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Year 4

Year 4
Welcome to the Year 4 area. The Year 4 teachers are Ms Sheehan, Ms Alam, and Ms Matar.

 

Other staff working in Year 4 are Mrs D'Lima, Mrs Pali, Mrs Chidiac, Mrs Georgiou, Mrs Leach, Mrs Stacey, Mr Cole and Mr McVie.

 

We have an exciting year planned for your child and hope they enjoy their journey with us all.

 

Swimming will be every Thursday at 10.30am for 4JS until Christmas break

Swimming will be every Thursday at 11am for 4LM until Christmas break.

4SA will swim from January.

 

Outdoor PE is every Monday afternoon for all of Y4.

Indoor PE for 4SA is every Wednesday until they start swimming. Year 4 have no indoor PE slot during the weeks they go swimming.

 

Our Learning Journeys

These are the different cross curricular topics we learn about throughout the year.

Autumn 1

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In this half term Year 4 will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks! We will be reading a variety of Greek Myths and using the characters and themes as a stimulus for our own writing.
We will be exploring evidence such as pictures and artefacts to discover more about what life was like for the Ancient Greeks and the Gods and Goddesses they worshipped.

 

Year 4 also get to take part in an exciting Ancient Greece workshop day within school. Additionally, to further extend our learning, we will also be visiting the British Museum on 10th October to see real life Ancient Greek displays and a chance to see many other interesting artefacts.

Autumn 2

During this half term our learning journey will be ‘Our local area’. Through local walks, research and personal experiences, children will be identifying places of interest in the local area, locating these on a variety of maps, and understanding more about our local area’s past, present and future.

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Spring 1

This half term we will be learning all about the Ancient Egyptians for our learning journey. We will find out about everyday life in Ancient Egypt as well as learning about the exciting Pharoahs who ruled the land, the mighty and magnificent Pyramids and Gods and Goddesses.

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Challenge Yourself

  • Can you design and draw your own Egyptian god goddess?
    •    Make a 3D model of an ancient Egyptian pyramid or temple.
  • Create your own set of fact cards/top trump cards for Pharaohs or  Gods/Goddesses
  • • Research an area of Ancient Egypt (such as famous pharaohs or the mummification process) and present your research in a creative way. This could be a poster, a fact-file, a PowerPoint presentation or any other way you can think of to display your information.
  • Design and make your own Egyptian mask for a pharaoh.

 

Please bring in your Challenge Homework for us to see and put on display!

 

 

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Challenge Yourself!

  • Can you make your own puppet of the main character in the story Edward Tulane?
  • Can you write about an interesting journey that you have been on and draw a map?
  • Could you research famous explorers and create a fact file of their journeys?
  • Can you create a timeline of toys throughout history?

 

Summer 2

4JS

  • In this half term 4JS we will be reading and analyzing a selection of traditional tales.
  • We will be comparing and discussing characters from a selection of stories.
  • Give some reasons why things happen and or characters change.
  • Children will investigate different Traditional Tales and their features.
  • Look at some of the language used in these stories.
  • Children will be creating their own fairy tale
  • Retelling a story through drama
  • Diary entries and a letter home
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Subject Areas and Year 4 Information

 

English

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Autumn 1

In English, we will be using a selection of Greek Myths as the stimulus for our own writing. The children will learn how to use expanded noun phrases to add detail to character and setting descriptions. We will also be looking at different sentence openers to make our writing more interesting for the reader. Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of grammar and punctuation through separate SPAG lessons as well as within English lessons.
Children will continue to develop their reading skills through Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner.

 

Autumn 2

We will be writing postcards home, newspaper and non chronological reports, diary entries and poetry.  Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of grammar and punctuation through separate SPAG lessons as well as within English lessons.
Children will continue to develop their reading skills through Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner and the school Library.

 

Spring 1

We will be learning how to write instructions for the mummification process, creating and describing our own Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses and becoming archaeologists for the day and writing diary entries to report our discoveries. Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of grammar and punctuation through separate SPAG lessons as well as within English lessons.
Children will continue to develop their reading skills through Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner and the school Library.

 

Spring 2

Y4

 

All of our English this half term will be based on the story of the Varjak Paw. We will be learning to write newspaper reports, formal and informal letters, character and setting descriptions as well as exploring the characters and events of the book through drama.

