Table test) and they are expected to read at least 4 times a week and record this in their Home School Books with an adult signature. We take in Home School Books on Monday, sign them and return them to the children the same day.