Year 4 Spring Term 1
This term we will be looking at the story ‘Ice Palace’ which is a quest novel set in another time and place. Ivan, the main character, goes in search of his brother taken by the mysterious ‘Starjik’.
As we read the story we will discuss its meaning and explore the plot, settings and characters and drawing inferences to aid understanding. By collecting vocabulary and understanding the writer’s use of language we will write our own letters from the character’s perspective as well as describing the setting and characters.
For the next few weeks, we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will start by revising our 6 to 12 times tables as well as practicing dividing by 10 and 100. We will then move onto written methods for multiplication and division and problem solving which applies these skills.
Science – Changing State
Changing State is our first Science topic for the Spring term. This involves identifying different materials, and exploring how they can be changed by freezing or melting. We will look at the process of evaporation and how condensation is formed. We will undertake practical experiments to explore how these processes work and record our findings.
Topic – Mountains
Geography is our focus this term for topic. Our topic is ‘Misty Mountains’. We will investigate mountains and their ranges from around all parts of the world and complete detailed geographical enquiries to secure our geographical knowledge. We will also examine all the equipment needed when exploring mountains.
‘Creating Media: Website design’ is our unit this term. This will allow the children to develop their research, word-processing and collaborative working skills as well as learning how website are created.
This term we will be extending our skills further by playing a variety of different games. We will challenge ourselves by trying some new activities and applying what have already learnt in new situations. We will continue to have a weekly session on the outdoor gym, learn how to exercise safely and increase our stamina.
PSHE – Jigsaw – Healthy Me
‘Healthy Me’ is our PSHE focus this term, discussing how to stay healthy inside and out! We will be thinking about alcohol and smoking as well as friendships and a healthy mind.
R.E. – The Church at Easter
RE this term has a focus on ‘The Church at Easter’. We will be discussing the significance of The Last Supper, Lent and Palm Sunday, producing a diverse range of work including extended writing opportunities.
Year 4 Autumn Term 2
This term, we will be looking at the book, ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ is full of detailed drawings which allow the children to explore, interpret and respond to the illustrations throughout the story. We will be discussing their meaning, allowing the children to create an imaginative picture of a fantasy world that is based on real life experiences. We will then write in role to capture our ideas.
This half term we will focussing on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be looking at measure including metres and kilometres. Finally, we will be learning about the perimeter of simple shapes, moving onto rectilinear shapes.
Science – Dangers to Living Things
This topic builds on the knowledge we gained from our previous topic, grouping living things. We will develop an understanding of food chains, identify producers, predators and prey. Throughout the topic the children will be exploring what an eco-system is and start to create their own food chains which include all the organisms that rely on each other for their survival.
Topic – Blue Abyss
During our Blue Abyss topic, we will develop our creative skills, using a variety of materials and producing a wide range of artwork. We will also be exploring the seas and oceans, looking at the exciting array of creatures that live beneath the waves.
In ICT the children will be starting to explore basic programming, using the Scratch programme.
In P.E. we will continue to develop basic skills such as throwing, catching, balancing and changing direction, and applying these to a variety of games and sports.
PSHE – Jigsaw – Celebrating Differences
Over the term we will explore these aspects of celebrating differences
- Accept that everyone is different
- Include others when working and playing
- Know how to help if someone is being bullied
- Trying to solve problems
- Using kind words
- Know how to give and receive compliments
Rembrandt and Monet will continue to have Samba lessons during this term. Picasso and Da Vinci will be looking at music from Japan, looking at the springtime festival of Hanami, which celebrates the fleeting beauty of spring flowers.
We will be continuing our topic, ‘Christianity in Action’. We will be looking at Christian values, and how these are put into action in society today, focussing particularly on the work of the Salvation Army.