Welcome to Year 4
Class Structure 2022-23
Mrs Rees (Year Leader)
Curriculum Map Year 4
English (reading unit): This term, we will be looking at the books ‘Undefeated by Kwame Alexander’ and ‘Zombierella by Joseph Coelho’. The children will continue to apply their vocabulary, inference, predictions, explanations, retrievals and sequencing skills.
English (writing unit): During our writing unit, we will be looking at the book ‘Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold’. The children will be creating their own version of a play script, for their final outcome. Alongside this, they will create character descriptions, formal letters, book reviews, retellings and dialogues.
Our second book this half term, will be The story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck. The children will be writing: non-chronological reports, instructions, character descriptions, diary entries, newspaper reports and posters.
Maths: The children will look at place value of each digit in a three/four digit number and look at representing numbers to a thousand. The children will add and subtract four digit numbers and use their reasoning skills to answer word problems involving a number of steps.
History: This half term, we are becoming Egyptians! Taking a trip back in time, we will be looking at a timeline and how they can be divided into BC and AD. The children will place events within a period studied and will compare accounts of these events from two different sources and say why they might be different considering possible fact or fiction. The children will be looking at the reasoning behind pyramids and the Pharaohs and why they were so important. To finish, the children will look at Egyptian inventions and Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Geography: Linking to our History lessons on Egyptians, we will be looking at rivers, with a focus on the importance of the Nile for a stable society. We will be describing and understanding trade links and distributions of natural resources on the river Nile. We will also be looking at the river Amazon and comparing with the UK Rivers, the Severn, Thames, Allen and Stour.
Science: The children will become super scientists as they learn about how the environment can change and how this can sometimes be dangerous to living things. They will be looking at how living things can be grouped in different ways, including; animals, flowering plants and non-flowering plants. They will group vertebrate animals: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and invertebrates into snails and slugs, worms, spiders and insects. The children will also use classification keys to group and name living things in their local and wider habitats. By the end of the unit, the children will know that humans have a role to play in protecting the environment.
Art: Linking to Egyptian artefacts, the children will sculpt clay to make a replica of a famous artefact from Egyptian times. They will experiment and combine materials and processes to design and make the product 3D. Along with sculpting, the children will combine visual and tactile qualities to create a fabric collage, looking at the hieroglyphics found in the pyramids.
Design Technology: This term, we will be cooking and linking our bakes and recipes with nutrition. We will be measuring the ingredients to the nearest gram and following a recipe accurately. We will look at hygiene and how to be safe when using food and we will be evaluating products for both their purpose and appearance.
Music: This term, the children will be listening and appraising the well-known ‘Pop’ song, ‘Mamma Mia’. Along with singing the song, they will be using musical instruments to perform and share their final piece with the whole school in assembly.
Computing: During our computing lessons and across the curriculum, we will be focussing on ‘E-Safety’ and how to stay safe when accessing the internet. We will consider the effects of online actions and we will discuss how to recognise and display respectful behaviour when using the internet. We will also continue to learn the importance of keeping personal information private.
Indoor PE: During this unit, we will be focusing on ‘dance’. We will copy, remember and adapt set choreography, whilst considering structure individually, with a partner and in a group. We will use ‘counts’ to a beat, and we will use action and reaction to represent an idea. Whilst learning the choreography, we will change dynamics to express changes in character or narrative.
Outdoor PE: We will be focussing on outdoor adventures activities. During this unit, we will be accurately following instructions given to us by our peers. We will confidently communicate ideas and listen to others before deciding on the best approach. We will plan and apply strategies to solve problems and identify key symbols on a map and use a key to help navigate around a grid. The children will be watching, describing and evaluating the effectiveness of their team strategy, giving ideas for improvements.
French: Carrying on from our learning of French in Year 3, we will create a booklet with key information about ourselves. We will learn numbers, months and our age in French.
RE: During this unit, we will be looking at Judaism and answering the question: How special is the relationship Jews have with God? We will continue to learn that everyone has a right to their own beliefs and opinions.
PSHE: In our PSHE lessons, we will be looking at the unit ‘Being Me in My World’ from the ‘Jigsaw’ program of study. We will be looking at answering the question: How important is it to set goals and recognise my achievements? Alongside this, we will be learning about democracy and the benefits of it.