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Year 4

Autumn Term 2021 


In Numeracy we shall start off the term by revising our skills in number and place value, we will apply this when revising the written methods for the four rules of number. Problem solving is an important skill in the mastery curriculum; this involves the application of the children’s knowledge to a variety of everyday situations, rather than just being able to work out a page of sums. We will be working hard on building up a quick and accurate recall of all the times tables up to 12x12. Knowledge of the division facts will be extremely valuable when we apply this to other areas of the curriculum such as fractions and decimals. We shall continue to use the ICT programme TTRockstars to consolidate the children’s knowledge, which they really enjoy using.


In Literacy we shall be investigating the ancient story of Beowulf and How to Train Your Dragon to link with our historical topic of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon poem which tells the story of how Beowulf the hero, defeats the monster Grendel. We will be reading a book called ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’. The story is about a little boy, who grows up to be king, he decides to use his power to tackle his fear of the dark by banning it, this links nicely to our Science topic. We will be exploring this text in a fun and creative way using a variety of genres.

Our grammar work will focus on a review of the different word classes, and then find out more about pronouns, apostrophes and Standard English. Spellings will be focussing on the word families, prefixes, suffixes, root words, homophones and contractions.


In PSHE we will be exploring ‘Rights, Rules and Responsibilities’ we will be looking at rules at home and at school as well as our rights and the responsibilities that come with them. We will be looking at Democracy in our school and the role of the school council. This will look at the decision-making process and the purpose of debating and voting.

In the second half term, will be learning about ‘My Emotions’. This will include learning about our feelings and how to cope with them. We will be learning a range of coping strategies to help us understand, articulate and cope with different emotions. We will then look at Anti – Bullying, we will explore the different types of bullying and how this can be related to physical, mental and emotional well-being. We will be exploring strategies to deal with bullying, how to get support and the role of the bystander.


This term, Year 4 will be looking at the signs and symbols in different religions used to identify themselves or represent important elements within their religion. We will also look at the symbolism of light and love within Christianity and its link to the Christmas story.


In art this term we will be learning more about successfully mixing our own secondary and tertiary colours and how we can develop our knowledge of the colour wheel and complementary colours. We will be linking some of our work with our science topic of light and we will learn more about shades, tints and tones. We will look at the work of artists and how they use shading to great effect. Using the phenomenon of the Northern Lights, we will use pastels to experiment in creating our own pieces of artwork. The last few weeks of the term will link our artwork to our history topic of the Anglo Saxons where we will develop our clay work skills to produce a simple pot and work collaboratively to use collage skills to make our own Anglo-Saxon cross.


In the autumn term Years 3 and 4 will be learning about the Anglo-Saxon and the Vikings. Why they originally came to invade our country and why they decided to settle and make it their home too. We shall be looking at their everyday lives, comparing their lives to our modern ones in the 21st century. We will be investigating place names in the local area which are evidence of Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlements. We shall also be finding out: where the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings fit into British history and investigating the mysteries of Sutton Hoo?


In science this term we are going to be finding out all about electricity. We will start by brainstorming what we know so far and discussing some key vocabulary. We will then find out what electricity is and how it is formed, as well as investigating what objects use electricity. This is a practical subject so we will have lots of fun making circuits to light bulbs and make buzzers work. We will also understand the terms insulators and conductors by testing a variety of materials! We know the children are going to really enjoy this topic!

DT and Science – Light

This ‘Light’ unit will teach the children about light, reflections and shadows. They will learn about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials. They will work in a ‘hands- way to investigate a variety of reflective surfaces and materials. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to use their Design and Technology skills to create periscopes and shadow puppet theatres. The children will also find out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.


In year 4, we will be learning some exciting things in Computing. We will start off by learning about the internet. Learners will apply their knowledge and understanding of networks, to appreciate the internet as a network of networks which need to be kept secure. They will also learn lots about the functioning of the World Wide Web. The second half term, will be creating media and editing audio. Children will examine devices capable of recording digital audio, which will include identifying the input and output devices. Learners will discuss the ownership of digital audio and the copyright implications of duplicating the work of others. They will be recording themselves which will include editing their work.


Pupils will take part in a range of fitness challenges testing and recording their scores. They will learn about different components of fitness; speed, stamina, strength, coordination, balance and agility. Pupils will be given opportunities to work at their maximum and improve their fitness levels. They will need to persevere when they get tired or when they find a challenge hard and are encouraged to support others to do the same. Pupils are asked to recognise areas for improvement and suggest activities that they could do to do this. Pupils will be encouraged to work safely and with control.

Outdoor learning

In outdoor learning we will be using the outdoor environment to enrich our history topic. We will be thinking about how people lived in the Anglo Saxon and Viking times and trying to create our own shelters. We will also be exploring how they were able to cook over an open fire.