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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y4 Curriculum

Autumn term (02) 2020

This half term, our topic is the rainforest!

This half term, we are going to be learning about the rainforest. Using enquiry questions such as ‘why is the rainforest there?' and ‘will the rainforest be there in 2030?', we will explore what the rainforest is, why it is so important, and the human impact on it. 

A cross-curricular approach will lie at the heart of our learning.

English

We will be looking at a variety of different styles of texts, from a fictitious, persuasive story to non-fiction reports. To tie in with this, in drama children will be using role play to practise their persuasion techniques. We will be focusing on the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts, the appropriate styles and language to adopt, as well as producing our own pieces of persuasive writing and reports.

Throughout English, our focus for grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) will be conjunctions, adverbs, paragraphs and direct speech. 

We will continue to practise the Year 3 and 4 spelling words, focusing on homophones and morphology. 

Maths

We will be focusing predominantly on fractions. We will also be working on embedding our times tables knowledge and applying that to longer methods. 

Science

We will be learning about the human impact on the world around us, including our changing world. 

Art

We will be developing our painting and printing skills in art to learn to use a variety of techniques to create different effects, as well as collage. The children's work will culminate in the creation of a rainforest frieze which will combine painting, printing and collage. We will be looking at the artist Henri Rousseau. 

RE

In RE we will be looking at worship in different religions. 

PE

The class will continue to learn to play tag rugby, alongside swimming.

Computing:

This half term we will be focusing on online safety and coding.

We really hope the children will enjoy the rainforest topic. 

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Autumn term (01) 2020

The first half term of our school year was focused on getting our children back to school and happy. Our main goals have been to look after the children's wellbeing and health whilst getting them back into the routine of school. Our superheroes topic was a great opportunity to assess the children and see what they had retained from the previous year. We will be continuing with this recovery curriculum this year assessing the class' needs and teaching them the skills that they will need to be successful and learning for the rest of the year.

This half term, our topic is superheroes!

This half term, we are going to be learning about the superheroes around us and inside us. Using enquiry questions such as 'do all superheroes wear capes?' and 'what makes a superhero, super?', we will explore what it really means to be a 'superhero'. 

A cross-curricular approach will lie at the heart of our learning.

English

We will be looking at a variety of different story-telling styles, from legend tales to newspaper reports. To tie in with this, in drama children will be using role play to interview each other. We will be focusing on the language used in different types of stories, as well as writing detailed descriptions. 

Throughout English, our focus for grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) will be to recap our core grammar such as using punctuation and look at how we can improve our writing. A particular focus will be apostrophes. 

We will continue to practise the Year 3 and 4 spelling words, focusing on homophones and morphology. 

Maths

We will be working on embedding our times tables knowledge and applying that to longer methods. We will also be learning about fractions nad measurement. 

Science

We will be learning about making ourselves 'superhero strong', including the digestive system and the food chain. 

Art

We will be developing our drawing skills in art to learn to draw people and faces, focusing on scale. The children's work will culminate in drawing their own superhero in comic book style. We will be looking at artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, as well as modern illustrators such as Stan Lee.

PE

The class will be learning to play tag rugby, alongside swimming.

Computing

This half term we will be focusing on online safety. In addition, the children will be working on 'Comic Life', to create their own comic strips. 

We really hope the children will enjoy the superhero topic.