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.
Mrs Hayton and Miss Lax
Learning Challenge: What impact did the Victorians have on our locality?
Our learning challenge for this half term and the first two weeks of Autumn 2 is based on the question ‘What impact did the Industrial Revolution have on our locality?’ We will start this challenge by looking at where in the world our locality is and what geographic features define. We will then go on to look at what happened during the Industrial Revolution and the role that Farsley and the local area played in it. In geography, the children will focus on consolidating their map reading and creating skills, learning about the different map symbols that are used and the eight points of a compass. In history, the children will focus on learning how to create scaled timelines and how to use historical sources to answer enquiry questions. At the end of our learning on his period of history, we look forward to sharing our work with you at our showcase at the end of the half term.
In Autumn 1, the children will use the Victorians as the context for all of their writing beginning with creating a diary entry about a child mill worker. They will then interweave setting and character descriptions with paragraphs focused on speech punctuation and a final diary entry to write a spooky tale about their diary character becoming trapped in a mill. Additionally, the children will also have a focus on editing work using COGS.
Our spelling lessons will focus predominantly on homophones and prefixes in this half term with the children consolidating their spelling through the use of Spelling Shed. Handwriting is, as always, a strong focus for us at Springbank and children are given short and frequent sessions to practice different letters and joins. We are very excited about our two class books this half term. We will start with “The Lost Thing” by Shaun Tan. This book allows the children to revisit their reading skills by looking at both pictures and short paragraphs to infer meaning behind an author’s actions. Our reading lessons, will then focus on non-fiction and poetry for the rest of the half term. Our second book is “Cogheart” by Peter Bunzl, this story is set at around the same time as the Victorians and it will be read as a story for pleasure book. The children will also have lots of reading opportunities throughout the week, including independent reading sessions in small groups, whole class reading comprehension lessons, individual reading to an adult and whole class quiet reading where children can lose themselves in a book. We endeavour to ensure all children at Springbank have a natural love for reading so please continue to support your child with this at home.
We will begin the year recapping and consolidating the children’s knowledge surrounding place value, focusing on the value of a number and developing a sense of worth of number. Once this unit has been covered, we will extend the children’s formal methods for addition and subtraction. To deepen their learning, children will always be given opportunities to explore what they have learnt in different contexts such as puzzles or word problems where they need to think outside the box and think logically and systematically. The children will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of Roman numerals and ideas around where place value developed in history. The children will also explore larger numbers and sort them using their knowledge of place value. Practising times tables and number bonds will be ongoing and children will enjoy lots of fun and frequent activities to ensure they know these important maths facts, such as songs, games in class, TTRS and Hit the Button and ‘good old chanting!’ Please continue to support your child with this at home as it is a fundamental part of mathematics and it equips children with the mental skills necessary to solve a wide range of calculations and problems.
This half term the science question is ‘Is there sound in space?’ This exciting topic looks at the science of sound. The children will learn about different sources of sound, volume and pitch. They will look at sound waves and will develop an understanding of how these impact their hearing. The children will experience how the vibrations that cause sound waves, grow fainter with more distance and how this affects volume. There will be lots of opportunity for child-led investigation, experimenting and hands on learning as part of this topic.
This half term in RE, the children will be considering the question “How are important events remembered in ceremonies?” This unit will explore festivals of light from Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Paganism and Ancient Civilisations. It will consider how some festivals use light as a representation of hope, joy, remembrance and reflection. As part of this topic the children will draw comparisons between religions and will be given the opportunity to share their own beliefs and feelings.
History and Geography
This will be covered through the learning challenge and will have a local focus.
The art this half term will also be linked to the learning challenge and the children will have the opportunity to work on developing their weaving skills. The children will use a local artist, Agness Smallwood, as a muse for them to create their own weaving.
In PE this half term we will be learning what OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) is and how to improve our skills in order to tackle activities that might be outdoor and adventurous. The children will work with others to solve problems, describe their work and use different strategies to solve problems, work in a team as a member and a leader and learn differentiate between when a task is competitive and when it is collaborative. The children will also be completing a unit on gymnastics where they will develop their confidence to perform skills more consistently. Additionally, they will use compositional ideas to create sequences that they will perform.
This half term the children will be focusing on mental health and wellbeing in PSHE. They will develop a growing understanding of the nature of different types of feelings and some strategies for how to manage and understand them. In addition to this the children will complete a Mind Mate lesson and a No Outsiders lesson.
This half term in computing, we will be looking at Online Safety and especially at the dangers young people face when they are playing games online. To show what we have learned both Year 4 classes will be making films about Online Safety on the iPad app iMovie.