Welcome to Year 4!
In Year 4, we learn about life during Tudor times. The children learn about the lives of rich and poor Tudors, as well as studying Henry VIII. In Art, we use a range of inspirations from India, to great artists such as Hans Holbein the Younger to create our own work. In English, we explore a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts; the children particularly enjoy reading Iron Man by Ted Hughes and developing their own versions in his style. In Maths, we deepen the children’s understandings of mathematical concepts and aim for all children to be proficient in their times tables by the end of the academic year, in preparation for the Government's Statutory Tests.
Each school year have a famous person allocated to each class. The Year 4 team chose to have humanitarians as their names: Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.
Over the first few weeks of term the children will be taught about their named person and what they are famous for. They will learn about the history around their figure and the changes they made during their lifetime.
A specialist teacher teaches outdoor games on a Thursday and indoor PE on Wednesday.
Maths homework is given to the children on a Wednesday and is expected to be handed in by Monday.
All children will have access to the library and are rewarded for their reading at home.
As readers, we will use a variety of texts from the school reading spine, as well as a range of non-fiction texts about the Tudors and the natural world. We will also familiarise ourselves with a wider range of fiction genres and poetry.
As writers, we will write a Non-Chronological Report, Recount, Explanation and Descriptive Narrative. Much of the writing will be linked to the Tudors.
As mathematicians, we will learn about place value to 10,000, including rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000. We will learn about Roman numerals and focus on addition and subtraction with 4 digit numbers. In multiplication and division, we will focus on the 3, 6, 9, 7, 11 and 12 x tables. We will also learn about multiplying by 1 and 0 and multiplying by 3 numbers.
As scientists, we will learn to classify and group different living things as well as construct food chains. We will learn how the changing environment can pose dangers to living things.
As geographers, we will use maps and atlases to explore The United Kingdom. We will understand the difference between the UK, Britain and the British Isles. We will also learn counties of England and use directional compass points language to navigate our way through The United Kingdom. We will look at Ordnance Survey maps and learn how to use four-figure grid references.
As historians, we will be learning about the Saxons and how life in Britain changed after the Romans.
As theologians, we will revisit our learning of the Brahaman and samsara as key beliefs. We will look at how Hindus worship in the mandir and in their home. We will explore a number of Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Raksha Bandhan. We will revisit the key beliefs in Islam, Allah and Shariah- the straight path. We will look at Ummah, the Muslim community and its part in the 5 pillars of Islam. We will explore worship and learning in the mosque and community and pilgrimage through the hajj. We will find out how festivals, Eid ul Adha and Eid ul Fitr are celebrated and how celebrations relate to the story of Abraham.
As computer users, we will understand why personal information should be kept private, we can decide whether messages should be opened, and learn about the different security and privacy settings on online environments. Also, we will begin to design our own presentations using Google Slides, including adding our own videos and sounds.
As artists, we will develop our skills in clay, to make sculptures and tiles linked to the Saxon invasion of Britain and the treasures found at Sutton Hoo. We will also use this study to apply our skills in pen and ink patterning, to create Saxon inspired illuminated letters. We will study the work of the artist Andy Warhol and create prints linked to the Sutton Hoo treasures in his style.
As responsible citizens, we will learn about positive relationships. We will discover how we can look after our growing and changing bodies. Also, we will explore how discrimination can hurt people’s feelings, and the importance of democracy and laws. Finally, we will learn about emergencies and how to get help.
As musicians, we will explore Tudor music, both through songs and in listening activities. We will play some music that was composed in Tudor times on our recorders and will start to learn how to play together with hand bells. We will start to learn about staff notation and note values.
As sports people, we will be able to repeat controlled patterns to music with consistency. We will also be working on understanding the rules to IDA dodgeball.
As linguists, we will continue to learn larger numbers, along with asking about birthdays and ages. We also explore and discover more about the festivals and ‘fiestas’ celebrated in Spain and compare them to those we have in the UK.
As designers, we will create a box to store our favourite things in. We will create a specification and a prototype and from this we will create our final design, make the box and evaluate how it performed.
As readers, we will use a variety of texts from the school reading spine. We will focus on traditional Indian narratives, as well as different types of poetry. The children will use a range of non-fiction texts to research India.
As writers, we will use the theme of India to write a range of exciting and informative texts. For example, the children will write a set of instructions for making naan bread. They will write their own versions of traditional Indian narratives e.g. Rama and Sita. The children will write a non-chronological report about aspects of India, as well as a kenning poem inspired by India’s wildlife.
