Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Felicity Hughes, Jonathan O’Dwyer and Simon Bradshaw
Learning Challenge: Can a camel live in the North Pole?
As part of their topic work, the children will be learning different habitats and the organisms that live in them. They will be learning all about adaptation in a range of environments and carrying out a survey of the habitats in the local environment. They will also be looking at habitats around the world and the features that make these unique. The children will also be learning about the characteristics of living things and will have the opportunity to create their own imaginary creature. In order to enhance this topic, the children will also have a visit to Rodley Nature reserve where they will engage in a range of activities such as pond dipping and creating sticky boards. At the end of their topic the children will present the things that they have learnt in a pop-up book. This book will form part of their DT curriculum and will enable the children to learn about levers and other mechanisms.
In reading this half term, the children are excited about their new class novel ‘Stig of the Dump’. Both their comprehension sessions and their guided reading sessions will, on the whole, be based on this text. The main focus for the lessons will be giving evidence and explaining their answers, building on their previous retrieval learning. The children will also have a wide range of writing opportunities including fiction and information texts. They will be writing their own newspapers and using this as an opportunity to interview people and learn about punctuating direct speech. The children will write non-chronological reports and these will be the text for their pop up books. They will also be using this and the following story writing unit to learn about paragraphing. In the story writing unit, the children will have the opportunity to write about spending a day with Stig and then they will complete the half term with another non-fiction text about their trip to Rodley Nature Reserve. Children will explore spelling rules and patterns in daily lessons and should also continue to learn the Year 4 spelling lists. Handwriting is, as always, a strong focus for us at Springbank and children are given regular sessions to practice different letters and joins.
At the start of the half term the children will continue their work on fractions and decimal numbers. They will begin with finding fractions of quantities, before learning about fractions and decimal equivalents for tenths, hundredths, halves and quarters. The children will also begin to compare numbers with up to 2 decimal places. As the half term continues, the children will have the opportunity to apply their learning about decimals as we begin to learn about money. This will also give the children the opportunity to revisit their skills with the 4 rules of number. The children will also be learning about area and perimeter and converting units of measure such as cm to mm. Through the topic lessons the children will begin to cover the statistics objectives, looking at presenting and interpreting data. We will also begin to cover geometry objectives this half term such as comparing and classifying angles and symmetry.
This half term the children will be exploring the concept of creation. Observing a range of contrasting creation stories from Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and non-religious viewpoints the children will build a range of questioning techniques about our responsibilities in the world. We will ask challenging questions that feed into the beliefs that humans were made responsible for the world by many religions. At the end of the unit, the children will investigate how creation stories are relevant today and throughout history. The children will also reflect on the notion of varying belief systems and develop a sense that differences and choice are an important part of religious and non-religious lifestyles.
Science will be taught through the learning challenge this half term.
Geography will be taught through the learning challenge this half term.
This half term, the children will continue with their swimming lessons on Monday (4H) and Friday (4D). Children will also move onto the next unit of Real PE. As part of this unit the children will work on their throwing and catching skills and will play a range of games to develop these. The children will have an opportunity to invent their own games while also developing social, personal and cognitive skills. The children will be outside for these lessons and we are hoping for warm weather, feel free to send named sun protection and water bottles with your children.
This half- term in French, the children will be singing songs, playing games and completing a range of activities to help them to learn vocabulary and sentence structures related to parts of the face and body, zoo animals and pets.
This half term the children will be learning about mental health. This unit allows them the opportunity to develop skills to manage their mental health and to talk about this with confidence. They will be learning about self-confidence and self-image and will learn about the impact of the media in creating stereotypes.
In Music this half-term, the children will be singing songs and taking part in activities to revise and embed the following elements: rhythm, dynamics, melody, pitch, tempo and timbre.
The children will be using a program called Textease Turtle to control different objects on screen by writing commands and instructions. This is part of a larger focus on coding which has been signposted as a vital skill for this generation of children as well as being incredible fun!
This half term the children will be using their sketching skills to draw local wild life. This will allow them to work on their shading skills as well as develop their skills of perspective and observational drawing.