Year 4 - Autumn Term 1 2017
During the Autumn term we will explore the text ‘Tales of Wisdom and Wonder.’ This features short tales that will lead to the creation of a mini book, retelling the story in our own words and illustrations, as well taking part in drama and role play activities. Following this, we will become immersed in the novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which is a practical unit, again involving drama opportunities. This will conclude with the opportunity to become the new author of this book, and write our own final chapter!
To start the term, we will focus on mentally adding and subtracting digits with a strong focus on number bonds. We will also learn new strategies to mentally multiply and divide. Problem solving will be a reoccurring focus to develop these highly important skills.
States of Matter is our first Science topic involving practical experiences as well as theory to ensure an in depth understanding.
Geography is our focus this term for curriculum – ‘Misty Mountains Sierra’. We will discover various mountains and their ranges and complete detailed research to secure our geographical knowledge. We will also learn about famous mountaineers and experience all the equipment needed when trekking up mountains.
‘We are Software Developers’ will be our initial computing topic where we will experience the use of the programme ‘Scratch’. This will involve programming a ‘sprite’ to move and interact as well as adding backgrounds and other details.
Netball will be our first sport during games, focusing on passing and shooting skills initially. Whilst in PE, multi skills will involve developing fundamental skills required for all physical activity such as throwing, catching and kicking.
Our first PSHE topic is ‘Being Me in My World’. This will include aspects such as becoming a class ‘team’, discussing responsibilities, rewards and consequences as well as experiencing ‘our learning charter’.
Year 4 - Summer Term 2
Our first topic this half term for English is based on the book ‘Into the forest’. It is a beautifully illustrated book that has themes of fairy tales. Year 4 will use role play and drama to support their writing, culminating in them writing a play script. We will then look at a collection of seven tales from around the world, exploring the art of storytelling and then write their own story based on what they have learnt. We will also be doing a poet study on Michael Rosen, reading lots of his humorous verses!
In Maths we will apply our mental multiplication and division strategies to problem solving and consolidate our knowledge of properties of shape. The children will apply their learning of written addition and subtraction methods to solving problems involving money. Year 4 will continue to learn about decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions, as well as translating shapes and using coordinates.
‘Traders and Raiders’ is our final Curriculum topic of the year. We will be learning about the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The children will improve their map skills to locate the invaders original locations and learning about the everyday life of the settlers. We will learn about the Viking gods, many of whom the children may already know the names of through stories and films, and using art and design techniques to learn about Viking runes.
In Science our next topic is Grouping Living Things. Year 4 will learn about why and how scientists use classification keys and practise classifying a wide variety of living things. They will compare the living things in the northern and southern most parts of the British Isles and compared this to their own location.
In Games and PE Year 4 will be improving their Athletic skills which will culminate in our Sport’s Day. The children will also be practising throwing, catching and hitting in Rounders.
In PSHE our Jigsaw theme for the half term is Risk Taking and ensuring that we all use a growth mindset. When faced with challenges, the children will be encouraged to think that even if they can’t do it yet, with a bit of practise they will get there.