Curriculum Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Hello to all our children, parents/carers and visitors! Year 4 is an exciting place to be. We also have an exciting curriculum planned. Below will give you flavour of learning in our year group.

Autumn Term 2018

Welcome back after what we hope has been a revitalizing summer break. The Year 4 team are certainly enthusiastic for an exciting year of learning ahead.

In maths this year there will be a deep focus on understanding and recollection of the times tables facts up to 12X12.  As part of this we will regularly be implementing practise from our now software Maths Rock Stars. So far, Year 4 have studied place value and have identified numbers using different representations. They have furthered this understanding by adding numbers with up to four digits using the compact column method.  During the weeks before half term they will be using this same skill for practising subtraction and also multiplying a four digit number by a one digit number. To enhance our topic study of the Romans, we will also be covering a unit of Roman Numerals for which the children will design their own clocks using these number formations.

So far in Literacy, Year Four have written an alternative part of a story as part of their Myths and Legends unit. For this, they have intertwined their topic studies of the Romans through the myth of Romulus and Remus. We have recently begun a unit on recounts for which the children will be required to journalise their time spent at the recent year group trip to Butser Ancient Farm. Ready for their purple write, they will learn various linguistic skills such as implementing; fronted adverbials; embedded clauses; direct speech; commas to separate a list.

As mentioned above our topic focus this term is the Romans, in particular the Roman invasion of Britain. So far the children have researched Life in Celtic Britain before the Romans invaded and reasons for the Roman invasion. This was enriched at Butser Farm where the children were given a real taste of Iron Age village society through activities such as clunching, wall building, jewellery making and designing mosaics. We will finish the unit by looking at life in Britain after the Romans invaded, the revenge of Boudicca and the impact of the Romans on today’s society.

To deepen the children’s interest further, the study of Iron Age Britain has been implemented into art studies. Both class have researched, planned, drawn and finally made and painted their own shields. 4AB have constructed Celtic shields, for which they also practised sketching their own Celtic knots as it was a principle feature  of the shields. 4VW have been constructing Roman shields and they are now ready for the ‘battle’ between the Celts and the Romans that both classes will be role-playing.

Both classes, this term, will also be practising weaving, to further their understanding of Iron Age fashion and other material design. Additionally, mosaic making is a skill that will be practised to conclude the unit.

In gSTEM this year, the children have engineered water filters as part of their Water for the World study. They are working to help the Practical Action team conquer continental water crisis. Again the Romans will be interwoven as the children research Roman aqueducts and then make and test their own aqueducts.

The Year 4 team are really looking forward to what will bea busy but enjoyable year of learning. If there are any concerns or questions relating to any of the above then please do not hesitate to arrange an appointment with either Miss Ball or Mrs Wilden

Summer Term 2018

Escaped bears from Marwell Zoo, Teacher disputes in maths, pitfall traps in science… time flew by!
We have had an amazing term, so far, combining many new skills with exciting learning topics. In literacy, we have completed newspaper reports about bears that had escaped and camped out on our Gomer Junior field. We used our knowledge of the genre to state facts, not opinions and gain quotes to add within our reports. In maths, we regularly explain which teacher we think has the best method and why. Our parents and carers were impressed with our growing confidence to problem solve and realised the real need to practise times tables at home as much as possible. We have loved our living things and their habitats topic, designing and making pitfall traps for mini beasts and creating our very own outdoor classroom, which has a multitude of different bug hotels to encourage different habitats.
With our brand new javelins, we have been starting to learn the physics behind this throwing technique, alongside hurdles and sprinting – not that we are very competitive about sports day in July! Swimming has also been on Y4’s agenda – Mrs Bottriell has worked extremely hard to enable all children to achieve their potential -Thank you. Tennis with Alverstoke Tennis coaches has been great! We have learnt set play, using forearm and backhand and the occasional point winner – the volley! Hampshire Music School are back by popular demand. Y4 have been learning how to play the keyboard – we look forward to another performance next term. Finally, Y4 have been learning Spanish this term. They have really enjoyed this new language and look forward to continuing to develop new vocabulary – adios for now!

Spring Term 2018

This term Year 4 will be learning about their local area; ‘Gosport Old and New’. We will be answering questions by looking at sources, identifying whether sources are reliable or unreliable and investigating our own questions. We hope to get out and about, host visits from local people and develop historical skills such as evaluating, enquiry and analysing. We will also use our new learning platform – ‘Oddizzi’ to explore our local area further.

We will be practising a wide range of writing skills: punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Next half term, we will be reading a new book – The BFG by Roald Dahl. We will be exploring the book through writing, drama and art. In maths, we will be covering a range of mathematical skills developing the children’s knowledge and ability to apply their skills. We will also be having a big push on making sure everyone in Year 4 knows their times tables off by heart! This half term, we will focus primarily on fractions, decimals and percentages, properties of shape, statistics and also measure. As well as this, we will continue having our maths arithmetic lessons and developing using mathematical vocabulary to solve multi-step problems.

