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Curriculum - Year 4

Year 4 Summer Terms 5 and 6

A pdf version of the Summer term curriculum for Year 4 can be found in Related Documents on the left and the information is also displayed below:

 

April 2017  

Dear Parents/Carers,

Year 4 Terms 5 & 6

Firstly, I would like to thank you for all your support so far this academic year. This letter will give you an overview of the curriculum your child will be studying until the end of their time in year 4, which will come round all too fast in July 2017.

English

In English lessons this term we will again start with a narrative focus, looking at plot devices linking to portal stories with our text focus being The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. Within this unit there will be a particular focus on creating more detailed settings as well as the use of paragraphs to group related ideas. The children will also work on using nouns and pronouns correctly to aid cohesion and avoid repetition in their writing.

Children will have the opportunity to discuss the focus text in detail, identifying words and phrases which capture the reader’s interest and imagination as well as predicting what might happen next. This will all lead to the children being able to plan and write their own ‘portal stories’ which they will then share with their peers.

We will then move on to our unit on explanation texts where their writing will be linked with our Science unit on life cycles. During this unit there will be a particular focus on retrieving and recording information from non-fiction texts as well as identifying how structure and presentation contribute to meaning. We will ask the children to use conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions and fronted adverbials to express time, place or cause and add detail whilst still focusing on organisational devices, including headings, subheadings to aid presentation.

After half term we will start with a poetry unit, looking at structure with a particular focus on haiku poems. Children will learn about recognising different forms of poetry and will be encouraged to discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s imagination. There will be a particular focus on spoken language in this unit and the children will draft and write their own poems by composing and rehearsing sentences orally. Once written the children will read aloud their work using appropriate intonation, control and volume. They will then assess the effectiveness of their own and others writing, and suggest improvements.

Lastly we will complete a book study with a particular focus on character. There will be a choice of text for this unit both written by Dick King Smith- Hodgeheg or The Queen’s Nose. Children will look particularly at character descriptions but will have a chance to imbed a lot of the grammar skills covered throughout year 4 such as; plural possessive apostrophes, adding fronted adverbials with commas and punctuating direct speech correctly.

The children will continue to have spellings to learn and a weekly spelling test; please help your child/children learn their spellings at home. In addition to this, please try to listen to your child read at home every day and remember to sign their reading record book on each occasion. Please also make sure they bring in their book when they need a new one, so it can be changed.

Maths

The mathematic curriculum ensures progression through repetition, consolidation and extension in mathematical understanding. This term we will be focusing on:

Number and Place Value: Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the objectives from autumn and spring terms, using increasingly large positive numbers. Revise Roman numerals to 100 and introduce to 1,000 (M).

Addition and Subtraction: Add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction. Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation. Solve addition and subtraction two step problems in contexts, deciding which operation.

Multiplication and Division: Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12×12. Recognise and use factor pairs that support mental calculations. Use the formal written method to both multiply and divide two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number. Multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000.

Fractions (including decimals): Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities. Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places. Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.

Measurement: Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks. Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days. Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence.

Geometry: Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles by size. Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations. Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.

Statistics: Read, interpret and describe a time graph and then draw one of their own.

We will continue to help the children to develop methods and techniques for calculating mentally, with greater confidence, speed and accuracy. It would be greatly appreciated if you could continue to practise the Times Tables (and telling the time) with your child. Feel free to also refer to the maths calculation policy on the website if you would like to have a better understanding of the methods we are teaching the children.

Geography

This term the children will be learning about Africa. The unit will involve the use of maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping. The children will learn about the physical and human features of African countries, including climate, vegetation and land use, types of settlements, trade links and natural resources. We will also study aspects of life in Africa and have a look into the environmental issues that are being faced.

Children will then focus on the history of Benin in West Africa. They will study the rich culture and civilisation of the Benin people. We will refer briefly to slavery and, thus, broaden the children’s understanding and appreciation of Human Rights.

Please find below a list of relevant vocabulary:

continent, desert, savannah, arid, population, location, artefact, hierarchy, exploitation, land use, tribes/tribal, poaching, ivory,

Science

The first science unit will be the continuation of ‘Sound’. Children have learnt how sounds are made by the vibration of objects and then how these can travel through solids, liquids and gases. They will then investigate how instruments make sounds, make their own musical instruments and explore and suggest how to change the pitch and volume of sounds.

The final science unit of the year will be ‘Living things and their habitats’. During this unit the children will revise their knowledge of the characteristics of living things and the basic needs habitats supply. The children will establish why classification of plants and animals is important and they will work on different ways to classify minibeasts. The children will also learn about and construct food chains and webs. Finally the children will learn about a variety of different environments and recognise how and why these change. We link this closely to our geography topic when we study endangered animals in Africa. Our trips to Woolley Firs will support this unit of work and put the concepts taught into real life experience.

