This term we will be following the new curriculum for mathematics, incorporating number sense, geometric reasoning and multiplicative reasoning. In literacy, we will be studying the legend of King Arthur as part of our Anglo Saxon topic. Different Arthurian legends will inspire our story writing at the start of term and then the children will learn about newspaper reports to recount the story of the Battle of Hastings. Following this, we will look at how to write narrative poetry and information texts, using ‘Beowulf’ as a starting point for writing.
Our topic will be ‘The Anglo-Saxons’ and will incorporate the entire range of curriculum areas. The children will investigate their local area and how Wickford and Basildon grew into the towns they are today. In art, the children will learn how textiles are made before creating their own Saxon money holder. In the second half term, the children will be looking at electrical lighting as part of their DT. In computing, the children will be learning about communicating in the digital world and how to keep safe on the internet. The children will begin the year by looking at our online learning community, such as Bug Club and My Learning, in greater detail and how it can be of benefit to them both in and out of school. In PSHE we will be considering our safety in the wider community and in RE we will be studying both Islam and Christian parables throughout the year. In PE the children will be developing their overall fitness through gymnastics and will benefit from specialised teaching from a professional coach in addition to their swimming in the second part of the term.
Our teaching for the first half of this term will be based around the topic of “The Vikings”. This follows on from the work we did on the Anglo-Saxons. Our literacy will be based around non-fiction texts and writing our own stories. During this half-term we will study our Cine-Literacy unit, using the film ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ as our inspiration. We will also be using the Viking gods, such as Thor and Odin, to inspire non-fiction writing. As part of our science, we will be learning about eating and digestion, where children will learn to understand about the diets of different animals, as well as how humans eat and digest food. In art, children will look at how Vikings used weaving and will learn to weave their own textiles. In addition, children will be learning how to describe animals and pets in French.
Our teaching for the second half of this term will be based around the topic of “Fairy Tales”. The children will be studying different well-known fairy tales; for example children will be learning how to write their own fairy tales and use the Year 4 production as inspiration. During this second half-term, we will be swimming, and learning striking and fielding games in PE. In mathematics we will be following the National Curriculum. We will cover areas such as counting, partitioning and calculating, fractions, securing number facts and understanding shape and will consolidate, practise and extend aspects covered in previous terms. Finally, in ICT children will be using computer programming software to make computer games and in RE we will be learning about Christian parables.
During the term, the whole year group will be preparing for their own musical production based on the fairy tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”. More details about this exciting production will follow.
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Our topics for the final term of Year 4 will be “Water” and “The Rainforest”. Up to the half-term break we will be finding out all about water. The children will learn about where water comes from and how it is recycled for human use. This will include a very informative day at the Chelmsford Anglian Water treatment works. In literacy and reading we will be looking at the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo and writing diary entries and then explanation texts for the water cycle. In science we will be finding out about states of matter; carrying out some investigations into condensation and evaporation. Our art will also complement our topic as we look critically at the work of an artist who features in Kensuke’s Kingdom, Hokusai. The children will study his beautiful artwork ‘The Great Wave’ and use this to inspire their own paintings.
The second half-term topic we will be finding out about the rainforests of South America. Our literacy will be based around persuasion texts and how we can help protect the rainforests. In addition to this, we will be using the film ‘Rio’, a Brazilian parrot, for our cine-literacy to stimulate narrative writing. This will also inspire children’s DT, where they will be learning to design and create pop-up books. During this half-term we will be swimming, and preparing for sports day with field and track athletics in PE.
In mathematics, we will be following the National Curriculum. We will cover similar areas to last term, such as counting, partitioning and calculating, fractions, securing number facts and understanding shape, and will consolidate, practise and extend aspects covered in previous terms.
In computing, we will be exploring databases and children will learn to collect, find, organise and interpret information about different countries, using a variety of computer programs. In French, the children will learn about schools in France, how to follow instructions and school equipment.