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 a non-chronological report. These reports will be focused on Volcanoes which ties in with what they will be learning in Geography. Pupils will research various elements of volcanoes, learn how to right formally, maintain the present tense throughout their writing and use diagrams to aid and support meaning.
The second text that pupils will be focusing on is a narrative. Pupils will recap inverted commas, focus in on the resolution of a story, create characters and then write their very own using their knowledge of volcanoes from the previous write.
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 learning on fronted adverbials and contractions before moving on to look at other areas such as pronouns, determiners, standard English and verb tenses.
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.
Formal language narrative paragraphs characters setting problem resolution inverted commas suspense pronouns determiners tenses verbs
Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference which was introduced last year and continued last year. Pupils will focus in on the skills of inference and breakdown. This will support the pupils when they lose the meaning of what they are reading and helps them to use a range of strategies to recover from this.
fluency infer inference recover meaning relate relationship annotate unpick understand
Initially pupils will continue with their work on to multiplication and division. Within multiplication, we will focus in on factors, multiples and a range of written methods before applying them to different reasoning and problem-solving scenarios. After this topic we will move on to measurement- in particular area.
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 the curriculum. Pupils should also work on their times table at home.
Multiplication division divisor product share split even split total method perseverance trial and error systematic area shape factor multiple multiply
We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on website design. Pupils will continue to work collaboratively whilst looking into how websites are created, set out and how links can be made between one site and another.
Website design content create design edit embed feature header hyperlink insert online plan webpage www.
PSHE and RSE
Citizenship will be the focus for this half term – looking at human rights, our environment and how we should care for it, understanding our role within a community or group and celebrating diversity.
Authority cabinet community council councilor officer councilor diversity environment human rights local government protect reuse Un/ United Nations Volunteer
Our topic within RE is People of God – What is it like to follow God? Pupils will look at the story of Noah and how it must have felt to be stuck on the Ark for so long. Pupils will also look at the promises that Christians make to God and how they live whilst adhering to these.
Christianity Ark promises rules commitment Noah sacrifice covenant Old Testament commands worship
Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Dance and the other on Outdoor Adventurous Activities.
Dance - pupils will learn a range of skills and dance moves that they will link together. Pupils will choreograph their own sections using both moves they have been taught and moves that they choreograph.
Dance - choreograph beat transition rhythm performance rehearse static dynamic counting evaluate improve adapt levels speed patterns links canon gestures sharp smooth continuous rigid dynamics
OAA - this will get the pupils working together in order to reach a certain goal or solve a situation that they are posed with. They will also be looking at orienteering and map skills.
Team work co-operation target orienteering maps compass direction pulse heart rate preparation warm up cool down resilience determination analyse resolve adapt tweak
In History, we will be learning about Ancient Greece. Pupils will look at various elements such as democracy, the Peloponnesian War, Greek Literature and the Odyssey.
Democracy citizens vote assembly Pericles Golden Age Declared War Peloponnesian War starve plague allies Parthenon Architecture columns scrolls friezes sculptures pediment spectators chorus masks playwrights Sophocles tragedy comedy satire gestures literature Homer Odyssey sirens mast nymph philosophy wisdom plato Socrates
In Geography we will be looking at Volcanoes. They will look at a range of areas within this such as eruptions, layers, Lava, Magma, types of volcano and Mount Etna.
Surface mantle core scientists oceanic crust continental crust iron melted erupted molten magma vicious eruptions gases pressure vent magma chamber classify composite shield Mount Etna Supervolcano solidify crater active dormant extinct flow ancient mud flows lava flows smother disrupt suffocate clog plumes airspace stranded Mediterranean Sea destructive cable car endangered region population enrich fertile citrus fruits authorities divert evacuated
Modern Foreign Languages
The topic in French this half-term is food. Pupils learn the names, be able to talk and write about their favourite foods, unpick recipes and use the correct French vocabulary for a range of cutlery. Pupils will link this learning back to prior knowledge as they plan a healthy meal.
Nourriture une glace un gateau des chips un chou des petits pois un poisson manger les pommes les fraises les tomates les carottes les bananes les poires les pommes de terre les cerises les raisins un sandwich des frites due chocolat de la pizza des spaghettis du fromage du poulet du riz un couteau une fourchette une cuillère à soupe un bol une poêle un verre une tasse le lait le sucre le pain le beurre mélanger tremper mettre faire cuire saupoudrer.
Music will be taught through a programme called Kapow and our topic is about changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics with a focus on rivers. Pupils will therefore recall prior learning as they mimic the sounds of the river through various sounds and patterns. Pupils will work in unison with others, perform rounds and in a band.
Tempo dynamic pitch ostinato vocals rounds repetition harmony performance compose percussion layers
Design and Technology
Pupils will work this half-term to design, make and evaluate their very own volcano. Pupils will work hard to understand how it all works before creating their own working model using paper mache.
Equipment structure dome landscape measure decorate design evaluate cut paint texture glue shapes 3-D sturdy
In Art pupils will be focusing in on landscapes with an overall aim of creating their own volcanic landscape. Pupils will carry out research into various artists of a similar style such as Clause Monet and Paul Cezanne.
Landscape horizon perspective technique blend sketch observations view outline appreciate research evaluate
Links to learning sites
Wednesday 5th January- Spring 1 starts
Tuesday 8th February – Safer Internet Day