Curriculum Information

 TERM: Spring 

Home Learning:

Literacy home learning is sent out on Monday and is due back on the Thursday.Spellings will be sent home at the beginning of each half term and tested weekly.

Maths home learning is sent out on Thursday and is due back on the following Monday.Every other week children will complete a task on ‘my maths’. They should practise their rapid recall targets on a daily basis. 

Tasks are designed to support the learning taking place in class. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! We encourage the children to try their best, even if they might make mistakes.

 

PE Days: 

Y4R -  Tuesday and Friday

Y4K - Tuesday and Friday 

Children must have a full PE kit in school everyday. Please make sure all items are labelled.  If your child does not have a PE kit in school they will be given one to wear for the lesson and a letter will be sent home to let you know.

 

 RE:

We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic lasts for four weeks. We begin by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion and the gospels. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs. 

 

Community

This unit will focus on children learning about being part of a community. Each one of us belongs to a number of different communities, e.g. our family community, the school community, the area where we live etc. Think about the classroom community. What makes it function well? What are the ways in which individuals help make the class community a happy one?

Think back to your childhood. Which celebrations of community life did you most enjoy?

 

Giving and Receiving

Children will learn about how Catholics give and receive. Being thoughtful for life, for people and gifts, is a vital part of our relationships with one another. When praise and appreciation are experienced, we are enabled to relate on a deeper level.

 

 

 Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

 

English:

At OLM we use the Wordsmith teaching scheme, which focuses on a variety of different texts. During Spring term we will focus on:

 Explanation Texts & Wolves in the Walls

 

Grammar includes:

Adjectives, adverbs, verbs, nouns (common and proper), conjunctions (causal & time) possessive and contracted apostrophes, complex sentences (main and subordinate clauses).

 

 The units will enable the children to explore a variety of text types for example, diary entries, setting descriptions and biographies. Within the units, we will also be following year 4-curriculum grammar, including adjectives, adverbs, verbs, nouns (common and proper), conjunctions (casual and time) possessive and contracted apostrophes, complex sentences (main and subordinate clauses). 

 

Reading

We encourage children to read for pleasure at home and school. Please encourage your child to read for at least 15 minutes a day and spend time discussing the books they are reading and the authors. We will begin a brand new teaching pedagogy called 'Destination Reader' Destination Reader:

  • Provides a systematic approach to the teaching of reading across KS2
  • Enables children to develop key strategies which deepen their understanding of texts
  • Develops children’s motivation to read broadly for pleasure and purpose
  • Increases children’s ability to lead their learning through the acquisition of key learning behaviours
  • Places children at the centre of a formative approach to assessment in reading
  • Provides a replacement to Guided Reading

 

Maths:

At OLM we use the Maths No Problem teaching scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.

This term we will be focusing on:

Further Multiplication and Division:

Multiplying multiples of 100

Multiplying 3 digit numbers

Dividing 2 digit numbers

Dividing 3 digit numbers

Solving word problems

Graphs:

Drawing graphs

Reading bar charts and line graphs

Fractions:

Counting in Hundredths

Writing mixed numbers

Showing mixed numbers on a number line

Equivalent fractions

Simplifying improper fractions

Adding fractions

Subtracting fractions

Time:

Telling the time of a 24-hour clock

Changing time- minutes-seconds

Solving problems on duration of time

Changing years to months and weeks to days

 

Pupils should know times tables 1-12 by the end of Year 4

 

Wider Curriculum:

This term we will be exploring...

Science:

States of Matter (Solids, liquids and gases) 

Geography:

The journey of a river

 

Art:

Drawing rivers: "How can we bring our river drawing to life?"

 

Computing:

Coding & Esafety

 

PE:

This half term Year 4 will have one lesson taught by our PE coach, Tommy.

In their other PE lesson they will be focusing on Dance. 

 

French:

In Year 4 we have weekly french lessons with Ms Louzanne.

 

Music:

Y4K will be learning how to play to the guitar (Thursday afternoons) and Y4R will be learning to play trumpets and clarinets (Friday afternoons).

 

Special Events:

Please check back website when a school trip date has been confirmed

 

 

Learn at home- click on the links below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zv48q6f

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/index.html