 

In Y4 we will be using the events and characters from Varjak Paw to support our writing. We will be exploring the characters and events through drama and visualization to help us write diary entries, newspaper reports, setting descriptions and poetry.

Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of grammar and punctuation through separate SPAG lessons as well as within English lessons.
Children will continue to develop their reading skills through shared texts, Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner and the school Library.

 

Summer 1

Through studying the story of Edward Tulane, children will learn how to identify with characters in a story, drawing inferences about character’s thoughts and feelings. Children will explore how the author Kate DiCamillo uses language to create an impression on the reader. The book is set in another country, exploring the themes of friendship and loyalty. Children will use these ideas in their writing of poetry, character descriptions, playscripts and autobiographies.

Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of grammar and punctuation through separate SPAG lessons as well as within English lessons.
Children will continue to develop their reading skills through shared texts, Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner and the school Library.

 

Through studying the story of our Summer Learning Journey children will learn how to identify with characters in a story, drawing inferences about character’s thoughts and feelings. Children will use these ideas in their writing of poetry, character descriptions, playscripts and autobiographies.

Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of grammar and punctuation through separate SPAG lessons as well as within English lessons.
Children will continue to develop their reading skills through shared texts, Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner and the school Library.

Maths

 

 

 

Autumn 1

In Maths this half term Year 4 will be focussing on Number and Place Value. We will be investigating and exploring the place value of digits in numbers up to 1000, using lots of practical resources to help us. This will then help us to order and compare numbers and round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000! We will also be looking at Roman numerals and how comparing their number system to our own.

 

Autumn 2

In Maths we will continue to develop a deeper understanding of number by exploring addition and subtraction,  through practical tasks and pictorial representations. Children will be expected to solve problems, explain their methods and use a range of different methods.

Children will be taught to:

•add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using column addition and subtraction

•estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation

•solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why

 

Spring 1

In Maths this term children will be building on their knowledge of addition and subtraction by exploring the concepts of multiplication. Children should be able to demonstrate their understanding using concrete resources and pictures, as well as solving abstract calculations and problems presented in a variety of different ways.

Children will be taught to:

  • recall multiplication facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
  • recognise factors and multiples of numbers
  • multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout
  • count in multiples of 6,7,9,25 and 1000
  • use their knowledge of place value to multiply and divide by 10 and 100
  • be able to multiply mentally including by 0 and 1 and multiplying 3 numbers

 

Spring 2

This half term in Maths children will be relating their knowledge of multiplication to learn how to divide. They should be able to apply their knowledge of what division means to solve problems and explain their mathematical thinking.

  • recall the division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

Children will learn to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks and measure and calculate perimeters using different units of measure.

  • Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to
    minute]
  • measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres
  • find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
  • read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks
  • solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds;
    years to months; weeks to days.

 

Summer 1

In Maths this half term children will be building on their previous learning of measures by finding the areas of shapes. We will also be learning about fractions and how these relate to division. We will continue to use concrete resources and pictures to help us with our learning and gain a deeper understanding of these concepts.

Children will be taught to:

  • convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]
  • find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
  • recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
  • count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by 100 and dividing tenths by 10
  • solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundreds
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents to1/4,1/2,3/4
  • find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths
  • round decimals with 1 decimal place to the nearest whole number
  • compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to 2 decimal places
  • solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to 2 decimal places

 

Summer 2

In Maths this half term children will be building on their previous learning from the past year, working on securing their knowledge and understanding of the new methods they have been taught.

This half term the children will be learning to.

  • compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places
  • round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents
  • find the effect of dividing a one or two digit number by 10 or 100
  • identifying the value of the digits in the answers as ones, tenths and hundredths.
  • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence
  • solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.

 

 

Science

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Autumn 1
This first half term we will be learning about Electricity. As part of this topic we will be learning about what electricity is and its dangers, as well as creating our own simple circuits!

 

Autumn 2

In our Science lessons we will be learning about ‘Living things and their habitats’. Through exploration of our local area and environment, we will be able to group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. We will also be learning about how environments can change over time and the danger this can pose to living things.

 

Spring 1

In Science, we will be continuing with our ‘Living things in their habitats’ topic by exploring our local area (weather permitting.)

We will also be learning about food chains, the digestive system and the functions of our teeth. In this topic children will be investigating  how we digest our food and the organs involved in this process.

