Year 4 Spring Term 2
Our English lessons this term will be based around the book ‘Charlotte’s Web’. These will include: drama activities, discussions, predictions, writing in the style of the author and eventually writing a new chapter to extend the story. We will also get to grips with the characters by using our inference skills and we’ll incorporate some of our newly learnt grammar, such as different tenses, noun phrases and higher-level punctuation.
This term, we continue to look at multiplication and division, securing written methods and applying these to problem solving. We will then move onto area, initially counting squares and comparing different shapes to estimate their area. Finally, we will look at fractions, first equivalent fractions, then moving onto simplifying them.
Science – Electricity
Electricity is our new Science topic this term. We will be experimenting with circuits, identifying the reasons why they break, recognising symbols as well as discussing the potential dangers of electricity.
Topic – I am Warrior
We are continuing the ‘I am Warrior!’ topic, deepening our research and building upon what we have already learnt. We will finish the topic by looking at the decline of the Roman Empire and comparing how times have changed in relation to the modern world.
The computing unit will involve using a variety of programs to edit music, which the children will have created. We will then be refining our ideas through reflection and discussion and collaborating with others. We will also be developing an awareness of how our composition can enhance work in other media.
Swimming lessons continue for Rembrandt and Monet. Da Vinci and Picasso will continue to develop their table tennis and archery skills.
PSHE – Jigsaw – Dreams and Goals
‘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 with others.
R.E. – The Church at Easter
RE this term will continue to focus on ‘The Church at Easter’. We will be clarifying and deepening our understanding of how and why Christians celebrate Easter.
Year 4 Spring Term 1
In the Spring term we will be focusing on a Roman unit in English, which links to our topic work. This will involve identifying features of non-chronological reports and writing our own, as well as exploring and writing biographies.
For the next few weeks, we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will start off my revising our 6 to 12 time’s tables as well as practising dividing by 10 and 100. We will then move onto written methods for multiplication and division and problem solving which applies these skills.
Science – Human Nutrition
‘Human Nutrition’ is our new Science topic. This will focus on the understanding of personal health and how this is related to human nutrition. We will explore the digestive system and concentrate on being able to name different types of human teeth as well as some from other animals.
Curriculum – I am Warrior
‘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 looking at every-day objects and creating our own artefacts.
In Computing this half term will see the children using Scratch to create and program a virtual toy for a toddler.
Swimming lessons continue for Da Vinci and Picasso classes. Rembrandt and Monet will begin their swimming lessons on Thursday 23rd January.
Da Vinci and Picasso will be learning the skills for table tennis such as serving, forward hand, back hand and the scoring systems as well as gymnastic skills.
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.
PSHE – Jigsaw - Relationships
Relationships are our PSHE focus this term. We will look at how to make friends; solving problems between friends; how to help ourselves and others when we feel upset or hurt and understand and show what makes a good friendship.
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.