Please find some useful scientific vocabulary below:

Pitch, tone, amplify, vibrate, volume, habitat, minibeasts, extinction, threatened/endangered, species, organism, ecological, ecosystem, environment

Computing

During our computing lessons the children will learn how to create animations using Pivot. This will become a short animation they can present to others in their class and year group. The children will then learn how to create games for their peers to play using their programming skills on Kodu. To finish this unit, children will work together to create instruction manuals for the game and present them to others.

PSHE & R.E

We will be focusing on the final two puzzles from our new Jigsaw scheme this term and all children across the school will continue to be taking part in these PSHE sessions every Friday afternoon.

During the first half term the children will be looking at ‘Relationships’ followed by ‘Changing Me’. Just like last term, children will have a theme to focus on each week, introduced in Monday’s assembly, and achievements linked to this will be celebrated in the assembly the following Friday.

In Religious Studies, Year 4 will be looking at special people, faith leaders and famous people who have made important contributions to society. The children will gain an understanding of the true meaning of ‘Inspirational’. They will also look at the faiths represented in our community. We hope that it will give the children a better insight into different religions and customs.

Art & Design Technology

The children will be finishing their money containers and once completed will move on to creating a variety of artwork all linked to their work on Africa.

In the first half term children will be investigating and researching African masks; this will involve the children learning about the history and importance of masks within African cultures and the craftsmanship involved in making them. The children will create their own masks.

The children will finish the term with a unit on printing. Within this unit they will be designing and making their own printing stamps and will create a variety of artwork based on African designs and patterns.

Physical Education

The children will be swimming during their ‘indoor’ PE sessions. This will help to develop their confidence in the water and improve their technique in breast stroke, front crawl and back stroke. For swimming lessons the children will need a swimming costume or trunks, a swimming hat and a towel. It would be helpful if the children’s PE kits could be in school so that if, for any unforeseen reason, we are unable to swim we can still have a PE lesson. Please note that the children will not be able to wear earrings during swimming lessons so please try to avoid having your child’s ears pierced during this term.

In games sessions 4L and 4W will work on the three main aspects of athletics: running, throwing and jumping. These skills will build up to and prepare them for Sports Day.

4C will be coached in hockey by our visiting expert. They will look at ways to attack and defend, as well as developing their shooting, passing/receiving and dribbling skills. They will also have the chance to take part in mini games and small sided competitions within these sessions.

Finally, the children will develop their skills, precision and knowledge of rounders and Kwik Cricket in the last half term. We are very excited that we will also be having a visiting coach to deliver these lessons.

Music

In the first half term we will be focusing on exploring composition within our ‘communication’ unit. Within these sessions, children create a news programme complete with theme music and school news headlines. Using songs and raps, this musical news bulletin will alert the school to the burning issues of the day!

They will then focus on exploring beat within a unit on ‘time’. Music featuring clocks helps children to understand rhythm and syncopation. They learn to sing and play bell patterns, listen to an orchestral clock piece, and create their own descriptive music.

Children will finish the year by looking at musical notation by studying music from the past. Children use a variety of notations to build performances from different periods and styles. They will take part in activities such as learning a Renaissance dance, walk down the aisle to Wagner’s Bridal march and dance the mashed potato.

We will also be continuing to offer Year 4 children the opportunity to take part in recorder club on a Thursday lunch time as well as the ukulele club running on a Tuesday lunch time.

French

During French lessons, the children will be learning about pets, body parts and food. They will develop their understanding of the linguistic features specific to French, such as: masculine and feminine nouns; position and agreement of adjectives and verb endings. It is hoped that, in studying French grammar, the children will gain an enhanced understanding of English. They will learn to hold a short conversation related to ordering food, ready for any holidays to France! Below is a list of useful (cafe) vocabulary:

Je voudrais/J’aimerais- I would like

Merci – thank you

Merci beaucoup – thank you very much

L’addition si’l vous plait- the bill please

Une limonade – a lemonade

un chocolat chaud- a hot chocolate

Homework, Spellings and Reading

Homework will continue to be given out on Thursdays and should be completed and returned to school by the following Monday. Please make sure that your child is also learning their set spellings each week and reading every day.

Key Dates

April

• 25th: Parents Evening 5.30pm-8pm.

• 27th: Parents Evening 3.30pm-6pm

May

• 1st: Bank Holiday

• 15th – 19th: Science Week.

