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.
Year 4 Autumn Term 2
We will start the term by using the short film ‘Titanium’ to write a story told from a first –person perspective. We will also write passages of speech between the characters, to practise correctly punctuating dialogue.
Next, we will move onto 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, 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.
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 – Sound
In this unit our quest question is: ‘How can we make different sounds?’ We will identify and describe different sounds and learn that sounds are produced by vibrations. We will explore how vibrations travel from the source of the sound through a variety of materials to the ear. Using musical instruments and household materials we will investigate the range of ways of producing sounds and how the pitch and volume of a sound can be altered.
Curriculum – Playlist
Ssh… what’s that noise? A bash? A crash? A shake, a rattle or a low, bass hum? Through this unit we will listen to and focus on the sounds that performers make with their instruments and voices. After listening to a variety of music, we will be creative by making marks and shapes to represent the different sounds heard, taking inspiration from jazz-influenced artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.
By researching the different eras of music we will produce leaflets including information about some famous composers and their music. To finish the unit, we will use our design technology skills to create our own musical instruments that we can play to accompany a song.
This term we will be toy designers, creating an interactive toy on-screen. This will involve writing code to instruct the toy to undertake the required actions.
Swimming lessons start for Da Vinci and Picasso classes. (Rembrandt and Monet will begin their swimming lessons in the New Year)
Rembrandt and Monet 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 – 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
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.