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Term 4 & 5 overview
The theme for terms 4 and 5 is ‘The Tudors’. This will mainly focus on gaining an overview of the significance of the Tudor period within the wider narrative of world history, as well as, study some of the significant people, places and events from this period and to explore how we know about them today. Within this topic we will have a geography focus on mountains and rivers for children to compare and explore differences across the world. We will continue to take exercise daily until PE lessons resume. In Term 4 we will undertake science week, where children will learn about farming and will have the opportunity to plant and grow their own vegetables that will be used in term 6 to make tartlets. In our Rights Respecting Schools lessons, the children will learn about their human rights, as well as identifying differences from children from previous ages.
Week commencing 8th March 2021
This week we are excited to welcome back the children to school!
In literacy the children will continue their learning on William Shakespeare, this will develop over the term as they consider the different plays and stories that he wrote. In numeracy we will look back at place value to ensure that the children are ready to move on with their new learning for the rest of the term. We are going to have a whole week of science lessons for our topic afternoons as this is science week. The Children will have the opportunity to explore farming and planting whilst developing ;logos and creating a tartlet they would like to make later in the year. PE will continue to be a daily mile until normal lessons resume!
Term 3 overview
The theme for term 3 is 'Spain'. This will be a Design and Technology focused term, with children being able to explore cultures and traditions within another country. There will be opportunities for children to undertake research within topic afternoons and for them to present their findings how they choose. In addition, children will be designing their own tapas dish, which they will create at the end of them term. The literacy focus for this term is based on a story called 'Ferdinand the Bull', which is a story set in Spain. The SEAL topic is 'Going for Goals where we will consider what new year's goals we can set ourselves that are both manageable and achievable. As with every term we will continue to consider what it means to be a Rights Respecting school and focus on identified articles within our learning.
Week commencing 4th January 2021
This week in year 4, we will begin our term 3 topic on Spain. Children will be using their geography skills and new online map resource to locate Spain on a map and to identify different regions and the capital city, as well as learning which continent Spain is in. In literacy we will begin our new story 'Ferdinand the Bull', this story will enable the children to understand different cultures and traditions. In numeracy the focus will be perimeter and area, where children will use their number operation skills to solve problems. Our SEAL topic this term is 'Going for Goals', this week we will reflect on what we need to achieve and improve and how we are going to do that working both independently and collaboratively.
Term 1 & 2 overview
The theme for terms 1 and 2 is ‘Ancient Egypt’. This will mainly focus on gaining an overview of the significance of the Ancient Egyptian period within the wider narrative of world history as well as study some of the significant people, places and events from this period and to explore how we know about them today. Our Art lessons will link to the topic through learning about Canopic jars and creating our own using clay. We hope to have a school visit to Kent Life where we can experience what life was like as an Ancient Egyptian. In our science lessons, children will look at states of matter. In Rights Respecting Schools lessons, the children will learn about their human rights, as well as identifying differences from children from previous ages. Due to the current situation we are encouraging physical activity everyday so we will have short PE skill sessions after lunch, pupils will need a change of shoes every day.
Week commencing 7th December 2020
This week we are going to be writing persuasive letters in literacy. In numeracy, the children will be leaning how to measure perimeters and applying their skills by carrying out investigations. We will be having a science based week during out topic afternoons, where children will be learning about classification keys and what makes a good habitat. Wednesday is Christmas dinner day! Staff and children will enjoy a festive treat. On Friday the whole school will take part in Christmas jumper day, in order to raise money for 'Save the Children'.
Week commencing 30th November 2020
It is winter wonderland week! We are having 'A Christmas Carol' themed week and continuing with our learning about the story in literacy. In numeracy, we will be carrying out investigations using our number operation skills. The children will be making their own Christingles as part of their RE learning about the importance of light in Christianity. On Friday we would like to celebrate our Winter Wonderland week by allowing the children to pay £1 to wear their pyjamas to school.
Week commencing 23rd November 2020
This week in year 4 the children will begin to use formal methods to work out division calculation in numeracy. They will apply their skills towards the end of the week by solving one and two-step word problems. In literacy we will continue t read different versions of 'The Christmas Carol' with children making comparisons between the books. During the DT lessons next week children will be making their own levers on a design of their choice. We will also begin our science learning on 'Living things and their Habitats'.
