Year 4 Summer Term 1
The two English units we will be focusing on are ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ and ‘Surprising Sharks’. ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ will allow the children to explore, interpret and respond to the illustrations that are featured 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. Role play and writing in role will also feature in this topic.
Not only does ‘Surprising Sharks’ link well with our curriculum topic, it will allow the children to write in a variety of non-narrative forms, identify where information can be found within non-fiction texts, identify features of these non-fiction texts and help develop their vocabulary.
During Maths we will be continuing to work on adding and subtracting 1000. Multiplication will also be another focal point, including decimals and applying this within a money context. Roman numerals will also be revised again, as well as identifying properties of 2D shapes and classifying them. We will also be developing the understanding of fractions, especially identifying equivalents.
Grouping living things is our Science topic during the first half of the summer term. This will allow the children to experience different species, identify their features and develop their knowledge to be able to group and classify them depending on their habitats and features.
PE will focus on athletics in preparation for sports day. This will focus on running techniques, javelin and discussing athletic skills.
Art is our curriculum focus during this half of the summer term. Focusing on Blue Abyss, we will be developing the mastery of our art skills, using a variety of materials and producing a wide range of artwork. We will also be looking at the equipment used when deep sea diving as well as the sea creatures that would be found.
‘We are co-authors’ is our computing focus which will involve the children researching the use of Wikipedia and also developing their skills to adapt and create their own work in this style.
Relationships is our PSHE focus, discussing memories that children hold as well as any special pets they may have. This will develop their relationship understanding and provide the opportunity to celebrate these relationships that the children treasure.
Our final RE topic is called ‘Christianity in Action’ looking at how charities provide support and what they offer.
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.