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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y4 Curriculum

Spring term (02) 2021

This half term, we are going to be learning all about mountains. We will be looking at lots of aspects of mountains, including: how mountains are formed; mountain climates; and famous mountains of the world. A cross-curricular approach will lie at the heart of our learning.

 

English

We will be focusing on non-fiction text this half term, and working on our report writing. We will be using a selection of fiction and non-fiction works about wolves as our focus text and writing our non-chronological reports about the animals. To tie in with this, in computing, children will be creating their own magazine about wolves. Towards the end of the half term we will be writing our own free verse poems. 

 

Throughout English, our focus for grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) will be conjunctions, fronted adverbials, direct speech and nouns and pronouns.

 

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

 

Maths

We will working on place value, using the column method for multiplication. We will also be working on embedding our times tables knowledge and applying that to this longer method. Additionally, we will be working on fractions and decimals and building on our current knowledge.

 

Science

We will be learning about changing states and the water cycle.

 

Art

We will be developing our drawing skills in art, including drawing with perspective and for scientific purpose. 

 

Computing

This half term we will be learning about desktop publishing.

 

Geography

In geography we will be exploring how mountains are formed, different mountains around the world and mountain climates.

 

History

In history, pupils will be learning about the Victorians and their holidays to the coast, and the impact this had on these towns.

 

Spanish

In Spanish we will be learning lots of new vocabulary, about sports and eating healthily.

 

RE

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

 

Music

In music we will be exploring different pieces of music and appraising them using musical vocabulary. 

 

I really hope the children will enjoy our new topic. 

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Spring term (01) 2021

This half term, our topic is 'raging rivers'!

This half term, we are going to be learning all about rivers. We will be looking at lots of different aspects of rivers, including: where water comes from; where it goes; what wildlife rivers provide homes for; and famous rivers of the world. We will be using lots of enquiry questions such as 'why is the water cycle important' to deepen our understanding.

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

English

We will be focusing on fictious writing this half term, and working on our imaginative writing. We will be using The Rhythm of the Rain as our focus text and writing our own adventure of a water-droplet story. To tie in with this, in drama children will be using role play to explore descriptions and characterisation. Towards the end of the half term we will be writing our own haikus. 

Throughout English, our focus for grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) will be conjunctions, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and commas.

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

Maths

We will working on place value, using the column method for addition and subtraction, decimals, shape and time and money. We will also be working on embedding our times tables knowledge and applying that to longer methods. Additionally, we will be recapping how to tell the time, and using money. 

Science

We will be learning about changing states and the water cycle.

Art

We will be developing our painting skills in art to learn to use a variety of techniques to create different effects, as well as collage. Our focus will be moving water, and we will be appraising and working in the style of Monet, Hockney, Hokusai, and Steir. 

Computing

This half term we will be focusing on coding and blogging.

History

In history, pupils will be learning about the Romans.

PE

The class will continue to learn to play tag netball, alongside athletics.

Spanish

In Spanish we will be learning lots of new vocabulary, including colours, numbers to 30, months of the year and how to tell someone when our birthday is.

RE

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

I really hope the children will enjoy our new topic. 

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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.