Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Year 4 gives pupils the opportunity to continue to develop their transferable skills, such as; communication, independence and teamwork, whilst at the same time, building upon the vital foundations that are needed in order to prepare them for the challenges of Upper Key Stage 2.

Our curriculum topics at a glance:yr 4 table

Autumn 1 – Rainforests and Living ThingsPupils will be reading “Rainforest Rescue” – An adventure story set in the Amazon Rainforest. We will use this book as a starting point to write newspaper reports, character descriptions, predictions and poems.  We will also be doing some performance poetry, based on a creature found in the Rainforest. ‘Walking with my           Iguana’ is a highly energetic performance poem: children will  recite and  interpret  the poem through movement, vocal interpretation as well as analysis and discussion.

In geography children will learn about what a rainforest is and where in the world they can be located. They will learn about: the rainforest itself including climates, weather and the 4 different layers; about deforestation and its impacts on people and places; about different plant and animal life that can be found in the rainforest and about people that live in rainforests. This work will link closely to the topic of ‘Living Things’ within science.

This year in PSHE we will be looking at the values that underpin our new school initiative ’Be the Best that you can Be. This programme enables young people to discover their unique potential and inspires, engages and empowers them to pursue and fulfil their dreams.

Black History week takes place from the 19th to 23rd October. During this week Year 4 will learning some African dances which we will perform for parents after school on Thursday 22nd October.

In Numeracy we will learn about: place value, time, addition, subtraction and multiplication.

yr 4 autumn 1

 

Autumn 2 – Animals and Humans

Our class text is ‘ The Butterfly Lion.’ This story tells the tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. We will use this text to help us write; diary entries, instructions, persuasive writing and poetry.

In science we will be looking at food chains to help us identify producers, predators and prey. We will also be looking the human digestive system.

This year in PSHE we will be looking at the values that underpin our new school initiative ’Be the Best that you can Be. This programme enables young people to discover their unique potential and inspires, engages and empowers them to pursue and fulfil their dreams.

In Numeracy we will learn about: place value, time, addition, subtraction and multiplication.

y4 autumn 2 2016

Spring 1– Vikings

Pupils will be learning all about the Vikings and how they invaded and settled in England. They also learn about the Viking way of life and how it differs from modern day.

As part of our study on Vikings we will be visiting the Museum of London. Children will explore 10th century artefacts to find out what Londoners wore and ate, and uncover whether there were any ‘Viking Londoners’. They will look at Viking runestones, and have a go at making their own- complete with a personalised runic sentence!

In science pupils will learn about sound. They learn how the ear works, how sound travels as a vibration and how sounds can be affected by distance and the materials it passes through.

Children will be reading the story ‘There’s a Viking in My Bed.’ in their literacy lessons. Following this the children will write their own Viking sagas. They will also write non-chronological reports on Viking life and instructions on how to build a Viking Longboat.

In Numeracy we study the four operations, equivalent fractions, symmetry and division with remainders

 

Spring 2 – Electricity

During this half term pupils will learn about newspapers, explanation texts and recounts in Literacy. The class book will be ‘Burglar Bill’.

The main topic focus is ‘electricity’ in which pupils will be taught how to use electricity safely, which household appliances use electricity, how to create a working circuit and how to conduct and insulate electricity.

In Numeracy we study comparing decimals and fractions, multiplying decimals, adding money, time, area and perimeter and word problems.

 

Summer 1 – States of Matter

Pupils will study the books ‘Anatole’ and ‘Children’s classic poetry collection. 60 poems by the world’s greatest writers’. They will then learn about stories with dilemmas and different forms of poetry.

The science topic is ‘States of matter’ in which pupils will group different materials together based on whether they are solids, liquids or gases. They will see how materials change if they are heated or cooled and pupils will learn about the water cycle.

In Numeracy pupils will be using 4 and 5 digit numbers

In Numeracy pupils will be using 4 and 5 digit numbers, negative numbers, learning all the times table up to 12X, Roman numerals, 2D and 3D shapes and converting decimals and fractions.

In geography we will be looking at key physical and human characteristics of the USA.

 

Summer 2 – Egyptians

Egyptians will be the final topic of the school year. Pupils will learn about famous Egyptian rulers, pyramids, the history of Egypt and they will research and produce their own presentation on Egyptian history. In Literacy the book will be ‘The time travelling cat’ and we will be studying newspapers and recounts.

In the final term in Numeracy pupils will be adding and subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers, reading and plotting coordinates, drawing and interpreting bar charts and line graphs and multiplying and dividing with more challenging numbers.