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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 (2019).  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

  • Stories-Humorous: Mr Stink and Billionaire Boy by David Walliams – characterization and writing humorous stories.
  • Persuasive texts
  • Report writing:
  • Nonsense poetry
  • Grammar: Expanded noun phrases, comparative and superlative adjectives, possessive pronouns, apostrophes, fronted adverbials.

Numeracy

  • Measurement: convert between units of measure; calculating perimeters and areas.
  • 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.
  • Statistics: interpret and present data.
  • Number: consolidate place value; calculation methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Revisit fractions and decimals.

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.

  • Properties of Materials
Children will find out about the properties of the three different states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Learn how to use thermometers. Set up enquiries about matter changing from one state to another. Study the water cycle. Investigate air as an example of a gas.

PE

  • Fielding and Striking games
  • Athletics

Thematic Curriculum

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

Ancient Greeks:

  • Find out about beliefs of the ancient Greeks
  • What was their daily life like?
  • What has been the impact of the ancient Greek civilisation on the world today
  • To recognise that many English words have Greek origins
  • Looking at similarities and differences between our school and schools in ancient Greek.  

 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 - Read stories from the continent of Africa. Read and write an Ananse story using different, extended sentences.

  • Newspapers - Look at different ways of writing speech, playscripts, speech bubbles, direct and reported speech. Compare formal and informal writing including use of passive voice. Children write newspaper reports.

  • Poetry - Study a range of list poems including some based on similes. Look in detail at the word types used: nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions and adverbs. Then investigate kenning poems.

  • Fairy stories and play scripts - Children will explore, read and write fairytales with a twisted point of view. Children write dialogue, and explore tense and pronouns, before role-playing and writing short play scripts.

  • Recounts - Children discuss fears they had when they were little and create a recount page for a class book. They write a fictional recount about an animal escaping from a predator.

Numeracy

  • Place Value - order and compare four-digit numbers, round numbers to nearest 10 or 100. Start to count backwards through zero to include negative numbers. Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to 2 decimal places.

  • Addition and Subtraction - practise mental addition and subtraction methods, addition and subtraction word problems. Use the formal column method to add or subtract four-digit numbers. Add and subtract different amounts of money.

  • Multiplication - Use the “key facts” to work out multiplication and division facts for the multiplication tables. Introduce the formal method of multiplication.
    Fractions - Compare and order fractions. Recognise and use fractions as numbers. Solve problems involving fractions.

  • Measurement - Children will find the area of shapes.

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

  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Invasion Games

Thematic Curriculum

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

Rainforests

  • To find out what a rainforest is and where they are found.
  • To explore the layers of vegetation in a rainforest.
  • To investigate the climate of the rainforest.
  • To find out about the people and settlements of the rainforest
  • To explore why the rainforest is under threat and how to protect it.

 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.

Literacy

  • Fables - Reading a wide range of fables, children will explore dialogue through drama, debate moral messages and write letters in role. Children will then have a go at writing their own fables.
  • Stories in familiar settings - Children will explore familiar settings by meeting Horrid Henry. They will learn about and use adverbs, adverbials and prepositions. Write a new Horrid Henry story.
  • Instructions and explanations - This creative unit uses art activities for instruction writing. Children will practise using imperative verbs and pronouns. They then learn about explanation writing.
  • Information texts - The children read, map out and learn by heart a text about drums. They produce a shared text about drums and then use this as a model for their own report writing and an oral presentation about a chosen instrument.
  • Image poems - Children explore how simile and metaphor can be used to create powerful images, though reading and discussing poems.
  • Poetic form (syllabic poems) - Read and study traditional forms of poetry recognising the syllabic structure and use of powerful verbs and descriptive language. Study the use of adverbs and adverbials to enhance the poetry. Children write some in traditional style about seasons and nature.

Numeracy

  • Place Value - order four-digit numbers, work out thousands more or less than any four-digit number. Look at tenths as fractions and decimal fractions and order decimals.
  • Addition and Subtraction - practise mental addition and subtraction methods, addition and subtraction word problems. Use the formal column method to add or subtract three-digit numbers.
  • Multiplication - Use the “key facts” to work out multiplication and division facts for the multiplication tables. Introduce the grid method and partitioning method.
  • Geometry - identifying shapes with lines of symmetry. They also identify lines of symmetry in different triangles.
  • Fractions - generate fractions equivalent to a half and compare them. Learn how to divide by the denominator and multiply by the numerator to find a non-unit fraction of a quantity.
  • Measurement - Children use and apply their knowledge of decimal notation to tenths to record mass in kilograms, e.g. 6·4 kg. Children use kitchen scales displaying weights at just over/under a multiple of 100.

Science

  •  Eating and Digestion - This term we will be covering topics such as identifying and classifying  carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. To be able to construct and interpret a variety of food chains as well as investigating how the digestive system works.

PE

  • Invasion games
  • Gymnastics

Thematic Curriculum

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

The Rainforest - The children will be exploring different aspects of this topic, such as habitation, vegetation, animal life and locations of rainforests.

  • Locate continents with rainforests on the map
  • Investigate layers of rainforest (canopy, emergent etc.)

 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.