For the Summer Term our overarching theme is ‘Modernising Britain’.
We start by focusing on ‘The Victorians.
In English, we will be reading the story of Oliver!, a simpler version of the classic story of Oliver Twist, which was originally written by the Victorian author, Charles Dickens. We will be looking at how the story is based on a ‘rags to riches’ format and compare this with other classic tales such as Cinderella. We will also investigate the life of famous Victorians, including William Morris and Dr Barnardo and write a biography about their lives to understand why we still learn about them to this day.
We will be looking closely at animals and plants and using our classification skills to identify and group a variety of living things in the local and wider environment. We will also investigate the role a bee has in keeping our natural world balanced and the importance in protecting the bee by ensuring wildflowers are readily available.
We will use our understanding of decimals to work with money, and be able to add and subtract amounts of money accurately. We will also look again at time and practise telling the time to the nearest minute as well as solve problems involving durations of time. We will also practise using the 12 and 24-hour clock and know the difference between them.
Religious Education (R.E.)
We will begin our unit on Philosophy and think about how beliefs about right and wrong affect people’s behaviour. We will also look at how groups in the local community can help others.
Learn traditional Victorian songs and games, such as Oranges and Lemons and London Bridge is Falling Down. We will use the songs to identify rhythms and use clapping to help us continue a rhythm.
Physical Education (P.E.)
Indoor PE will focus on understanding more about what being a Paralympian means. We will learn how to play games, such as Boccia. In Outdoor PE, we will use orienteering to learn how to navigate a map successfully.
Design Technology (DT)
In Design Technology, we will look at how Victorian Samplers were a staple in a Victorian classroom. We will learn about their purpose and design our own samplers. From this, we will use a needle and thread to sew a simple word or image onto fabric using cross-stitch. We will then reflect on and evaluate our work.
History And Geography
We will look closely at famous Victorians, including Queen Victoria and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We will understand the impact that these figures had on life in Britain and appreciate how the influence of the Victorians is still around us today. We will take a closer look at the rise of the British Empire and the countries around the world that were part of the Empire.
Please click on the links below to download the latest Year 4 newsletter, homework tasks and also the topic curriculum overview.
If you have any further questions about the content of the Year 4 curriculum please contact the Year 4 Team Leader, Mrs Oliver, who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.