Year 4 Autumn Term 2

English

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. 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.

Maths

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.

ICT

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.

PE

In P.E. we will continue to develop basic skills such as throwing, catching, balancing and changing direction, and applying these to a variety of games and sports.

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

R.E.

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, focussing particularly on the work of the Salvation Army.

Year 4 Autumn Term 1

English

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.

Maths

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.

Science

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.

Topic

‘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.

ICT

‘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.

P.E.

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. PSHE:

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’

R.E.

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.