Year 4 Autumn Term 1
We will start the term looking at the book ‘Here we are’ which will enable us to discuss how the world has changed over the last few months and support children with re-connecting to the school environment. We will then 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 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.
To start the term, we will focus place value, rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000 as well as finding 1000 more or less than a number. We will then move on to look at Roman Numerals up to 100. We will investigate how they are used in ‘real life’ contexts, for example on clock faces. Problem solving will be a recurring focus, in order to develop these important skills.
States of Matter is our first Science topic. 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.
‘I am Warrior!’ is our 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.
‘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.
In P.E. we will be developing basic skills such as throwing, catching, balancing and changing direction, and applying these to a variety of games and sports.
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 creating ‘our learning charter’
In RE we will be looking at ‘Christianity in Action’, which will involve a closer look at the work of the Salvation Army and how their beliefs influence their actions.