Year 4 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Year 4, the children are now becoming more independent in their learning, are encouraged to develop a growth mindset and are aware that we are always there to help, support and guide them as they learn.
Term 1 - Autumn
In Autumn Term, we will be focusing on 'All Around the World' - a geography based topic, discovering new facts about the world, northern and southern hemispheres, lines of latitude and longitude and locating areas of similar environmental regions. We use atlases, globes and digital mapping to locate countries, continents and oceans. Even learning a catchy song!
In Literacy we write adventure openings based on a text free book, which gives enormous scope to look at improving sentence structure and language. This includes drama techniques which help the children to immerse themselves in the story and the use of technology to create an immersive storytelling experience. We also cover Newspaper reports and Kenning Poetry, amongst other text types.
Our whole class reading books are 'The Firework-maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman, 'Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover' by Markus Motum and 'The Legend of Spud Murphy' by Eoin Colfer .We all enjoy reading for pleasure, covering texts such as 'The Worst Witch' by Jill Murphy and 'Diamond Brothers' by Anthony Horrowitz.
In Numeracy, we continue to develop our knowledge of place value, (moving to 4 digit numbers), the four number operations and measurement - using these skills to problem solve and carry out investigations. We spend time learning our times tables in a variety of ways.
In Science, we look at Living things and their Habitats, grouping living things and exploring the similarities and differences.
Term 2 - Spring
During Spring Term, we focus more on our historical units - The Ancient Greeks, who they were, where and how they lived, the Olympics and Greek Gods. We also look at traditional tales and explore the links between our 'myths' and the myths and legends of other cultures.
In Literacy we look at Myths - specifically the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. We think about what moral tales are and why they were important. We then move on to look at 50 different ways to tell Cinderella, focussing on the moral themes running through each story type. We also look at discussion and explanation texts, as well as free verse poetry. Our whole class reading book is the non fiction - 'How to be an Ancient Greek in 25 Easy Stages' - focusing on features of non fiction texts as well as retrieval and vocabulary skills. Our reading for pleasure includes 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' by Rick Riordan as well as Charlotte's Web.
In Numeracy, we continue to deepen our knowledge of multiplication and division, using formal methods of calculation. We also concentrate on fractions and decimals - talking about sharing pizzas and chocolate bars seems to help. The unit on measurement centres around area.
In Science, we look at Animals and Humans, identifying the major organs of the body and understanding the basic parts of the digestive system which leads to a rather interesting and fun experiment. We also learn about electricity, learning about electrical circuits and components.
Term 3 - Summer
Our topic returns to a geographical theme- 'Somewhere to Settle' - discovering the different types of settlements and how they differ, why people choose to settle in a particular area and learn about major towns,cities and counties in the United Kingdom. We find out more about the Romans and why they chose to settle in the United Kingdom, as well as how they lived.
In Literacy, we focus on historical narratives based around the thrilling book 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit . We will also cover instructional writing and Poetry using Neil Gaiman's book 'Instructions' as well as beginning to look at playscripts. This increases the range of genres for children to become confident with. Our whole class reading includes River Poetry as well as 'Leon and the Place Between' by Angela McAllister and our reading for pleasure includes Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo as well as the classic, 'Bill's New Frock' by Anne Fine.
In Numeracy, we continue with decimals and then move onto money, time, statistics, properties of shapes and position and direction. Each of these areas include the children taking part in problem solving, reasoning and investigation activities.
In Science, the children learn about States of Matter and Sound, making string telephones always blows their minds!
To complete the year, the children have the opportunity to go on a three day residential. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to grow as individuals, become more independent and work collaboratively. They take part in some adventurous activities and it is a privilege to watch them as they continue to challenge themselves.
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