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Y4 Spring 1 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.


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Mrs Hayton and Miss Lax


Learning Challenge: ‘What changed India?’

This half term begins with a real geography focus for the children as they widen their horizons learning about a contrasting country. The children learn about the key places in India and consider what makes a city. They will also think about the reasons people choose the places in which they live and think about what makes a good place to live. As the topic develops, there are opportunities to learn about the human geography of the country. The children learn about the history of India including the British Rule there and the separation of Pakistan and the life of Ghandi. This also allows for some great philosophy sessions and class debates. The topic also focuses on the art of India including watercolour lotus flowers and block printing. We will enhance the children’s learning through India day where the children will do topic themed activities through the day including dancing, art and cooking. 



This half term much of the writing will be linked to the topic of India. The children will be writing travel guides about the must see places in the country. They will also develop their understanding of persuasive devices such as imperative verbs, and persuasive sentence openers to convince the reader as part of this. As the children come to the end of their reading of the class novel, they will also write an alternative version of the story as told from the point of view of the father.  Linking with our learning challenge reading will examine areas of Indian history, studying the life of Gandhi and the lasting impact he has left on the world. The children will be focusing on building their retrieval and inference skills over the topic while also looking at ways they can relate their experiences to the experiences of others. Year 4 are reading The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pulman which they will use to continue developing their interpretation skills throughout the half term. In Grammar, the children will continue to develop their understanding of clauses and phrases looking at the way we can use fronted adverbials to develop our writing and add detail to the adverb. We will also revise contraction and possession while building the children’s understanding of apostrophe use. In spelling children are learning about the way prefixes and suffixes can alter a route word as well as the spelling rules surrounding /sc/ as well as words ending in –ous and –sion.



The children start this half term by recapping their knowledge of multiplication and applying this to multiplying a digit by 2 or 3 digits, followed by further work on division. Year 4 will then move on to focus on decimal numbers, especially focusing on 10, 100 and 1000 more and less. The children will also look at different representations of numbers as decimals and their relation to fractions before focusing on developing fractions understanding further. There will be an emphasis on ‘real world’ applications of decimal numbers, such as money. The children will be working on solving problems involving fractions and the ways we use fractions to divide. Each week we will have a focus times table and this half term these include building links between related times tables such as the 3 and 6 times tables and the related division facts.



This half term our science topic is all about changing states. The children will learn about solids, liquids and gases and discover how matter changes between these states. Linking to our learning challenge the children will discover how this links to the water cycle and answer the question “Why do puddles disappear?”



This half term the children will continue to explore the different religious views that make up their community and comparing this 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.



Will be taught through the learning challenge



In art, the children will be developing their sketching skills, learning how to add texture and shade to their drawings to make them more realistic. The children will also experiment with different mediums including watercolours, biro and dipping ink.



In Music this half-term, the children will be learning to play song rhythms on untuned percussion instruments. They will also learn the basic principles of simple time rhythm. They will learn to use spoken rhythm names for simple time. They will be listening to some orchestral music and will be learning about the range of percussion instruments within an orchestra. They will also be learning about Indian music and instruments.



This half term the children will continue with their swimming each week. The children will also be focusing on dancing within our PE sessions, learning to create complex sequences using a variety of shapes, balances and movements. Throughout this, we will look at effective ways to give feedback to others to improve their own routine and think about why feedback is useful and constructive.



Our topic this half term is about keeping safe and managing risk. The children will learn about ways to support each other in keeping safe, understanding acceptable and unacceptable behaviour as well as recapping on bullying and online safety. The children will also continue their regular circle time lessons.



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.