Y4 Curriculum Information

Term: Spring 2 2024

 

Home Learning:

Tasks are set twice a week.

  • Maths home learning is set on a Monday, and to be completed by Wednesday. This will be an online task through the My Maths platform.   

 

  • English home learning is set on a Thursday, and to be completed by Monday. This will alternate between a reading comprehension task and a grammar task.

 

  • Weekly practice: Rapid recall test

                                     Spelling test

                                     Times tables test

  • Daily reading at home            

 Please check Google Classroom for homework instructions

 

Maths:

This term as well as working on our fluency and times -tables skills, we will be focusing on the following chapters from Maths No Problem:

Chapter 5 – Graphs

In this topic, 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.

Chapter 6 – Fractions

In this topic 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.

Chapter 7 - 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.

We will also continue to work on securing our times-tables knowledge

English:

This half term we will begin by looking at biographies and features of this type of writing.  We will be researching Paul Stephenson, a civil rights campaigner for the rights of British-Afro Caribbean people and the infamous Bristol Bus Boycott of the 1960's.  Children will then create their own biographies based on their research.  The latter part of the half term we will explore the wonderous works of S.F. Said and his novel Varjak Paw.  Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten, who lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, until he receives a mysterious visit from his grandfather who tells him about The Way - a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all, the mysterious Vanishings. With stunning illustrations from acclaimed graphic artist Dave McKean, this award-winning story has become a modern classic. A celebration of friendship, loyalty and difference, Varjak Paw is an adventure like no other.

 

RE:

We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually 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 5 – Giving and Receiving

Topic 6 - Self discipline

Catholic Social Teaching

Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each half term we look at a different theme and discuss what each one means:

Autumn 1 - Care of Creation

Autumn 2 - Preferential Option for the Poor

Spring 1 - Solidarity and Peace

Spring 2 - Community and Participation

Summer 1 - Dignity of Workers

Summer 2 - Human Dignity

 

Science: 

 Year 4's Science topic this half term will be Living Things and their Habitats. The children will be exploring the classification of living things through their characteristics and designing their own classification keys. We will also be identifying a variety of living things in our local (and wider) environment through a trip to the woods to explore minibeasts and their habitats. Additionally, the children will learn about the effects of environmental change on living things.

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Geography: 

During this half term, Year 4 will be learning all about Tourism.  We will begin by looking at Seaside tourism in the United Kingdom and then exploring other types which stretch further out into the world.  We will discuss how tourism has changed over the years and factors affecting this.  We will explore the benefits and draw backs of tourism for people, businesses and the surrounding area. 

 

History: 

 In History the topics the children will be covering are:
Christianity in the Roman Empire
Emperor Constantine makes big changes!
The Byzantine Empire carries on
An African empire: Aksum
A high and holy place

 

Art/DT: 

 In Design and Technology this half term, the children will be designing and constructing their own sling-shot cars. We will be using templates to create a 'body' which can be mounted onto a lolly-stick 'chassis'. Using a mechanism of an elastic band and paperclips, the car will be able whizz forward! The children will customise their car designs through personalised decoration of their cars' bodywork.

 

Computing:

 n Computing this half term, the children will consider how and why data is collected over time. They will consider the senses that humans use to experience the environment and how computers can use special input devices called sensors to monitor the environment. The children will collect data as well as access data captured over long periods of time. They will look at data points, data sets, and logging intervals. All children will have the opportunity to spend time using a computer to review and analyse data. Towards the end of the unit, the children will pose questions and then use data loggers to automatically collect the data needed to answer those questions.

 

 PE:

The children will have 1 lesson with our PE coach, and 1 with their class teacher. 

Our topics will be Football and Dance.