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Year 4 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2023).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.

 

Spring Term

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  • 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.
  • Jesus: Light of the world and beloved son - Children will study some important stories about the life of Jesus and explore some symbols of Baptism and their association with belonging to the Family of God.
  • 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

  • Play scripts – Aladdin
  • Stories from other cultures – Journey to Jo’burg
  • Fairy-tales
  • Newspapers
  • Poetry
  • Recounts

Maths

  • Multiplication and division factor pairs, multiply by 10, multiply by 100, divide by 10, divide by 100, related facts, written formal methods for multiplying 2 and 3 digits by 1 digit numbers and dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1.
  • Length and perimeter measure in kilometres and metres, equivalent lengths, perimeter on a grid, rectangle and rectilinear shapes. Finding missing lengths, calculating perimeter of rectilinear shapes and regular and irregular polygons.
  • Fractions counting beyond 1, partitioning a mixed number, comparing and ordering mixed numbers, converting from a mixed number to an improper fraction, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions.
  • Decimals tenths and hundredths, divide 1 digit by 10, divide 2 digits by 10, divide 1 and 2 digits by 100

Science

  • Ecology - The children will study and find out about living things and habitats. They will focus on the 7 life processes; movement, Reproduction, sensitivity growth, respiration, excretion and nutrition. In addition, the children will learn about the three groups of living things; producers, consumers and decomposers.
  • Sound - In this unit, the children will explore sound as being caused by a fast back- and worth- movement; a vibration. The children will know that sound can travel through all kind of matter such as gases, liquids and through solids. The children will know that some animals, like whales and dolphins depend on sound that travels through water.

PE

  • Dance
  • 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
PRE
Dreams and goals Setting new goals, how I am feeling, being thankful and group dynamics.
Healthy me Introduction to puberty, changing bodies, healthy friendships and peer pressure.

 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

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  • 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

  • The human body - Children will learn that some aspects of life on earth are too small to see. Children will learn that some scientists study things under a microscope to see things in more detail than our eyes can see. This unit introduces cells as the building blocks that all living things are made of. The concept of nutrients within foods will be better understood when children know that there are very tiny things we cannot see around us.
  • Classification - Children will look closely at the concept of classification in relation to vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. Children will ask and answer questions about fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, arachnids and molluscs. 

PE

  • Woodland
  • 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

 

 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.

 

Year 4 Class Blog

Welcome to year 4 'Class Blog'! The children have been so excited to share their lovely work.

In year four, we have been studying the book “The Dot.” This is a lovely book all about how everyone is unique and to never give up even if you think you can’t do something! All of the children designed their own dot for a display in our classroom.

Next, in geography, the children were using scales to measure the distance between two places. Some examples they measured were Rush trampoline park to New street station and Cadbury world to the Bullring.

To honour our class saint, St Teresa of Calcutta, the children created some artwork. They firstly had to use water colours to create their own design. Next, they traced an image of St Teresa and stuck them together. We pray that St Teresa watches over year four this year.

They children have thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to Dan and Emily on Open with Creation for the month of September. They have been joining in with the singing and actions to lots of lovely songs all about creation.

Finally, in art, the children have been studying the work of Caravaggio using his method of Chiaroscuro, which is an Italian word for light and dark. The children sketched pears using charcoal and tried to use shading to create shadows.