Welcome to Year 4!
Main learning theme: Understanding our amazing world!
Our learning this term is all about understanding the past and present of our world! We will bring together our Science, Geography, History and Computing learning to get a really good understanding of our world. We will learn about mountains around the world, living things and their habitats, the first civilisations on our planet and different types of weather.
Continue reading to discover exactly what we will be learning in each of these subjects!
We will be building a strong understanding of all the skills needed to be ready for Maths in Year 5, including place value knowledge, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, scaling, fractions on a number line and converting fractions to whole numbers. We will learn and practise these skills through solving problems and completing a range of challenges to develop our problem solving and reasoning skills.
We will continue to regularly practise our arithmetic methods through Number and Lightning as well as practising our times table facts daily.
Vocabulary: thousands, hundreds, tens, units, value, more than, less than, add, subtract, four digit number, total, difference, altogether, remainder, divide, multiply, share, groups of, inverse operations, fraction, whole, convert, numerator, denominator
Our English learning this term will be based around our topic: Understanding Our Amazing World. We will identify what is required for a high quality piece of non-fiction writing and use this to write about each of our topics.
We will write non-fiction texts about mountains and the earliest civilisations, as well as an electronic piece of writing about the weather. We will then write a fictional text from the point of view of an animal that is part of a food chain.
We will also finish reading and exploring our class text Varjak Paw through discussions, drama and visualisation activities, before writing a book review for it.
Vocabulary: adjectives, verbs, adverbs, similes, full stop, comma, apostrophe, inverted commas, paragraph, conjunction, prefix, suffix, heading, subheading, reader, author, non-chronological report, caption, label, diagram
Other curriculum areas:
Science – Living Things and Their Habitats - we will learn that living things can be grouped in different ways, look at the variety of living things in our environment, find out about how food chains work and explore how changing environments can be dangerous to living things.
When working scientifically, our focus question will be: how does pollution affect habitats?
Vocabulary: habitat, environment, food chain, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer, producer, prey, predator, omnivore, carnivore, herbivore, teeth, skull, predict, hypothesis, result, record, fair test, variable, table, chart, data
Geography – Mountains – We will learn about what a mountain is, different mountain ranges around the world, why people live on mountains and which mountainous regions are in the UK.
Vocabulary: Hill, mountain, Ben Nevis, mountainous regions, mountain range, Himalayas, Mount Everest, peak, slopes, terraces, summit, Alps, Andes, terraced, farming, Cairngorms, trek, valleys, Lake District, Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Brecon, Beacons, Snowdonia, above sea level, temperature
History – Cradles of Civilizations – We will learn all about the first civilisations around the world, including the Sumer, Indus Valley, Shang and Maya.
Vocabulary: tablets, Sumer, Tigris, Euphrates, Mesopotamia, Fertile Crescent, trade, weaving, herding, ziggurat, cuneiform, Gilgamesh, epic, Assyria, Indus valley, Shang, nomadic, cradle, bronze, altar, sacrifices, decipher, sculptures, mythical, decorative
DT - Simple programming and control – We will be designing, making and evaluating a flashing sign for walkers at night.
Vocabulary: circuit, fault, connection, toggle, switch, battery, battery holder, bulb, bulb holder, wire, insulator, conductor, crocodile clip
Music – Mamma Mia – ABBA – We will be learning how to play and perform Mamma Mia on a glockenspiel.
Vocabulary: pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre
French – Sport – We will be learning how to say different sports and sports phrases in French.
Vocabulary: football, cricket, tennis, basketball, rugby, table tennis, dancing, swimming, cycling, horse riding, skateboarding, surfing, climbing, jogging, whistle, stadium, player, referee, spectator, manager, pitch, court, ball boy, umpire, strawberries and cream, tennis ball, racket, hockey, netball, skiing
RE – A Hindu story: Rama and Sita – We will explore the Hindu story of Rama and Sita through story telling and drama. Our focus question is: What does the story of Rama and Sita mean to Hindu people?
Vocabulary: believers, Hindus, Hinduism, beliefs, Indus, Rama, epic, Ramayana, Sita, Lakshmana, Deer, kingdom, subjects, succeeds, prosperous, Vishnu, embodiment, manhood, decree, banish, companion, oath, throne, demon, chariot, entranced, Hanuman, victory, altar, dharma, order, duty, path
PSHE – Safety and the changing body – We will be learning about online restrictions that keep us safe, how to help people that have asthma, privacy and secrecy, how we consume information online and the changing adolescent body and puberty.
Vocabulary: online restrictions, share aware, first aid, asthma, privacy and secrecy, consuming information online, the changing adolescent body, puberty
PE – Cricket and Rounders – We will be learning how to play cricket in preparation for our Cricket festival at Arthur Mellows, before learning how to play Rounders.
Vocabulary: Bowl, throw, wicket, field, bat, catch, out, rounder
Footgolf – We will be using a mix of football and golf skills to play Footgolf by kicking a football with accuracy and power.
Vocabulary: kick, short pass, long pass, instep, side foot, accuracy, drive, putt, hole, par
Computing – Investigating weather - We will be using computers and other technology to investigate weather by researching and storing data, designing a weather station that records data and learning how weather forecasts are made using green screen technology.
Vocabulary: algorithm, automated machine, calculate, climate, device, forecast, log data, predict, record, sensor, source, spreadsheet, temperature, weather
Art – Cradles of civilisation art – We will be learning about the art created by the first civilisations before making some of our own.
Vocabulary: bronze, sculptures, mythical, decorative, mask, pot
Online learning links:
Times Tables Rockstars: https://ttrockstars.com
PiXL Unlock App – from any app store
RWI spelling Extra Practice Zone https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Maths and Logic puzzles https://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/
KS1 and KS2 Maths games to practise skills. http://www.topmarks.co.uk
100 books for parents - To support teachers and parents, we've compiled a list of books to read with your children at home, along with downloadable activity sheets for each book. We've collated a range of activities from publishers and from our own team of librarians and curriculum specialists. - https://peters.co.uk/100-books-for-parents
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Important diary dates:
7/06/21 - Back to school
17/06/21 – Cricket event at AMVC
13/7/21 – End of year reports sent home to parents and carers
22/07/21 - Last day of term