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Autumn 2

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


Pupils will be working this half-term towards writing 2 independent pieces. The first piece pupils will be focusing on is an instructional text. This will link to our focus in Geography which is all centered around Agriculture. Pupils will have to plan and prepare a healthy snack. In order to achieve this, pupils will look at imperative verbs and conjunctions.

Our second independent write will be poetry, based on James Berry. Pupils will use the book ‘The Polar Express’ as a stimulus for their write. Through this process we will look at alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphors, similes and rhyme.


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 sentence structures before moving on to pronouns and apostrophes. We will use these grammar lessons to recap our previous terms learning on fronted adverbials and inverted commas.


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.

Figurative language    Alliteration    Onomatopoeia    Similes     Metaphors     adjectives

Command        statement     exclamation     question    conjunctions    rhyme   imperative verbs   

Guided Reading

Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference which was introduced last year and continued last half term. Pupils will focus on inference and visualisation, both of which will support the pupils’ ability to unpick and relate to a text. This approach enables the pupils to gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading and helps pupils to learn strategies to support them in becoming good and confident readers.


fluency    infer     inference     visualisation     relate     relationship    annotate



Initially pupils will recap addition and subtraction, with the main focus being on reasoning and problem solving and knowing when to use each calculation. After this, pupils will move on to multiplication and division. Within multiplication we will focus on short multiplication and become confident with the method and the process of it. Within division we will look not only at the division facts related to our times tables but also dividing and multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000.

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.

Times 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 of the curriculum. Pupils should also work on their times table at home.


Addition    subtraction    sum    multiplication    division   divisor    product   share   split   even    split    total   method    perseverance   trial and error    systematic

Other Subjects


Our topic this half-term will be Humans Including Animals. Within this we will look at the digestive system, our teeth and how it is important to keep them healthy. Pupils will take part in various experiments to support their learning. In addition to this, we will look at food chains and how it all links and how each step relies on another in order to work.  


Digestion    organ     saliva     salivary gland    bile   metabolism   stomach   intestine    bowl     oral hygiene     molar   incisor    wisdom     pre molar   decay   plaque    gums


We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on programming and using Scratch. Within this topic pupils will be looking at different variables and using these to create their own codes.


Code      variables    code block   conditioning   direction    icon   project    stage   variable    tinker    orientation    programmer     feature    decompose


Our topic this half-term is all about Health and Wellbeing. This topic will link to Science as we look at how to look after our teeth and our bodies, but we will also explore being happy, how it is OK to make mistakes and how we can look after our mental health.


Fluoride   healthy     mental health    negative emotions   relaxation     resilience     skill    visualise


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.


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 Netball and the other on Boccia.

Netball – pupils will learn the correct techniques for the four main passes within Netball (chest, shoulder, overhead and bounce), how to land correctly and abide by the footwork rule and basic attacking skills. This will include movement patterns, change of direction and moving into space.


Chest pass    shoulder pass   bounce pass    overhead pass    footwork   team work   cooperation   movement   space   direction     skill   discipline    fitness   

Boccia – Boccia is traditionally a sport played by disabled participants as it can be adapted in so many ways to enable all to access. It will allow the pupils to appreciate different sports that they may not otherwise experience. Boccia teaches precision, accuracy, hand eye co-ordination and perseverance.


Accuracy    power   angles   lunge    perseverance   evaluate   adapt   curve   straight   hand eye-co-ordination


In History, we will be learning about Persia and Greece. This will cover the Persian Empire, Greek Gods, Wars and also the Ancient Olympics.


Darius   empire    Persian empire   Cyprus   Babylon   Slaves   Satrap    Satrapy     tax    city state   polis    agora   acropolis    temple   gymnasium   theatre   Zeus   Olympus   Shrines    Poseidon   Trident   Ares   Hera   alphabet     alpha   Beta   Homer   Iliad    Achilles   Besiege   Battle of Marathon    Strait


In Geography, we will be looking at Agriculture. This encompasses a range of areas such as arable and pastoral farming, changing landscapes and food.


Arable farming    pastoral farming    mixed farming       growing season    plough    graze    dairy farming     marshlands    forests   hedges   erosion   yields    fertilisers   pesticides    organic farming     seasonal food    local   vegetarian    vegan    shorn


The topic in French this half-term is animals. Pupils learn the names, be able to describe their own pets or other animals before reading and unpicking a story using all of their learning so far.


Un Mouton    Une Poule   Un Coq     Un Cochon     Une Vache     Un Cancard    Un Cheval    Un Chien       Un Chat     Un Hamster     Un Poisson      Un Lapin     Un Serpent    Une Souris    Une Cochon d’Inde     Un Oiseau      gentil   mignon     devant    derriere   dans    sur    sous    un face de       


Music will be taught through a programme called Kapow and our topic is Rock and Roll. Pupils will learn about the origins of the Hand Jive and will get the opportunity to play the glockenspiels to a well-known tune – Around the Clock.  


Tempo   beat   rhythm    lyrics    notation    pitch    base line    dynamic    style   jive   

Design and Technology

Linked to our topic, pupils will be cooking this term as they aim to plan, prepare, make and evaluate a healthy snack. Pupils will be able to discuss the texture, taste, appearance and smell of similar products before deciding on their own.


Equipment   healthy    nutritious   hygienic   edible   grown   reared   processed    seasonal   harvested   varied   utensils   measure    scale    technique   ingredients


Key dates:

15th November - 19th November Anti-Bullying Week

19th November - Children in Need

10th December - Christmas Jumper Day

15th December - Christmas Lunch