• 26th: School closes at 3.20pm for the half term holiday

June

• 5th: INSET day.

• 6th: First day back.

• 14th: Sports Day 1 races - morning

• 15th: Fathers’ Day Lunch (1)

• 20th: Trip to Woolley Firs (half of year 4)

• 21st: Trip to Woolley Firs (second half of year 4)

• 22nd: Fathers’ Day Lunch (2)

July

• 4th: Class swap day (year 4 going to year 5 PM)

• 5th: Open Evening 7pm-8pm

• 7th: Sports Day 2 Team activities – morning, followed by family picnic lunch.

• 12th: Choir and Orchestra summer concert.

• 13th: Reserve sports day.

• 14th: Reports to parents.

• 21st: Last day of term, school closes at 2:55pm.

 

 

Kind regards,

Miss Betts and the Year Four Team.

 

 

 

Spring Terms 3 and 4

A pdf version of the Spring term curriculum for Year 4 can be found in Related Documents on the left and the information is also displayed below:

 

January 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Year 4 Spring Term.

Welcome to the Spring Term and thank you for all your support so far. This letter will give you an overview of the curriculum your child will be studying until the end of the spring term, April 2017.

 

English

In English lessons this term we will again start with a narrative focus, looking at issues and dilemmas with our text focus being ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Anne Fine. Within this unit, there will be a particular focus on story structure as well as the use of inverted commas, mainly in relation to speech. The children will then work on investigating the characters in the story studied and use drama techniques to explore characters, their actions and the main events. This will lead the children on to planning and writing their own stories with suitable endings that resolve issues and dilemmas.

We will then move on to non-chronological reports, where the children will be writing encyclopaedia entries based on aspects of Viking life, linking with their topic work. Children will learn the skills they need to retrieve and record information from non- fiction texts. They will also be identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph of text and summarising these, asking questions to improve their understanding of a text as they go.

After half term we will look at portal stories and plot devices. Our reading focus will be ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S Lewis and this will run into the Summer term.

We will end the term working on performance poetry. This will involve the children reading a variety of different poems and investigating poems in terms of verse form and rhyme patterns. The children will discuss which poems they like and look for similarities and differences between poems with similar themes. The children will then perform poems giving consideration to the way it is being read and the intended effect on the audience.

To help improve the children’s writing, we will be looking at the significance of word order within sentences and looking at how commas, conjunctions and full stops are used to join and separate clauses. In addition to this, we will review the use of paragraphs, conjunctions, speech marks and other common punctuation.

The children will all have spellings to learn and a weekly spelling test; please help your child/children learn their spellings at home. In addition to this, please try to listen to your child read at home every day and remember to sign their reading record book on each occasion. Please also make sure they bring in their book when they need a new one, so it can be changed.

 

Maths

The mathematic curriculum ensures progression through repetition, consolidation and extension in mathematical understanding. This term we will be focusing on:

  • Number and Place Value: counting in multiples of 6, 7, 9,25,1000, counting forwards and backwards through zero to include negative numbers and identifying, representing and estimating different numbers.

 

  • Addition and Subtraction: Adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers using formal written methods and use inverse operations to check calculations.

 

  • Multiplication and Division: Using place value to multiply and divide mentally and to divide and multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using formal written methods.

 

  • Fractions: Find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths. Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths and round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number.

 

  • Measurement: Converting between different units of measure; measuring and calculating perimeter and area; and comparing and calculating different measures, including money in pounds and pence.

 

  • Geometry: Describing positions as coordinates in the first quadrant and plotting specific points to draw polygons.

 

  • Statistics: Display information on a bar graph.

Also, your child will be expected to be working towards gaining a quick and accurate knowledge of their tables and we will be continuing to develop your child’s methods and techniques to enable them to calculate mentally with greater confidence and accuracy.

 

History and Geography

During this term we will be continuing our invaders and settlers topic- this time focusing on first the Saxons and then the Vikings. This topic will involve the children investigating who the Saxons/ Vikings were and why they invaded and settled in Britain; they will also research and learn about their ways of life including their villages, longboats, beliefs, religion and burials. I am also very excited for our Viking trip to Ufton court on the 15th March. If you are happy to help with this trip please contact your class teacher early after half term, particularly if you don’t already have a DBS check.

 

Science

The next unit of work is called ‘States of Matter’ and will be based on investigating and learning about solids, liquids and gases; the children will compare and group materials together according to their state. The children will then observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and they will measure and research the temperature at which this happens. The children will then study the water cycle and identify the part played by evaporation and condensation.

