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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y4 Curriculum

Academic Year 2021/22

Summer 1

Welcome to the summer term.  I have attached the homework grid, and I am excited to see what the children produce.

This half term the children will learn about rivers and mountains. They will explore rivers in their local environment and in the UK. Alongside this, they will look at mountains and hills in the UK. The children will have the opportunity for a trip to the seaside to consolidate their learning and complete their fieldwork element. They will also use this knowledge to look at coasts and make comparisons of coast lines.  The children will understand the features of a river and what makes a mountain a mountain and the difference between these and hills. They will use this knowledge to make comparisons including rivers.  They will develop their map skills including topographical skills.  Alongside learning about rivers and mountains in geography, the children will look at narratives in English, they will write their own setting and character descriptions, create their own stories and write a non-chronological report linked to geography. In art, the children will learn the skill of painting with watercolours and will focus on landscapes and coastlines.  They will also engage with drama.  Throughout the topic, we will video and take pictures of our learning and experiences and share with those outside of the classroom

English

To support our topic further the children will read the book The Raft by Jim LaMarche and produce narrative writing inspired by the book.   The children will also have the opportunity to engage with drama and role-play.  Throughout the topic, we will video and take pictures of our learning and experiences and share with those outside of the classroom.

Maths

The children start the term working on their place value, rounding and order and comparing numbers then apply this knowledge to solve problems involving these skills. They will move onto fraction work, area and perimeter, identifying angles and graph work.

Science

Our topic is Living Things and their Habitats.

They will learn to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment  - vertebrates and invertebrates and classify leaves – name a variety of living things in our local environment.  Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers and have an impact on living things - Bee Study.  The children will study the impact on environment, collect data, save the bees, report findings.

Art

In art, the children will be developing their painting skills and creating a watercolour landscape linked to our rivers topic.

RE

Our Big Question this half-term is: Why do we need to make sacrifices?

The children will look at what this means including modern day sacrifices. They will consider Easter Salvation and Lent and make comparisons to Ramadan.

Music

The children will continue their work on composing and performing on the Glockenspiels. They will begin to write short melodies and learn how to put notes onto staves.  They will also write their composition onto sheet music – play from notation and memory.

Spanish

Our topic is clothes and shopping. The children will develop their speaking and listening skills, have a simple conversation describing their own and others appearance.

PE

Outdoor Adventure and Athletics

Outdoor Adventure Activities:

The children will be taking part in various activities that will develop their problem-solving skills, orienteering journeys, map work and working to recognise risks.

Athletics:

In athletics, the children will developing their running skills including baton hand over, running on a curve, taking off with one foot and accelerating over short distances. They will also work on throwing and aiming ensuring they hit the target.

Wellbeing 

Our topic this half-term is Living in the Wider Community.  The children will look at the benefits of community and the various communities they belong too. They wil study the impact of volunteers on communities.

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Spring 2

Welcome to the second half of the Spring term.  I have attached the homework grid, and I am excited to see what the children produce.

Our topic this half-term is Extraordinary Egyptians. The children will learn different ways in which historians have learnt about life in Ancient Egypt.  They will discover some key facts about life, death and religion in Ancient Egypt and who was Tutankhamun and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.  The children will also look and understand the impact the Ancient Egyptians have had on our lives today.

English

To support our topic further the children will look at various story settings and then write their own short narrative based in Ancient Egypt and write a palindrome poem with an Egyptian theme. They will also study narrative poetry – poetry that tells a story – and will create their own.  They will also write their own play script.  They will also use emojis to write messages as a modern-day version of hieroglyphs. The children will also have the opportunity to engage with drama and role-play.  Throughout the topic, we will video and take pictures of our learning and experiences and share with those outside of the classroom. 

Maths

We continue our work on dividing and then move onto time where we will read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks. We then move onto grids and coordinates and the children will learn to plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon and solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.

We then continue the term with decimal knowledge up to 2 d.p. before moving onto decimal and fraction equivalents 1/4; 1/2; 3/4.  The children will then move onto angle work and learn how to identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size, without using a protractor.

Science

This half-term our focus moves to Light and Sound. The children will learn how sounds are made and associate these with something vibrating and find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it and recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.  They will be able to recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases and will have opportunities to measure sound.

PE

We have two PE sessions each week - Monday and Friday. We will continue our modern dance topic whilst undertaking Dodgeball whereby the children will learn the rules in depth, work on their attacking and defending skills and develop spacial awareness. The children will also learn how catch a ball in different situations such as standing still and whilst on the move, learn how to move feet quickly and effectively to dodge any balls and learn accuracy of shots and finally play whole games following rules and using skills learnt through sequence.

