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Year 4

Autumn Term 2020 


The focus in music this term will be on listening, appraising and music history. The children will revise the inter-related dimensions of music and learn about significant composers who had an impact on the development of music through time. The children will also continue to develop their sense of pulse and rhythm through movement, games and body percussion using the Charanga scheme and Table Tops.


During this autumn term, Year 4 will be learning about the different signs and symbols across a variety of global religions. We will be looking at each religion in detail, comparing their beliefs through symbols and understanding the meaning behind religious practices. The children will begin to make connections between their own beliefs and other religions around the world, including Christianity, Islam and Humanism.


The children will learn about how what they do online leaves a trail called a digital footprint. They will look at how to improve the efficiency of their online searches, the types of websites that are best for children to access when looking for information, as well as how to identify inappropriate content and the actions they should take if they do. Children will be taught about ‘cyberbullying’ and look at how they should communicate online and deal with instances of people being unkind via digital means as well as keeping their information safe. The children will also learn important computer skills needed for safe and effective computer use and be introduced to some further skills concerning the use of folders, searching for files to use as well as improving their typing and presentation skills.


This term we will start by ensuring the children have a settled start to their new class by answering any questions and worries they have after lockdown. A fabulous story called My Hero is You will be shared and this will help the children to understand what has happened globally during the Covid outbreak and how they can help keep themselves safe. This links nicely to recognising different emotions and how they can occur through various situations. Having an increasing digital lifestyle is inevitable after lockdown so we will spend time discussing how we can stay safe online. Friends are an important part of school life and we will discuss how we any issues can be resolved.


This term we will be going back in time to the Stone Age, to discover what life was like in pre-historic times. Living amongst mammoths, sabre – toothed tigers, and elk but definitely no dinosaurs! We shall be learning about the tools they used, how the used the natural world and what everyday life was like.  We shall be combining our literacy and history using studies by using a series of superb story and picture books such as ‘Ug’, Littlenose the Explorer, and ‘Stone Age Boy. We shall be looking closely at the role of an archaeologist and how we find out about the past when nothing has been written down.


During our studies this term we shall be revising our understanding of sentence construction, using nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, plus understanding and using the appropriate punctuation such as capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks and exclamation marks. Later in the term, we shall turn our attention to fronted adverbials, speech and speech punctuation and using prepositions.


We are very excited about our literacy work this term as we will be studying a variety of great texts-based characters living in pre-historic times including: ‘Ug’ the stone age boy who is always asking questions. ‘Stone Age Boy’ the story of a boy who travels back in time to discover a whole new world and the film text ‘The Croods’, when we will learn how difficult it could be to live in pre-historic times. Through the texts we shall be studying different characters and why they acted as they did. Researching information, writing stories, newspaper articles, descriptions and instructions. We are going to be busy!

Outdoor learning

Children will be encouraged to learn outside across the curriculum subjects where it is possible and appropriate. Dedicated outdoor learning will be closely linked with our Prehistory topic and will involve identifying trees and leaves and exploring how people have used timber in the past. They will explore what is meant by a clan or tribe and link this to history, building shelters in small clans or groups.  They will learn how to co-operate whilst imagining what it would have been like to live as a Stone Age child and we will link this experience with Stone Age Boy and an extract from Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother novel.


During the autumn term we will begin by assessing your children with a view to revision and consolidation of some of the main topics covered in Year 3, such as place value and ordering 2- and 3-digit numbers. Children will develop their sense of number and also revise written and mental methods for addition and subtraction where appropriate. problem-solving activities. We will spend lots of time revising our times table facts and will be using TimesTables Rockstars during our lessons, which will encourage them to learn their times tables and related division facts in readiness for the Year 4 Times Tables Test. A main focus of our lessons this term is to practise and become confident using our mental arithmetic.


We will be linking our art work this term to our Stone Age topic. We will be developing our colour mixing skills and using a variety of different medium to create colour and texture. We will be looking at the very first artists who created cave paintings and finding out more about what these might have meant and working with a partner to create our own cave pictures. We will also develop our skills by painting our own woolly mammoths. We will use stories to help us find out more about art from the past. We will develop our art vocabulary and build up more detailed sketchbooks as a way of recording our art journey.


In DT this term we will be comparing food that we eat now to that of a Stone Age person. We will look at how a healthy diet is made up of a variety and balance of different foods. We will then learn how to prepare food safely and hygienically, using a range of techniques to make oatcakes and soup. We will then evaluate our work by tasting them!


Pupils will take part in a range of fitness challenges to test, monitor and record their data. They will learn to understand different components of fitness; speed, stamina, strength, coordination, balance and agility. Pupils will improve on key skills used in Dodgeball such as throwing, dodging and catching. They will learn how to apply simple tactics to the game to outwit their opponent. Pupils are given opportunities to play games independently and are taught the importance of being honest whilst playing to the rules. In OAA (Outdoor and Adventure Activities) Pupils develop problem solving skills through a range of challenges. Pupils will work as a pair and in small group to plan, solve, reflect and improve on strategies. During Football sessions, Pupils will be encouraged to persevere when developing competencies in key skills and principles such as defending, attacking, sending, receiving and dribbling a ball.


In Science this term we are investigating Rocks and Soils as it links to our Pre-history topic! We start by exploring the World Heritage Site - The Jurassic Coastline and find out why this coastline is so unique and what has happened to create so many exciting and different rock formations and fossils. We explore what the 3 different types of rocks are and what each rock is called and how they are formed. The Rock Cycle is an important process to understand so we will be reading a book called A Pebble in My Pocket and exploring how it works with chocolate! Mary Anning is a famous palaeontologist and we will be finding out all about her and why she is so famous. Finally, we will look at soils, how they are formed and what they do.

We have a very fun and exciting term ahead!