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Autumn 1

A Miraculous Journey!

Our learning in Year 4 will build upon prior knowledge and learning as well as delving into and exploring new topics and skills.


Our first topic in Year 4 is going to be centered around two Core books – The Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. The Rhythm of the Rain follows the journey of a little boy’s jar as it travels through the water cycle. As this text is a picture book, it will enable the pupils to use their imagination and inference skills to find hidden messages and stories within the pages.

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Similarly, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane also centres around a journey as it tells the story of different walks of life as a young rabbit searches for the true meaning of loving others. By the end of the half-term, pupils will have written a setting description, a narrative and a diary entry based on one of these two books.


Many grammatical terms and features will be taught through our English lessons, but pupils will also take part in separate grammar lessons. Pupils will start by recapping prior learning - looking at things such as word classes, sentence structures and punctuation before moving on to figurative language (alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes and metaphors), fronted adverbials and noun phrases.


Bedrock will continue to be used to improve pupils’ vocabulary knowledge. Pupils will be given opportunities in class to complete session but the expectation for pupils to complete at least 2 lessons a week at home still remains.

Vocabulary: Figurative language    Alliteration    Onomatopoeia    Similes     Metaphors     adjectives Nouns    verbs    adverbs    phrases    complex    compound    simple   perspective   journey    retell      water cycle      evaporate     condensation    water vapour     precipitation     heat

Guided Reading

Pupils will continue with their work on Reading For Inference which was introduced last year. Pupils will look at and annotate texts with prior knowledge and links that they can make to either themselves or other books that they have read. This approach enables the pupils to gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading and helps pupils to learn strategies to support their in becoming good and confident readers.

Vocabulary: background knowledge   links   pace   stamina   fluency    prior knowledge


We will start off with a focus on place value as this underpins all Mathematics. Pupils will look and work with numbers up to 10,000 - ordering, comparing, partitioning, rounding, representing and identifying different place values. After this we will move onto addition and subtraction using 4-digit numbers. Alongside using the column method, pupils will have to reason and problem-solving using all the above.

Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Math’s lesson. Pupils who are already competent in various areas will further embed their understanding.

Time Tables will be a huge focus in class, with daily teaching and practice. It is imperative that pupils are able to recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 in order to access all the curriculum. Pupils should also work on their times table at home.

Vocabulary: ones   tens   hundred   thousand   ten thousand   place value   digit   integer   value   figure    compare   more than   less than   equals   ascending   descending   rise   fall   rounding    nearest    total   method    perseverance   trial and error    systematic   

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Other Subjects


Our topic this half-term will be States of Matter. Pupils will carry out various experiments in order to understand the differences between gas, liquids and solids and the methods required to convert between different states. In addition to this, pupils will learn all about the Water Cycle and will be exposed to numerous representations to aid understanding.

Vocabulary: changes    cloud    collection   condensation    evaporation    heats    lakes    rivers   liquids      mountains   oceans   precipitation    rain     rivers    sea    snows     stream    steam    sun    transpiration     underground     vapour    water     weather     wind    

Understanding the Importance of the Water Cycle


We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on collaborative learning. This includes different ways in which you can work with others using the computer. Through this unit pupils will be introduced to Google Forms, Power Points, Word and Shared Spreadsheets. This unit will provide pupils will the skills and knowledge to complete the remaining units across the year.

Vocabulary: collaborate    comment   e-document    edit    email    icon    insert    link    presentation   presentation software     reply     reviewing documents     share    spreadsheet     transition

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After an initial introductory lesson where rules and expectations will be established, pupils will be focusing on families and relationships. This unit will look at manners, respecting others, healthy friendships, social behaviours, bullying, gender and disability stereotypes, different types of families and coping with change/ loss.  

Vocabulary: act of Kindness     authority      bereavement     bullying      bystander     manners      permission   respect    stereotype  

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Our topic within RE is What does it mean to be a Sikh in Britain today? Pupils will look at their beliefs and place of worship. Who and when they worship, their values and the difference between Sikhism and other religions.

