Yr 4 What We Are Learning

Curriculum Update

Year 4

Spring Term 2020

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, Year Four are developing their skills in narrative writing, making sure that they write character descriptions that engage their reader and focus on a variety of character aspects. We will be writing narrative poems, that are based on our own monstrous creations. In non-fiction, we will be exploring explanatory texts and newspaper reports. We are continuing to focus on developing our sentence structure, extending our use of adverbial phrases and understanding how to develop dialogue within our writing.

Mathematics
Spring is an exciting term in mathematics! We are learning more about multiplication and division, and we are then going onto learning about fractions and decimals. We are also working hard at developing our arithmetic skills and strategies, and we are working towards our multiplication check in the Summer term.

Topic
For the first half term, we are working on ‘Traders and Raiders’ which is all about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will be exploring their lives, culture and key events. In Science, we are looking at sound, and exploring how we hear.  For the second half term, we will be learning about ‘Potions’. We will be exploring the properties of solids, liquids and gases, recognising hazardous materials and learn how and why medicines such as anaesthetics were developed.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
Linking to our topics, we will continue to look at citizenship and democracy through our Student Council votes and other choices in school. We will be looking at medicine safety in Potions, and we will be continuing our focus on digital safety.

Dates for your Diary
Spring Term:  Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:      Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020