Year 4

In term one, year 4 will be exploring our Global Theme of Human Rights, Social Justice and Equity. This term the children will explore our basic human rights in the context of peace and hopes for the future.  They will be reflecting on their own personal experiences during lockdown, their return to school and summer holidays. This will be collated and shared across the school through our ‘Museum of Hope.’

During the first half term, our core text will be ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy in English.  We will be following the story of the main characters and the conversations they uncover about hope and friendship. Throughout the half term, the children will develop their punctuation, grammar and spelling skills before using our core text as a springboard to write in role, creating their own character as a continuation of the story. As we move into the second half term, the children will continue to focus on the theme of Human Rights through the core text ‘Azzi in Between’ by Sarah Garland.

In maths this term, we will be looking at place value building on prior knowledge. We will be introduced to thousands. We will also be studying fractions. We will be looking at unit and non-unit fractions as well as equivalent fractions. We will also be learning to add and subtract fractions. We will also be applying the skills learnt into different real life contexts. During this term, we will be revising our 2,5,10 times tables as well as learning our 9 and 7 times tables.

In art, we will learn how to etch and print our own pieces, combining the style of Pablo Picasso and Charlie Mackesy. We will be using a range of mediums including pencil, biro, ink and printing throughout our learning journey.

Our curriculum topic this term is the ‘Museum of Hope’. In Year 4 specifically, we will be exploring what adversity is and reflecting on situations where we have felt adversity. Within this, we will look at motivational quotes and the impact they have on us. We will specifically look at the impact inspirational quotes have had during the lockdown period. This will all lead to us creating our own motivational quotes as well as discussing our hope and dreams for the future. We will showcase our learning during the “Museum of Hope” exhibition. ​ This will then lead into out curriculum learning during the second half term when we will look at aid and helping others. During Autumn 2, we will be taking part in a Christmas shoe box appeal.

This term in PE, we will be participating in a variety of net and wall games. During these sessions, we will be learning to accurately volley and rally passes. We will also be working on our coordination to ensure that we are using the correct techniques. We will also be participating in pilates sessions. We will building our core strength as well as continuing to build up on new techniques from previous years. This will also help us to develop our balance skills. This will take place on a Monday and Thursday.

In science, our learning this half term will be based around states of matter. The children will perform scientific investigations to explore the effects of different variables.

In Year 4, reading, spelling and times tables continue to be a priority. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, recording in reading journals and by supporting with times table practise. We will also be sending out spellings and maths related activities on a Friday, which are due the following Tuesday. Additionally, there will be a variety of homework activities to choose from at the start of the term relating to our overarching theme of Human Rights, Social Justice and Equity.

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