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Queenswell Junior School

Year 4

The teachers this year will be Miss Poncia 4VP, Ms Sheehan 4JS and Ms Alam 4SA

 The other adults to help you are Ms Sonanki, Mrs Achilleos, Mrs Fidanboylu, Mrs Leach, Ms Calliste, Miss Lucas, Mrs Pali and Mrs Khajuria.

 

Homework

 

Times Table Rockstars
Reading 20+ minutes daily

Spellings, these will be given out on a Tuesdsay and they should be handed back in the following Monday.

 

Challenge Homework

 

1. Create a fact file about your local area.

2. Make a 3D model of a building in our local area.

3. Draw or paint a picture of your local area.

 

 

Our Learning Journeys

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

 

Autumn 1

The Ancient Greeks

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. 

 

Autumn 2

Our Local Area

 

 

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. 

 

Spring 1

The Ancient Egyptians

 

 

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.

 

Spring 2

Power of Reading

 

 

This half-term Year 4 will be studying the Power of Reading text, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. This book is about the magical story of the adventures of a lost toy rabbit from a New York Times bestselling author and twice winner of the Newbery Medal, Kate DiCamillo. We will use this text to write creatively and to understand characters feelings, encouraging the children to also write descriptively and imaginatively.

 

Summer 1

Power of Reading

 

 

This half-term Year 4 will be using the Power of Reading text Varjak Paw by SF Said, to help them to use descriptive language to describe characters within the book. They will also make a non-fiction leaflet about rare cats using the layout of an information text. Furthermore, they will conduct their own research on i-pads to compare and contrast urban and rural life, which is so richly described in the text. In their Art lessons they will sketch their own interpretation of the characters and also create a mosaic cat in the style of the artist Vincent Van Gogh.

 

Summer 2

Toys

 

 

During this final half-term, Year 4 will be learning all about Terrific Toys! This is a child-led learning journey topic which will allow the children to learn all about the history of toys and to describe their favourite toy. In addition to this,  they will get a chance to use persuasive writing to convince us to buy their toy and will link DT with English by using instructional texts to design and build a toy. Finally, they will write an evaluation of their design and build process.

 

Subject Areas

 

English

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 also write job descriptions for Pharoahs of the time. 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

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  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.

 

Summer 1

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 character descriptions, to compare and contrast settings and to discuss 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 2

Through studying the topic 'Toys' this helf-term, during English lessons the children will get a chance to write persuasive texts,  also to describe their favourite toy and to learn about the history of Toys. During Art/DT lessons they will be given the opportunity to design and build a toy. Once they have designed the toy and built it across a number of weeks, they will write an evaluation about the design and build process.  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
  • Divide a two-digit by a one-digit number using a formal written layout
  • Measure the perimeter of a shape
  • Find the area of  a shape
  • 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

 

 

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

Coding Unit 4b Repetition and loops

In this coding unit pupils will combine their understanding of using time events and variables in code. They learn how computers use repetition and loops to do things over and over again (and again!).

Our online safety focus for the first half of the Spring Term 2019 is Be Internet Secure: Protect Your Stuff. Children will learn how to build strong passwords for their important accounts using at least eight characters, a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols, e.g. L3tspl@y

We will also be celebrating Safer Internet Day 2019 on Tuesday 5th February.  The theme is: Together for a better internet. During computing lessons over the week of 4/2/19 - 7/2/19 children will focus on Understanding consent in a digital world.

 

History

 

 

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.

 

Autumn 2

During this half term the children will learn about the local area and how it has changed over time. They will be comparing and contrasting different photographs and looking at how people lived and used the land around them.  We will be researching how the land has changed over time that Queenswell Jnr School is located on.

 

Spring 1

This half term, the children will be looking at the history of Ancient Egypt.  They will research how people lived and what their every day jobs where. They will be looking at how the Ancient Egyptians worshipped and they will learn about the different Gods and Goddesses.

 

Spring 2 

During International week each class will be studying a different country around the world; we will be learning about the history and culture of that country.

 

Summer 1

This will be linked to research of famous explorers and their journeys.

 

Summer 2

This will be linked to our Learning Journey 'Toys'. The children will be researching (using ICT) toys from around the world using maps and will also develop a timeline of toys.

 

Geography 

 

 

Autumn 1

During this half term the children will use their Geography skills to locate where Greece is on a world map.  They will also be looking at how the Ancient Greek world was made up of lots of different islands and city states.

 

Autumn 2

During this half term the children will be locating on a map where Whetstone, Barnet and London are located on different maps.  We will also be taking traffic surveys at different times of the day and comparing these.  The children will also look at the environmental impacts of the traffic on the area. 

 

Spring 1

This half term, the children will be learning about the Location of Egypt, the River Nile and why it was so important to the Egyptians.  We will also be locating Egypt on a world map.

 

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 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 'Toys'. The children will be researching (using ICT) toys from around the world using maps and will also develop a timeline of toys.

 

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.

 

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 learn about the connections between various religions, covering holy books and concentrate mainly on Judaism and Christianity. We will learn about how the teachings within Holy Books can influence our actions.

 

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. We will also explore Buddhism and meditation in some detail.

 

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.

 

Art & DT

 

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 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 we shall be exploring different works and techniques  of artists who have painted portraits  and landscapes over the years.  They will also design and build a Toy during DT lessons as out topic is all about Toys.

 

PE & 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’ and we will concentrate on gymnastics..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.

 

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. 4JS are also learning about objects within their classroom in Spanish, 'Mi Clase'. 

 

Spring 2

We will be learning how to say different parts of the body in Spanish 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.

 

Summer 2

This half term the children will review all above topics and revise all the vocabulary learnt throughout the year. 

 

PSHCE

 

Autumn

 

Health Education and Emotional Health

Children will learn about what food is healthy and why, to recognise opportunities to make their own choices about food, what might influence their choices and the benefits of eating a balanced diet.  Additionally, children will learn how their body will change as they approach and move through puberty.

 

Emotional Health – self awareness

Children will learn about different types of relationships including friends and families, civil partnerships and marriage, that civil partnerships and marriage are examples of stable, loving relationships and a public demonstration of the commitment made between two people who love and care for each other and want to spend their lives together and who are of the legal age to make that commitment.  As well as this, the children will learn about how it feels to lose someone.

 

Citizenship / British Values 

Children will learn about how the media influences decisions and be able to debate a topical issue.

 

Spring

 

Drug education

Children will learn about the effects of smoking and how to make safe decisions.  Additionally, children will learn how to make informed choices (including recognising that choices can have positive, neutral and negative consequences) and strong feelings and mood swings.

 

Anti-bullying

Children will learn that their actions affect themselves and others, about the concept of ‘keeping something
confidential or secret’, when we should or should not agree to this and when it is right to ‘break a confidence’ or ‘share a secret’.


Persuasion and pressure

Children will learn about sources of persuasion including the media.  They will also learn more about the local community, the importance of protecting personal information, including passwords, addresses and images.

 

Summer

 

Emotional Health

Children will learn about the emotional changes they may experience during puberty.  Additionally, children will learn about types of behaviour and their consequences.

 

Exclusion/inclusion

Children will learn about equal opportunities and their importance.

 

Citizenship / British Values

Children will learn  about what voluntary agencies do and plan and undertake a simple fundraising
project.

 

 

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