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 on every Friday.

Maths home learning is sent out on Thursday and is due back on the following Monday.Every other week children either complete a task on ‘my maths’ or practice their rapid recall targets.

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: 

Y4M -  Thursday and Friday

Y4K - Thursday and Friday

Children must have a full PE kit. 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. 

 

Topic 4: Community

In this topic we will be learning about what it means to be part of a community. We will think about the importance of the parish church and the ministers as well as exploring how we can serve the community. 

 Topic 5: Giving and receiving

In this topic we will be exploring how we give and receive every day. We will then learn all about how the Eucharist challenges and enables living and growing in communion. 

Topic 6: Self discipline

In this topic we will be learning about the season of Lent. We will learn about how Lent is a time to unite with Christ and grow in self-discipline through practises of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We will also learn about how we prepare for Easter. 

 

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:

 Poetry - During this topic we will focus on a collection of poems by James Carter and Grace Nichols. The children will read and write a range of poems with different structures, such as Kennings, rhyming couplets and rap based on fairy tales. Through our poetry topic we will look at a range of poetic devices - metaphors, similes, personification, alliteration and rhyme.

 

Non-Fiction - Newspapers: In this unit, the children will explore the different features of a newspaper. They will spend time practising to write each section (heading, introduction, captions etc) before compiling all their skills to write a final newspaper report. The focus for our Newspaper reports is Tudors which is linked to our History Topic.

We also have daily Grammar activities which are embedded into our English Lessons. 

 

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. 

 

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:  pupils will further develop their understanding of multiplication and division. They will learn how to divide and multiply by 1 and 0 and understand the law of commutativity. They will learn how to multiply three numbers together using prior knowledge of multiplication tables. 

Graphs: In this chapter, pupils will learn how to interpret picture graphs and bar graphs. They will be introduced to line graphs and how they are used to measure change over time. They will interpret line graphs and use information collated in a table to draw a line graph. Pupils will make predictions based on trends identified in data.

Fractions: In this chapter pupils will be introduced to hundredths. They will learn about mixed number fractions and improper fractions. They will learn how to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions. They will learn how to add and subtract fractions and will solve addition and subtraction word problems.

Time: Pupils will learn about the 24-hour clock. They will learn how to use both the 12-hour clock and the 24-hour clock. They will convert between units of time, such as minutes and seconds, and hours and minutes. Pupils will learn how to solve time problems involving conversions and will calculate durations of time in relation to word problems.

 

Wider Curriculum:

Science:

This term we will be exploring:

Spring 1-States of Matter: 

  • compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature

Spring 2-Sound:

  • identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
  • recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
  • find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
  • find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it
  • recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases

 Humanities

 In Spring 1 we will be looking at a Geography unit called 'The Journey of a river and the water cycle'. During this topic the children will learn all about the different features of a river from source to mouth. They will also explore the role of the water cycle. They will use google maps to follow the journey of a river as well as research some of the world's major rivers. (Link to Science)

In Spring 2 we will be looking at a history unit called 'British Clothing: 1066 -present'. During this topic the children will discover the development of clothing from 1066 to the Present Day in the British Isles. They will learn about the changes in fashion, materials and in the manufacturing processes. Then they will consider how these changes were brought about by changes in society before finally making a pictorial timeline showing the development of a key item of clothing.

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Art and DT:

Spring 1: Art - DrawingHow can we bring our river drawings to life? during this topic the children will explore ways to create movement in their drawings using a range of techniques and materials. (Link to Topic)

Spring 2: DT - Textiles - How can we change the colour of our fabric? during this topic the children will explore a range of textiles and different methods use to change the colours of fabrics such as tie dye and batik. We will design, make and evaluate these dying techniques. (Linked to History topic)

Computing:

This term, we will be looking at looking at making pieces of music using different computer programmes. 

We will also be looking at Wikipedia and how we can create our own Wiki pages.

We will also be looking at E safety, focusing on how we can stay safe and why we should gain someone's permission before posting a photo of them online. 

 

PE:

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

In their other PE lesson they will be focusing on Dance. The children will work with partners and in small groups preforming short phrases then building this into a dance routine. They children will work on their ability to move to different sounds and their awareness of others when they move. The stimulus for this Dance unit will be 'Umbrellas' and 'Singing in the rain'. 

 

French:

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

 

Music:

Y4M will be learning how to play to the guitar (Thursday afternoons) and Y4K will be learning to play trumpets and clarinets (Friday afternoons).

 

 Special Events:

TBC

 

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