Year 4

For the first half of the Spring Term Year 4 will be looking at Britain today and in the Future. Our topic will take us to the River Thames, exploring how the barrier functions to prevent London from flooding; an ongoing discussion for environment agencies at the moment. We will also be heading to the Science Museum to explore the great wonders of the Wonderlab where the children will be able to get ‘hands on’ with concepts such as electricity, friction and sound.

As writers...

We will be focusing on two styles of writing this half term: persuasive letters and diary entries. To write our persuasive letters, we will take on a particular view point and use persuasive language to convince the reader to agree with us. We will also go head to head in a debate to argue our point, building up support along the way. To write our diary entries, we will research the Whaley Bridge flood to get some first-hand experience of what it would have been like.

As designers…

We will be designing a circuit which could sound an alarm to warn people around the local area if the barrier fails.

As mathematicians...

This half term we will be focusing our attention on Time, Money and Statistics whilst continuing to learn our times tables. Using clocks and roman numerals, we will be improving our accuracy when telling and drawing the time. We will be using multiplication and division to convert money from £ to p as well as representing money in different notations. We shall also be counting back through zero to ink our learning of temperatures to negative numbers. We will use our knowledge from our Science lessons to collect, present and answer question about data. Throughout the term we will also be practising two problem solving skills: using a simpler case and working backwards. 

As French linguists...

In French, Madame Seaton will be expanding our vocabulary and teaching us key phrases related to the topic of towns and local areas. We will also be learning about some famous French cities and improving on our French phonics. We will also be learning how to use a bi-lingual dictionary to find the meaning of French and English words. 

As scientists...

We will be learning everything we need to know about electricity! We will be finding out about the different components that are used to construct a circuit, which appliances are mains or battery operated and learning about the purpose of a switch. We will undertake practical experiments to help us understand which materials are conductors and which are insulators.

As geographers...

We will be studying how the River Thames was formed, where it begins and ends and which towns it runs through. We will also be looking at how the Thames barrier prevents flooding and how it functions. 

As athletes…

We will be developing some of the skills already learnt in basketball, for example special awareness, and learning new ones when we brace the cold for outdoor football. In gymnastics, we will be focusing on creating and performing a sequence using balances, apparatus, jumps and rolls.  

 

Please click below to see the latest versions of the Year 4 newsletter, homework and curriculum topic overview.

Year 4 Newsletter - Spring Term 1 - January 2020

Year 4 Homework - Spring Term 1 - January 2020

Year 4 Topic Overview - Spring Term 1 - January 2020