Music

The children will continue their work on composing and performing on the Glockenspiels. They will begin to write short melodies and learn how to put notes onto staves.  They will also write their composition onto sheet music – play from notation and memory.

Wellbeing

We continue our Staying Healthy topic and E-safety which runs throughout. The children will learn about medicine (drugs) and discuss medicines that make us better when used correctly. They will look at medicines that we use daily and how these can be misused and affect our health and wellbeing and the effects and side effects of this. They will learn about the risks and habitual natures and when and how to ask for help.

Spanish

Linked to our Wellbeing topic, the children will learn phrases and how to write sentences about health and staying healthy. They will be able to pick out familiar words and sentences in a conversation and know the meaning.

RE

This half we look at the big question: Why may some non-text items be given particularly high status? The children will have opportunities to discuss this, make comparisons and links between different religions. The children also have opportunities to learn about the school values and the British Values and how/why these are important to our daily lives.

DT

We continue our 3D model work but with a computing link. The children will be designing and creating a Steady Hand Game (sensors - computing) on a 3D model (DT) structure. The children will have opportunities to research similar products that are available on the market, design and create a product with a purpose and evaluate the process and end product.

Computing

This half-term the children will be studying technology and multimedia and senors where they will design, research and make a steady hand game link to DT and 3D models. They will revisit their science circuit work and make a circuit and attach this to a structure. They will also evaluate their end product.

Art

Our art topic this half-term is printing. The children will experiment with different printing media including carbon paper and potatoes. They will revisit relief printing from Year 2 and experiment with colours linked to Ancient Egypt.  The children will use their printing skills and work collaboratively to recreate the Ancient Egyptian alphabet.  They will also experiment creating hieroglyphs on computers and add authentic patterns that the Egyptians would have used.

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Adjusted timetable for Spring 1

I have uploaded an adjusted timetable below.

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Academic Year 2021/22

Spring 1

Welcome to the first half-term of the Spring Term (where does the time go?!)

The children had a fantastic first term, and I am excited to see what the new term brings.

I have uploaded homework under the homework heading and strategies to help the children learn their timetables. 

The children should be reading aloud daily to an adult and practising their times tables including TTRS. We will be inviting you for a meeting regarding the times' table check that all children in Year 4 sit in June (more details to follow.) TTRS mimics the layout including timings so the more they are using TTRS the easier it will be.

The children have working hard to learn and apply the common exception words for Years 3 and 4 and our spelling rules to their work; well done and keep it up!

Don't forget that alongside daily reading at home and times-tables you also need to choose 1 activity each week from the homework grid and upload to Seesaw. Well done to all those children that uploaded or brought homework into school - I could see how much effort and hard work you had put in. I am looking forward to seeing your homework this half-term.

This half-term our topic is Rainforests - The Amazon.

Children will spend the first term discovering the many wonders of the Rainforest (The Amazon.)  In geography, they will have opportunities to learn about the climate and how this impacts on the rainforest along with the varying weather and landscape features. In English, the children will write a balanced argument (discussion) on the impact of tourism on the Amazon and will write a persuasive text to stop the use of palm oil due to deforestation and meet ‘Rang-Tan.’ The children will understand what impact the modern world has had on the area and how some of these aspects have changed over time.  The children will look at various story settings and then write their own with a focus on the rainforest.  They will also study narrative poetry – poetry that tells a story – and will create their own poems.

The children will also have the opportunity to engage with drama and role-play.

Throughout the topic, we will video and take pictures of our learning and experiences and share with those outside of the classroom. 

In DT, the children will create their own 3D model of a globe that incorporates a simple circuit. The children will make small 3D models of countries and landscapes and add these to their models.

English

Our first until will be non-fiction writing where the children will discuss and write a balanced argument on whether there should be tourism in the Amazon? We will continue our work on sentence structures, varying sentence length and punctuation. The children will work on vocabulary building and continue to incorporate effective work choices and common exception words into their work.

We will then move onto persuasive writing to stop deforestation and the use of palm oil to help the Amazon. They will use video clips and books as stimuli to writing. They will use persuasive devices in their work and continue to make effective word choices in their writing. They will be identifying features, grammar and punctuation and consider the effect of word choices on the reader.

Narrative writing follows with a focus on story settings. The children will explore a variety of story settings and descriptive writing techniques. We will then finish the half-term with a narrative poetry unit. The children will study and write their own based on a 'rainforest' setting.

