Curriculum Information

 TERM: Autumn 

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 Wednesday.

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 -  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 1 People

In this topic we will be looking at Family Trees including Jesus' Family Tree.

 

 

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 Autumn term we will focus on:

 

 Non-Fiction - Space Explorers

In this unit, we will be reading a text called 'Space Explorers'. This will enable the children to explore a variety of text types for example, diary entries, setting descriptions and biographies. Within the unit, 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). 

 

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:

 

-Numbers to 10,000 

-Counting in hundreds and twenty fives

-Counting in thousands

-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

-Rounding numbers to estimate

 

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

Wider Curriculum:

Science:

This term we will be exploring:

Autumn - Animals including humans 

  • Food Chains
  • Herbivores, carnivores and omnivores
  • Digestive System
  • Teeth & Eating 

History

 In Autumn, we will be studying the Romans. We have the opportunity to visit The Museum of London's Roman gallery during the term (information to follow).

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Art:

Autumn- Mosaics - children will designing and making a professional mosaic with David Bowers 

 

Computing:

This term, we will be looking at coding and learning how to make a sprite move in 'Scratch'. 

 

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 called 'Umbrellas' and we will use Jean Kelly's 'Singing in the Rain' dance video as our stimulus. 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:

Thursday 30th November 2017- Trip to the London Museum

 

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