Outlined below is the curriculum your child is following this year. We hope that it will be of use to you when discussing school with your child and looking for ways in which you can support them at home.
Throughout literacy this term we will work with narrative, exploring stories with historical settings. The children will be learning how to recognise the stages of a story: the introduction, build up, climax and resolution. We will also introduce the use of paragraphs.
Our non fiction work will focus on recounts using newspapers and magazines to identify features of recount texts.
Spellings will begin with common high frequency words and will increase in difficulty according to individual ability.
All numeracy lessons will follow the new mathematics programme of study. This will include counting, partitioning and calculating. We will also secure number facts and an understanding of shape, followed by work on data handling and measure.
Throughout the autumn term we will be expecting children to revise and learn their times tables, including ordered and mixed up tables.
Mental Maths will be practised daily and incorporated into the numeracy lesson to help children develop quick calculation skills. A variety of mathematical operations are included within this.
In science we will be looking at Animals including Humans. This will cover the simple functions of the digestive system; different types of teeth and food chains. We will be encouraging the correct use of scientific vocabulary where possible.
In Geography we will study local area: this will include how to read a simple map and the children will be drawing their own map. Throughout the year we will occasionally be looking at events in the news, which have a geographical bias. In the second half of the term we will be looking at how the environment around us changes using ‘Windows’ by Jeannie Baker.
In history we will be studying the Romans and their impact on Britain by looking at their influence in more detail.
For art this term we will be exploring colour through a range of media. We will explore colour, pattern, shape and texture. We will also be practising observational skills when drawing and sketching. We will look at a wide range of work by different artists.
In design and technology we will be making Pop Ups.
This term we will be focusing on the Word of God and the Bible. There will be an introduction on Hinduism and also the Festival of Christmas.
We are fortunate to be able to take part in weekly guitar lessons led by a teacher from Bird College.
In dance this term we will develop a dance called ‘Shoes’.
We will be learning the vocabulary associated with the calendar and developing our basic conversational French.
The focus this term will be on Controlling Devices using the computer programme LOGO.
Macbeth Shakespeare Project
In collaboration with the Schools Shakespeare Festival (ssf.uk.com), children in Year 4 will be participating in an exciting cross curricular Shakespeare project this term. Activities will include art and design workshops, a visit to the Globe Theatre, the opportunity to watch a professional theatre company perform in the school hall and will culminate in a performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at the Orchard Theatre.
Places of interest
- Tate Modern
- British Museum
- Science Museum
- Museum of London
We will be studying a variety of genres initially studying stories set in imaginary settings. We will also be developing study skills, focusing on note-taking, looking at the features of reference/information books, identifying key phrases and scanning and writing precis. There is a focus on grammar throughout.
As part of the Numeracy strategy the children will have daily mental arithmetic, practising tables, counting in multiples of 10, dealing with large numbers, ordering and rounding, reading from scales, understanding positive and negative numbers, money, telling the time, kilograms and grams, areas of rectangles, solid shapes, direction/compass points, fractions and simple decimals and data handling.
We are continuing for the first half term with our topic on the Romans in Britain. After half term we will be starting our topic on a local historic study.
The children will use a variety of media, practising sketching and painting. We will look at the work of a variety of artists including Van Gogh, Picasso and Hockney.
The children will continue their programme of singing and are learning guitar with a qualified teacher from Bird College.
Swimming - The children are grouped according to ability and will be working on strokes and techniques, working towards certificates.
Both classes will be doing outdoor games with Miss Sears.
This term we will continue to follow the new Diocesan Primary RE Syllabus from Rochester.
Jesus the teacher – focusing on different parables.
Easter: Maundy Thursday – foot washing. Holy Communion and Remembering Jesus.
The children will be developing their coding skills. They will use these skills to design, make and play a simple game.
Circuits and conductors. We will be looking at switches, how to make a bulb brighter/dimmer, electrical insulators and conductors and the dangers of electricity.
We will be studying maps, using a 4 Grid reference and we will be taking a closer look at the world’s countries and its continents.
We will be using the programme Language Angels focusing on target language, days of the week, dates and items in the classroom to develop their vocabulary. We will also be using a unit of Language Angels that has cross-curricular links with our History topic on The Romans.
Summer Term topic letters will be published at the beginning of the Summer Term.