We then finish the term by looking at a variety of inventors linking back to previous science topics. Children will have a chance to learn about a variety of people who have made significant contributions to science, e.g. Thomas Edison, and have a chance to practically investigate their ideas.

 

ICT

During our ICT sessions the children will be developing their data handling skills through the use of spreadsheets, creating graphs and charts and designing and creating data bases. They will also have a chance to develop their typing skills linking to English and the BBC 500 word story competition.

In the second half of term the children will then move on to programming, creating simple animations using sound, motion, special effects, transitions and editing.

 

PSHE

We will be focusing on two new puzzles from our new Jigsaw scheme this term and all children across the school will be taking part in these PSHE sessions every Friday afternoon.

During the first half term the children will be looking at ‘Dreams and Goals’ followed by ‘Healthy Me’ in the second half. Just like last term, children will have a theme to focus on each week, introduced in Monday’s assembly, and achievements linked to this will be celebrated in the assembly on the following Friday.

 

RE

During RE, children will first be looking at Christianity in relation to our Saxon topic focusing particularly on Saxon conversion.

They will then move on to looking at periods of fasting within some religions. Our studies will focus on Yom Kippur, Ramadan and Lent as the children develop an understanding for the different beliefs and reasoning as to why fasting occurs. We hope that it will give the children a better insight into different religious worship and customs.

 

Art & Design Technology

This term we will be looking at art linked to our Invaders and Settlers topic. Firstly, children will have the chance to both look at examples of and then create a variety of art work linked to this period in history, focusing on illuminated letters and paper weaving.

During the second part of the term, the children will be developing their design technology skills by designing and making money containers. The children will need to create design criteria, select appropriate tools and materials and use a variety of skills to construct their money containers. They will then be evaluating the success of their money containers against their initial criteria.

 

Physical Education

During this term, your child will be participating in dance and gymnastics during their indoor P.E sessions, where they will develop and explore the use of their core strength to hold balances as they perform and perfect sequences of movement. This will also help with their creativity and communication as they work both in groups and individually. The dance units will be related to their history topic - learning dance styles from a variety of cultures. 4C will be taking part in the dance festival so they will also be using their indoor sessions to perfect their performance. I am very excited to see the final result!

Outdoor games sessions will be focused on invasion games, particularly football and hockey. Children will explore ways in which to attack and defend as well as developing their shooting, passing/receiving and dribbling skills. They will also have the chance to take part in mini games and small-sided competitions within these sessions.

A quick reminded that:

Indoor PE

4L:   Monday afternoon

4C:   Monday afternoon

4W: Tuesday afternoon

Year 4 Games lessons: Thursday afternoon

Please may I remind you that the children must have the appropriate PE kit in school on those days. During the winter months it can get very cold so it is important that they have a tracksuit for any outside lessons.

 

Music

In the first half term we will be focusing on exploring beat within our ‘building’ unit. Within these sessions building-themed songs allow children to explore different textures. Children use layers and learn about musical structure to combine ostinati (repeated patterns) using body percussion and tuned instruments to create compositions.

They will then focus on pitch within an ‘around the world’ unit. Children will explore pentatonic melodies (melodies using 5 notes) and syncopated, off-beat rhythms with both their voice and instruments. They will also learn about how the fundamental dimensions of music are the same all over the world.

We will also be continuing to offer Year 4 children the opportunity to take part in recorder club on a Thursday lunch time as well as the new ukulele club running on a Tuesday lunch time.

 

French

In these terms, your child will be learning about colours, describing the weather and school subjects and objects. They will work on their understanding of the language and pronunciation. To help consolidate their learning, the children will also sing songs in French, linked to their lessons.

 

Homework, Spellings and Reading

Homework will continue to be given out on Thursdays and should be completed and returned to school by the following Monday. Please make sure that your child is also learning their set spellings each week and reading every day.

 

Key Dates

•           24th January: Parents Evening 5.30pm-8pm.

•           26th January: Parents Evening 3.30pm-6pm

•           30th January – 3rd February: Art Week

•           8th February: Dance festival (4C)

•           10th February: School Photographs, Classes and Teams.

•           10th February: School closes at 3.20pm for half term and re-opens on the 21st

•           20th February: INSET Day – pupils not in school

•           3rd March: World Book Day

•           15th March: Visit to Ufton Court- Viking day

•           16th March: Year 4 Mother’s Day Lunch

•           31st March: School closes for Easter at 2:55pm and re-opens on 18th April.

 

Kind regards,

Miss Betts and the Year Four Team

 

 

 

Autumn Terms 1 and 2

A pdf version of the Autumn term curriculum for Year 4 can be found in Related Documents on the left.