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 N Lax and Miss G O'Brien
Learning Challenge: How can we save the world?
Our learning challenge this half term will be focussing on the environment, where the children will learn about human geography and the effect this has had on the world. The unit will start with the children learning about the reasons why the world might need saving including excess waste, unsustainable environmental choices, the problem of plastic and global warming. The children will then move on to consider some of the changes that can be made in order to reduce this impact and will look at the campaigns of young environmental activists who are already paving the way. Interwoven within this learning challenge will be some Rights Respecting Schools work with the children learning more about their rights and how they are affected by the environmental choices that we make. The children will use their learning and investigation into air pollution to launch a small Rights Respecting Schools campaign to educate their peers about the dangers of air pollution and what can be done to help.
In reading this half term, the children are continuing to read Varjak Paw by S.F.Said and will also delve into some environment based poetry. In preparation for their move to Year Five, the children will now start to learn how to unpick an extract without using symbols, instead using simple highlighting techniques. Their three part lessons will continue to focus firstly on retrieval in lesson one before the children move on to developing their inference skills and answers in lessons two and three. Their writing focus for this half term will begin with a focus on fiction writing in the form of a narrative from an alternative viewpoint where the children will write a chapter of Varjak Paw from the viewpoint of the villain, Sally Bones. They will then move on in the final weeks of the half term to write a formal, persuasive letter to their local MP as part of their Rights Respecting Schools campaign on air pollution. In grammar lessons this half term, the children will be revisiting the rules of punctuating direct speech and determiners before completing a treasure hunt of all of the grammar concepts covered in Year Four. As in all previous half terms, their will continue to be a strong focus on handwriting and spelling. Spelling will focus on revising tricky words and words from the Year Three and Four spelling list.
At the start of the half term the children will be learning about angles, starting with how to recognise angles before moving on to comparing them. The children will then cover some geometry objectives where they will look in general at 2D shapes before they move on to look in more detail at triangles and quadrilaterals. They will then move on to looking at symmetry and describing positions on a grid. Finally, the children will spend some time revisiting the place value concepts which were covered in the first half term and the four operations. We continue to encourage the use of Timestable Rockstars through home learning and will continue the focus on this through our maths sessions.
This half term, the children will continue to learn about the Christian covenants beginning with learning about the importance of King David within both the Christian and Jewish faiths before moving on to looking more in depth at Jesus. The final two lessons will comprise learning about the story of Jesus’ birth and the titles that were bestowed upon him.
Science: The Digestive System
Our Science unit this half term is all about digestion. The children will begin by learning about the different functions of the organs involved in the digestive process in humans before they move on to conduct an investigation in to what this looks like physically. Following on from this, the children will learn about the different functions of our teeth and what we can do to make sure that we look after them. Our final lesson in this unit is all about the food chain and the children will learn how to identify producers, prey and predators within these chains.
This half term, the children will focus on two units of PE: rounders and tennis. 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. In rounders, the children will focus primarily on ball skills, learning how to direct hits on the ball, how to intercept the ball and how to underarm bowl. In tennis, the children will focus primarily on racket skills, learning how to use forehand and backhand shots as well as how to work with a partner on returning serves.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning the names of some animals. They will go on to write sentences about them, including their knowledge of verbs, numbers and connectives. They will learn the vocabulary for family members and will write sentences about their own family. The children will practice asking and answering questions on a range of topics, such as name, age, colours and family members.
This half term the children will be learning about physical health and wellbeing. This unit focuses on the children learning about what healthy food looks like and what factors might effect the choices that people make about what they eat. The children will also learn about the benefits of getting a good nights sleep.
In music this half-term, the children will be singing a range of songs to help develop an awareness of pitch. They will be using their voices and body actions to explore this musical concept. They will also listen to and appraise music by Abba.
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.
Our DT project this half term in Year Four is linked to our learning challenge and is all about creating a recipe which uses mostly sustainable food ingredients. As part of this project, the children will have the opportunity to work with Mrs Fletcher in the garden where they will learn more about seasonality as well as growing and harvesting produce.