Hoping for sunshine, we will be learning how to play ‘handball’ with the specialist sports coaches – PE kits are needed please. We will also be choreographing our own dances in the form of street dance – move our DIVERSITY! We look forward to our exciting new topics!

Autumn Term 2017

Disgusting, hairy and full of rotten pieces of stilton – Year 4 are kicking off their new term exploring Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’! Through reading, the children will be identifying unfamiliar language, discussing words and phrases that capture the imagination and retrieving and recording information. During writing, they will produce their own descriptive narratives about the gruesome couple, Mr and Mrs Twit and may even write their own instructions about a prank they think they would play on each other using their spelling, punctuation and grammar techniques learnt.

Jumping into maths has started at consolidating place value – mastering tricky ‘Thinking Tom’ challenges to prove their understanding through reasoning. During their weekly arithmetic challenge (Friday), a selection of maths objectives will be covered: rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and even Roman numerals. Keep learning those times tables – they will be sneaked into the arithmetic challenge too!

Topic this term will be based on the Romans. Butser Farm will host the topic launch. The farm displays ongoing constructions of ancient buildings based on real sites, dating from the Stone Age through the Iron Age and Roman Britain, and finishing with the Anglo-Saxons. The children will experience cluntching to make buildings, wattle fences and produce mosaics like the Romans once did. They also grow crops from prehistory and keep rare breeds of animals, including pigs, goats and sheep. Once back in class, the children will explore more about how the Romans came into power and get into the grit of the similarities and differences between the Roman times and today in 2017. Within art, the children will mimic weaved pictures and understand the process once used.

Our gSTEM challenge is to understand that access to energy is an important factor in helping lift people out of poverty. Over 1/3 of the world’s population have no access to electricity. Linking this issue to our science topic about electricity, the children will find out about the different ways in which electricity is generated, especially renewable energy. Due to 1/3 of the World’s population not having access to the national grid, e.g. in rural areas in countries like Nepal, other sources such as wind power are particularly important. The children will begin a challenge to design a wind turbine in order to generate electricity.

In Year 4, the children experience ‘Listen to me’ which is lead by the teachers from the Hampshire Music School. They are introduced to different string instruments and learn to read, follow and perform songs. We look forward to what they perform!

Like keeping active? PE will be so exciting this term. Gymnastics and outdoor adventure activities will cartwheel into this terms topics – please ensure that a school PE kit is in each week (Monday and Wednesday’s are our PE slots). We will endeavour to be pacing around the Gomer Golden Mile track most days too – get those trainers clean and be prepared to stay healthy!

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Spring 2017

Happy New Year everybody! We hope that your Christmas break was full of festive fun, and that you were able to relax and revitalise ready for the upcoming term.

 In English this term we will begin with character description, using a range of language techniques to describe a character so that a reader can form a ‘viewpoint’ on them. Emotive language, figurative language, adjectival phrases will be the key ingredients for describing a characters behaviour and appearance.

Following this, we will move on to writing recounts. For this unit we will focus on using verbs and tenses correctly, choosing interesting words that suit the topic, organising writing into paragraphs and adding descriptive detail.

Maths – once again, no problem! We will continue to follow the Singapore Maths programme, using your own text book, a work journal and plenty of resources. We will continue to begin each lesson with a problem where you will get the opportunity to share and discuss possible methods for solving that problem.

This term we will be focusing heavily on multiplication and division and then further multiplication and division. In further multiplication and division we will multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using a formal written layout. We will also use place value and known facts to multiply and divide mentally.

 Let’s go to the beach because gSTEM this term is now SeaSTEM. Year 4, will be looking at the ‘history mystery’ of Stokes Bay. We will later design our own apps so that we can collate our research in an appealing way.

In other subjects:

In Geography we will be looking at the United Kingdom, using atlases to locate varying parts of the UK. We also study this country’s busy but exciting capital – London.

In RE we begin by talking about devotion so that we can later understand how Hindus show devotion to Shiva within the celebration of Mahashivaratri. On the run up to Easter, we will be looking at the Paschal Candle. In particular how and why the Paschal Candle is used in Easter ritual.

Science this term will be completed as a block unit on electricity and sound followed by keeping warm. For indoor P.E we will be continuing with gymnastics and outdoor P.E is hockey.  In ICT we will be creating our own quizzes on what we have learnt about Stokes Bay using the programme ‘Scratch’.

Autumn 2016

Welcome to Year 4! We hope that you had a fabulous summer and that your minds are rested and ready for an exciting year ahead.

