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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y4 Curriculum

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

For the first week back we will focus our writing sessions on poetry, use of rhyming patterns. Understanding of syllables, stanzas and beats within a poem.

In English, the children will create travel guides, they will write instructions on how make a mosaic in the same way that the Ancient Greeks did. The children will also write a discussion text (balanced argument) on whether there should be tourism at the Aurora Borealis.

The children will also need to use the knowledge from the previous English learning on basic punctuation and paragraph building. They will research and find out about the Hoover Dam and what the job of architect entails.

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.

The children will also have the opportunity to engage with drama with Sam Ashford to work towards a presentation to the class and parents.

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

Electricity

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 Wednesday morning until the end of term (last swimming is 14th December) and Monday afternoon gymnastic lessons.

Geography

We will have the opportunity to learn about the different areas on the planet, key places such as continents in a recap of past learning. The class will learn about the different sections of a river, as well as the most famous rivers in the world. All children will need to continue to link their own experience to the rivers around the world.  As a Year 4 focus the children will need to learn where Essex is, where on the globe England is and what changes have happened to the world and Harlow over their own lifetime. 

Music

We continue our recorder lessons this half-term and we will be performing a small concert which will be posted onto Seesaw (given the opportunity to use the hall - otherwise the work will be uploaded onto Seesaw).

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 'Day to Day.'  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.'

Computing

In computing, children will become an explorer and create their own ‘blogs’ from the world-famous rivers - detailing their expedition and all adventures that happened.