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Year 4


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 through games and artefacts.

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 interesting pieces 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.

We hope to have a very successful half-term leading up to the Christmas holidays. 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. As always, reading at home is encouraged to help build vocabulary and understanding of the world. The learning benefits of regular reading are enormous and your help in this at home is invaluable. To encourage daily reading, the reading treat this half-term is a film afternoon on Thursday 19th December with the children needing 36 reads over the 8 weeks.

Key Vocabulary: plague, buboes, epidemic, disease, fever, bacteria, infestation

Autumn 1:

During this half-term, our topic is ‘Sparks May Fly’, involving the investigation of electricity, looking at how it is created and the processes involved with its development and eventual arrival at our homes. We will also look at how a circuit works; what electrical components are needed to make the electrical current flow and investigate the different combinations of components that will successfully create a working circuit. We are really excited to explore and experiment with this new topic as we will apply our new electrical knowledge to design and develop a steady hand game from scratch, something the children are very excited for.

Our topic continues into our English lessons, where we will study some ‘Cracking Contraptions’, developed by Wallace and Gromit and attempt to design our own inventions to use as a basis for our explanation texts. Also, we will look at the features and format of play scripts, attempting to write our own based on a short film called ‘the Switch’, which we will perform for the class. Later on in the term, we will study the Philp Pullman novel ’The Firework Maker’s Daughter’, and use this fantasy text to create our own short stories.

In our music lessons, we will be improvising and composing music to go along with a thunder and lightning storm. The children will play and perform by themselves and as part of an ensemble, requiring them to think about the structure of the piece and what instruments could be used to reflect the sounds of a thunderstorm.

We hope to have a very successful half-term leading up to the October break but 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.

Reading at home is always encouraged to help build vocabulary and understanding of the world through questioning of concepts and exposure to a variety of texts. The learning benefits of regular reading are enormous and your help in this at home is invaluable with improving and developing children’s vocabulary and overall knowledge. Thank you for your continued support as we hope to continue to make Willow Lane a happy and joyous place to learn.

Key Vocabulary : electricity, circuit, renewable, non-renewable, insulator, conductor, fossil fuels, power plant, transformer, battery, pylon, hazard.