Year 4

Autumn 1 - Indian Adventure

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Have you got your passport ready? Join us for a long flight across the globe as we journey to the fascinating and intriguing country of India. Here we will learn about bustling city life, explore the serene jungles and take a visit to the scorching deserts. We will visit the beautiful Taj Mahal and use our senses and amazing adjectives to describe our visit.

We will meet Kelu from the story ‘Footprints in the Forest’ and learn about her visit to get vibrant flowers for the village festival. We will learn about the culture and traditions through enchanting Indian stories and consider what life is like for children in a traditional Indian village or large city.

For the artists amongst us we get the chance to create our own Rangoli patterns and decorate a striking elephant using Indian patterns. At the end of the half term, we will have fun dressing up in traditional Indian clothing and sampling delicious Indian food when we celebrate India Day.

In Science we learn lots of super sound facts. We have great fun watching rice dance on a drum to illustrate sound vibrations, investigate how to change the pitch of sounds and make our own instruments.  As part of our Music learning, all children in Year 4 begin guitar lessons where we learn how to play a selection of catchy tunes. In Computing we use the internet for research and present our learning using Powerpoint or Word.

In P.E. we learn traditional Indian dance moves and choreograph our own routine to Jai Ho. It is great fun!

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Setting description
  • Information text
  • Character description
  • Story Writing
  • Instructions
  • Suspense writing
  • Poetry 

 

  • Full stops and capital letters
  • Use of conjunctions
  • Use of similes
  • Use of adverbs
  • Use of adjectives
  • Spelling patterns: adding –ly, suffixes: -sure, -ture, -tion

 

Mathematics Chest 
-read and write 4 digit numbers and know what each digit represents - compare 4 digit numbers using < and > and place on a number line – read and write Roman Numerals up to 100 – round numbers to nearest 10, 100 and 1000 – count in 1000s – count in 25s – add and subtract 10, 100 and 1000 – count using negative numbers – add and subtract numbers with 3 or more digits using a column method

 

Autumn 2 - Sugar and Spice and all Things Nice

For those of you with a sweet tooth, this is the topic for you! Come with us to Cadbury World where we will discover the delights of making delicious chocolate. On our visit we learn about the history of the Cadbury family, when cocoa beans were first used to make chocolate and the manufacturing process from bean to bar. Our favourite part, of course, is tasting the mouth-watering chocolate!

We enjoy reading Roald Dahl’s classic: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We learn to love the characters from the story and describe them, using lots of ambitious adjectives. We also develop our story writing skills when writing our own exciting stories set in Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Finally, you become teachers for the day and write a school report for the mischievous William Wonka.

As part of our Design and Technology topic we use inspiration from our Cadbury visit to help us design our very own Wonka chocolate bar. In our Religious Education lessons we learn about important religious celebrations such as Harvest, Diwali and Christmas.

In Science we learn about different types of teeth and how our bodies digest food. We consider how to look after our teeth and carry out an exciting investigation to discover which liquid does the most damage to our teeth. A highlight of this term is our fantastic Year 4 Production, which we really enjoy; the children have the opportunity to present their acting, singing and dancing skills.

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Setting description
  • Character description
  • Diary entry
  • Biography
  • Story writing
  • Explanation Writing
  • Playscripts

 

 

  • Apostrophes for possession
  • Conjunctions
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Exclamation marks
  • Inverted commas for speech
  • Spelling patterns: single consonant before adding a suffix, homophones,

 

Mathematics Chest 
- subtract numbers with 3 or more digits using a column method – solve addition and subtraction problems – use the inverse operation to check calculations – convert between metric units of measurement – calculate the perimeter of rectangles and squares – calculate the perimeter of rectilinear shapes – multiply and dive by 10 and 100 – recall multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12

 

Spring 1 - Walk like an Egyptian

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Have you ever travelled back in time? This half term we will travel back thousands of years to a time when pyramids covered the landscape and pharaohs ruled over the lands. Let’s explore Ancient Egypt! We will learn lots of fascinating facts about the Ancient Egyptians and put these together in a useful information text for children. We turn our hand to journalism by writing a newspaper report about Howard Carter’s astonishing discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and describe some of the fascinating treasures found inside.

Do you know how to mummify someone? Join us as we discover the strange Ancient Egyptian process of mummification and write a diary entry about your experiences as an embalmer. As well as this, we write our own suspense stories set in a mummy’s tomb.

 In Geography we look at key features on a map of Egypt and consider how important the River Nile was to the lives of the Ancient Egyptian people.

In Art we make our own papyrus and then write our names using Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Science this term is all about electricity. Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians were one of the first civilisations to discover electricity? We learn how to make electrical circuits, what happens when more bulbs are added and how to make a switch.

We consider the importance of using electricity safely and learn about renewable sources of electricity. 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Newspaper writing
  • Instructions
  • Diary writing
  • Story writing
  • Setting description

 

 

  • Fronted adverbials
  • Relative clauses
  • Conjunctions
  • Inverted commas for speech
  • Spelling patterns: prefixes: sub-, anti-, super-, inter- 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- recall multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 – use an expanded column method to multiply a 2- or 3-digit number by a 1-digit number – use short column multiplication to multiply a 2- or 3-digit number by a 1-digit number – use mental strategies to divide 2-digit numbers – divide 3-digit numbers using short division – calculate area of squares, rectangles and rectilinear shapes by counting squares – identify equivalent fractions – understand when a fraction is greater than 1 – add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

 

 

Spring 2 - Dragons

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What a wonderful city Birmingham is! This half term we learn about our local area and discover many fascinating facts about brilliant Birmingham. As part of our local study we become passionate advertisers by creating a fantastic leaflet showing off all the wonderful places to visit in Birmingham. We learn about the importance of key facilities such as Brindley Place, the new Birmingham library, the Jewellery Quarter, NIA, the National Sea Life Centre and the Museum and Art Gallery.

