Welcome to Year 4
If you need any further information about what is going on in your child’s class, or you would like to discuss anything in more detail, please contact the class teacher directly via email or call the school office for a telephone appointment.
Long Term Curriculum Plan
Yearly Curriculum Plan
We will look at the units covering ‘Animals Including Humans – Teeth’ and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. In these units we will sort, classify and identify living things in different habitats, interpret food chains and learn about teeth and the first stage of the digestive system.
This term we will be covering the themes ‘The Bible’ and ‘Trust in God’. The children will explore what it means to trust in God, learn about trust through the bible and learn how to find a bible reference.
Invasion Games – applying skills and tactics to small game situations.
OAA – taking part in challenges individually and with a team.
Art / Design Technology
In art and design we will look at the work of Margaret Godfrey and produce water colour paintings and collages of volcanoes. In DT we will explore levers and linkages to create a poster all about volcanoes.
History / Geography
In Geography, we will learn about volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes. The children will learn about the features of volcanoes, their formation and discover how they are distributed around the world. The will learn about the features and key aspects of earthquakes and find out about the movement of tectonic plates and about seismic waves.
We will be looking at pulse, rhythm, pitch, singing and playing instruments all linked to Abba’s ‘Mamma Mia’. We will explore and develop playing skills on the glockenspiels.
The children will be using the ipads for research, looking at coding activities (comics) and continuing to learn to use computers safely.
We will be using Language Angels to explore conversation about ourselves and our families.
Across the autumn term, we will be working on number: place value, addition and subtraction, measurement: length and perimeter and multiplication and division.
This term we will be learning about adventure stories, retelling and character descriptions, focussing on using complex sentences, fronted adverbials and using inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech. We will also continue to work on the Year3/4 statutory spellings and continue to work on editing and improving our writing.
We will look at the units ‘states of matter’ and ‘sound’. The children will compare materials depending on whether they are solids, liquids or gases and observe that some materials change state when they are heated and cooled. Within our sound topic, they will identify how sounds are made and find patterns between volume and strength of vibrations. The children will plan and carry out their own investigations to answer scientific questions.
This term we will be looking at role models and what a good example of a role model would look like. We will explore the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. We will consider questions within the Bible and try to draw on our knowledge and sources to help us to answer these.
Gymnastics –movement, balance and using the apparatus. Dance and indoor games.
Geography / History
In History, we will the look at the Roman legacy linking this to our home, in Lancaster.
In Geography, we will continue our locational knowledge by looking at Europe, locating all the countries. We will also learn to identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. Finally, we will look at OS maps to learn 4 figure grid references, symbols and compass points.
We will look at John Williams as a composer and Joni Mitchell as a performer, exploring Folk music too. We will also be learning and performing our Easter Play.
The children will be using the ipads and laptops for spreadsheet skills, logos and times table knowledge.
We will be using Language Angels to explore conversation at a cafe and more about our families. We will look at habitats too.
Across the spring term, we will be working on multiplication and division, area and shape and then exploring fractions –linking this to decimals and calculations.
This term we will be looking the book, ‘Cinnamon’ by Neil Gaiman and using this to write predictions, letters and persuasive writing. We will explore poetry, looking at haikus, and we will continue to use slow writing to practise our writing skills too.
Within our science work, we will look at the unit ‘electricity’. The children will learn how to construct a simple series electrical circuit and identify and name its various parts. We will also investigate common conductors and insulators and apply what we have learnt during this unit to design and create a night light in DT.
This term we will be looking at the mission of the church and belonging to God. We will continue to explore questions that we can ask of the Bible and our responses to these.
Athletics and swimming.
Art / Design Technology
In Art and Design, we will be looking at the work of William Morris to create our own printing tiles. In DT, we will be looking at electrical circuits and designing and making night lights.
Geography / History
In History, we will continue to explore the Roman legacy linking this to our home, in Lancaster.
In Geography, we will use Digimaps to develop our mapping skills and carry out fieldwork on the Lake District, linked to our school visit. We will also compare our learning of the Lake District to the French Alps.
We will be looking at learning to play the recorder and create our own compositions. We will also be singing and performing using the song, Lean On Me.
The children will be using the ipads and laptops for research, continued coding activities and times table knowledge.
We will be using Language Angels to explore stories and classroom language.
Across the summer term, we will be looking at decimals, money, the area of figures, geometry, position and movement and exploring mass, volume and length.
This term we will be looking at myths and legends and using different styles of sentences to interest our reader. We will also look at report writing , work around our class novel (Varjak Paw) and continue to use slow writing to practise our writing skills too. In our reading sessions, we will continue to work on answering point and evidence questions about a range of texts.
Why not complete this trail set by Lancaster University Engineering Department? You could take photos along the way and keep a diary/information book of the trail.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we look for new ways for our pupils to stay active and improve mental and physical well-being, we have recently ordered a skipping rope for each pupil (#RopestopupilsChristmas) from Dan the Skipping Man.
This is a gift to say a big thank you for their hard work this year.
Your child will be receiving their skipping rope very shortly, if they have not already.
The aim is for the skipping ropes to be used alongside the video resources online from Dan the Skipping Man.
After the Christmas break we would like the children to bring the skipping ropes back to school, so they can be kept within their class bubble. They will be used in PE lessons and break times when they are permitted to carry on with this great initiative.
Guidance for new inspiration and ideas see our website (website Link)
Here is your welcome video to give your children some inspiration: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WUxZOLgaqJS3VVJxHRNKNl0UXEj1Bocd/view?usp=sharing
Please encourage your children to try these new skills, tricks and challenges, to stay healthy and most of all have fun!
Merry Christmas and Happy Skipping!
From all at St Bernadette’s
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