Year 4 Spring Term 2
Our English lessons this term will be based around ‘Charlotte’s Web’, including drama activities, discussions, predictions, writing in the style of the author and eventually writing a new chapter to extend the story! We will also be experiencing a ‘Drama for Writing’ unit, based on the story ‘The Mousehole Cat’, producing a variety of writing outcomes afterwards.
Maths lessons will recap the methods that we have already been working on, including column subtraction, counting up (frog) and multiplication methods. These will be built upon further, starting to introduce 5 digit numbers as well as comparing these 5 digit numbers. Mental calculations will also be strengthened, along with times table facts to ensure these are a secure area of knowledge. Developing the understanding of decimal numbers will be discussed when investigating 1000 more or less, involving place value.
Electricity is our new Science focus this term where we will be experimenting with circuits, identifying the reasons why circuits break, recognising symbols as well as discussing the dangers of electricity.
Curriculum is a continuation of our ‘I am Warrior!’ topic, deepening our research and building upon what we have already learnt. We will be ending the topic by looking at the end of the Roman Empire and comparing how times have changed, in relation to now.
The computing unit is called ‘We are HTML editors’, involving the skills needed to identify aspects of HTMLs, how they work and how they can be changed to develop websites!
PE will have a focus on our fitness. We will be completing circuits and looking at our heart rate, identifying how different rates of exercise change this. In addition to this, we will be researching how long it takes to burn off certain types of food.
‘Dreams and Goals’ is our PSHE focus this term, discussing how to overcome disappointment, achieving goals, creating new dreams and providing the opportunity to share these hopes and dreams! This will also include Mental Health week.
RE this term will continue to focus on ‘The Church at Easter’. We will be clarifying and deepening our understanding of the significance of The Last Supper, Lent and Palm Sunday, producing a diverse range of work through extended writing opportunities.
Year 4 Spring Term 1
Throughout the first half of the spring term we will be focusing on a Roman unit in English, which links to our curriculum topic. This will involve identifying features of non-chronological reports and producing our own, as well as exploring and writing biographies. We will then discover the world of ‘Leon and the Place Between’, an exciting story revolving around magic. During this exploration, we will experiment with writing and designing pages in the style of the author and creating persuasive posters.
During Maths lessons, we will continue to revisit place value knowledge and applying this to written subtraction methods, division and mental multiplication. Once again, we will develop the understanding of fractions, including finding fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions and understanding how to simplify them. Shape is also another area of Maths that we will explore, focussing on angles, perpendicular and parallel lines, symmetry and identifying properties of 2D shapes.
‘Human Nutrition’ is our new Science topic. This will develop the understanding of personal health and how this is related to human nutrition and digestion. We will explore the human digestive system and focus on being able to name different types of human teeth as well as some from other animals.
‘I am Warrior!’ is our Spring curriculum topic, which will include a Roman Day, providing first-hand experience of what this period was like, looking at their clothing and weapons as well as games they used to play! We will be carrying out lots of further research to find out about the Roman times, which will involve creating our own artefacts.
Computing this half term is called ‘We are Musicians’ which provides the opportunity to be creative and develop pieces of music using a variety of programmes.
Swimming will be continued during this term as part of our PE session, as well as gymnastics which will develop balancing skills, both individually and within a group. Towards the end of the unit there will be an opportunity to share their routines with their peers, improving their body management skills.
‘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.
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 through extended writing opportunities.