 

Spring 2

This half term we will be continuing with our Science topic of ‘Humans including animals’ and learning in more detail about the functions of each organ in the digestive system. We will make models and recreate the digestive process before writing stories about the journey of a piece of food.

 

Summer 1

In Science this half term our topic is ‘Sound’. We will be learning all about how sounds are made, what pitch and volume are and how different sounds are made and changed.

 

Summer 2

This half term our topic is ‘States of matter’. Here we will be comparing and grouping materials together, according whether they are solids, liquids or gases.

 

Computing

 

 

Autumn 1

Children will review online safety rules and how to behave respectfully online & the importance of private passwords.
Children will develop their presentation skills with PowerPoint and Photo Story 3.

 

Autumn 2

We will be learning how to code this half term! Children will be introduced to variables within coding and will continue to learn how to use the internet safely and develop their word processing skills.

 

Spring 1

We will be learning ‘presentation skills’ with Ancient Egyptian PowerPoint. We will also have a ‘Safer Internet Day’ and learn the importance of keeping personal information safe.

 

Spring 2

Year 4 will be introduced to spreadsheets this half term and will be collecting data, entering it into a spreadsheet and producing graphs.

Online safety lessons will include discussions about how children report an issue or concern.

 

Summer 1

Our computing unit in Year 4 this half term is ‘Coding Unit 4b Repetition and loops.’In this unit pupils will learn how to use loops and conditional if statements in their code.

The year 4 online safety focus will be – What can you trust on the web?

 

Summer 2

Our computing unit in Year 4 this half term is using the iPad linked to our Learning Journey, where children will learn how to create an e-book using Book Creator.

The year 4 online safety focus will be – Summer online safety week

 

Art and Design and Technology

 

 

 

Autumn 1
Children will look at artwork from Ancient Greece. They will discover that all of the pictures tell a story and we have learnt lots about the Ancient Greeks from their art including lots about the Olympic games. They will design and create their own Greek vases.

 

Autumn 2

We will be creating our own landscapes of the local area using different materials and in DT we will be constructing famous London landmarks. There will opportunities for us to develop our photography skills as we explore the local area and study local artists and photographers.

 

Spring 1

Children will be making their own mummies using Paper Mache, They will be designing and creating their own masks of an Egyptian god or goddess. With the use of clay, children will recreate the Rosetta stone, writing a message using Hieroglyphics.

 

Spring 2

We will be sketching using written descriptions of Iron man and recreating scenes from the book in different mediums. We will also be creating our own Iron Man silhouettes to retell the story.

Children will be using Dave McKean’s illustrations as inspiration for our pictures. We will use charcoal and pencils to draw scenes from the book in the same style as the illustrator. We also created a whole class collage from our pointillist paintings of the Varjak Paw cover.

 

Summer 1

In Design and Technology this half term we will be designing and making our own puppets, based on characters in Edward Tulane. We will also be exploring different artwork depicting journeys and using the illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline to recreate our own.

 

Summer 2

In Art and design we shall be exploring different works and techniques  of artist who have painted portraits  and landscapes over the years. Children will try to recreate a piece of work linked to their Learning journey and  using their own techniques to their final piece.

 

Humanities

 

 

 

Autumn 1
Children will learn about life in Ancient Greece such as homes, work and leisure activities. They will research the Ancient Greeks through a variety of sources including books and artefacts. They will learn where the Ancient Greece period is on a timeline and will use an atlas to locate where Greece is on a world map.

 

Autumn 2

Children will learn about the local area and how it has changed over time. They will look at different homes around the world and use an atlas to locate these homes.

 

Spring 1

Children will be learning about the Location of Egypt, the River Nile and why it was so important to the Egyptians.

They will be researching how the Egyptians lived and looking at their timeline in a little more detail.

 

Spring 2 

During International week each class will be studying a different country around the world; the location, traditions and famous landmarks and people.

 

Summer 1

This half term in our humanities lessons we will be developing our map skills and exploring different journeys worldwide. This will be linked to research of famous explorers and their journeys.

Summer 2

This will be linked to our Learning journey, researching (using ICT) countries involved in the world cup and some history linked to this.

Exploring the history of the circus, where did it all begin?

Traditional tales, researching stories from around the world.

