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Autumn 2

Welcome to Year 4!

Main learning theme: The Victorians - The Industrial Revolution!

We are going to be looking at how Britain's Industrial Revolution was a powerful time where many people migrated to Britain 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 how to subtract 4 digit numbers using column methods as well as using 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 look 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 also use drama to help us to write a diary entry from the point of view of the main character in Street Child.


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:

Geography - Naming and locating counties and cities in the UK

Computing - Effective Internet research

Music - Mamma Mia – ABBA

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

French - My home

PSHE – PIXL -  A mind to be kind

DT - Making shell structures – Christmas gift box

PE - Net games- Tennis and Netball (tactics)

Important diary dates:

2/11/2020 - Back to school

5/11/2020 - Bonfire special lunch

13/11/2020 - Children in Need day

4/12/2020 - Level 1 Bikeability 

16/12/2020 - Christmas Lunch

18/12/2020 - Last day of term