Curriculum Information

 TERM: Summer 

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. 

 

New Life

In this unit, children will focus on learning about the way we live our lives, the way we treat others, and by our words and actions.

Pentecost is a Greek word meaning ‘the fiftieth Day’.  At this feast the Jewish people celebrate Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks.  It celebrates the giving of the Torah that is the first five books of the Bible, at Mount Sinai.  In Jesus’ day it would have been a time when there were a lot of people in Jerusalem.  This was the time of year when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and Mary.  This is described in Chapter 2 of the Acts of the Apostles. 

 

Building Bridges

Christians believe that, in Jesus Christ, the world has been reconciled to God. Through and in Christ, every human being is offered the power to reach out in forgiveness and peace, to receive and to offer reconciliation.

 

Networks of friendships and relationships enable human beings to live together. When a child’s power to reach out, trust and make friends is diminished, they may suffer the effects for a lifetime. Both children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged.

If human beings are to live together in relationships, there is always need for reconciliation.

 

 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:

Text Types: Incredible Sports, Shang Dynasty & Across the Roman Wall.

 

In Incredible Sports, the children will explore a variety of report features, incorporating media language into a newspaper report about their favourite sports. They will also be using the Word Smith interactive text as inspiration to create their own incredible sport. 

 

In Shang Dynasty, the children will become archaeologists and investigate the big question "Does the Shang Dynasty really exist?"  Some key skills in which the children will learn are how to use paragraphs, developing inference skills and drawing conclusions around a theme. 

Across the Roman Wall will focus on writing setting descriptions, newspaper articles, play scripts and non-chronological reports, This will be incorporated into our Destination Reader Unit. 

 

Grammar includes:

Adjectives, adverbs, fronted adverbials, verbs, nouns (common and proper), conjunctions (causal & 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 mass, volume and length. The children will learn how to accurately use a ruler to measure the perimeter of a shape e.g. a rectangle. They will also be converting units of mass e.g. grams to kilograms and volume e.g. litres to millilitres using a variety of methods. In order to convert cm to mm for example, children will learn how to multiply a number by 10 using the place value method. Please encourage your children to measure things around the home e.g. weighing flour when making a cake in order for children to use maths in real life. 

 

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

 

Wider Curriculum:

This term we will be exploring...

Science:

Electricity- Children will learn about the safety of electricity, how an circuit is formed and the different types (parallel/series), they will learn about the electric components and will learn what might effect an electric circuit. 

Geography:

The big question in this unit is: Why is London such a cool place to live? Children will learn map and atlas skills and investigate London and its different tourist attractions. We will also be looking at how the population has changed over the years in London and transfer this information to a graph. 

 

Art:

Year 4 will explore the question: "Which Famous Artist lives near here?" This means that the children will have an opportunity to meet our very own local artist from Muswell Hill "Ben Wilson Chewing Gum Man" where we will visit Muswell Hill Broadway to take a closer look at his art work. The children will also get the chance to design and make their own chewing gum designs which will teach them the skill of drawing on a very small scale. 

 

Computing:

The children will be using Pivot Animator which is a unique software, that allows you to create stick figure animations easily and without any artistic skills. You can move the sections of the sick figure and easily create a chain of animation frames that can be previewed as you go.

 

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 Outdoor Adventure Activities. We believe that "Pupils should be taught to take part in outdoor adventure activity challenges both individually and within a team." As well as catering for individual challenge and competition, significant emphasis is placed on team working, leadership and other social skills which can be readily transferable to other aspects of physical education. Pupils will also have the opportunity to increase their speed, strength, agility and fitness and improve their awareness of a healthy lifestyle. 

 

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). Children will learn how to read music, about rhythm, notation, pitch, length of musical notes, note names and will have the opportunity to perform at a half termly concert. Please check your emails for concert dates. 

 

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