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Year 4

Welcome to year 4

Spring Term 2021

Areas of study for Year 4*



During the first half of this term, the children will be developing their story writing skills by writing a story with a dilemma, inspired by the book ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo. They will also learn about persuasive writing when they prepare a letter to persuade the zoo to release Rainbow Bear from captivity.  We will go on to study the poem ‘Storm Dragon’, exploring the powerful verbs, adjectives and adverbs used to create a stormy atmosphere for the reader.  Children will then create their own diamante poem on the theme of storms. Continuing with the storm theme, the children will study the short film ‘The Lighthouse’ and create a diary entry from the point of view of the lighthouse keeper.

In the second half of the term, our focus will be on the works of Roald Dahl.  We will begin by looking at ‘The BFG’. The children will use the internet to research information about one of the locations from the book - Buckingham Palace. They will use this to create a leaflet to explain what one might expect from a visit to the palace. Next, we will move on to study ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and the children will create a persuasive poster to encourage people to pay to come and visit the giant peach. To help with this, we will explore features found in successful advertisements and apply those features in our own posters. Finally, we will enjoy extracts from Roald Dahl’s autobiographical work, ‘Boy’.  Using these extracts and further research, the children will create a biography of Roald Dahl’s life.


In numeracy this term, children will begin by reading and comparing negative numbers in the context of temperatures. They will consolidate their learning on written methods for multiplication and division. Opportunities for children to apply their knowledge of these strategies will be provided through word problems.

Children will develop their understanding of fractions and decimals. They will identify equivalent fractions; write decimal equivalents and find fractions of amounts by dividing by the denominator and multiplying by the numerator. They will find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100. Children will learn to tell how to tell the time on an analogue and digital clock; to calculate time intervals and problem solve. Children will learn to tell the time on a 24-hour clock, use am and pm correctly, convert pm times to 24-hour clock. Children will revise addition and subtraction strategies, including decimal numbers, and use this to solve problems and complete reasoning tasks. During ‘My Money Week’ the children will learn about how money is used in the real life. There will be opportunities for the children to plan a meal and look at currency from around the world. Throughout the term children will practise their times tables up to 12x 12 in order to gain a rapid recall.


This term’s Guided Reading lessons will focus on the book ‘Tilly and the Time Machine’ by Adrian Edmonson. The children will practise using the ‘Go APE’ technique to answer questions, find proof of their answer and explain it in as much detail as they can.  Alongside this, they will answer ‘Reading with RIC’ questions where they will be required to answer questions by retrieving information from the text, by interpreting and inferring things from what they have read and by considering the author’s choice of words, phrases and style of writing. In addition to the Guided Reading sessions, the children will regularly have shorter ‘Reading with RIC’ starter activities at the beginning of their English lessons,

where they will explore a wide range of different genres of text, including non-fiction, poetry, advertisements, newspaper articles and more.  Each class will also enjoy a class book, which they will read together across the term, and throughout all lessons, pupils will be encouraged to read aloud in class.


In French this term, the children will be learning the vocabulary for different types of fruit and vegetables. They will practise using this vocabulary in the four key skill areas – listening, reading, speaking and writing.  They will also recap the use of ‘un’ and ‘une’ to say ‘a/an’ depending on whether the fruit or vegetable is a masculine or feminine word in French and they will take this further by learning how to use the partitive article ‘de’ to say ‘some’. They will learn how to politely ask for different quantities of items of fruit and vegetables using the phrases ‘Je voudrais’ (I would like) and ‘s’il vous plaît’ (please) and by the end of the term, they will be able to role play buying fruit and vegetables from a market stall.


The children will continue developing their growth mindset this term and learn about compassion and community. In PSHE they will identify which community groups they belong to and how they can contribute to the community overall. They will research in newspapers and a discussion will take place into how we, as the UK, are currently acting as a community during the pandemic. They will also learn about the 2021 census which takes place every ten years and why it is important that data needs to be collected. After this, they will learn about their digital footprint, what budgeting is and how money can be spent differently to meet a person’s values, budget or needs.


