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: 

Y4M -  Monday and Thursday

Y4K - Monday and Thursday

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. 

 

 

Topic 4 Community

Year 4 will be exploring what the word 'Community' means to them. They will be thinking about the community within their home life, their school life and various celebrations with friends and families. There will also be an exciting opportunity to explore the parish community in Muswell Hill, giving the children to research Our Lady of Muswell Church and recognise that our Chair of Governors 'Marco' is a Deacon within our local church. This will link to scriptures in the Bible exploring the ways in which Jesus served within the community. 

 

Topic 5 Giving & Receiving 

Year 4 will understand what it means to give and receive. One of the activities children will be carrying out through role play is 'Think about a time when you have felt left out.' From this, they will think about different ways of giving and receiving. They will also be learning about the Eucharist, the Communion Rite, the Penitential Act and Liturgy of the Word. Children will develop ways of 'saying sorry' and the actions Catholics should take if they have 'bad' feelings towards someone in order to find ways of solving these 'negative' feelings as well as exploring what it says in the Bible. 

Topic 6 Self Discipline 

Children will explore the variety of opportunities there are for self giving in family life and life in school. They will understand that life is a cycle and that responsibilities of children and parents reverse. They will learn about the rewards of giving including thinking about times when they sacrificed something of their own to help or give to someone else. What were the rewards. Within this topic, children will also learn about Jesus' ressurection. 

 

 

 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

On Wednesday 21st February, Year 4 will be leading the Lent Liturgy at 9am in the hall. All parents and carers are welcome to join us.

 

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 - Newspaper Articles 

Year 4 will be learning about all the features of a newspaper article. They will have a 'surprise' guest visit one of their English lessons so that they can write a newspaper report about this mystery visitor so keep your eyes peeled on the website for updates!

Fiction - Varjak Paw & Wolves in the Walls

Varjak Paw is Year 4's class novel by SF Said. It is an exciting story about a cat who wants to break free but first, must learn to fight. There is a lot of imagery within the novel as well as rich vocabulary. Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way - a secret martial art for cats.
Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.

Varjak Paw is fast moving, engaging and descriptive. 

 

Wolves in the Walls - Neil Gaiman 

"When Lucy hears noises from behind the wall she tries to warn her parents that there are wolves banging about. But her parents don't listen. When the wolves finally take over the house and Lucy and her family are evicted to live in the garden, her parents realise perhaps they should have listened." The children will love this unit. The story is fairytale-like and presented in a jaunty, casually nonsensical way. 

 

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. 

 

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:

 

Counting in hundreds & twenty fives, counting in thousands, hundreds, tens and ones, using place value, comparing and ordering numbers, making number patterns, counting in sixes, sevens and nines, rounding numbers and rounding numbers to estimate.

Pupils should know times tables 1-12 in Year 4.

Wider Curriculum:

This term we will be exploring

Science:

States of Matter

Geography

The Journey of a River (including the water cycle)

 

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Art:

Autumn- Drawing - children will be focusing on drawing rivers in motion

 

Computing:

This term, we will be looking at coding and algorithms. 

 

We will also be looking at E safety, focusing on keeping safe 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. Our unit is linked to our science topic 'states of matter'. Children will eventually choreograph their own 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 Y4M will be learning to play trumpets and clarinets (Friday afternoons).

 

Special Events:

Monday 22nd January- Basket Ball Wow Day

Tuesday 23rd January- Andrew Cuerden ex Strictly Come Dancing Workshops

Friday 26th January- Kickboxing Workshops

Wednesday 31st January 2018 - Trip to The Angel Theatre

 

 

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