Year 4 Autumn Term 2

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 names and some information about some famous composers and their music. As we approach Christmas we will compose our own Christmas celebration song. To finish the unit, we will use our design technology skills to create our own musical instruments that we can play to accompany our newly composed song.

Each class will also have a weekly lesson with Mrs Watters where they will begin to learn to play the recorder. We hoping to learn at least three notes so we can play some simple melodies.

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.

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

English Ice Palace – Narrative

This short story 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’. It has strong themes such as family, love and bravery.

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 develop interesting language to: write letters from the character’s perspective; describing the setting and describe characters.


This half term we will focus on:

  • Halving and doubling 3-digit numbers; revise unit fractions and identify equivalent fractions; reduce a fraction to its simplest form;
  • Identify place value in decimals and the relationship between tenths and decimals; add two 4-digit numbers; practising both written and mental addition methods;
  • Convert multiples of 100 g into kilograms; convert multiples of 100 ml into litres; read scales to the nearest 100 ml; estimate capacities;
  • Draw bar charts, record and interpret information
  • Round 4-digit numbers to the nearest: 10, 100 and 1000; subtract 3-digit numbers using deciding which to use
  • Use the grid method to multiply 3-digit by single-digit numbers and introduce the vertical algorithm; begin to estimate products; divide numbers (up to 2 digits) by single-digit numbers with no remainder, then with a remainder


Swimming lessons continue for Drake and Armstrong classes. (Columbus and Raleigh will begin their swimming lessons in the New Year)

Raleigh and Columbus will be learning the skills for table tennis such as serving, forward hand, back hand and the scoring system.

All Year 4 will have Multi-skills sessions with our coach. This covers the ABC of sport – A- accuracy and agility; B – balance and ball skills; C – co-ordination and control.

Year 4 Autumn Term 1

During the first half of the Autumn term we will 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. We will also be looking at poetry in the context of Caribbean culture and dialects, venturing into chants and raps and investigating the differences between standard English and Jamaican dialects.

To start the term, we will focus on mentally adding and subtracting digits with a strong focus on number bonds. We will also learn new strategies to mentally multiply and divide. Problem solving will be a reoccurring focus to develop these highly important skills. In addition to this we will be continuing with daily ‘Rockstar’ times-tables.

States of Matter is our first Science topic involving practical experiences as well as theory to ensure an in depth understanding of solids, liquids and gases.

Geography is our focus this term for Curriculum – ‘Misty Mountains Sierra’. We will discover various mountains and their ranges and complete detailed research to secure our geographical knowledge. We will also learn about famous mountaineers and experience all the equipment needed when trekking up mountains.

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 experiencing ‘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 influences their actions.  

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