Maths

We continue our work on shape and grids and then move onto number and place value where we will learn to recognise the place value of each digit in a five-digit number (ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones.) We move onto time. The children will read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks. We continue our work on shape where we compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles based on their properties and sizes. In fractions, we will work on knowing tenths and hundredths of decimals and make connections between decimals and fractions.

Science

Our topic for the first half-term is Materials. The children will learn about solids, liquids and gases. They will have opportunities to undertake experiments into materials that change state including food and will learn about the water cycle and the difference between evaporation and condensation.

PE

We have two PE sessions each week - Monday and Friday. We start with Dance and Netball. The children will work on different dance positions and freeze-frame holds leading into composing their own dance routines. 

They will also develop their invasion game skills and hand, ball and eye skills in Netball. The children will also look at the importance of spacial awareness when attacking or defending. They will develop an understanding of game rules and team sports.

Music

We start with learning to compose using Glockenspiels. The children will learn 5 notes that they can then use to write and perform their own composition and choose an appropriate backing track.

Well-being/PSHE

For our well-being topic this half-term, alongside E-safety, is Health and Well-being with a focus on diet, exercise, staying safe in the sun and medicines. The children will understand the risks associated with sun exposure and the effects of everyday medicines and the associated risks.  They will also be able to recognise signs of physical illness.

Spanish

Our new topic is Going to Work. The children will be able to talk about different jobs, earning and spending money, tell the time and numbers 21-30.

RE

This half we start with the big question: Do all religions have the same God? The children will have opportunities to discuss this, make comparisons and links between different religions. The children also have opportunities to learn about the school values and the British Values and how/why these are important to our daily lives.

DT

Our topic is 3D models that incorporate science components. The children wil design and make their own 3D 'light up' globe. They will generate ideas, measure, cut and combine materials. They will also include a simple circuit and then evaluate the effectiveness of their model, thinking about any problems that they had to overcome and cony changes they would make if they repeated the process.

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Autumn 2

What a wonderful first half-term we have had!  The children have worked really hard and produced some amazing pieces of work.

This half-term our topic is The Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

Children will have the opportunity to learn about the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and use this knowledge to compare to physical and human characteristics in the UK.  The children will learn about what makes them special and the impact they have had on the world.  The children will understand what impact the modern world has had on the area and how some of these aspects have changed over time. Alongside learning about the natural wonders, in geography, the children will learn about the UK and will be able to name and locate counties and cities, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.  They will make comparisons to the seven natural wonders.  In English, the children will create travel guides, they will write instructions on how to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and discussions (balanced argument) on whether there should be tourism at the Aurora Borealis.  They will research and find out about Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions to Mount Everest.

The children will experiment with drawing and pattern where they will create ‘Pattern Pictures’ using their shading techniques and dots and lines to create texture and pattern.  They will study the artist Dean Russo and create their own design linked to the Great Barrier Reef.

In computing, children will become an explorer and create their own ‘blogs’ from the natural wonders detailing their expedition. 

The children will also have the opportunity to engage with drama and role-play.

Throughout the topic, we will video and take pictures of our learning and experiences and share with those outside of the classroom. 

English

Our first unit will be non-fiction writing.  The children will write instructions on how to scuba dive where we focus on adverbials, parenthesis and varying sentence starters.  The children will look at vocabulary building, sentence structures and grammar.  The children will have the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively and take part in drama.

We then move onto biography writing where the children will learn about Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions to Mount Everest.  The children will be identifying features, grammar and punctuation and consider effective vocabulary and word choices and build on their sentence structures from the previous topic.

Debates and balanced arguments follows next, where the children will explore a range of debates and arguments. They will research the topic: Should there be tourism at the Aurora Borealis? Find reasons for and against and use this information to create a piece of text. We will finish our non-fiction writing with a travel booklet.

Our class book will be There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sacher.

The children will also take part in spelling lessons where we will look at spelling rules and the common exception (Statutory Word List) words and daily handwriting sessions.

Maths

We start the half-term working on fractions.  The children will recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions, identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, including tenths and hundredths and add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.  We then move onto metric conversions where we will look at converting between different metric units of measure.  Next, we move onto shape.  We will look at recalling basic 2D and 3D shapes.  Grids and coordinates are next.  The children will describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant.  We finish the term interpreting and presenting discrete data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts.

Science

Switched On.

The children will be learning about simple circuits, conductors and insulators. They will make their own circuits that includes a switch and buzzer and investigate the best conductors and insulators. They will also be tasked with resolving problems in a circuit and have the opportunity to make their own 'quiz' board.

PE

We continue with swimming on Monday afternoon until the end of term (last swimming is 13th December) and Friday gymnastic lessons.

