Year 4 Curriculum

Summer Term 2019

Mathematics
We will be following the national curriculum meaning that most elements of maths will be taught in the first half-term and then re-visited and expanded upon as the progresses. The children will have one day a week of problem solving and mental maths strategies will be a continued focus. Maths will continue to be ability set.

Literacy
Year 4 will be learning the skills and key features for letter writing, producing instructions and writing their own persuasive advertisements. The children will also be writing creatively to produce their own poetry and will revisit the key features of descriptive writing to produce their own stories. Writing will be linked to our summer topic of ‘Chocolate’.

Science
In science, we will investigate states of matter, including the water cycle, and how water and other substances can change between these different states. The children will use hands-on, interactive investigations and produce their own models to embed this learning.

Topic
The children will be investigating the history of chocolate and looking at the Aztec and Maya cultures. They will also be investigating the impact of these cultures on the cocoa trade and will be building up a picture of trade routes and looking at the implications of these.

Art and DT
Through links to our chocolate topic, the children will design, produce and evaluate their own chocolate bar packaging, by researching existing commercial packaging and using computing to aid their production design.

Personal Development
The children will be studying religious communities and non-religious systems as well as looking at roles and responsibilities with school and the community. Towards the end of the term, they will be focusing on how to live a happy and meaningful life, including having a healthy mind and body.

Trips and visitors
This term, Year 4 will be taking part in their first Outdoor Education Centre visit. They will have the opportunity to take part in orienteering, bush craft and problem solving. This will give the children a change to develop their problem solving and team work skills. We will also invite a parent-visitor to talk to the children about their career and future opportunities for the children.

 

Spring term 2019

Topic

This term our topic is called Inventors and innovations and will incorporate literacy, history, geography, science, DT, art and computing. For our trip, towards the end of the term, we will be visiting the York Chocolate Story to introduce out next topic of Chocolate.

Literacy

This will be closely linked to our topic work on inventors and innovations. George Stephenson and his ‘Rocket’ will form the basis of descriptive writing and reading comprehension work and the children will also write a newspaper article based upon the historical event of the ‘Rainhill Trials’. Other non-fiction writing will include a playscript on
Alexander Graham Bell, a biography of Ada Lovelace and an explanation text the water cycle which will be linked to our science learning.

Mathematics

Fractions and decimals will form a significant focus in mathematics this term, as will multiplication. In addition to this, we will continue to use and embed a range of mental and written methods for all four number operations. We will also review place value – including using negative numbers and Roman numerals.

Computing

We will learn how to stay safe on line and the importance of this. Following on from this we will write stories about how to stay safe online. We will also begin to look at programming.

Humanities

We will learn about the impact the Romans had on the world and some of the new innovations they brought to Britain including roads. We will also look at a variety of inventors and innovations from the past. While studying a locality in England, we will look at some of the people from history who have come from here.

Science

Linked to our topic work on inventors and innovations, children will be investigating electrical components – including cells, wires, bulbs, switches, buzzers and motors – and using these to construct their own circuits. Children will also carry out investigations with sound, experimenting with how sounds are made, how they travel through different media and investigating the relationships between distance, vibrations and volume.

Humanities

We will learn about the impact the Romans had on the world and some of the new innovations they brought to Britain including roads. We will also look at a variety of inventors and innovations from the past. While studying a locality in England, Liverpool, we will look at some of the people from history who have come from there.

Art & DT

In art we will be looking at the work of Andy Warhol and using his work to inspire us to do art work of our own. We will also make mosaics and paint pictures of Boudicca. In DT we will be learning how to use electrical systems in their products in order to produce an interactive electrical quiz book on inventors and inventions.

Autumn term 2018

Mathematics

We will start the term revising place value and then use a range of mental and written methods for the four operations. We are also going to be learning more about 2D and 3D shapes and collecting/analysing data to present in bar charts, diagrams and pictographs. Mathematics will continue to be ability set.

Literacy

This will be linked to topic work and covers: recounts, story openings and explanation texts. In the first two weeks, we will recap word-types and sentence structure and plan, edit and improve a recount of a summer holiday activity. We will also analyse different types of story opening and children will practice writing their own. In addition to this, children will look at the structure of an explanation text and write their own explanations of the water cycle.

Our chosen author is David Walliams. We will be discussing the themes of his stories and aim to read one of his books as a class reader during the first term.

Science

We will investigate living things in their environments, including using classification keys to identify organisms, different food chains within habitats and recognising how changing environments can threaten the balance of an ecosystem. We will also learn about the digestive system and teeth in humans through hands-on investigation and modelling.

Art and Design Technology

We will be designing and creating a variety of items during the topic, including our own pyramids and Shaduffs. We will also look at the layers of the Rainforest through art.

Topic

We will learn how the Egyptians changed our world and the legacy they left behind. Later in the term, we will be exploring Rainforest locations and the reasons why we need to look after them.

Personal Development

We will be studying religious communities and non-religious systems as well as looking at roles and responsibilities with school and the community. Towards the end of the term, we will be focusing on how to live a happy and meaningful life, including having a healthy mind and body.

Educational Visits

This term we will be visiting the Yorkshire Arboretum to investigate the life-cycle of trees and woodland habitats. Our second visit of the term will be to Eureka where we will learn about the digestive system and other parts of the human body.