Year 4 - Curriculum Overview 2017/18
Year 4 - Spring 1
Class Teachers: Miss Buck & Miss Wallsgrove
Teaching Assistants: Miss Lancley and Mrs Rowland
PE day: Monday & Wednesday
Home Learning: Your child’s home learning tasks will be set weekly on a Friday and will be due in by the following Thursday. These will consist of an English, a spelling, a Maths and a mental arithmetic task.
Reading at home: It is expected that your child reads for 15 – 20 minutes every day. This must be recorded in their Reading Record Books and initialed by an adult. It is an expectation that Reading Records are brought in to the academy each day so that teachers can monitor the reading happening at home.
Spelling Focus: Revise the spellings on the Year 1 & Year 2 spelling lists and practise the Year 3 & Year 4 spelling list words. Children should also be learning the personal spellings sent home each week in their Spelling Log.
Arithmetic Focus: Children should be practising their times tables (up to 12 x 12) as well as revising telling the time, on an analogue clock, to the nearest five minutes.
This term the children will be studying and writing both fiction and non-fiction texts. The children will have the opportunity to write stories, instruction texts and explanation texts based around their Natural Disasters topic.
Spelling and grammar will be a focus throughout all lessons. Each week a different spelling rule will be focused upon and the children will have the opportunity to investigate and learn the spellings within this rule throughout the week.
In Guided Reading, the children will be focusing on how to identify the themes and conventions in a wide range of books, identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning, retrieve and record information from non-fiction, identify main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph in longer texts and summarise these and listen to and discuss a wide range of poetry.
This term the topics of multiplication and division, area and fractions will be covered. The children will continue to develop their times table skills and arithmetic, including number bonds, times tables, rounding and adding and subtracting multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 to a given number The children will have the opportunity to apply these skills within a context, as well as opportunities to develop their reasoning and greater depth skills.
Geography: As part of their ‘Natural Disasters’ topic, the children will be describing and understanding key aspects of physical geography such as mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes.
History: History will not be covered in Spring 1, but will be the focus in Spring 2 where the children will be learning about the Tudor period.
Science: This half term, the children will be learning about sound. There will be opportunity for the children to develop their understanding of sound through investigations.
RE/PSHE: The children will focus their RE on Christianity this half term. They will focus on the Bible and how the stories that Jesus told to his followers relevant today. Through PSHE, the children will discuss and understand the beliefs of others as well as investigate choices and their consequences.
Computing: The children will to use Espresso Coding to practise their coding skills with a focus on using variables within code. Additionally, the children will continue to look at online safety considering ways to keep safe online and understanding what to do in given scenarios.
French: The children will be learning the vocabulary relating to toys. The children will role play buying toys, including asking how much something costs as well as learning how to express opinions.