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Curriculum- Autumn Term

Maths

We will continue to follow the Inspire Maths approach so children will be encouraged to use concrete resources, problem solving and reasoning.  We will also encourage children to talk in 'maths sentences' to develop their oracy skills and will be introducing daily maths meetings to help rehearse and embed key maths skills such as telling the time.

We will begin by developing our skills to solve problems with money, length, mass and volume. We will them move on to bar graphs and fractions.

Literacy

In our first Literacy and Language unit the children will be reading ‘Lost or Stolen?’ by Narinder Dhami to explore the themes of relationships, suspicion and trust. Opportunities for writing will involve using a story ‘roller coaster’ to plan and write a new chapter for the story.

We will also be writing poems using personification within our second unit of work. The children will play with poetic techniques such as, repetition, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme and free verse.

Our grammar focus this term will be using fronted adverbials, commas, inverted commas and presenting dialogue.

We will also be writing letters, reports, diary extracts and taking notes through our curriculum topics such as History, Geography and Science.

We will post images of our time during our lessons to share with you soon - keep an eye out on Twitter!

Science

Autumn 1 – Sound This unit will teach 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 their 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 straw flutes. 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.

Our investigative science over the Autumn term will link to our scientific knowledge and our Raiders and Traders topic. As well as investigating how to block sound, the children will learn about Roman toilets and investigate the effectiveness of a range of Roman alternatives to toilet roll. Children will also investigate the natural plant dyes that the Anglo Saxons and Vikings used to dye their clothes.

Autumn 2- 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. During our investigative science we will be seeking answers to questions such as 'What do squirrels eat?' 'What is spit for?' and 'How does toothpaste protect teeth?'.

Local Study

We will be improving our geography and history skills with a study of Prescot. We will be particularly focusing on the shops in the high street and how they have changed over time. We will be drawing sketch maps and using a sketch map to follow a historical trail around Prescot.

History

This term we will looking at our Raiders and Traders topic, which aims to teach the children about the impact the Roman Empire and the Viking invasions 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 explore in detail, 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 look at the events of Boudicca's rebellion from different perspectives. 

Children will learn about the everyday lives of the people who settled here, including soldiers, and will explore significant people, events and stories from these periods history. Children will also add these eras to their timeline and gain a deeper understanding of the terms ‘invade’, ‘defend’ and ‘conquer'. New historical vocabulary will be introduced and the children will communicate ideas using these terms. Art and music from these periods will also be explored.

This project allows the children to investigate the physical and human features of the UK and how these have changed over time.

Year Four’s key monarch is William the Conqueror, who follows on from this period in history.

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 mosaic tile. The children will also be researching Hadrian’s wall and recreating a picture using only their fingers to paint the image!

Geography

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, which the children will locate on maps. 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 and plot on a map its location.

RE

Mrs Boadey will be teaching RE and PSHE to both classes. Children will start by discussing new beginnings then move on to Christianity leading up to Christmas.

Music

This term all the children will have the fantastic opportunity 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 a variety of different drums.

Throughout the year we will also be listening to and discussing the music of Tchaikovsky along with Cuban and Australian/ Aboriginal music.

French

This term we will be focussing on getting to know each other, numbers and colours.