Year 4 Curriculum

2017 – 2018 Term 1B

English

Children will be exploring the poems “The Balloons” by Oscar Wilde, “My Sari” by Debjani Chatterjee and “At the End of a School Day” by Wes Magee.

They will be making links between the poems and and explore poets’ use of language to create images and emotions and range of form poetry takes.

Children will create a poem of their own, using poetic techniques and form.

As part of the non-fiction unit, children will be exploring and developing their understanding of recounts and journalistic texts.

They will learn to identify the main features of recounts through reading and analysing some journalistic reports and understand how changes can affect the reliability of a recount.

Children will be working towards writing an article in the style of an recount, using language and features found in a typical newspaper.

The main focus on grammar will be on using paragraphs.

Maths

Children will revise informal methods of subtraction by counting up, and progress towards more formal column Addition. These calculations will now include 4-digit numbers. Likewise, so will the column subtraction calculations.

Around Mid- term, children will multiply using the Grid method with partitioning/using place value. Leading on from last year: fractions will be revisited where they are reduced to their simplest form, and in Geometry, different sized angles identified; children will also further their understanding of symmetry.

Finally, extra time has been allocated this term to revise the basics of telling the time for year 4.

Science

This half term children will learn about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties.

The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the weight of a gas. They will explore in-depth how water changes state, exploring melting, freezing, condensing as well as a particular focus on evaporation.

Finally, they will learn about the stages of the water cycle, creating mini water worlds and an interactive water wheel to represent the different stages.

Computing

Children will be designing their own comic using various software applications and graphic effects and features.

Applying the skills learnt in Comic Life to show and share their understanding of a science investigation, from the question, to prediction, variables, method, results and conclusion.

They will give constructive feedback to peers to help them improve their work and consider their own work in the same way.

Finally, present their comics to the class. They will further continue look at the content on websites and check the reliability of information read on the World Wide Web and Identify key words to use when searching safely on the World Wide Web.

Geography

Children will study the south east region of the UK. We will look at some of the landmarks and study historical maps of London to look at the process of conurbation over the years.

The children will explore the transport system and devise imaginative solutions for the transport system in London.

The children will further study the region of the south east and its relevance to history (battle of Hastings 1066).

The children will look at the famous port of Dover and consider the symbolic significance of the white cliffs of Dover.

Finally, they will complete a tourism project on the Brighton Beaches.

Visual Arts

Children will explore and study the idea of space and observe the relationship between two-dimensional and three dimensional shapes.

Children will observe how artists use techniques to create an illusion of depth, despite working in two-dimensions.

They will examine the foreground, middle ground and background in paintings of Bruegel and Millet and create a painting representing illusion of depth.

Children will then examine design and how the elements of art work together to create a balanced or coherent whole in paintings Henri Matisse and Anthony van Dyck.

They will create an abstract image reflecting the elements of art.

History

We will continue studying the reign of Charles I and the mistakes he made which lead to the English civil war.

Pupils will study the difference between the Roundheads (who fought for Parliament) and the Cavaliers (who fought for the King).

Pupils will try Charles I in court for treason against his own people. They put together a case for the prosecution and defence, and decide whether he should die.

The children will continue to study the events that occurred after the civil war, the restoration period and king Charles II.

Finally, the Study the Fire of London, and investigate how it was stopped from burning down the whole of London.