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 their own adventure narrative based on Pie Corbett’s ‘Adventure at Sandy Cove’. Pupils will learn the story orally before looking deeper into its features. Across the term, pupils will create many short burst writes, all focused around the story and with the view to then write their own based around a similar story plot.
Many grammatical terms and features will be taught through our English lessons, but pupils will also take part in separate Grammar lessons. The big focus this half-term will be apostrophes, for both omission and possession. We will also recap previous word classes and features taught to consolidate the learning that has taken place in both previous years and Year 4 thus far.
Bedrock will continue to be used to improve pupils’ vocabulary knowledge. Pupils will be given opportunities in class to complete sessions but the expectation for pupils to complete at least 2 lessons a week at home still remains.
narrative inverted commas perspective tense apostrophe omission possession plural singular word class determiner pronoun clause audience structure
Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference. Pupils will look to use all the skills taught across the year such as retrieval, prediction, inference, visualisation and VIP words to gain a deep understanding of a given text. Pupils will also look at how to structure their responses to set questions.
fluency key word important specific recover meaning relate relationship annotate unpick understand evidence relevant accurate
visualisation inference prediction summarise conclude
Pupils will start off the term continuing with their work on decimals. This will include rounding decimals, adding to make a whole, comparing and ordering and becoming confident in quarter and half equivalents. After spending two weeks on this, we will move on to money which includes various skills such as converting between pounds and pence, adding and subtracting amounts and giving change. Finally, before the end of the half-term we will start to look at time with a focus on telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Maths lessons. Pupils who are already competent in various areas will further embed their understanding through a series of deepening and enriching tasks.
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.
decimal tenth hundredth rounding whole quarter half money change pence pounds coins notes symbol amount analogue digital o clock quarter past half past past too
We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on Computational Thinking. Pupils will be looking at decomposition and how this can be used to solve problems. Pupils will use their learning to look at and identify patterns and create their own algorithms on Scratch.
computational thinking decomposition algorithm abstraction code script sequence input output logical reasoning pattern variable
Safety and the Changing Body will be the focus for this half-term – looking at various areas such as Internet safety (staying safe online and how to communicate), privacy and secrecy (the difference between secrets and surprises), Asthma (how to help someone who has Asthma), tobacco (risks of smoking and benefits of being a non-smoker), growing up (physical changes that our body goes through) and introducing puberty (changes as we grow up).
Social media age restriction law legal point of view reason for against debate digital age of consent sharing Internet Airway trachea lungs triggers inhaler medicine larynx inhale exhale inflate deflate private public secret uncomfortable worried sorting search engine child adult change grow develop physical changes breasts genitals penis hair hygiene puberty tobacco smoke risk health choice non-smoker
Our topic within RE is Kingdom of God –When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost? Within this topic we will look at, what Pentecost is, what this symbolises for Christians and why it is of such importance.
Christianity Kingdom of God Pentecost Bible Easter disciples Holy Spirit
Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Athletics and the other on Swimming.
Athletics - pupils will try a selection of different events that fall within Athletics such as sprinting, relay, long distance, shot put, long jump and triple jump. Within each of these, pupils will get the chance to evaluate their own and others performances and will look for ways to improve.
Athletics long jump triple jump hop skip jump pit propulsion force relay baton exchange handover track lane transfer of weight aim direction evaluate analyse adapt modify improve adjust
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 Arabia and Early Islam. Within this topic we will focus in on the rise of Islam, the city of Makkah and what it was like to grow up there. Pupils will look at Muhammed and his life and how this changed over the years when he escaped to Yathrib and then returning to Makkah.
Dominated Arabia desert Arabs Islam Makkah pilgrimage pilgrims Bedouin campfires recite Kaaba shrines idols spirits Muhammed pastoral nomads widows orphans warrior clansmen clans blood feud ancestors heritage Petra reared oases fragrant Khadijah matchmaker followers submission revelations paradise preach jeering plunge scorned betraying disapproved refuges tragedy mosque Prophet Medina Arabic negotiate truce
In Geography, we will be looking at Earthquakes. Within this topic we will be looking at what causes earthquakes, how we measure them, the impact that they can cause and how humans live with the fear and aftermath of an earthquake.
Earthquake tremors aftershocks visible tectonic plates plate boundary fault line Sa Andreas Fault seven major plates friction epicentre tsunami focus seismic waves seismograph magnitude Richter scale
In French this half-term, we will be focusing on classroom instructions and things that you would find inside a school. Pupils will learn to follow basic instructions given by the teacher and will be able to identify and use the names of key items within short sentences and conversations.
Lisez ouvrez fermez regardez parlez asseyez-vous levez-vous silence un crayon un taille-crayon un stylo un cahier un sac une gomme une trousee J’ai tu as…? dans mans sac je n’ai pas et mais oui non des ciseaux
Music will be taught through a programme called Kapow and our topic is all Samba and Carnival sounds and instruments. Pupils will learn to recognise different Samba sounds and rhythms before composing their own piece of music in groups.
Brazil Carnival Samba Batucada cowbell agogo chocalho ganza caixa rhythm texture dynamics offbeat syncopation pulse beat
Science this term will all be focused on sound. Pupils will learn how sounds are created and how we hear them. Pupils will look at how sound waves vary depending on the pitch of the sound being produced.
pitch waves frequency vibration particles source travel dissipate volume sound
This term, our DT is all about creating shell structures using CAD. Pupils will create a box template online and then turn this into a promise books which links in with our work in RE.
If time, pupils will also be making their own musical instrument to coincide with their learning in Science on sound.
Equipment structure pitch resource modify evaluate layout plan assess
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Summer term starts – Tuesday 18th April 2023
Swimming starts – Monday 24th April 2023
May Day - school closed – Monday 1st May 2023
Class photo’s – Friday 5th May 2023
King's Bank Holiday – school closed – Monday 8th May 2023
Orienteering (selected pupils only) – Tuesday 16th May 2023