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Y4 Autumn 2 2020

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.


Yours sincerely

Natasha Lax and Grainne O'Brien


Learning Challenges: ‘What’s in a wire?’

Our learning challenge this half term is a really practical hands-on topic for the children to enjoy. It focuses on science and DT so there are lots of great opportunities for the children to find things out for themselves. The children will start the topic learning about how circuits work and experimenting with different conductors and insulators. They will look for patterns in what they learn and will start to think about how this links with the electricity that powers their home. The children will learn to identify whether a circuit is complete or not and will look at different types of switches, creating their own. As the topic develops and the term gets more festive, the children will begin to think about applying all of the great skills that they have learnt. They will investigate different types of festive lights that are on the market and will do some market research to find out what they could create. The race is then on to get building for the Year 4 Christmas light switch on. We are really looking forward to seeing them make and wire their own decorations.



This half term allows the children to develop their fiction writing skills, with lots of writing based on our class novel. The children will learn about different types of sentences and using conjunctions to link ideas as they write letters from a protagonist to her Mother. They will then deepen their letter writing skills, using persuasive devices to try to get the characters to believe in Narnia. As they progress further into the book and travel into the world of Narnia itself, the children will create some descriptive writing based on the Lucy’s first experience of the wintery wonderland. The children will expand their sentence skills and will work on starting sentences in a range of ways, including enough detail to interest the reader and using a range of sentence types. To coincide with their DT project towards the end of the half term, the children will create some instruction texts to explain the processes behind their creations. In their grammar this half term, the children will be learning about a range of concepts including indirect and direct speech, different sentence types and homophones. Each week the children will also have reading lessons based on understanding and enjoying a class text. This half term we have chosen the novel ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. This text will allow us some great opportunities to focus on recalling information, interpreting the author’s meaning and to consider language choices. The children’s spelling lessons will also continue this half term using spelling shed and will focus primarily on suffixes.



Before moving on to their first full unit in the Autumn 2 term, the children will recap on using the column method for addition and subtraction. They will then start with a unit of maths which is focussed on measurement, recapping on millimetres, centimetres and metres before moving on to kilometres and measuring the perimeter of a shape. Following this, the children will begin to work on multiplication, starting with multiplying and dividing by 100, 10, 1 and 0 before moving on to using mental strategies and recognising factors. Times tables are an important component of maths in all year groups but particularly in Year 4 as the children will take the times table check in the Summer term. It is therefore vitally important that as well as practicing their times tables in school, that the children are regularly practicing them on TTRS at home.



Will be taught through the learning challenge curriculum.



This half term the children will explore the different religious beliefs that make up their community and compare these to wider British society. They will be looking at common features of holy places such as holy books and ceremonies and will be thinking about the difference that acts of worship make to some people’s lives. This unit really helps to understand where religious viewpoints fit in an ever changing society and help the children to develop respect and understanding for when those viewpoints are different to their own.



In their first PE unit this half term the children will be focussing on the game of netball. Throughout this unit, the children will practise protecting and shooting the ball as well as marking and playing in the correct netball positions. For their second unit of PE, the children will complete a unit on hockey. The children will learn a variety of hockey skills including: push and slap passing, dribbling in a straight line, turning with the ball and stopping it with a reverse stick.



This half term the focus for computing in Year 4 will be word processing.  Year 4 will have the opportunity to develop their use of the formatting tools of Microsoft Word before creating their own poster to showcase their skills.



Will be taught through the learning challenge curriculum.



In PSHE, the children will be learning about identity, society and equality this half term. The main focus of the unit will be on the theme of democracy and what this means in our society. The goal of the unit is to help children to learn about how laws are made and challenged through debate and how the local council functions. This unit will also support children to understand their role in a democratic society.