 

Music

 

 

 

Autumn 1
Children will look at the Italian composer Tarquino Merula. They have been listening to a composition called ‘Chiaccona’, extracting notes, patterns and scales used. They will transfer this knowledge into creating melodic ostinatos in their music groups, and using prior knowledge of rests/silent beats.

 

Autumn 2

This half term the children have been thinking about sounds they might hear in their local area. They will create ‘sound stories’ using a range of instruments to tell a story about a walk in the local area.

 

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RE

 

 

 

Autumn 1

Children will discuss why we study about different religions and compare beliefs and festivals among the six main world religions. They will also study the beliefs and festivals of the Ancient Greeks.

 

Autumn 2

This half term in RE we will be studying places of worship, locating different buildings of faith within our local area and exploring the insides of each in a little more detail.

 

Spring 1

This Spring   we will continue to study places of worship, locating different buildings of faith within our local area and exploring the insides of each in a little more detail.

 

Spring 2

We are continuing to study places of worship, including mosques, synagogues, churches and temples and have written guides and descriptions explaining the features of each.

 

Summer 1

In RE this half term we will be exploring a range of religious stories and sacred writings about God, the world and how we should treat it and human life. We will be comparing different religious beliefs and will understand the similarities and differences in the answers faiths give to questions and the ways in which faiths express and interpret ideas.

 

Summer 2

This half term   we will be concluding our studies with Hinduism and Sikhism. Exploring their  places of worship, objects and the importance of their faith.

 

Spanish

 

 

Autumn 1
Children will be learning how to introduce themselves and talk about themselves. Why not get your child to introduce themselves in Spanish to you at home!

 

Autumn 2

This half term we will be learning how to talk about our family in Spanish.

 

Spring 1

This half term we will be learning how to order breakfast food and drink in Spanish.

 

Spring 2

4AV

We will be learning how to say different parts of the body in Spanish, how to say objects around the classroom and how to describe and say different habitats in Spanish.

 

Summer 1

This half term we will be learning how to say pets in Spanish.

We will also be learning how to say when our birthdays are and how to describe the weather in Spanish.

 

Summer 1

 This half term we will be learning how to say pets in Spanish. We will also be learning how to say when our birthdays are and how to describe the weather in Spanish.

 

PE and Swimming

 

 

 

Autumn 1

Your child is expected to have appropriate PE and swimming kit with them for every session.
Indoor PE this half term is ‘Healthy, Active Lifestyle’ Children will learn how to warm up and cool down before exercising and create their own games for keeping fit. Outdoor PE is ‘Invasion Games’ and the children will be learning skills to play Basketball.

 

Autumn 2

Indoor PE this half term is ‘Healthy, Active Lifestyle’.Children will learn how to warm up and cool down before exercising and create their own games for keeping fit.
In outdoor PE sessions we will be focusing on developing our skills in football and hockey. We will be learning how to play with increased speed, accuracy and control.

 

 

Spring 1

Indoor PE this half term is ‘Healthy, Active Lifestyle’.Children will learn how to warm up and cool down before exercising and create their own games for keeping fit.
In outdoor PE sessions we will be focusing on developing our skills in tag rugby. We will be learning how to play with increased speed, accuracy and control.

 

 

Spring 2

Indoor PE this half term is dance. In 4KW and 4EO children will be creating their own dance sequences in the style of cats. In 4AV children will also be creating their own dance sequences based on the events of the first chapter of the Iron Man.

In outdoor PE sessions we will be focusing on developing our skills in cricket. We will be learning how to throw and bowl with increased accuracy and control and be will practising our catching and batting skills in mini games.

 

 

Summer 1

Indoor PE this half term is gymnastics. Children will be learning how to perform a range of rolling movements with consistency and fluency. They will also be combining actions to make sequences.

In outdoor PE children will be developing their skills in athletics.

 

 

Summer 2

Indoor PE this half term is gymnastiCS. Children will be learning how to perform a range of rolling movements with consistency and fluency. They will also be combining actions to make sequences.

In outdoor PE children will be developing their skills in athletics.

 

Homework

This year children will expected to practise their times tables and spellings each week for homework and should be reading every night. Please look on the Maths website page below this on to find links to website to help your child.

Spellings are out on a Tuesday and should be back by the following Monday- children will be tested on Friday. If you look on the Children's Page on the school website, you will find useful links to spelling activities and games.

When your child has read a book, please encourage them to write a review.

If you would like to help your child at home, please click on the following links;
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