Week commencing 16th November 2020
This week in literacy year 4 the children will continue to read 'A Christmas Carol', summarising the text and answering inference style questions. During numeracy there will be a focus on using formal methods for multiplication calculations. During the afternoon children will continue to learn new skills in hockey on Tuesday afternoon. In addition, they will make levers in DT and learn about animals and their habitats in science.
Week commencing 9th November 2020
This week in year 4, the children will begin to read 'A Christmas Carol' in literacy. In numeracy there is a focus on using formal methods for division calculations, in addition to this, the children will complete an arithmetic and reasoning test. We will begin a new topic in science ' Living things and their Habitats' where children will learn about classification and what animals need to survive. As part of our SEAL this term, we will think about what makes a good friend and how we can work together to ensure our feelings are not hurt and ways to be kind.
Week commencing 2nd November 2020
During the first week in term 2 the children will be carrying out their reading and grammar tests during their literacy lessons. In numeracy, the children will develop their multiplication skills, using formal column methods. As part of our history topic there will be a focus on Egyptian Gods. Weather permitting, we hope to learn hockey skills in PE on a Tuesday afternoon. In addition, year 4 will begin French lessons using Language Angels.
Week commencing 19th October 2020
This week in year 4 we will be completing our story writing in literacy before editing them and preparing final pieces of work to be displayed in the classroom. In numeracy we will be working on measurements with a focus on length. Children will write up their understanding from science this term, using key vocabulary they have learnt. During our topic afternoons we will focus on Sikhism in RE and complete our unit on PSHE. On Thursday there will be an opportunity for children to create a still life drawing of our beautiful Harvest display.
Week commencing 12th October 2020
This week in year 4 the children are writing their own adventure stories in literacy, they will use their own planning and consider both problems and resolutions to their story. During numeracy the children will be applying the skills they have been learning in addition and subtraction, in order to estimate the answers to questions. During our topic afternoons we will plan a fair test in science, thinking about the melting point of chocolate as well as looking at where Egypt is located in geography. In Art there will be time spent painting Canopic jars ready for displaying around the school.
Week commencing 5th October 2020
This week the children in year 4 will start to write character descriptions in their literacy lessons, this will support them when they write their own story towards the end of term 1. During numeracy we will have a focus of subtraction, we will look at using both mental strategies as well as formal written methods, leading on to word problems and reasoning questions. As part of our topic learning, children will learn about mummification and continue their science lessons on states of matter.
Week commencing 28th September 2020
This week year 4 will be taking part in an exciting outdoor Egyptian themed day, where they will experience an archaeological challenge as well as a pyramid challenge. In numeracy we will begin our addition learning, using the column method strategy and applying our learning through word problems. During the literacy lessons the children we continue reading 'Shrinking Violet' in preparation for writing their own version of the story. Across the topic afternoons we will begin to create the Canopic jars that have been designed, as well as this the children will continue their learning about the Ancient Egyptians.
Week commencing 21st September 2020
This week in year 4 we will begin a full timetable, ensuring that throughout the week we are continuing with our well-being check ins. The literacy focus will be continuing on reading the story 'Shrinking Violet'. Children will answer questions based on the text as well as thinking about how the author writes. In numeracy we will continue our place value, with a focus on numbers up to 1000. The children will begin to design a Canopic jar in art and design as well as continue their history learning on Ancient Egyptians. Throughout the week we will take part in our daily exercise activities walking around the school grounds.
Week commencing 14th September 2020
This week in year 4, the children will begin literacy lessons. They will be reading ‘Shrinking Violet’, which is a text linked to their topic of ‘The Egyptians. In numeracy, the focus for the week will be recognising place value and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. In addition to this, the children will begin reading activities with a scientific focus on materials, as well as starting their science lessons on ‘States of Matter’. We will continue to take part in our daily exercise activities walking around the school grounds.
Week commencing 7th September 2020
This week Year 4 pupils are continuing to get to know their new classes and recapping the expectations of behaviour and learning at school. This week the children will be writing their aspirations for the year, thinking about what they would like to achieve and how they will do it. In numeracy, the children will be focusing on number and place value.