Year 4 Spring Term 2

English

We will start the term by doing some descriptive writing based on our mountain topic. We will imagine we are climbing and crawling into caves and write about these experiences.

Following this, we will become immersed in the poetry collection ‘Nest Full of Stars’. This will involve the children examining the language of each poem to see how it affects the reader. They will then create and perform their own poems based on the structure of the ones we have studied.

Maths

This term, we will continue our work on fractions, learning how to add and subtract them. We will then find fractions of amounts, and apply this learning to problem solving. We will then move onto decimals, looking at tenths and hundredths and practising dividing by 10 and 100.

Science – Dangers to Living Things

This topic builds on the knowledge we have gained from our previous topic, grouping living things. We will develop an understanding of food chains, identify producers, predators and prey. Throughout the topic the children will be building on these skills to be able to understand what an eco-system is and to create their own food chains which include all the organisms that rely on each other for their survival.

Topic – Mountains and Traders and Raiders

We will finish off our mountain topic this term by focussing on the mountains in the Govilon area of South Wales. We will look at the activities that happen in the mountains, as well as the important safety measures that need to be taken.

We will then move on to our ‘Traders and Raiders’ topic. We will research the life of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, understanding how they arrived in this country and what they achieved. The children will also focus on their design-technology skills by making Anglo-Saxon jewellery and creating Saxon Shore Forts.

ICT

This term, children will learn about the history of the web, before studying HTML (hypertext mark-up language), the language in which web pages are written. They learn to edit and write HTML, and then use this knowledge to create a web page.

PE

Children will continue to learn a variety of games this term, which will develop a wide range of basic 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

R.E. this term will continue to focus on ‘The Church at Easter’. We will be looking at the weeks leading up to Easter and deepening our understanding of how and why Christians celebrate this festival.

Year 4 Spring Term 1

English

During this term we will explore the picture-book ‘Into the Forest’ which will involve writing different types of poetry, writing in the role of a character from the story, writing a recount of aspects of the story and finally creating a play script of the narrative.

We will then move on to look at the story ‘Mouse, bird, snake, wolf’ which is the story of a group of children who live in an unusual world. We will be writing a balanced argument based on the choices the children have to make, and finishing with a non-chronological report inspired by the story.

Maths

For the next few weeks, we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will start off by 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 – Grouping Living Things

Grouping living things is our Science topic during the first half of the Spring term. Children will find out about different species, identify their features and then group and classify them depending on these characteristics.

 Topic – Mountains

Geography is our focus this term for curriculum. Our topic is ‘Misty Mountains Sierra’. We will investigate mountains and their ranges from around all parts of the world and complete detailed research to secure our geographical knowledge. We will also learn about famous mountaineers and examine all the equipment needed when trekking up mountains.

ICT

In Computing this half term will see the children using Scratch to create and program a virtual toy for a toddler.

PE

Children will continue to learn a variety of games this term, which will develop a wide range of basic 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. 

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.