Year 4 Curriculum

Spring Term 2021

Topic

This term our topic is called ‘Inventors and Innovations’ and will involve learning about the Romans and famous inventors and innovations from the past.

Literacy

Firstly, the children will use the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ as a stimulus for narrative writing from a character’s perspective. Following this, the children will explore Sicilly through writing their own holiday brochure. Other non-fiction writing will include identifying the main features of a biography while working towards writing one of their own for a world-famous inventor. Our whole class reading will focus on a range of genres linked to the Romans and a whole text titled Operation Gadgetman by Malorie Blackman.

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) and cover objectives linked to time, shape and space.

Computing

We will learn how to stay safe online and the importance of this and 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, Liverpool, 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.

Art & DT

In art, we will be looking at the work of Andy Warhol and using his work to inspire us to do artwork 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 to produce an interactive electrical quiz book on inventors and inventions. Also linked with the topic, the children will design and make their own pizza.