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 towards producing their own discursive text this term. This will be based on our class book – ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman. This book will allow for a lot of discussion and debates to take place, as pupils will be encouraged to voice their own opinions as well taking onboard those of their peers. Pupils will be able to explore a range of features and devices in order to offer both sides to an argument. In addition to this, as pupils follow along with the story, they will put themselves in the characters’ shoes and write diary entries, letters and recounts in the build up to their final write.
Many grammatical terms and features will continue to be taught through our English lessons, but pupils will also take part in separate Grammar lessons. Within these lessons, we will be recapping all that we have learnt this year and ensuring that all pupils have a solid understanding of how to identify and use each feature.
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.
Discursive text balanced argument persuade for against audience pronoun noun phrase adverbial phrase prepositional phrase word class subordinate clause
Pupils will continue with their work on reading for inference which was introduced last year. Having now become confident in all the skills, pupils will be working in small groups to share and discuss a text using all the different skills they have learnt. They will listen to each other and will have justify their own viewpoints especially if they differ from someone else’s. Having to do this will support their use of locating and finding evidence. Pupils will continue to develop their comprehension skills through answering questions.
Pupils will also practice these skills through the means of our class text. Inference will play a large part in this terms work and pupils will be using this skill to gain a deep understanding of the character’s situation and behaviour.
fluency key word important specific recover meaning relate relationship annotate unpick understand evidence relevant accurate justify support explain conflicting views
Pupils will start off the term working on time. This is an area of Maths that needs to be recapped every day both at home and in school. After this, pupils will move on to statistics, which will see them creating their own graphs and charts as well as drawing conclusions from those already given. The final topic for Year 4 will then be Geometry. Within this they will look at various shapes, angles, position and translation.
Every week pupils will complete a Number and Lightning and skills for this will be taught in addition to their daily Maths lesson. Pupils who are already competent in various areas will further embed their understanding through a series of deepening and enriching tasks.
Times Tables will continue to 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.
Analogue digital pm am hours minutes seconds quarter to quarter past half past o clock line graph bar chart pictogram increase decrease scale axis conclusions data quadrilaterals triangles angles acute obtuse right angle translation up down left right
We will be following Kapow for our Computing this term and will be focusing on Data Handling: Investigating weather. Pupils will be recoding their own weather forecast, use keywords to find information and data on the Internet, understand about weather stations, design their own way of recording the weather and inputting their own data on a spreadsheet.
Data weather station signal input spreadsheet accurate climate zone collaboration thermometer forecast script measurement presenter backdrop sensor solar panel
PSHE and RSE
To start the term, pupils will be finishing off the previous topic – Safety and the Changing Body before moving on to our final topic which is transition. Pupils will use this lesson to reflect on their time in Year 4 and how far they have come as an individual. We will look at setting targets for the following year and how we can all support each other as they move into Year 5.
Goal achievement change grow pride transition confidence self-belief
Our topic within RE is How and why do people show their commitment during the journey of life?” Within this unit, pupils will look at a selection of different religions and the various ceremonies that occur throughout someone’s life.
Baptism marriage Bar Mitzvah ceremony milestones life journey commitment values sacred sacrifice
Pupils will take part in two PE lessons each week. One lesson will be focused on Rounders and the other on swimming.
Rounders – within Rounders pupils will develop their ability to strike a ball and aim to develop their accuracy regarding the direction and placement of the ball. In addition to this, we will look at the key skills needed when fielding such a long and short barrier and how to bowl correctly. On top of this, all pupils will become confident with the rules.
Rounders strike bat ball fielders long barrier short barrier bowl under arm over arm base score out no ball over run post bowling box batters square runner team accuracy placement distance
Swimming – we continue with our swimming lessons as Jack Hunt this half-term as pupils 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 Cordoba – the city of light. This will continue on from our learning last term. Pupils will look at how Islam burst out of Arabia, how and why it spread so far, the homesick ruler and the city of light, the city of art and learning, the city of learning and also the unique world.
Warring disputes Caliphs warfare Samarkand Sind territory advance factors liberators tolerant booty inheritance captive treasurers surveyors dynasty Ummayed Damascus criticise Abbasids unfurled banners massacre biblical fugitive Cordoba turban emir exile stonemasons delicate jade lute provoked locust minaret ancestors mihrab Berbers expelled enraged unique
In Geography, we will be looking at Deserts. We will look at whether deserts are always hot, how they are formed, the Sahara Desert, the types of plants and animals that inhabit there, how humans use the desert and the Patagonian Desert.
Hydrated dehydrated desert vegetation arid Sahara Desert plummet lush sand dunes oasis oases store drought Sahel semi-arid desertification nutrients overgrazing flora fauna desolate succulents cactus cacti nocturnal lichen blubber steppe divert Great Steppe yurts portable Patagonia hostile exceeds exposes extinct
In French this half-term we be looking at the circle of life. Pupils will be using dictionaries to extend their vocabulary and will focus in on animals and their habitats. Pupils will also link back to their previous Science learning as they build food chains.
Les animaux un loup un poisson un singe un lapin un oiseau un serpent un ver le (masc.) la (Fem.) l’ qui? Dans la jungle habite est mange par le singe le lion la tortue le loup
Music will be taught through a program called Kapow and our topic is called Adapting and Transposing motifs (The Romans). Pupils will be learning a new song, listening out for the repetitive phrase in the lyrics and notes in the song, writing their own motif and combine several groups motifs together to perform as a group.
Backing track beat composing in tune lyrics tempo repetitive motif notation vocal warm up pitch tempo loop key call and response base line rhythm transpose
Science this term will all be focused on Electricity. Pupils will be able to identify common appliances that run off electricity, construct simple circuits and identify components such as bulbs, switches, cells and wires, understand the role of a switch and will be able to identify conductors.
Electricity volt bulb circuit switch wire cell conductor appliance lamp buzzer motor
This term, our DT will be linked to our Science which is focused on Electricity. Pupils will be tasked with designing and making their own product which relies on electricity to work. To make this possible, pupils will need to create a simple circuit involving a switch, bulb and cell.
equipment shell circuit create design components evaluate adapt
Links to learning sites
Summer term starts – Tuesday 6th June
Multiplication check window – Monday 6th June – Friday 16th June
National Sports Week – Monday 19th June – Friday 23rd June
Summer Fayre – Wednesday 28th June
Soke Athletics (selected pupils only) – Thursday 7th July
Disco – Monday 10th July
Reports issued – Tuesday 11th July
Move up day – Thursday 13th July