Yr 4 What We Are Learning

Curriculum Update

Year 4

Autumn Term 2019

Head Teacher Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2019/20 is a good one for our whole school community.
I hope that you have all had the chance to read our really positive Ofsted report from June of last summer. One thing that stood out is how well our children achieve, conduct themselves and really try their very best in all lessons. Something which I’m sure you are just as proud of them as I was and indeed am!!!
Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
In English, we will be expanding our reading skills using Book Talk, looking at what the author is trying to tell us.  We will be looking at a variety of different stimuli in English – like films, wordless picture books and different genres of stories, so that we can use our prior knowledge and skills. We will be extending our use of grammar, and using different clause structures for different effects. We will be writing holiday brochures, narratives, poetry and explanation texts to support our learning, and to show our writing skills.

Mathematics
Maths is a big focus for Year 4 this year! We are going to be working hard on our times tables and recall, so we can meet the challenge of our Multiplication Check in the Summer Term.
This term we are working on our understanding of place value, and how the number system works, including Roman Numerals and negative numbers! Then we will be moving onto Addition and Subtraction strategies, and using strategies that we have learnt for Measurement – Length & Perimeter, and Multiplication and Division strategies. 

Topic
In Autumn 1, our focus is ‘I Am Warrior’. We will be looking at the Celtic Tribes who lived in Britain, and the Romans who invaded Britain. We are investigating how they changed our country, and what Rome is like. This has links to our work in English too!
In Autumn 2, our focus is ‘Bottoms, Burps and Bile’. We will be looking at the journey of our food through our bodies, and how food is important to our bodies and other animals. We will be looking at our food, and how the seasons can affect the food choices that we make.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
Linking to our topics, we will be looking at citizenship and democracy through our Student Council votes and other choices in school. We will be looking at the food that we eat, and how our food choices can affect our health. We will also be discussing how to keep our mouths healthy, focusing on our teeth and good oral hygiene.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term:  Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Friday 20th December 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October 2019 – Friday 1st November 2019