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Curriculum - Autumn term 1

 

Maths

  • Place Value

This term we will begin by looking at the place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers.

We will use diennes and place value counters to help us to say the value of each digit and partition numbers. We will be placing 3 and 4 digit numbers on a number line and comparing and ordering them.  The children will be introduced to negative numbers and Roman numerals.

 

  • Addition and Subtraction

The children will learn to add and subtract 3 digit numbers with exchange.  Once they are secure in this, they will move onto 4 digit numbers.

 

  • Time Tables

We feel that it is vital that there is plenty of practice of times tables facts. This will help children with their future learning in many areas of mathematics.

 

To practice your times tables at home you can visit this website: https://www.timestables.co.uk/

 

All year 4 children will take a test at the end of the year where they will be expected to recall all the times tables up to x12 within 6 seconds.  

 

 

English      

Our core text this half term is The Twits by Roald Dahl.

We will use the text to work on a range of reading skills in whole class reading sessions.  We will mainly focus on developing vocabulary and retrieving information from the text to begin with. The children will also read independently daily in class and will be expected to read independently at home too.  They will have a reading record that we would like parents to sign and comment in weekly.

 

In Reading Pupils will be taught to:

  • develop positive attitudes to reading, and an understanding of what they read, by:

reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes.

using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read.

identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books.

discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination

  • understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by:

checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding, and explaining the meaning of words in context

asking questions to improve their understanding of a text.

drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.

predicting what might happen from details stated and implied

 

In English lessons, to begin with we will be writing character descriptions about Mr Twit and Mrs Twit based on our class novel.  We will then go on to research and write about significant people in black History.

 

These are some of the key sills we will be teaching in Writing:

  • choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition.

  • identifying and using powerful verbs

  • extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although

  • using commas after fronted adverbials.

  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements.

 

To practice English skills, visit this website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

     

    

Science

This term we will learn about states of matter. 

We will:

  • Compare and group together materials according to whether they are solids, liquids or gasses
  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius ( ˚C )
  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature

 

                       

History - Ancient Egypt

We will be learning about:

  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of Ancient Egypt;
  • know and understand  the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’,
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.

https://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-rome.html                                                           

 

 

Geography - Population in the UK

We will be building on our existing knowledge of bodies of water and this term will be focusing on the Rhine and Mediterranean.

 

Our learning will include:

  • locating the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe
  • describing and understanding key aspects of: rivers
  • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water
  • using maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.     

 

 

RE 

In RE this half term, we will:

  • describe the key aspects of religions, especially the people, stories and traditions that influence the beliefs and values of others
  • use and interpret information about religions from a range of sources
  • use religious language in communicating their knowledge and understanding.

 

                 

Computing - The Internet

In this unit, learners will describe how networks physically connect with each other.

https://teachcomputing.org/curriculum/key-stage-2/computing-systems-and-networks-the-internet

 

                  

PE

This term our focus is basketball and tag rugby.

The children will:

  • develop catching, throwing and dribbling skills

  • learn about tactics for attacking as a team

  • learn ways in which to mark an opponent

  • grasp the basic rules of the games being played

  • experience playing in different positions

  • carry out a range of warm-up activities.   

 

 

Art, Design and Technology 

This term we will be creating pieces of art based on our Ancient Egyptian topic.

We will work with a range of materials, including paints, clay and papier-mache.

They will make clay Canopic jars.

 

 

 

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