Year 4 Curriculum Newsletter for Spring 2
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.
Miss Lax & Miss O'Brien
Learning Challenge: 'What were the greatest achievements of the Ancient Greeks?'
The children will begin the second part of their learning challenge on the Ancient Greeks by revisiting the concepts that they have covered last time as part of an Ancient Greek Day. Archaeologist, Katerina, will join the children to help them consolidate their previous learning and then move them forward with their understanding of life in Ancient Greece by introducing them to new concepts. The entire day will be underpinned by the children completing historical enquiries by using replica artefacts and games to help them understand Ancient Greek culture. In addition to this, during their history lesson they will learn about how the Ancient Greeks worshipped and how their religion influenced their day-to-day lives. Using their historical enquiry skills, the children will also investigate the similarities and differences between the Ancient Greek Olympic Games and the London 2012 ones before focussing their attention on the legacy that the Ancient Greeks have left the modern world.
In reading this half term, the children will be reading the story ‘Time Travel Diaries: Adventures in Athens’ by Caroline Lawrence as well as immersing themselves in more Greek mythological tales and legends. A greater emphasis this half term will be placed on the children developing their understanding of why author’s use particular words and what impact those words have on the reader.
For their writing lessons this half term, the children will start by writing a newspaper article about the sack of Thebes by Alexander the Great. As part of this work, the children will focus on using reported speech and editing their work thoroughly. They will then go on to spend some time learning about the role of drama and theatre in Ancient Greek life before writing their own play script for a scene from a Greek myth. Finally, they will turn this play script into a drama activity, completing activities which are designed to boost their confidence as well as improve their intonation and dramatic performance. In grammar lessons this half term, we will be revisiting different sentence types and apostrophes for conjunctions. Our spelling will focus on suffixes, adverbs and homophones.
In maths this half term, there will be a focus on fractions. An important strand to this unit is converting between fractions and finding how they are equivalent. The children will explore this in depth, developing their understanding of fractions of amounts as well as referring to their understanding of division to problem solve. Children will continue comparing fractions, considering their value as well as learning to add and subtract fractions and the way that this works. We will be using the phrase, ‘equal amounts of a whole’ throughout the unit and developing children's conceptual understanding of what this means. Towards the end of the half term, children will move on to look at decimals, firstly by investigating how to recognise tenths and hundredths before moving on to dividing by 100 and 10. Alongside this, children will continue to develop their times table fluency through our Times Table Rockstars approach and children will continue to build on their learning at school by practising on Times Table Rockstars regularly.
This half term we will be completing a Science Week filled with lots of opportunities for scientific investigations!
Our R.E. focus this half term will continue to be all about the Muslim faith with the children continuing to examine individually the five pillars of Islam.
This half term for their first PE unit Year 4 will focus on developing their batting and bowling skills through cricket. For their second unit, the children will complete a unit on gymnastics to develop their co-ordination, balance and skills.
During Spring 2 the children will develop their understanding of risk taking and decision making. They move from looking at general risk-taking activities to considering choices related to taking risks with their health. They will learn to identify factors that affect their choices and practise skills for resisting peer pressure and other influences. They learn the importance of making informed choices about their health. There is a specific focus on alcohol.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning how to ask questions and give responses about themselves. They will take part in lots of speaking and listening activities to build on their confidence in having short conversations. They will be writing descriptions of themselves too. They will learn about Easter traditions and will be writing sentences using their knowledge of adjectives and conjunctions.
The children will be learning about branching databases this half term, learning how to create a ready-made database to answer questions. The children will add and organise their data in different ways before presenting it to other children within the class.
In Music this half-term, the children will be singing with awareness of features that influence the ‘tone-colour’ of the singing voice. They will sense the pitch movements in song melody and show this using hand movement. They will use chime bars to illustrate pitch changes. They will also be exploring music from a range of genres and learning about the history of some of this music, as well as some well-known musical artists.
This half term the children will study the mechanical methods that are used to create a pop up book. They will follow the DT design process by researching their product, creating design criteria, practising key skills and creating a design idea before finally making their finished product. They will finish their unit by evaluating their end result.