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 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. 

 

Islam

During this topic, the children will learn about the Qur'an. They will have a look at the opening phrases and the different methods used to learn them off by heart. The will also learn about some of the different names for the Qur'an.

Topic 8 Building Bridges

In this topic we will be learning about building bridges of friendship. They will understand the importance of admitting wrong and being reconciled with one another and God.

Topic 9: God's people

In this topic we will be looking at ordinary people who do extraordinary things and exploring how different saints show people what God is like

 

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:

 

 Non-Fiction - The Shang Dynasty 

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Did the Shang Dynasty really exist? They read the interactive eBook, retrieving and collating information about China. They explore historical evidence and timelines, answering questions and considering what information is true and relevant. They answer the Big Question, planning and writing a non-chronological report.

Live Unit - Sounds Spooky...

The children are introduced to the idea of an audio story or podcast. As a class, they listen to a spooky story podcast in three episodes, asking questions and listening out for sound effects to develop their listening and comprehension skills. They focus on the use of language and the way it is used in conjunction with the narrator’s voice and sound effects to create atmosphere and character. After some teacher modelling they practise brainstorming and planning a story as a class. They then build on this experience to plan and write their own three-episode spooky story podcasts in groups. Time is given at the end of the unit for the children to practise reading their stories aloud and incorporate sound effects. The podcasts are then recorded or performed so that they can be shared more widely.

 

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:

Money

In this chapter, pupils will learn how to count and record in pounds and pence. They will make links between tenths and hundredths and decimal notation for money. They will learn how to compare amounts of money by looking at significant digits and by converting amounts from pounds to pence and vice versa.

Mass, Volume and Length

Pupils will learn how to estimate and measure mass, volume and length. They will learn how to convert units of measure from larger to smaller. Pupils will also be taught how to measure perimeter using centimetres and millimetres.

Area of figures

Pupils will learn about the concepts of area and perimeter. They will measure area by measuring surface coverage, i.e. counting squares before measuring area by using multiplication.

Geometry

Pupils will learn about types of angles. They will name and compare angles and use this information to help when classifying triangles and quadrilaterals.

Position and movement

Pupils will learn how to describe the positions of objects and figures. They will learn how to describe positions on grids using coordinates. They will be introduced to the x and y axes and build an understanding of how coordinates are written.

 

Wider Curriculum:

Science:

This term we will be exploring:

Summer 1 - Electricity

  • identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
  • recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors

Summer 2 - Habitats and living things

  • recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

 Humanities

 In Summer 1 Our Geography unit is called 'Why is London such a cool place to live?'. During this topic the children use their build on their mapping and atlas skills to find out where London is. They will spend time learning about the history of London and the main attractions . As well as looking at local attractions such as Alexandra Palace

In Summer 2 we will be looking at a Geography unit called 'Rainforest.

During this topic the children will discover this topic will introduce children to rainforest around the world. They will learn what they are, where they are, what they contain and who lives there. They will understand the four main layers of a rainforest aswell as the plants and creatures that grow in them!

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Art and DT:

Summer 1: Art - Painting - What famous artist lives near here - 

Children will learn all about local artist Ben Wilson aka 'the chewing gum man' and paint their own 'chewing gum' in the same style.

Summer 2: D&T - Collage - What will make our rainforest stand out

Children will use a range of collage techniques to create their own rainforests.

Computing:

This term, we will be looking at looking at the difference between the 'world wide web' and 'the internet'. The children will have a go at creating their own websites.

 

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 Gymnastics and later on in the summer term we will begin preparing for sports day taking part in a range of athletics.

 

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:

May 15th Alexandra Palace trip

 

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