Music

We continue our Ukulele lessons this half-term and we will be performing a small concert.

PSHE/Well-being

For our well-being topic this half-term, alongside E-safety, the children will learn about relationships. They will discuss positive relationships, how to seek help if feeling lonely or excluded and what to do if they feel worried. We will look at recognising differences between people, similarities and learn the importance of respecting these.  

Spanish

We continue our work on 'Going to School.'  The children will continue to work on simple sentences, describing likes and dislikes and morning routines.

RE

The children will continue to work on 'What is commitment?' and 'What it means to be chosen?' The children also have opportunities to learn about the school values and the British Values and how/why these are important to our daily lives.

DT

Food and Nutrition

This half-term we will look at food preparation and handling, what foods are grown, reared and caught. The children will have opportunities to follow recipes and cook various dishes. They will also recap their learning on what makes a healthy and balanced diet as depicted in the 'Eat Well Plate.'

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Autumn 1

We have some wonderful topics across the curriculum to cover this year.  Our first topic is Ancient Greece. 

Children will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into what life would have been like in Ancient Greece and use this knowledge to compare life in Athens and Sparta.  The children will learn what impact religion had on daily life and look in depth at two/three gods.  The children will understand how the Olympic Games began and be able to identify and describe other ways in which the Ancient Greeks have influenced the western world, and they will also be to explain how the civilisation fell to the Roman Empire in 146BC.  Alongside learning about the Ancient Greeks in history, the children will look at various Greek myths in English, they will create their own mythical creature, design and draw a Greek vase and make ‘dragon’ eggs in art. In computing, the children make a ‘comic legend’ and research myths and legends in other cultures.  They will continue their work on the importance of and how to stay safe online.  They will also engage with drama and play scripts. The children will have the opportunity to taste Greek food and take part in traditional Greek maths problem and puzzle solving activities and handle Greek artefacts.  Throughout the topic, we will video and take pictures of our learning and experiences and share with those outside of the classroom.

English

We start the year with a narrative topic: Traditional Tales -Myths, where we will focus on effective characterisation by way of description and writing in the style of a job application. The children will look at vocabulary building, sentence structures and grammar and will write their own job application as an Ancient Greek character.  The children will have the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively and take part in drama.

We then move onto re-telling myths and re-telling a known myth from another perspective.  We will read various stories and will then focus on Daedalus and Icarus.  The children will be identifying features, grammar and punctuation and consider effective vocabulary and word choices and build on their sentence structures from the previous topic.

Moving on from Narrative writing, the children will explore non-fiction and will create a non-chronological report on a mythical creature.  The children will create their own 'fantastic beast' and will bring it to life by using descriptive writing skills.  We will be reading the book by J.K.Rowling as a stimulus to support this writing.

Our class book will be 'Who let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

The children will also take part in spelling lessons where we will look at spelling rules and the common exception (Statutory Word List) words and daily handwriting sessions.

Maths

This half-term we will be focusing on place value. You may have noticed this is something revisited throughout the year (and always at the beginning of a term), this is because children develop an understanding of this concept through exposure and through practice. A secure understanding of place value is a vital foundation for future maths concepts such as arithmetic. We will cover the place value of digits, rounding, comparing, ordering. Once the children show a good understanding of place value, we can move on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will look at both mental strategies and formal written methods.   As children in Year Four undertake the times tables check, we will have a strong focus on these.  The children will look at different strategies and will have weekly times tables tests to check their progress.

Science

Where does all that food go?

The children will be learning about the digestive system and how the body breaks down and uses food.  They will investigate owl pellets to find out what they have eaten and how they digest certain food.  The children will also look at teeth and build on prior learning looking in more depth at food groups that humans need in order to have a balanced and healthy diet.  The children will finish the topic by making their own toothpaste.

PE

This term the children will be having swimming lessons where they will learn various techniques and strokes in order to be able to swim 25 metres.  Alongside this, in school, they will be participating in gymnastic lessons.

Music

This term we are lucky enough to have a specialist coming into school to teach the children how to play a Ukulele.  They will look at the different chords and strums and use these skills to play various songs.

PSHE and Well-Being

Our first unit will look at E-Safety and how to stay safe online.  The children will have opportunities to use drama and role-play to put into practice strategies learnt in lessons.  Alongside this, we will look at ways to leave a 'good' digital footprint and effective web browsing.

Spanish

Hola!

Going to School

Our Spanish will focus on a school day. Children will have the opportunity to engage in conversations about the subjects they study in school, their favourite subjects and what their school is like.