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Spring Term 2019


This term we are starting with some structured creative writing using various techniques to really enhance the children’s work. This will be a regular theme for the end of each unit of lessons. We will then look at myths and legends and write our own myth about the founding of Peterborough. After this we will create newspaper reports and explanation texts based around our Roman topic. The final part of the term will see us looking at persuasive writing.


Children will spend time consolidating their knowledge of addition and subtraction and the relationship between them. They will secure knowledge of the written methods and will consolidate and become more confident in methods for subtraction to solve more complex number sentences. They will also start to investigate checking their answers by using the inverse and try to explain why this works. Children will learn about analogue and digital times and some will solve worded problems about time.  The children will also be finding fractions of shape and number and may begin to investigate multiplication and division and their relationship with each other. Throughout the term they will continue to develop their mental arithmetic skills, particularly focussing on learning their times tables and related division facts, thus working towards gaining their bronze, silver and gold times tables awards and in readiness for the national times tables test in Year 4.


This terms PSHCE topic is ‘Fire Safety.’ The children will begin the term by learning about fire and what is needed for a fire to exist. The children will then move on to looking at how we can all stay safe around fire, the potential dangers of fire and how to treat burns. The topic will finish by focussing on what to do in the event of a fire or at home.


This term the children will be improving and practising their football skills. The term will begin with the children focussing on dribbling the ball and appreciating the importance of this skill in the game of football. We will then move on to the skill of passing and the children will complete numerous activities that will require accurate passing of the football. Tackling will be the next skill that will be taught, we will teach the children how to tackle an opponent not only successfully but also safely. This will be linked to teaching the children how to defend. We will end the term by playing a number of different small games of football to allow the children the opportunity to practise and apply their new skills. Year 4 will be improving their swimming skills.


We will be taking the children on a topical journey through Ancient Rome. We will learn about and discuss the growth of the Roman Empire and who the important historical figures were at this time. We will also look closely at trying to identify Roman artefacts as well as comparing Roman homes with those of our present day. The children will also look at clothing, food and language of the time to get a feel for life as a Roman.


As well as revisiting the importance of E-Safety, we will be giving the children the opportunity to create a presentation by researching an area of their choice linked to our topic work, using google slides. We will look at transition skills as well as applying a variety of fonts to their work and finally adding pictures. 


In the first half term children will find out about the Torah and Judaism. They will investigate the inside of a Synagogue and find out about the significance of different religious artefacts within it. After half term they will explore the life of Jesus, focussing on what they can find out from extracts of the Bible as well as where he lived and what life was like for people in those times.


Our Art topic this term will focus on the Romans. The children will be exploring a wide variety of pencil techniques in order to draw a Roman soldier, The Coliseum and a selection of artefacts. We will be looking at observational drawing with a specific focus on proportion and shading. Finally, the children will be designing and creating their own mosaics.


In our science topic ‘Animals including Humans’ the children will explore the human body, focussing on teeth, healthy eating and the digestive system. They will be learning about the purpose and importance of the skeleton, teeth and our muscles. They will investigate the nutrition that the body needs to function effectively as well as learning about the human digestive system and how food is transported around the body.  During this topic, they will also compare the diets of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.  In addition, they will investigate food chains and use the scientific terms ‘producer’ and ‘consumer’.


To link with our Science topic of Animals and Humans, the children will investigate the habitats of local insects and consider their importance in the food chain. The children will design Bug Hotels (places for insects to live and thrive) and place them in the Outdoor Learning area to see which insects their designs attract and how successful they are.