Year 4 Curriculum Newsletter for Summer 1 2019
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.
Robyn Hayton and Vicki Henson
Learning Challenge: Can a camel live in the North Pole?
As part of their topic work, the children will be learning different habitats and the organisms that live in them. They will be learning all about adaptation in a range of environments and carrying out a survey of the habitats in the local environment. They will also be looking at habitats around the world and the features that make these unique. The children will be learning about the characteristics of living things and will have the opportunity to create their own imaginary creature. In order to enhance this topic, the children will also have a visit to Rodley Nature Reserve where they will engage in a range of activities such as pond dipping and creating sticky boards. At the end of their topic the children will present the things that they have learnt in a pop-up book. This book will form part of their DT curriculum and will enable the children to learn about levers and other mechanisms.
In reading this half term, the children are excited about their new class novel ‘Krindlekrax’. The main focus for the lessons will be giving evidence, explaining their answers, and justifying their opinions. The children will also have a wide range of writing opportunities including fiction and information texts. They will be writing their own newspapers and using this as an opportunity to interview people and learn about punctuating direct speech. The children will write non-chronological reports and these will be the text for their pop up books. They will also be using this and the following descriptive writing unit to write a description of their own uniquely designed creature. Children will explore spelling rules and patterns in daily lessons and should also continue to learn the Year 4 spelling lists. Handwriting is, as always, a strong focus for us at Springbank and children are given regular sessions to practice different letters and joins.
At the start of the half term the children will start to build on their knowledge of fractions by learning about decimals. They will begin with learning about tenths and hundredths before applying this knowledge to dividing by 10 and 100. The children will also begin to compare numbers with up to 2 decimal places. As the half term continues, the children will have the opportunity to apply their learning about decimals as we begin to learn about money. This will also give the children the opportunity to revisit their skills with the 4 rules of number. The children will also be learning about converting units of measure such as cm to mm. Through the topic lessons the children will begin to cover the statistics objectives, looking at presenting and interpreting data. We will also begin to cover geometry objectives this half term such as comparing and classifying angles and symmetry. As has been the focus all year, children are continuing their focus on Times Table Rock Stars to develop their understanding and fluency. Children should know all times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of the academic year.
This half term the children will be exploring the concept of creation. Observing a range of contrasting creation stories from Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and non-religious viewpoints the children will build a range of questioning techniques about our responsibilities in the world. We will ask challenging questions that feed into the beliefs that humans were made responsible for the world by many religions. At the end of the unit, the children will investigate how creation stories are relevant today and throughout history. The children will also reflect on the notion of varying belief systems and develop a sense that differences and choice are an important part of religious and non-religious lifestyles.
Science will be taught through the learning challenge this half term.
Geography will be taught through the learning challenge this half term.
This half term, the children will continue with their swimming lessons on Monday (4HA) and Friday (4HE). Children will also move onto the next unit of PE. As part of this unit the children will work on their throwing and catching skills and will play a range of games to develop these. The children will have an opportunity to invent their own games while also developing social, personal and cognitive skills. The children will be outside for these lessons and we are hoping for warm weather, feel free to send named sun protection and water bottles with your children.
This half- term in French, the children will be revising vocabulary and sentence structures that they have learnt so far this year. They will be taking part in speaking and listening activities to build on their confidence in having short conversations. They will learn some new vocabulary related to hobbies and will learn how to write sentences to express their likes and dislikes.
This half term the children will be learning about mental health. This unit allows them the opportunity to develop skills to manage their mental health and to talk about this with confidence. They will be learning about self-confidence and self-image and will learn about the impact of the media in creating stereotypes.
In Music this half-term, the children will be learning to increase the accuracy and stability of pitch when singing in tune. They will listen to pieces of music and will be discussing aspects of the music. They will learn to recognise a known song from just hearing its rhythm. They will also be developing early skills in improvising. They will also be listening to and appraising music from The Nutcracker.
The children will be continuing their work on coding this half term exploring variables and making sure they are writing algorithms with clear and precise technical language learning how to develop their instructional language as well as working systematically. The children traditionally love this unit and it really builds independence during its course.
This half term the children will be investigating different pop up mechanisms to create their own pop-up book outcome based on their habitats investigation. Children will share their work with Year 1 at the end of term.