As mathematicians, we will learn how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100 and factor pairs. We will also multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. In measurement, we will focus on length and perimeter and then move on to fractions and decimals.
As scientists, we will describe the digestive system of humans and identify the different types of teeth we have. We will also compare and group materials and observe how they can change between a solid, a liquid and a gas. Finally we will also learn about the water cycle.
As theologians, we will revisit the key beliefs in Christiantiy. We will look at baptism and how the idea of trinity and community is part of it. We will learn more about the Holy Communion service and what makes this a special meal. We will investigate different denominations in the Christian faith-Orthodox, Anglican, Methodist, Quaker and Evangelical.
As computer users, we will use ‘copy and paste’ to add online information into our own documents. Also, we will continue to learn how to touch-type using both hands and learn how to edit the layout of documents.
As artists, we will be inspired by India in our artwork. We will apply our patterning to paint, clay and pen and ink to produce India inspired work, including Mendhi patterns. We will study the artwork of Henri Rousseau, in particular his Tiger painting and use this as inspiration to produce our own work.
As responsible citizens, we learn about a range of different feelings and emotions and discuss how we feel about growing and changing. We learn about the reasons why people choose to eat or avoid certain foods. Also, we discover why sleep is important and how too much screen time can have a negative impact on our mental health.
As musicians, we will explore Indian music. We will think about how it uses modes and rhythm patterns (raga and tala) and start to create our own music inspired by Indian composers using tuned classroom percussion. We will explore texture and timbre. We will sing songs that link to India.
As sports people, we will start to explore balances with partners and understand the difference between counter tension and counter balance.
As linguists, we learn about the different members of a family and how to describe the physical and personal characteristics of our family members.
As designers, In food technology, we will follow a naan bread recipe. We will measure the necessary ingredients, create our own recipe and make our final bread with accompaniments. Throughout the project, we will learn about hygienic practices when handling food.
As readers, we will use a variety of texts from the school reading spine. We will focus on Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Children will explore the style of Ted Hughes in great depth and be able to retell the story in their own words. Alongside this, children will read a variety of non-fiction texts about the Anglo Saxons, as well as fictional literature related to the Anglo-Saxons such as King Arthur and Beowulf.
As writers, we will use the theme of Anglo-Saxons to write our own King Arthur inspired text. We will write a persuasive piece of writing and use the story of Iron Man by Ted Hughes as the basis for a Science-Fiction narrative. We will continue to extend our understanding of poetic genres through writing a free-verse poem.
As mathematicians, we will learn about decimals, money, time, shape, statistics and position and direction.
As scientists, we investigate how sound is made and how we can hear things. We will also identify what needs electricity to work and construct our own simple electrical circuits.
As geographers, we will learn about Spain with a particular focus on the Andalusia region. The children will learn about Spanish customs and culture, will study the human and physical geography and compare and contrast a region of Spain with a region in England.
As historians, we will be investigating aspects of life in our locality in the Tudor period of history.
As theologians, we will explore the role of pilgrimage in different faiths and Jerusalem – the place of pilgrimage for different religions. Christian pilgrimage, Walsingham, Canterbury tales and Hindu pilgrimage, Kumbh Mela. We will consider pilgrimage and the environment, including the positive and negative impact on environment of the Kumbh Mela and the hajj, for example.
As computer users, we will use Scratch to create an interactive display to present information. Also, we will learn how to debug algorithms with sequencing errors.
As artists, we will be inspired by a visit to Gainsborough Old Hall. Linked to the Tudors, we will study Holbein and his portrait of Henry VIII, where we will look at the proportions of the face for portraits. We will also use our patterning skills and techniques in pencil and ink to produce work linked to this. We will continue to develop our painting skills by looking at shades and tones of colours.
As responsible citizens, we learn about gender stereotyping in careers. We explore the effects of smoking and alcohol on the body.
As musicians, we will explore how to create moods in music and how to use art and images as a starting point for composing work. We will explore how to record and blend sounds. We will prepare songs for a large-scale performance.
As sports people, we will start to understand the techniques involved in throwing a javelin effectively for distance.
As linguists, we will learn about different types of homes, the rooms and furniture in them and in the garden.
As designers, we will design, make and evaluate our own Iron Man head with a working electrical circuit inside.