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 will be a narrative which is based around a picture stimulus of a polar bear trapped in a plastic net. This ties in with our work on climate change that we will be looking into within Geography. Later on in the term, pupils will be writing a persuasive text, which speaks out about the importance of protecting our planet and what we can do to help.
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.
Persuasion convince tempt encourage narrative setting dilemma resolution Apostrophes possession plural singular
Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference which was introduced last year. Pupils will focus in on the skills of breakdown and identifying VIP words. This will support the pupils when they lose the meaning of what they are reading and will help them to identify key words, those that are important to understanding the meaning of the text.
fluency key word important specific recover meaning relate relationship annotate unpick understand
Pupils will start off the term looking at fractions. Within this topic, pupils will be looking at a range of areas such as tenths, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and fractions of amounts. After this, pupils will move onto decimals which has already been introduced through Number and Lightning.
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.
Multiplication division divisor product fraction denominator numerator vinculum divisible whole part share equal equivalent quantity decimal tenth hundredth place value
We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on HTML. Pupils will be using their previous learning to support their work within this module which include changing a HTML and CCS of a website in order to change its layout, text and images.
Website HTML CCS layout image orientation modify code content copyright hacker hex code internet browser permission script URL
PSHE and RSE
Economic wellbeing will be the focus for this half term – looking at value for money, the importance of keeping track and then looking after their money. In addition to this, pupils will look at how their choices and interests now can impact on their career choices and what happens when we change jobs.
Bank Balance spending responsibility bank statement career debit card account value value for money
Our topic within RE is Salvation – Why do Christians call the day that Jesus died, Good Friday? Within this topic they will be the Easter story, and Holy week. Pupils will look at in depth from the points of view of various people and will gain an understanding of why it holds such significance for Christians.
Christianity Salvation Holy Week Resurrection crucifix disciples Last Supper Palm Sunday
Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Dance and the other on Swimming.
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
Swimming – within these sessions pupils will become more confident in the water, aim to swim 25m or to at least achieve further than their own starting points, perform self-rescue and to perform a range of swimming strokes.
Swimming front crawl breast stroke butterfly backstroke sculling treading water afloat rescue confidence underwater stroke streamline
In History we will be learning about Alexander the Great. Within this topic we will look at Greece and Macedon, King Phillip, Alexander- from boy to king, the battles, the conquering of Persia and the wonderful library of Alexandria.
Macedon puppet king hoplite Philip of Macedon captured hostage sarissa phalanx Delphi Oracle Prophecy Prophesy league league of Corinth assassinated determined wagon legend pledged loyalty chariots retreated victor divine Ptolemy founded scrolls geometry astronomy Galen
In Geography we will be looking at Climate and Biomes. They will look at a range of areas within this such as continents of Europe, climate zones, oceans, biomes, Mediterranean Climate and Temperate climate – Britain and the Rhine.
Continent Europe Oceans Artic Ocean Mediterranean Sea landlocked weather climate Equator longitude latitude tropical polar mild currents Gulf Stream biomes savanna rainforest tundra temperate climate season temperature
The topic in French this half term is al focused around school. Pupils will look at ways of travelling to school, rooms in the building, items in a pencil case, subjects and also be introduced to different times of the day! Once pupils have gained knowledge of the new vocabulary, they will read and unpick a French story.
à pied en bus en voiture en train à vélo en avion en bateau la salle de classe la cour la grade salle les toilettes la cuisine le parking la bibliothèque un crayon une gomme une règle un stylo une calculatrice un feutre midi minuit du matin du soir de l’après midi del la nuit et demie
les mathématiques l’anglais le français les sciences le sport le dessin l’informatique la musique l’espagnol
Music will be taught through a programme called Kapow and our topic is all about the Japanese festival called Hanami. Pupils will use descriptive language to write their own Haiku and before putting it to music and adding their own percussion instruments.
Hanami Haiku Cherry Blossom pitch sound Glissando Pizzicato composer composition col lengo syllables Melody dynamics tempo
This term, pupils will be looking at pneumatics and will be aiming to creating an animal which opens at the mouth using a simple pneumatic system. During this process, pupils will be planning, designing and evaluating their creations.
Equipment structure pneumatic inflate design evaluate create modify height force
Links to learning sites
Spring term starts - Monday 21st February
World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March
Swimming starts – Monday 7th March
Red Nose Day – Friday 18th March