During this term the children will be investigating the question ‘To what extent does participating in prayer and worship generate a sense of belonging?’ They will firstly learn about what it is to ‘belong’ and think about what groups and communities they belong to. They will also look at what worship is and how different religions worship, including different ways of praying and the use of religious items. As well as this, they will be looking at “worth” and how we decide which things are valuable and which things are worthy to an individual. By the end of the term, the children should have an understanding of how the six main religions perform the act of worship and prayer and be able to give an opinion on how important worship is in generating a sense of belonging to religious people.


This term during our outdoor PE sessions, Year 4 will be using fundamental movement skills to solve a range of physical challenges involving agility, balance and coordination. There will also be a focus on net and wall games such as tennis and badminton so the children will have the opportunity to use bats and rackets to manipulate and send a ball or another object. They will try the underarm serve technique, as well as hitting a static and moving ball, and putting these skills into context within adapted games.

During our class PE sessions, the children will be developing their core gymnastic skills, starting with practising and improving their core strength and balancing skills.  Children will work in small groups with the aim of creating acrobatic sequences. They will first experiment with different types of acrobatic moves, before settling on a small selection they wish to use in their sequence. They will then trial different ordering of their acrobatic moves, settling on an order that flows suitably from one move to the next. Next, they will decide how they should transition between the moves and finally they will decide on timings for how long they will hold each move. After practising their finalised sequence, they will perform it to the rest of the class.


This term in geography we will be investigating and learning about storms. The children will begin by recapping what a compass is and how to use one, they will develop this by learning about different maps and how to read them. They will then learn about four and six-figure grid references and should be able to follow directions to a point from a set of  clear and concise instructions. They will learn how a storm is formed and how it effects the environment.


As part of History this term, we will be researching Rosa Parks and the impact she made on civil rights and how society is today. The children will firstly research the story of Rosa Parks and her timeline. This will be followed by them putting themselves in the place of the different people involved in the Bus Boycott giving them a sense of different perspectives of the same event. After that, as a class they will look at how Rosa Parks inspired people and how influential her story was in the abolition of segregation in America. Finally, the children will make a judgement on whether Rosa Parks did the right thing in breaking the law and consider whether it is ever right to break the law, especially if you think the law is unjust.  


During the first half of this term, we will be covering the topic of electricity. The children will begin by looking at how and where we use electricity in our everyday lives and learning about the work of Thomas Edison. We will then explore static electricity and look at the key components required to make an electrical circuit. During the second part of the term, the children will be investigating different states of matter. They will look at the properties of solids, liquids and gases and explore their similarities and differences.  They will then investigate what happens when you heat or cool the different states of matter, looking specifically at melting and boiling points of a variety of substances.


This term the children will be learning about 20th Century music and different composers that have had an impact on music today. They will begin by looking at all the different genres of music from Renaissance to the 21st Century. They will listen and learn about composers like Stravinsky, Gershwin, Berstein, Britten, Ellington, Sondheim, John Cage, Schoenberg, Menken and Stephen Schwartz. These composers are all crucial to the 20th Century music genre.


In Computing, the children will be looking at the use of different online search engines and discussing their pros and cons. They will also work on refining what they type into a search engine in order to filter their results to focus on obtaining the information most pertinent to what they are trying to research. They will explore factors that have an impact on the order in which results appear on search engines, including how the results are ranked and what influences the results. Later in the term, they will go on to investigate different computing terminology, using real life examples to help explain the terms. We will be focusing predominantly on algorithms. They will learn what an algorithm is, why algorithms are important, how to create them and how to review and debug them if issues arise. On Safer Internet Day, the children will look specifically at online advertising and be trained to spot the motive behind advertisements they may come across online.

Art, Design and Technology

In Design and Technology this term, we will be studying lighthouses.  Linking to their work on electricity in Science, children will look at how the light in a lighthouse works. They will then go on to draw and label a detailed diagram of a lighthouse, showing all the key features. In Art, we will be exploring the works of British artist J. M. W. Turner. The children will practise different pencil sketching and shading techniques that could be used to create a stormy effect similar to Turner’s style. They will learn more about his early life and his journey as an artist and will have the opportunity to take on the role of an art critic and critique some of his paintings, before having their own attempts at creating a stormy sea picture in a similar style to that of Turner.

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher.