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St Joseph the Worker

Catholic Primary School

Year 4

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT SCHOOL THIS TERM?

An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 4 during the Autumn term

 

In English we will be working on:

  • listening and responding to stories linked to our study of the past
  • planning and writing our own stories, using strategies such as oral story-telling
  • exploring settings character and plot
  • using adjectives, adverbs and powerful verbs to add interest and detail to our writing
  • reading and writing non-chronological reports on topics linked to work in other subjects
  • using verb tenses correctly to ensure grammatical sense
  • learning and using spelling rules and patterns, including those for adding prefixes and suffixes
  • learning spellings and vocabulary relating to other subjects
  • extending use of punctuation eg commas, exclamation and question marks, apostrophes etc
  • reading, responding to, and performing a range of poetry
  • creating images in poetry and descriptive writing through the use of simile and metaphor
  • joining our handwriting consistently
  • reading and writing a range of instructions

 

In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • knowing and using number bonds to 100 to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers
  • reading, writing, ordering and comparing 4 digit numbers
  • rounding 4 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000
  • adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers mentally
  • learning all multiplication and division facts for 2, 5, 10, 3, 6 & 9 times tables
  • multiplying 2 digit numbers using the grid method and vertically
  • adding 1, 2 and 3 by counting on and back using a number line
  • finding fractions of amounts
  • simplifying fractions
  • telling and writing the time to the minute on analogue and digital clocks
  • calculating time intervals
  • understanding 1 and 2 place decimals, in relation to money and length
  • knowing the decimal equivalents of ½, ¼, and ¾
  • beginning to use expanded column methods to add and subtract
  • doubling and halving 3 digit numbers

 

In Science our topics are:

Teeth and Eating

  • We will classify and describe the functions of different kind of teeth.
  • We will recognise why and how we should take care of them.
  • We will work scientifically to use observations to form ideas.
  • We will learn to describe the functions of parts of the digestive system.
  • We will construct and interpret food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
  • We will work scientifically to use scientific language and diagrams to explain a process.

 

Power It Up!

  • We will identify electrical appliances and classify them as mains or battery operated, and understand that electricity can be dangerous.
  • We will recognise, name and use the components needed to make a bulb light in a circuit, construct, draw and test different circuits and explain how they work and suggest why a circuit might not work.
  • We will work scientifically to devise a fair test to find whether materials are electrical conductors or insulators.

 

In R.E. our topics are:

People

  • We will explore our family trees and reveal how scripture traces the stories of some of the human family of Jesus.

Called

  • We will explore our responses to being chosen and reveal how different people respond to God’s call, both in scripture and through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Gift

  • We will explore the gift of love and friendship, and reveal how Advent and Christmas are the Church’s seasons of preparing to receive God’s gift of love and friendship in Jesus.

Judaism

  • We will explore, discover and respect the importance of the Torah, for the Jewish people.

 

In History we will study how human life and society developed in Anglo Saxon and Viking Britain. We will link this to work in literacy, computing, geography and art. This topic will include a visit to an Anglo Saxon site.

 

In Art we will use different media and techniques to draw, paint and model using Anglo Saxon artefacts and artforms as a stimulus. We will also investigate colour, hue and tone.

 

In Design and Technology we will be designing, making and evaluating simple nightlights incorporating a working circuit. This topic will link with our work in Science on electricity.

 

In Music we will be studying arrangements and notation, using the recorder.

 

P.E. In Gymnastics, we will be using apparatus to create, refine, perform and evaluate short gymnastic sequences. In Dance, pupils will learn simple routines and devise, perform and evaluate their own dance sequences. In Games, children will use and develop skills and strategies relating to invasion games.

 

In Computing children will learn about internet safety. They will use the internet to research topics in other subjects, producing information in a variety of ways e.g. leaflet/ poster. Children will explore and develop skills and strategies in Coding.

In French, through our topic Les Animaux, pupils will learn numbers from 11 to 31 and the months of the year. They will learn to name familiar animals.

Each week, your child will bring home work which will be linked to subjects covered in class. It would be great if you could support them in practising these new skills.

Year 4 Autumn Term September 2017

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT SCHOOL THIS TERM?

An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 4 during the Spring term

 

In English we will be working on:

  • listening and responding to stories about imaginary worlds
  • planning and writing our own recounts using strategies such as oral story-telling
  • exploring settings character and plot
  • using adjectives, adverbs and powerful verbs to add interest and detail to our writing
  • reading and writing newspaper reports on topics linked to work in other subjects
  • using inference and deduction to gain a good understanding of a text
  • learning and using further prefixes and suffixes including endings eg –tion, -ssion, sion etc
  • the use of the possessive apostrophe, the colon and semi-colon
  • reading, performing and writing play scripts
  • reading, evaluating and writing poems from different times and cultures
  • joining our handwriting consistently and efficiently
  • extending the use and range of connectives in our writing

 

In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • knowing and using number bonds to 100 to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers
  • reading, writing, ordering and comparing 4 digit numbers
  • rounding 4 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000
  • adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers mentally
  • learning all multiplication and division facts for 2, 5, 10, 3, 6 & 9 times tables
  • multiplying 2 digit numbers using the grid method and vertically
  • adding 1, 2 and 3 by counting on and back using a number line
  • finding fractions of amounts
  • simplifying fractions
  • telling and writing the time to the minute on analogue and digital clocks
  • calculating time intervals
  • understanding 1 and 2 place decimals, in relation to money and length
  • knowing the decimal equivalents of ½, ¼, and ¾
  • beginning to use expanded column methods to add and subtract
  • doubling and halving 3 digit numbers

 

In Science our topics are:

Looking at States

  • We will compare, observe and classify materials as solids, liquids and gases and understand that some may exist in all three states, eg when heated or cooled
  • We will work scientifically, using equipment such as thermometers, to observe and record changes of state in materials
  • We will recognise when evaporation and condensation take place and identify the part played by these processes in the water cycle

What’s that Sound?

  • We will compare, observe and record how sounds are made on a variety of instruments, and how they can be changed in volume and pitch over distance.
  • We will investigate how sounds are created to make music using objects that are not instruments.

 

 

In R.E. our topics are:

Community

  • We will explore what it means to belong to a community, and reveal how ministries in the Parish reach out to the wider community.

Giving and Receiving

  • We will explore giving and receiving in everyday life, and reveal how the Eucharist, in its different parts, challenges us and enables us to live and grow in communion.

Self Discipline

  • We will explore the notion that self discipline is important, and reveal how, through the season of Lent and during Holy Week, we grow to new life through self discipline.

 

In History we will investigate how our local area has changed over the centuries. This will involve the study of Brentwood’s historical buildings and sites.

 

In Geography we will describe and understand the keys aspects of the water cycle. We observe, measure and present human and physical features in the local area using sketch maps, graphs and digital technology. This will link with our Science topic, ‘Looking at States’.

 

In Art we will learn to draw, paint and photograph portraits, and self portraits. We will use sketchbooks to practise and develop sketching techniques and develop these in other media.

 

In Music we will be studying rhythmic patterns using ukuleles.

 

P.E. In Gymnastics, we will be using apparatus to create, refine, perform and evaluate longer gymnastic sequences. In Games lessons, children will learn the rules, skills and tactics and Striking and Fielding Games (Cricket).

 

In Computing the children will learn about programming, and de-bugging. They will use programs such as ‘Scratch’ to control on-screen sprites and produce short presentations.

 

In French, through our topic Ma Famille, pupils will learn numbers from to name and describe family members and household objects, and to use adjectives and basic prepositions to describe these. They learn the alphabet in French.

 

Each week, your child will bring home work which will be linked to subjects covered in class. It would be great if you could support them in practising these new skills.

Year 4 Spring Term

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT SCHOOL THIS TERM?

An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 4 during the Summer term

 

In English we will be working on:

  • reading and writing explanations relating to work in other subjects
  • persuasive language, including holding debates and creating a persuasive argument
  • evaluating advertisements and creating our own, through role play and in writing
  • exploring comic strips, their language and presentation
  • learning to spell words on the Year 3 & 4 list of the English curriculum
  • expanding sentences by using adjectives and preposition phrases
  • exploring different ways of beginning sentences, eg with an adverb
  • using commas to punctuate complex sentences in writing
  • reading, annotating and evaluating narrative poetry
  • writing poems in a variety of forms eg haiku, cinquaine, list poems

 

In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • reading, writing and comparing 5 digit numbers
  • reading, using and comparing negative numbers in the context of temperature
  • multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100, including 1 and 2 place decimals
  • placing decimals on a number line and rounding them to the nearest whole number
  • deriving factors of 2 digit numbers and using these to multiply and divide mentally
  • choosing appropriate methods to solve 1 and 2 step word problems
  • using column addition and subtraction of 3 and 4 digit numbers
  • using vertical method to multiply 3 digit numbers by 1 digit, and the grid to multiply pairs of 2 digit numbers
  • using mental strategies and written methods to divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit
  • fluency in all times tables up to 12
  • recognising and writing Roman numerals to 100, and beginning to know the history of our number system including zero
  • naming and classifying 2d and 3d shapes according to their properties
  • calculating area and perimeter of simple rectilinear shapes
  • using coordinates to draw polygons; finding the coordinates of polygons after translation
  • drawing and interpreting bar charts, pictograms and line graphs

 

In Science our main topic is:

Living Things

  • We will identify, sort and classify living things by asking questions, using keys and observing key features of organisms.
  • We will use sorting diagrams and devise keys to classify vertebrate groups, plants and trees.
  • We will work scientifically to observe and identify invertebrates (minibeasts) in their environment, using simple equipment and methods of collecting and recording data.
  • We will examine the impact of human activity on habitat and environment.

 

 

In R.E. our topics are:

New Life

  • We will explore how good news brings life and happiness, and reveal how the new life of the Easter message is spread through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Building Bridges

  • We will explore how bridges of friendship are built, broken and mended and reveal the importance of admitting wrong, and being reconciled with one another and with God, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

God’s People

  • We will explore the lives of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things, and reveal how different saints show people what God is like.

Islam

  • We will explore, discover and respect the importance of the Qur’an, for Muslim people.

 

In Geography we will investigate the question, ‘Where does our food come from?’ We will use maps, atlases, globes and digital sources, and describe and understand key aspects of key physical and human characteristics of the world, including trade, transport, the distribution of resources, and social and environmental issues.

 

In Art we will use a variety of media and stimuli to produce work linked to our Geography topic, ‘Where does our food come from?’ We will focus on still life, close observation drawing, collage, printing and photography and look at the work of a famous artist, Paul Cezanne.

 

In Design and Technology we will be preparing a range of food products, using step-by-step plans and selecting working with tools and equipment. This topic will link with our work in Geography.

 

In Design and Technology we will design, make and evaluate a food product. We will also be visiting the Essex Food and Farming Education Show.

 

In Music we will be learning about composition and creation through our topic of ‘Communication’.

 

P.E. In Dance, pupils will learn and perform simple steps and routines based on Country Dancing. In Games, they will learn and refine techniques and skills relating to Net/Wall games. In Athletics, the children will also practise the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

 

In Computing children will use computer mapping programs to locate countries, in relation to our Geography topic. They will use a multimedia program to create presentations linked to our Geography topic, ‘Where does our food come from?’

In work linked to our science topic on Living Things, we will use programs to devise and produce a sorting key for identifying and classifying organisms.

 

In French, through our topic Bon Anniversaire, pupils will use words and phrases to ask for things such as items of food, and to express their opinions. They will develop their ability to write short sentences and phrases in French.

 

Each week, your child will bring home work which will be linked to subjects covered in class. It would be great if you could support them in practising these new skills.

Year 4 Summer Term 2017

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