We develop our knowledge about Birmingham’s famous people, inventions and special events over time; for example we discover key advances made by Matthew Boulton at the Birmingham Mint. In English we learn about the life of Thomas Holte and write a ghost story set at the impressive Aston Hall. We also learn about the life of the famous coin forger William Booth, who lived local to Great Barr.

 For the scientists amongst us we learn about the characteristics of solid, liquids and gases; we discover how solids, liquids and gases behave differently and we carry out an exciting investigation involving evaporation. Our computing skills are enhanced when we become computer programmers. Here we get to design and program our very own times tables game which we then present to an audience. In R.E. this half term we learn about forgiveness and how we show belonging to different groups. It’s time to make a splash! During the Spring Term we are able to develop our swimming strokes and be aware of water safety.

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Leaflet writing
  • Letter writing
  • Poetry writing
  • Descriptive writing
  • Suspense story writing

 

 

  • Commas in a list
  • Fronted Adverbials
  • Relative clauses
  • Question marks
  • Adverbs
  • Spelling patterns: prefixes: im-, ir-, il-

 

Mathematics Chest 
- find fractions of amounts – complete fraction sequences – recognise and write decimal equivalences for tenths and hundredths – order and compare decimals with up to 2 decimal places – count up and down in equal steps using decimal numbers – solve problems involving decimals – divide by 10 and 100 – convert between centimetres and metres

 

Summer 1 - Take a walk on the Wild Side

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Pack your sun cream and binoculars as we travel to the breath-taking continent: Africa. Here we will see some beautiful animals such as: white lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes. In English we read the moving story ‘The Butterfly Lion’ and use this throughout the half term to influence our writing. We learn about Bertie and his striking white lion cub.

In the role of Bertie we write a letter to Monsieur Merlot persuading him to leave the white lion cub in Africa. As authors, we write a new chapter for a story set at a magnificent circus. We also journey to the African wilderness and describe the astonishing sight when all the amazing animals gather at the waterhole. We become play-script writers and transform an event from ‘The Butterfly Lion’ into a play-script.

After our visit to the wonderful West Midland Safari Park, we become chief advertisers by creating a wonderful advert for new visitors. In Science we begin our learning about ‘Living in Environments’. Here we find out about identifying and grouping animals according to their characteristics using classification keys.

We also learn about different habitats and how to look after them. In Music we listen to and compose our own African style of music. As part of our P.E. lessons this term we enhance our throwing, catching, bat and ball skills when playing Kwik Cricket and rounders.

We are very keen to demonstrate our Spanish language skills as we have simple conversations with each other. In R.E. this half term, we consider how opinions and rules influence our behaviour and we learn about the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Diary writing
  • Setting description
  • Playscript
  • Persuasive letter
  • Narrative writing
  • Persuasive leaflet

 

 

 

  • Use of time connectives
  • Commas in sentences
  • Question and exclamation marks
  • Past tense verbs
  • Prepositions
  • Adverbs
  • Brackets for stage directions
  • Inverted commas for speech
  • Spelling patterns: suffixes: -ation, -sion, -ssion, -cian

 

Mathematics Chest 
- understand place value in decimal numbers – add to decimal numbers to make a whole – round decimal numbers to the nearest whole – express tenths and hundredths as decimals – recognise decimal equivalents for ½, ¼, ¾ - recognise pounds and pence – compare and order amounts of money – add and subtract amounts of money – multiply and divide amounts of money – round amounts of money – solve problems involving money – read analogue time to the nearest minute – convert between hours, minutes and seconds, days and weeks, months and years – convert analogue time to 12-hour and 24-hour digital – present and interpret data on a bar chart – solve problems involving data presented in a bar chart, pictogram or table

 

Summer 2 - Platform 9 and 3/4

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Wands and broomsticks at the ready as we leave this muggle world and head off to Howarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Be ready for a magical adventure as we read ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. We will learn about the life of J.K Rowling and design our very own enchanted items. In English, we will journey into the realm of wizards and meet many of the characters in J.K. Rowling’s much loved book.

We will delve into life as a first year at Hogwarts and become fascinated with the mysterious creatures lurking in the Forbidden Forest. Our hands will turn to journalism when a dark wizard or witch tries to break into Gringotts, the wizard bank, and we are the first to report of the terrible crime. We will work our magic in Art, creating a silhouette picture of Hogwarts. In computing we will discover Pottermore and create a colourful fact-file about one of the characters from Harry Potter. In Science, we will continue our work on ‘Living in Environments’, understanding the positive and negative impacts humans have and how environments change over time.

After this we will put our thinking caps on as we carry out a series of mini-investigations, including learning how optical illusions work and the occurrence of static electricity. As the magic draws to a close, we will practise our Quidditch skills and potion making on our Harry Potter themed day. However, no muggles allowed!

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • Diary writing
  • Setting description
  • Character description
  • Poetry
  • Narrative writing
  • Newspaper article
  • Report writing

 

 

 

  • Use of time connectives
  • Question and exclamation marks
  • Irregular past tense verbs
  • Prepositions
  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Inverted commas for speech
  • Spelling patterns: topic words, suffix: -geous and –ious

 

 

 

Mathematics Chest 
- present and interpret data presented on a line graph – identify acute, obtuse and right angles – compare and order angles – compare and classify triangles – accurately draw different triangles – identify and describe properties of quadrilaterals – accurately construct and draw quadrilaterals – identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes – create a symmetrical pattern – complete symmetric figures – read and plot coordinates – translate shapes through coordinates – identify and describe properties of 3D shapes

 

Please note that Parent Information Leaflets are sent out each half term with further details.