Class Teacher -Miss J. Smith
Teaching Assistant - Mrs J. Hayward-Mitchell
Welcome to Year 4
In maths this term, our topics of learning are; place value, addition and subtraction, area and multiplication and division. In these units, we will be developing our learning further by understanding the place value of 4-digit numbers and learning ways of adding and subtracting these 4-digit numbers. Then we will move on to understanding area and learning how to find the area of an object building our knowledge and skills we have learnt. Finally, we will be developing our multiplication and division skills.
In English this term, our work is based on the book The Whale by Vita Murrow. We will use our comprehension skills to predict what the story will be about. We will be developing our writing skills so we can write our own setting narrative. After the half term, we will move on to exploring newspaper articles. We will explore the key features of a newspaper article and learn new skills so we can write our own newspaper article based on The Whale.
In RE, this term our topics are People, Called, Judaism and Gift. In our first topic People, we will explore what a family tree is and discuss Jesus’ family tree. Then we will move on to learn about the important people from Jesus’s family tree and discuss what kind of people they were, their actions and what type of people they were. In our second topic, called, we will learn about people who were called upon by God and ways in which God may call upon us. We will also discuss how people have responded when they have been called upon by God. We will move on to Judaism where we will learn about how Jesus was a Jew and explore Jewish artefacts and scrolls. Finally, we will then move on to the topic of Gifts we will learn about different types of Gifts and what they might look like. We will discuss the gifts of God and the gifts Jesus was given when he was born.
In Art this term we will be exploring still life drawing based on the workings of Giorgio Morandi. We will develop our skills of sketching, hatching and cross-hatching to create detail on our own still-life drawings of vases and other still-life objects. We will also use viewfinders to find focal points in images and natural objects to draw the detail we can see. Later we will be completing a unit on painting. In this unit, we will explore different types of materials of techniques used when painting. We will add detail to our paintings and give constructive opinions and feedback to others’ work. By the end of the unit, we will create our own abstract painting.
In Science, we will be learning about living things and later in the term states of matter. In our first topic, we will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name living things in their environment and understand that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to a living thing. Our second science topic is states of matter. In this topic, we will be learning what matter is and what solids and liquids are. We will then investigate how states of matter can change, how evaporation and condensing work and how materials can change their states of matter. This topic will include a lot of investigation work.
In DT we are learning about food and nutrition and mechanisms. In the topic of food and nutrition, we will be exploring the nutrition of different foods and learning culinary skills and techniques to bake bread and make vegetable soups. We will assess our culinary skills through evaluations and class discussions. In our second topic, mechanisms we will be exploring hinges and their uses. We will develop our practical skills by recreating some types of hinges and finding alternative ways of securing items and improving them. We will then evaluate our work and discuss how we could further improve our work.
In history, we will be learning about British settlements by the Anglo-Saxons and the Scott. We will learn about the chronological order of events, why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain, where they came from and what Anglo-Saxon life was like. We will also learn how religion had an influence on the Anglo-Saxons.
In Geography, we are going to learn about rivers. We will learn about the physical geography of rivers, including climate zones, biomes vegetation belts, rivers, mountains and volcanoes and much more that have an impact on rivers and the water cycle. We will also learn about the key features of rivers and how they start and where they end.
In Computing, we will be furthering our coding skills learnt in year 3 using the programmed scratch. In this topic, we will learn how to code and create a timetable game through the scratch programme Programming characters to talk, respond, ask and answer questions.