Year 4 Curriculum Newsletter for Summer 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.
Miss Lax and Miss O'Brien
Learning Challenge: Why should I visit India?
Our learning challenge this half term is geography based and begins with an immersive experience day into some areas of Indian culture. This geography unit is designed to help the children understand more about a country which contrasts with our own whilst at the same time making comparisons with it to see where the similarities lie. The children learn about the key physical geographic features of India as well as the tourist hot spots and cities which define the human geographic features of the country. As the topic develops there are opportunities to learn more about the culture of the country and how their religion shapes lots of their art and architecture. In the final lessons, the children will look at some of the history of India including the British Rule there and the separation of Pakistan as well as the life of Gandhi. This also allows for some great philosophy sessions and class debates.
In reading this half term, the children are excited about their new class novel ‘Varjak Paw’. Our reading lessons will continue to start with getting to know the extract really well through text mapping and using symbols to help us identify the key parts of the text. Following this, the children will focus on retrieving information in lesson one and then giving evidence, explaining answers and justifying opinions in the following two lessons of the week. This half term in writing, our big focus in Year Four is on non-fiction and the children will be given opportunities to create both Science based non-chronological reports and persuasive writing guides based on their learning challenge. In Spelling, the children will explore spelling rules and patterns in daily lessons and as part of their spelling homework. 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 and decimals. The children will 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. Following on from this, the children will consolidate their learning from Year Three on time, recapping telling the time before moving on to converting analogue time to digital time. 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 Christian covenants. This unit will start with the children learning what a covenant is before they move on to explore the importance of Abraham to the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith. Finally, the children will learn all about the ten commandments and will start to understand the importance of them to the Christian faith.
Science: Can a camel live in the North Pole?
As part of their Science work, the children will be learning different habitats and the organisms that live in them. The unit will start with the children learning about how organisms can be grouped or classified before they move on to exploring the different organisms and habitats that are found in our immediate local area, the school garden. This investigation into the school garden and the habitats that lie there will provide the basis for the non-chronological report that the children will write in their English lessons this half term. After examining the habitats in their local environment, the children will then move on to looking at the different biomes and habitats that exist around the world. In the second half of their Science unit, the children will look at the characteristics of living things and why some animals adapt and migrate.
This half term, the children will take part in two different PE units, athletics and dance. In athletics, the children will focus on learning to aim at targets, develop their sling throw technique as well as learning the techniques behind successfully running short distances. The children will be outside for their athletics lessons and we are hoping for warm weather, feel free to send named sun protection and water bottles with your children. In their dance lessons, the children will be learning how to use freeze frames in dance as well as use different formations and cannon routines in order to create their own five action routine.
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 firstly learning about economic well being. This unit allows them the opportunity to understand why adults work and what skills are needed in the workplace. For the last part of the half term, the children will complete some RSE work where they will learn about the way we grow and change throughout the human life cycle and puberty.
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 using paint and ink to create a picture of an Indian elephant and will then decorate them using traditional rangoli patterns. They will use grade b pencils to shade different tones, use different lines to mark make, learn how to effectively use dipping pen and ink and then how to mix tertiary colours.