Welcome to Year 4!
Our teachers are Mrs Dunne (Mon-Thurs) and Mrs Rees (Fri). Our TAs is Mrs Howard .
Welcome to Year 4!
Our History based topic is ‘The Romans.’ We will continue from last year’s learning in our time line travelling from the Iron Age to when the Romans invaded Britain. We will learn about how and why they invaded Britain and order events on a timeline. We will also research how the Romans lived and the impact they have had on Britain. In English we will focus on describing settings and characters, story with a historical setting, writing newspaper reports, persuasive adverts and persuasive letters and writing non-chronological reports linked to our topic. We will also be using figurative language in poetry. Lots of our guided reading books will be based around the topic. In Design and Technology and Art we will be designing and creating Roman shields, Roman chariots and mosaic patterns linked to our topic as well as mark making, sketching and creating mindfulness journals.
As well as linking maths with our topic work we will be focussing on: Number and Place Value, mental and formal addition and subtraction, Multiplication and Division – including times tables and formal methods, Revision of 2D and 3D shapes and Measurement of Time.
In Science this term we will be focusing on Sound and then Electricity. The sound topic will be very cross curricular as the children will be exploring how sounds are made. We will learn how to change pitch and loudness as well as making our own musical instruments. We will develop this in our music sessions and also explore composing music using technology in our Computing sessions. During the second half term the Science focus shifts to Electricity where we will learn to construct simple circuits. During Computing we will get the opportunity to further develop our coding skills.
Year 4 Spring Term 2023
This term in year four we are learning about the Ancient Egyptians. In English we will be looking at classical poetry (particularly ballads and sonnets), non-chronological reports (The pyramids), explanation texts (mummification and links to World Book Day), newspaper articles (Tutankhamun’s death), debates, and traditional stories (particularly legends, myths and fables). The grammar will focus on sentence types, figurative language and the use and spelling of different prefixes and suffixes.
Our Art, Design Technology and Computing will link with our Egyptian topic. This will include creating Egyptian death masks and creating an Egyptian toy game.
In maths we will continue to apply our key maths skills to more complex problems, revise and continue to build on our knowledge of fractions and decimals and begin looking at angles, symmetry and measurement of perimeters.
In science we are learning about the biology of humans and animals - ‘animals including humans and human nutrition’ and ‘dangers to living things’.
Year 4 Summer Term 2023
This half term we are basing lots of our work around a Geography topic: North America. This includes map work, physical geography (made by nature) and learning about Native American culture, including types of settlement and how the weather affects their lifestyle. We will be studying and practising Native American rhythms and dance and creating ‘dream catchers.’
During the second half term we will study the weather in more detail and focus on ‘dramatic weather conditions/natural disasters’ (volcanoes, hurricanes and earthquakes etc). In art we will be sketching physical landscapes and creating artwork linked to natural disasters. In Design and Technology we will be designing and making our own volcanoes, using a pneumatic system! This links well with our Computing curriculum where we will be producing a blog about North America and reporting on the weather.
In English we will be looking at traditional fable stories, myths and legends, non-chronological reports, dramatic recounts and dramatic stories which involve a natural disaster. In maths we will be calculating with fractions and decimals (including money and problem solving), formal multiplication and division strategies, using negative numbers and measuring the area of shapes. In geometry we will be measuring angles, using co-ordinates and calculating position and direction. We will be regularly using our mantra ‘draw it, prove it’ and talking through our strategies with a partner in order to become more fluent in maths.
In science we are learning about ‘animals including humans’. We are focussing on habitats and how animals are suited to their environment. In PE we are focussing on Hockey, Cricket and Athletics and we are looking forward to lots of adventure style activities when we visit Phasels Wood in May!