Vocabulary: Sikhism      Guru      Guru Nanak    worship    value    Gurdwara      community    symbol    service    belief


Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Health and fitness and the other on Gymnastics.

Health and Fitness -  Pupils will be introduced to various components of fitness such as co-ordination, stamina, agility and reaction time and these will be tested and practised in a bid to improve. Pupils will evaluate a peer’s performance and look to offer ways to improve. Alongside this, pupils will learn why we have to stay physical active and healthy and the impact both this and a sedentary lifestyle can have on a human’s body.

Vocabulary: warm up     cool down      stamina     co-ordination     agility     balance     reaction    skill     active    activity     performance     evaluate    improve  

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Gymnastics – As well as recapping the different shapes used within gymnastics pupils will focus on a range of floor work such as handstands, headstands and cartwheels. Pupils will be taught to safely support others and again pupils will look to evaluate and improve others.

Vocabulary: balance    shape    arch    straddle   pike   dish    front support    back support     support    strength    tension    head stand    hand stand    cartwheel   propulsion    V sit

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In History we will be learning about the Indus Valley. We will look at their way of life, their religion, the jewellery and puzzles.

Vocabulary:  necklace      bangles     Mohenjo-Daro     merchants    market     reconstructed     reconstruction      Harappa    monument     seals     sources    evidence    trench     pottery    potsherds     threshed      threshing    barley     beckon    urban     citadel    fired    kiln     technology     sewage     Lothal     drain    wells    draw water     jewelry     ox    rhinoceros    unicorn    terracotta   ornaments    carnelian    barter    weights     transport    prow    trade route     governed     government    robe    figurines    fertility    Asia    Hindu    granary    

Ancient Indus Valley Civilization & Climate Change's Impact


In Geography we will be looking at settlements. As well as looking into different settlements and their features, we will focus in on Cardiff.

Vocabulary:  settlement     hamlet    farmstead    village    rural    inhabitants     church     village green    post office    small shop    primary school    pub    village hall     town    secondary school    railway station    urban    adapt    coastal town    market town    city     university    hospital    cathedral    airport     sprawling    urban sprawl     boroughs     Londoners    tube     underground    cycle lane     conurbation     flat    Cardiff     Capital   Taff    businesses  

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We will start off by recapping the alphabet, numbers and days of the week and months. Once we have got a good understanding of this we will move onto looking at talking about ourselves- including how to say our name, describe our appearance, hobbies and much more. Pupils will learn new vocabulary, write and unpick french sentences before reading a well-known French story.

Vocabulary: Je m’appelle    comment tu t’appelles?    Janvier   Février   Mars   Avril   Mai   Juin   Julliet   Aôut    Septembre    Octobre   Novembre   Décembre   Mois   Lundi   Mardi   Mercredi   Jeudi   Vendredi   Samedi   Dimanche    Un    Deux   Trios    Quatre   Cinq    Six   Sept   huit   Neuf   Dix   

Changes to the French Language


Music will be taught through a programme called Kapow and our first topic is body and tuned percussion. We will look at the structure of music and will focus on the pitch, tempo and dynamics within a song. As we develop an understanding of the key vocabulary, we will explore the sounds that we can make both with our body and a range of instruments.

Vocabulary: tempo    structure    dynamics   pitch   texture    percussion   tuned    un-tuned   composition   rhythm    melody    loops    layers

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Art and Design

Linking to our focus in History - The Indus Valley, pupils will get the chance to make their own pottery using Clay. Pupils will stay true to the styles and carvings used and will get the chance to learn new skills such as pinching, trimming, compressing and scoring.

Vocabulary: pinching    trimming   scoring    compressing    smooth    clay    engrave    saucer    kiln  shrink    glaze    decorate    plan    design    evaluate    base   coil   detail decorate    terracotta