Welcome to Year 4!
We will be reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. From this the children will produce a range of written text types, such as: setting descriptions, newspaper reports, persuasive speech and a book review. The children will learn the relevant grammar, language and structural features for each text type. Spelling and reading homework will be provided weekly on Purple Mash.
- Statistics: bars charts, pictograms, line graphs and tables
- Estimating answers to addition and subtraction problems
- Two-step word problems
- Written methods for multiplication and division
- Converting between different measures
- Fractions and decimals
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History: Crime and Punishment
In this history topic, the children will:
- Find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system
- Crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods.
- They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman Dick Turpin.
- The children will compare modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past.
- Looking at pictures and labelled diagrams of different settlements over time and produce own pictures and labelled diagrams.
- Draw conclusions about the location of settlements
- Compare our local area with current maps and make suggestions about change.
- Can study how land in the local area was used and how and why this has changed.
- Identify local features on a map
- Begin to use four figure grid references and use them to locate and describe features on a map.
This term we are continuing Animals and their habitats and exploring Electricity,
Animals and their habitats includes:
- grouping vertebrates
- grouping invertebrates
- classification keys
- identifying common appliances that run on electricity.
- constructing a simple series electrical circuit (identifying and naming its basic parts).
- identifying whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit.
- recognising that a switch opens and closes a circuit
- recognising some common conductors and insulators.
The children will continue their art linked to their Rainforest topic and the work of Henri Rousseau. The children will develop their drawing and observational skills through completing an artwork in the style of Henri Rousseau, drawing jungle animals from four different views and a 3D collage of a Rainforest scene.
Our topic is “Sensational Smoothies”. The children will analyse the nutritional value of smoothies; taste-test and explore existing products; design, make and evaluate their own smoothie.
In French this term, the children will continue their learning describing people by their hair and eye colour. They will then move on to the new topic of transport and countries.
In lessons, the children will focus on learning new vocabulary and being able to pronounce it correctly and read and write phrases in French.
In music this term, the children will follow the online music scheme of Charanga and will complete the topic based on ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers and ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles.
During lessons, children listen to and appraise different songs, explore the rhythm of the music and improvise and perform using signing and glockenspiels.
Children will be taught PE on a Wednesday morning with Mrs Barker.
Please ensure all children have the correct kit in school (red polo shirt and navy bottoms), including suitable shoes.
The children are developing their striking and fielding skills in cricket and rounders, where they will learn the fielding, batting and bowling skills.
In computing, the children will use programmes, such as Word and Power Point to write for different audiences. They will also develop their animation skills using Purple Mash.
The 5 Pillars of Islam
The children will explain what the five pillars are (the rules Muslim’s must follow to lead a good life) and why they are important in the Islam faith. They will learn about their journey in life and what matters most to them.
Journeys and Pilgrimages
The children will on of their memorable journeys; explain what a pilgrimage means to religious people. The children will look at some examples of pilgrimages in the Western World, as well as local pilgrimages.
Our topic is called One World and is based on a case study of a fictional girl called Chiwa, who lives in Malawi. The children will explore different aspects of her life in each lesson. It is inspired by the idea that people’s life experiences and opportunities differ throughout the world and that our actions can have both positive and harmful effects on people living in different countries.