English this term starts off with The Magic Box, Kit Wright’s poem about an imaginary box into which he places all sorts of strange and wonderful things. Look out for the way he uses language to make the poem resonate – golden adjectives, similes and alliteration will all come into play here!

 We then move onto some persuasive writing (get your rhetorical questions ready) before writing some stories about fantasy worlds. If you’ve ever read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, you may remember that Lucy saw snow on the coats when she arrived back into the ordinary world. Was it all real, then? That is the question we want to be asking when we read your stories in October.

Maths? No problem! We’re following a new programme this year and it’s called just that! It’s based on the way maths is taught very successfully 11000 kilometres away, in Singapore! Every one of you will have your own textbook to help you and your own workbook to do your work in. Every lesson we’ll start with a problem which you’ll try and solve in at least two different ways. This is a new way of doing maths and you’ll be doing a lot of talking and problem solving. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on some of the tricky questions that come up!

And, of course – The Romans. The story of Romulus and Remus, characters like Julius Caesar and Boudicca, Claudius’ successful invasion of Britain and the building of Hadrian’s Wall – it is impossible not to be fascinated by this astonishing Empire that began over 2700 years ago. We’ll be tying this in with an exciting trip to Butser Ancient Farm. Get ready for a journey into the past ….

Summer Term 2016

Welcome back Year 4!

The summer term already. It’s gone too fast! But with the sun shining and the smell of cut grass this term is going to be the best yet!

In topic we’re going to start with a fascinating local history study about Portsmouth. Did you know that in 1787 a fleet sailed from Portsmouth to establish the first colony in Australia? Or that in 1805 Admiral Nelson set sail from Portsmouth to fight the French and Spanish in the Battle of Trafalgar? Or that Portsmouth dockyard was once the largest industrial site in the world? These are the sorts of gems we will uncover as we delve deep into the history of our neighbouring city.

You’ll need to be keen scientists too. We’ve got lots of exciting units ahead, including looking at the different habitats (environments) in which different creatures thrive (from the Arctic to the Amazon rainforest) and thinking about which materials stay hot and cold for longest, and which are best for keeping things warm. Keep up that excellent scientific thinking you showed last term – if the teacher finds your question difficult to answer, you know you’re thinking like a scientist!

Talking of scientific thinking, gSTEM continues in full flow so dust off your mind’s engineering toolkit and make sure you’re ready to imagine, design, test, improve…

In maths we’ll have a chance to recap on topics we’ve already covered but also to take things further and crack into plenty of tricky word problems involving all four operations. Can you deal with the maths of real life? Oh, and is time still on your side? Sorry, Mr Milnes couldn’t resist that one!

Warning! English lessons could heat up as you use some of the persuasive techniques you learnt last term to write speeches! This isn’t for the faint-hearted, and things could get rowdy. But we don’t want empty rhetoric! We can hear those rhetorical questions already! Content is what wins the debate and for that you’ll need to learn to build up an argument by organising, linking, explaining, developing and supporting your points. Are there any future MPs in Year 4? We think there might be …

We look forward to another wonderful term.

Spring Term 2016

What a fantastic Autumn term Year 4 have had and it is just going to keep getting better!

We move our focus from history to geography this term and will be studying the human and physical characteristics of various UK cities, as well as our local area.

In Literacy, we will be looking at a wide variety of genres including instructions, arguments and stories from familiar places.   Maths will see all children focusing on time, shape and most importantly, arithmetic especially those times tables. Get ready to put these skills to the test with a wide variety of number investigations.

Electricity and sound are our main topics in Science and of course gSTEM will continue to play a big part in our curriculum.  We are carrying on working with the Crumble programme and using this to design our own Mars Rovers.

We are confident that the children will have a super Spring Term.

Autumn Term 2015

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, year 4 were about to embark on an intergalactic learning journey that would unlock the far reaches of their imagination and take their thinking to a whole new universe. They were about become Jedi…engineers. May the force be with them!

Star Wars is our gSTEM theme across the school and year 4 will be exploring the exciting world of space travel and life upon an International Space Station. They will be working alongside an ambassador for ESERO and will be following the exciting journey of astronaut Tim Peake, who will be joining the Space Station in December for a 6 month mission.

Back on earth, our first topic is the Roman Empire. Starting with its foundations we will learn how they produced such good fighting machines and will discover the influence they had on modern day Britain. In art we will be creating roman pots like those found in Pompei and will use tesserae to design intricate mosaics. In science we will look at the digestive system (what DOES happen to your food?) and in literacy we will study a whole range of genres including poetry, suspense, persuasion and stories from other cultures.

In numeracy we will be mastering the four operations, understanding the wonderful world of fractions as well as indulging in some fascinating investigations. Oh, and SPaG-wise? Don’t know your adverbial opener from your adjectival phrase? By the end of the term you will do. Guaranteed!