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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Kings Norton, Birmingham

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Year 4 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Summer term (2022).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.

Summer Term

RE

  • Easter - Children will look at the Resurrection from the four Gospels. They will learn about the different reactions of people to the news that Christ was alive. Children will study the story of the Ascension.
  • Pentecost - Children will revisit the story of Pentecost and they will identify the effect it had upon the disciples. They will learn about the missionary activity of the Apostles and some prayers of the Holy Spirit.
  • Sharing in the life of Christ - Children will learn about the Universal Church established on the original teaching of the Apostles. They will reflect upon the Eucharist as a Sacrament which celebrates the Church’s unity. They will also look at other religious customs from around the world.
  • Special Roles and Responsibilities - Children will learn about the different tasks and responsibilities given to people in the Church. This will help them to develop their understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ made up of many different people.

Literacy

  • Non-chronological report-David Attenborough day
  • Persuasive texts
  • Poetry
  • Stories

Numeracy

  • Decimals - comparing and ordering decimals using fractions knowledge; rounding decimals; halves and find halves and quarters.
  • Money - using pounds and pence; ordering money and working with money using the four operations
  • Time - finding hours, minutes and seconds; using years, months, weeks and days; analogue to digital 12 hour and 24 hour.
  • Statistics - interpret and present data with line graphs
  • Geometry - identify acute and obtuse angles; use a protractor to measure angles; compare and classify geometric shapes including quadrilaterals and triangles; identify lines of symmetry; describe positions on a grid using coordinates; plot points on a grid
  • Position and direction - describing positions; drawing on a grid; describing movement on a grid.

Science

  • Sound - How musical instruments vibrate to make sounds; understand how pitch and loudness can be changed; to know how we hear sound and how the parts of the ear function.

PE

  • Rounders
  • Athletics

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

History

  • The restoration and Great Fire of London
  • The Glorious Revolution 

Geography

  • Africa

Art

  • Monuments of Byzanthium
  • Design

PRE

  • Relationships- first aid heroes, a community of love, what is the Church? How do I love others, jealousy and love and loss.
  • Changing me- hopes and dreams, broken dreams, overcoming disappointment, achieving goals and preparing for transition

 Music

Learning the clarinet

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on a Friday.

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Spring Term

RE

  • Christmas - Children will study the roles of angels in the story of Christmas. They will learn about Christians being messengers of Christ’s Good News in the world today and how the Church celebrates Christmas.
  • Old Testament: Moses – King David - Children will study important stores about Moses and God’s relationship with the people of Israel. They will also learn about the life of King David. They will look at the importance of prayer and vocations.
  • Lent - Children will explore some of the customs and practices associated with the celebration of Lent. They will look at prayer, fasting, almsgiving and the forgiveness that God offers to those who believe in him.
  • Holy Week - Children will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the story of Christ’s passion and death. They will reflect upon the circumstances and reasons for his death.

Literacy

    • Stories from other cultures

    • Newspapers

    • Poetry

    • Fairy stories and play scripts

    • Recounts

Numeracy

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Fractions
  • Measurement

Science

  • Electricity - Children construct simple circuits and draw them. They find which materials are the best electrical conductors and use this information to make switches. Children wire plugs and find what happens to a bulb’s brightness when circuits are changed.

PE

  • Dance
  • Swimming (spring 2- week 2 and 3) / Hockey

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

History

James I and the gunpowder plot

Civil War

Geography

Eastern Europe

Mediterranean

Art

Monuments of Ancient Rome

Monuments of Byzantium

 Music

Learning the clarinet

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on a Friday.

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Autumn Term

RE

  • Creation and the story of Abraham to Joseph - Children will explore the images of God portrayed in bible stories and consider what it means for humans to be made in the image and likeness of God.
  • Jesus teaches us how to pray - Children will learn about the prayer life of Jesus as he grew up. Children will look at the importance Jesus attached to prayer and will study some of the traditional prayers of the Church.
  • Advent - Children will learn about Jesus being a descendant of the House of David and place the first coming of Jesus in historical context.
  • Class Saint - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Literacy

  • Stories in familiar settings
  • Instructions and explanations
  • Image poems
  • Poetic form (syllabic poems)
  • Class Book: Bill's New Frock 

Maths

  • Place Value: Children will order four-digit numbers. They also work out thousands more or less than any four-digit number, focusing on which digit changes and which digits stay the same.
  • Addition and Subtraction: Children practise mental addition and subtraction methods using known number facts. They work through one-step and two-step addition and subtraction word problems. Children estimate the answer to a calculation and add or subtract pairs of three-digit numbers using the formal written method of column addition and subtraction.
  • Multiplication, including the 6 and 9 times tables: Children use the “key facts” to work out multiplication and division facts for the 9 and 6 multiplication tables. They are taught the strategy of using the 10 multiplication table and adjusting, to work out the 9 multiplication table. Children also develop their understanding that multiplication can be done in any order.
  • Perimeter of shapes: Children are introduced to perimeter for the first time. They explore what perimeter is and find the perimeter of simple 2d shapes. They compare the area of perimeter with different 2d shapes.

Science

  • Eating and digestion - Children will find out about food groups and healthy balanced diets. They will study the human digestive system and how food is transported around the body. Compare diets of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Investigate teeth and what causes decay. Look closely at food chains/webs.
  • Environment and habitats - Look at characteristics of habitats and different living organisms, classify different organisms into their groups, use a classification key to group organisms, identify and classify a variety of British plants and explore impact of humans on living environments and organisms.

PE

  • Invasion games
  • Gymnastics

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

History

Ancient Rome

  • Rome
  • Pompeii
  • Roman society

The rise and fall of Ancient Rome

  • Julius Caesar
  • Punic wars

 

Geography

Spatial sense

  • Hemispheres
  • Equator
  • Longitude and latitude lines
  • Scales

North and South England

  • London
  • South coast
  • North England
  • National parks

 

Art

Visual art – light

  • Toning
  • Shading
  • Caravaggio and Vermeer’s painting

 

PRE / PSHE

  • We are created individually
  • God made us with the desire to be loved
  • Every human life is precious from the beginning of life

 

ICT

Digital literacy

  • Self- Image and Identity
  • Online Relationships
  • Online reputation
  • Online bullying
  • Managing online information

Code.org

  • Graph paper programming
  • Online puzzles
  • Debugging
  • Building puzzles
  • Dance parties 

 Music

Learning the clarinet

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on a Friday.

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.