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Y4 Spring 1 2021

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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Miss Lax and Miss O'Brien


Learning Challenge: ‘What were the greatest achievements of the Ancient Greeks?’

As part of their topic work this half term, the children will be learning about the life of the ancient Greeks, primarily through completing historical enquiries supported by archaeological evidence. This is a fabulous opportunity for the children to get up close with a range of artefacts and find out all about Greek life. The children will begin their term long learning challenge by investigating who the Ancient Greeks were and where they lived before gaining a greater understanding of them by investigating the government systems that were in place and the relationships between the city-states.




In reading this half term, the children are reading a wide variety of texts which are designed to immerse the children in their learning challenge about the Greeks. These texts will include non-fiction guidebooks, extracts from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and a selection of Greek myths such as Theseus and the Minotaur and Pandora’s box. The main focus for the lessons will be giving evidence and explaining their answers, building on their previous retrieval learning. In writing this half term, the children will create their own version of an Ancient Greek mythological tale, a poem based on a scene from Percy Jackson and a biography about the playwright Sophocles. As part of this work, the children will be focussing on sentence structure and using paragraphs as well as being creative with their language choices. In grammar lessons this half term, we will be revisiting the apostrophe – a concept that we have found challenging this year as well as writing using fronted adverbial phrases and direct speech. In spelling, children are learning about the way prefixes and suffixes can alter a route word as well as the spelling rules surrounding /ee/au 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. The children will complete fluency activities to secure their understanding of these concepts before moving on to complete problem solving and reasoning activities which are designed to consolidate their learning. Year 4 will then move on to focus on how to measure the area of a shape before beginning their work on fractions. 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.



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 begin to look at the five pillars that underpin the Islamic region. They will begin by learning about the most important features of Islamic beliefs before moving on to examine each of the five pillars individually.



This half term the children will study the role of art within Ancient Greek culture, focussing specifically on the information that the pots give us about Ancient Greek life and the stories that they tell. The children will then do some observational drawings of the pottery before creating their own design, Finally, the children will create their own Ancient Greek pot using modelling clay before painting an Ancient Greek inspired picture on it.  



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 for the first unit of PE, the children will complete a unit on street dance with a visiting teacher from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. During this unit, they will learn some basic street dance moves and progress towards piecing them together to produce a dance routine. For their second PE unit this half term, the children will be doing handball, learning how to defend, block and intercept other players, whilst passing and moving with the ball.



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 , the children will be completing a unit from Espresso Coding on how to use variables and conditional events when designing and creating their own app.