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Year 4

Spring Term 2023


In our Maths lessons this term, we will be focusing Multiplication and Division, Measuring Area, Fractions and Decimals. In the multiplication and division topic, we will improve our knowledge of times tables facts up to 12x12, alongside this, we will be learning written methods for multiplication and division this will help pupils work out larger equations. Then, we will be looking at a variety of shapes and working out their area. We will be working with equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and fractions which are greater than 1. Also, this term, we will be looking at tenths and hundredths as decimals and dividing numbers by 10 and 100. Finally, the children will continue to work on their times table facts up to x12 ready for the Year 4 Multiplication Check in the Summer term. Throughout sessions we will focus on having a mastery approach whereby children will have plenty of opportunities to work on their problem solving and reasoning skills. We will also incorporate the concrete, abstract and pictorial approach to help support learners grasp new topics better.


At the start of the Spring term the children will explore some animal themed Kennings poetry. With our topic this term being Planet Protectors we are going to put our research, writing and inference skills to use by reading the book The Ice Bear by Jackie Morris. This will provide us with many extended writing, reading and drama opportunities. We have an author’s week in January where we will study Alba the Hundred YearOld Fish by Lara Hawthorne linking it to our Geography work and using it as a vehicle for art and creating a word rich vocabulary. To conclude the Spring term, we use the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' to write character and story settings, fact files as well as individual story endings. This is a very popular project in Year 4. Rock Bottom is our Year 4 production and will provide all of the year group with an opportunity to understand play scripts and develop their drama skills. We have a very busy and fun packed term ahead.


During the Spring term, pupils will continue to develop their knowledge of spelling patterns and rules, they will be working towards using a variety of punctuation and enhancing their understanding and use of different grammatical terms. Children will look at ways to improve the quality of their sentences such as using conjunctions, fronted adverbials, apostrophes and inverted commas for direct speech. These are transferable skills which we hope they can apply to other curriculum subjects.


Our topic this term is ‘Animals Including Humans’.  We will be recapping and building on the children’s knowledge about how animals survive and stay healthy, and help them learn more about what makes a healthy, balanced diet. Children will learn about the nutrients that different foods provide and how these nutrients help our bodies. They will also explore the diets of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. The children will also explore how humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles to help their bodies move. They will learn some names of bones in the human body and carry out an investigation to explore if people with longer femurs jump further. In the second half of the Spring term we will focus on the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth including discussing what is good oral hygiene. 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.

Outdoor learning

In Outdoor learning this term we are going to be linking our learning to our Science topic – Animals including Humans. We will investigate food chains, dissect owl pellets and build and label the human body outdoors. We are hoping that the weather will be kind to us - we know it will be a lot of fun!


As artists this term we will be using our Geography Planet Protectors topic as a basis for our work. We will be developing our collage work and creating turtles. We will look at the work of artist Melanie Hava and particularly her work inspired by the Australian coral reefs and use a variety of techniques including marbling to create our own reef pictures. We will also spend some time looking at the work of several sculptors, Dale Chiuly, Barbara Hepworth and Michelle Reader and use these as inspiration for our own sculpture work from a variety of materials including soap!


In the first half term we will be focussing on photo editing where the children will change the composition of digital images and they will make images for different uses. After we have had fun with photo editing we are then going to explore data logging. Data logging is an important part of the science curriculum. We shall use different sensors to collect data and we shall read and interpret data. E safety is also so important so we will also be learning about internet safety and how to stay safe online.


At the start of the spring term, Year 4 will look at a range of factors which contribute to financial capability. We will find out the different ways to earn and spend money and then discuss what the financial pressures are of our current living crisis and what is value for money. We will discuss how our feelings about money change and how do choices affect our families, the community, the world and ourselves. Children will then learn about what the main stages of human life are and what does it mean to be grown up and how do parents and carers care for babies. We hope that one of our lovely ‘new mums’ will come in to discuss what the responsibilities are in having a child. Our last topic this term will be about ‘Drug Education.’ The children will investigate what medical and legal drugs do, and what their effects are as well as discussing who uses and misuses legal drugs.


We will begin our RE studies this term by finding out more about What A Muslim believes. We will start by using some map skills to find out where Islam originated and then we will be exploring The 5 Pillars of Islam. During our study we will find out more about what it is like to be a Muslim including The Qur’an and Mecca and why they are important. In the second half term we will spend some time considering what the real meaning of Easter is for Christians and we will find out about the events leading up to Easter Sunday.


Children will be creating packaging for food products with a focus on them being environmentally friendly. Pupils will research, develop, design and evaluate their product. Pupils will look at food packaging and think about how shape, colour and texture have been used in the design. They will discuss what packaging is for and what makes it effective. After looking at other sources for inspiration, pupils will design their own packaging and will then discuss their end product and identify the elements they like best and how they could improve.


In all aspects of Physical Education, pupils will develop physical, social, emotional and thinking skills which will help the whole child to develop. During this half term, year 4 will be attending swimming sessions at the Regional swimming pool, they will be working towards swimming at least 25 metres, water safety and becoming confident in a variety of strokes. Pupils will take part in the ball skills topic, where pupils will develop skills such as defending, attacking, throwing, catching and dribbling and later on in the term focusing specifically on basketball. During gymnastics sessions, children will work in isolation and in groups to create sequences and use the apparatus in a safe way.


This term year 4 will use their music lesson to develop their vocal strength and stamina, and prepare for their performance of “Rock Bottom”. Through warm-ups, exercises and rehearsals the students will become more aware of how to use their voice in a performance. In addition, Year 4 will perform "Pen Drumming", where all they need to create music is pens! They will read percussion scores and interpret these as well as learning new rhythms and performing these in context.


This term our Year 3 and 4 Geography Topic is Planet Protectors. This important topic will allow children to investigate the threats faced by planet Earth in the present day and how conservation can help to stop these. Children will learn about the importance of biodiversity, locate different biomes and do some research. They will be finding out how physical geography and climate is different in different parts of the world and how this delicate balance is affected by pollution and climate change. Children will locate the oceans and continents on a world map and the causes and consequences of pollution affect the planet. They will find out how we can reduce waste and the importance of reusing and recycling resources. They will investigate the causes of climate change, find out about some famous environmentalists and look at what human beings can do towards protecting the Earth.