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Autumn 2

Welcome to Year 4!

Main learning theme: The Victorians - The Industrial Empire!

We are going to be looking at how Britian's Industrial Empire was a powerful time where many people migrated to Britian due to the availability of jobs. We will learn about how the Industrial Revolution changed landscapes, population, transport, agriculture and much more! What an exciting time for Britain with all its changes.

Vocabulary:  rural, urban, industrial, revolution, industry, man-made, towns, villages, cities, factories, mills, coal mining, chimneys, invention, population, immigration, coal, reform, steam train, agriculture, business, innovate, machinery, textiles, trade, transport, canals, railways, colonies, production, power, empire  



We will be learning about how to add and subtract 4 digit numbers using column methods. We will use the inverse to check our answers. We will apply this learning to word problems and 2 step problems as well as length and perimeter. We will begin to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number and learn how to multiply 3 numbers. We will revise our times table facts using knowledge of multiplication to learn new times tables as well as their inverse operation in division. We will also continue to practise a range of arithmetic methods through Number and Lightning.

Vocabulary: thousands, hundreds, tens, units, more than, less than, add, subtract, carry, four digit number, total, difference, altogether, remainder, divide, multiply, share, groups of, inverse operations, length, perimeter


We will continue to looking at one book in particular called ‘Street Child’ to base our writing on this term. We will be focusing on where in the book Britain's industrial empire is explained and described.  We will be using drama to help us with our writing and will write a poem about the industrial revolution. We will be focusing on non-fiction writing styles this term such as explanation texts, balanced arguments, non-chronologial reports and recounts. 


We will learn all about sound this term, a new concept in Year 4! This topic involves learning about how sounds are made, patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it, patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it as well as recognising that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

Vocabulary: vibration, pitch, volume, duration, pattern, instrument, sound waves, distance, increase, decrease

Other curriculum areas:

Art – line drawing in the style of Lowry

PE – invasion games and tactics, gymnastics

RE – What does it mean to be a Sikh in Britain today?

PSHE – kindness

Music – learning about timbre, layers of sound, mood and creating an industrial composition

Languages – myself and my school

Design and Technology - DME cooking 'Great British Bake Off - Pie'

History – industrial revolution, barnardos, suffragets, migration, power

Geography - changes from rural to urban, population boom

Important diary dates:

28/10/19 - Back to school

31/10/19 - Y4 Parent/Carer Engagement 9-10

31/10/19 - Halloween Disco

31/10/19 - Halloween Special Menu

6/11/19 - Individual School Photos

11/11/19-15/11/19 - Anti-Bullying Week

15/11/19 - Children In Need

18/11/19-22/11/19 - Road Safety Week

5/12/19 - Year 4 Sports Hall Athletics

9/12/19-20/12/19 - Y4 Parent/Carer Engagement (Date TBC)

11/12/19 - Christmas Fayre

17/12/19 - Christmas Disco

17/12/19 - Christmas Lunch