Year 4 - Summer 1
During the first Summer half term, Year 4 will be reading ‘Charlotte’s Web’. We will start off by predicting what the story might be about before starting to read it. From reading and analysing the text, we will get to know the characters and why they act the way they do. Year 4 will use drama to further explore the themes of friendship and justice as well as completing shared writing and writing in role. We will also research and make information books about spiders. Year 4 will then be studying ‘Surprising Sharks’, a nonfiction book. This will link in with our curriculum topic too.
In Maths we will continue to practise the four operations and applying them to real life problems. We will also look at decimals, fractions and their equivalent percentages. Year 4 will continue to further their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes too.
In our next curriculum topic, Blue Abyss, we’ll be grabbing our wetsuits and going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. We’ll be finding out what divers get up to below the surface, examining fish for our artwork and learning how to classify sea creatures. Year 4 will also be using their geographical skills to locate the world’s seas and oceans before learning about submarines and how they work! We’ll end the topic with an underwater art gallery, displaying our learning for all to see. We will also be inviting some tiny sea creatures into our classrooms! This topic will provide us will lots of opportunities for extended writing, as well as helping the children to develop their art and design skills.
Dangers to Living Things is our Science topic for this half term and the children will construct and interpret food chains, identifying producer, prey, consumer and predator. Year 4 will consider the impact of larger changes to the environment such as fire and flood. Then they will consider how humans can reduce the impact of some environmental changes.
In PSHE our Jigsaw theme for the half term which is ‘Relationships’ and the learning behaviour focus which is ‘Motivation’.
Year 4 Spring Term
During the Spring term, Year 4 will continue reading ‘The Ice Palace’ and will produce their own narrative. We will be focusing on mapping the story, describing the characters and the settings. We will then look at non chronological reports and biographies by also linking in our curriculum topic ‘I am Warrior!’ This is a historical focus on the Romans in Britain. In English, we will then look at a variety of stories such as ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘Into the Forest’.
In maths, we will continue to work on measurement, shape and fractions. The children will also learn different written methods for multiplication and division and start to apply this to real life problems.
I am strong, brave and powerful! Meet me in battle!
Our Curriculum topic is ‘I am Warrior!’ We will be learning about life in Britain during the Roman invasion. We will link our Maths to the topic by learning about Roman numerals and in Geography the children will compare Britain and Italy, using maps and locational knowledge. We will use a variety of art and design methods to demonstrate our knowledge and also have some exciting visitors into school to help us with our learning!
In Science we will be learning about ‘Human Nutrition’. We will be learning about the different parts of the digestive system. Year 4 will also be looking at the different types of human teeth and their functions. This will involve some investigations and recording results over time.