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Year 4


Spring 2:

We are now over half way through the academic year and we have a jam-packed half-term to look forward to, ending with what should be a brilliant experience at our Tower Wood residential.

Our topic this half-term is called ‘Passport to Europe’, with a geographical focus on the format and function of Europe. We will be investigating both the human and physical geography of a region, including its climate, river, mountains, landmarks, trade distribution and use of land and the Spanish city of Barcelona is a perfect focus for our study.

Our focus of Europe will also flow through our two-week English topic of non-chronological reports. Our final outcome will be for the children to create their own piece of writing surrounding their own made-up European country, using all the features and vocabulary that we have learnt. Following this, our second English topic will be a focus on the 1726 novel ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift. We will investigate the novel’s vocabulary, the techniques used to create an adventure novel and inferences we can make about the characters in the story in the hopes of developing some scenes of our own.

In maths, we will begin by looking at telling the time using both the 12 and 24-hour clock and being able to convert between the two. Then, our study of money will look at writing, comparing and rounding amounts, as well applying our knowledge to complex, multi-step word problems. This then leads nicely on to decimals, whereby the children will learn about tenths and hundredths, comparing and rounding values and then being able to convert decimals into fractions.

In design and technology, we will be looking at the steps necessary to design and create a passport holder. Firstly, we will evaluate pre-existing products, create various designs to a fixed specification and then using different stitching techniques to develop our own.

As always, reading at home is encouraged to help build vocabulary and understanding of the world. The learning benefits of regular reading are endless and your help is invaluable to the children’s progress.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to pop in before or after school, send a note in with your child or you can always leave a message with the office.

KEY VOCABULARY:

equator, Europe, region, climate, location, settlement, landscape, economy, trade, distribution, resources, tourism,

 

Spring 1:

Thank you for a brilliant first term in Year 4! We have had a fantastic time learning about the gory and disgusting topic of the ‘Great Plague’ and performing some of the things we have learned during our class assembly. I thought each child worked extremely hard and had an amazing performance to show for it! I thank you for your support throughout the term.

During this half-term, our new and exciting topic is ‘the Art of Food’, where our main focus will be ‘Teeth and the Digestive System’ in our science lessons. The children will investigate the different types and uses of teeth, how to keep them healthy and we will complete an investigation on how sugary and non-sugary drinks effect the enamel on your teeth over time. The children will also learn about the various elements of the digestive system, the uses of each different organ and then create an investigation around how the system processes the foods that we eat.

Our art lessons will surround food, with the children using different mediums to create both 2D and 3D artwork, specifically looking at fruit. We will also study artists that used food as their focus, such as Giuseppe Arcimboldo and the portraits he created using arrangements of different foods.

In English, we will be looking at the features of persuasive texts and discussions, such as advertisements and arguments. We will be analysing the parts of an advert that make it persuasive and attempt to create some brilliant adverts ourselves. The children will also produce arguments about topics they feel strongly about and use the techniques we have learned to persuade others to feel similarly. Later in the half-term, we will look at poems and stories with issues and dilemmas, then write our own versions based on a Wallace and Gromit clip.

In maths, we are continuing to study multiplying and dividing by two and three-digit numbers and applying this knowledge to word problems. We will then move on to reading, interpreting and drawing a variety of graphs.

As always, reading at home is encouraged to help build vocabulary and understanding of the world. The learning benefits of regular reading are endless and your help is invaluable to the children’s progress.

Autumn 2:

Thank you for a brilliant first half-term in Year 4! We have had a fantastic time researching, investigating and experimenting with electricity, with some fantastic creative homework coming in at the end of last half-term.

During this half-term, our new and exciting topic is ‘the Great Plague’ where we will analyse the gory and disgusting history of London in 1665. We will look at the causes, cures, detrimental effects and ultimate ending of the epidemic. Later in the term, we will be visited by ‘Professor Tuesday’, who will take the children on an interactive journey to explore the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, which we are extremely excited about.

Also, we will be looking at some of the aspects of the plague through our art lessons, where we will study the resulting skulls left behind and how they have been used as inspiration to create art by some artists through history. We aim to use a variety of mediums and experiment with different textures over the course of the rest of the term.

In English, we will be looking a the features of fairy tales, investing historical English vocabulary and creating our own tales based on ’the Pied Piper of Hamelin’. This will also continue into our study of classic, narrative poetry, where we will analyse and perform a poem of the same name by Robert Browning. We will then be looking at recounts of events through the form of newspaper articles where the children can explore their own journalistic feats about our topic. In our geography lessons, we will discuss and analyse a variety of maps, the human geography of the UK and how rubbish and recycling is currently affecting our country. In maths, we are studying multiplication and division, including the understanding of our times tables in different forms, instant recall of facts, multiplying and dividing by two and three-digit numbers and applying this knowledge with word problems.

As always, reading at home is encouraged to help build vocabulary and understanding of the world. The learning benefits of regular reading enormous and your help in this at home is invaluable.