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Curriculum - Spring Term

Maths

This term the children will be focussing on division, fractions, decimals and area. As usual, we will be working really hard on our timestables. Please encourage your children to practise all the timestables using this link to help - ttrocktars

Please click here for a full year overview of Year 4 maths 

Literacy

Following on from last term, we will be continuing with out Lit & Lang programme. We will start the year on Unit 3. In this unt, children read a story in rhyming verse. They use drama and discussion to tease out some of the serious issues behind the humour in Kaye Umansky's engaging tale of 'The Bogey Men and the Trolls next door'. We will be looking closely at adding powerful adverbs and adjectives to our writing, writing in the first person past tense and using brackets to add extra information. Our Non-fiction looks at explanation texts. The children will build on previous knowledge of the language and organisational features of explanation texts and will explore visual, verbal and written examples. 

In Unit 4 the children will explore a playscipt 'The Fly and the Fool' by Lou Kuenzler. They will explore the play's setting, Vietnam. They will be looking at the characters and explore the difference between how they see themselves and how others see them. The children will be writing a new ending for a new play based on the traditional tale Rumplestiltskin.  Our Non-fiction topic focuses on developing children's ability to evaluate evidence. They will read an explanation about how the police use different sorts of evidence to prove who has committed a crime. The children will also 'get into role'  and will present evidence in a court room! They will weigh up which pieces of evidence will be the most useful in proving who committed the crime. 

Science

Sound - This ‘Sound’ unit will teach the children about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of our school. They will work in groups to create a human model of the way particles pass sound vibrations on, and write and star in their own documentary explaining how sound travels. The children will work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made to create their own set of pan pipes. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing, in the context of making a music studio quieter. Finally, they will demonstrate their learning from the whole unit by designing and creating their own musical instrument that will play high, low, loud and quiet sounds.

Animals including humans and teeth -This unit focuses on the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth. Children will learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and the food chain. In addition, they will extend their understanding of food chains to more complex chains and food webs.

History

The Romans - This unit will teach the children about the impact the Roman Empire had on life in Britain. They will learn about the spread of the Roman Empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will also look in detail at some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads and bath houses. In addition to this they will have the opportunity to learn about the British resistance of Boudicca and will act in role to look at the events of Boudicca's rebellion from different perspectives. The children will also investigate Hadrian's Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. They will learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine its location. A lesson on gods and Roman religion will help the children to understand more about the culture and beliefs of Roman people, and they will play and design games to consolidate their knowledge about the different Roman gods and goddesses.

Art

Our topic this term will focus on the history of mosaics. The children will be looking at the life of a gladiator and look at mosaics depicting gladiator scenes. They will discuss what the mosaics show and they will design their own masaic tile. The children will also be researching Hadrians wall and recreating a picture using only their fingers to paint the image!

Music

This term  all the children will continue to work with Mr Brown and learn some Samba! They will learn how to read music, pick out a rhythm and listen out for different pitches in music.  All the children will perform a Samba piece with 5 independent parts, including a 3:2 clave rhythm and complex call and response. They will  have experience playing Surdu drums, Tambourims, Agogos, cowbells, claves and shakers.

RE

This Buddhism unit will teach the children about key aspects of the Buddhist faith. The children will work creatively to enhance their learning experience. They will find out where Buddhism originated, about special places linked to Buddhism and about key festivals in Buddhist life. The children will also learn about symbols in Buddhism, the Buddhist holy book and the main beliefs held by Buddhists.