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Autumn Term 2018-19

Science

In Science this term we are learning all about Rocks and Soils, which links nicely to our topic. Starting with what a rock is and how different rocks are formed, we will be making our very own Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks!  We will be learning all about the properties of rocks and investigating the permeability and durability of them. The rock cycle is a process which we will investigate which links us nicely onto soils and the different types. It is going to be a fun and hands on topic!

Year 4 Literacy

We have got a very exciting start to Literacy as the children will participate in a pre-history dig at school. The children will uncover the remains of a sabre tooth tiger, a flint arrow head and other miniature pre – history animals. As a result they are going to produce an information report about the findings. Following on from that we are going to throw ourselves into life with The Croods and write some amazing character descriptions, diary entries and a newspaper report. Do you know how to wash a Woolly Mammoth? We are going to find out how and write our own set of instructions. This term’s literacy is very closely linked to our Stone Age  topic work and covers a lot of different genres.

Computing

This term in computing we will be looking at E-safety and Making Music. Firstly we will be talking about how to ensure we are being safe online. We will also be using apps on the IPad to make music. We will be using the different apps to manipulate sound and to create a story using images and sound. We will also be discussing how different pieces of music make us feel and what volume, tempo, and pitch means.

PE

In the autumn term in PE we will be looking at two different sports Tag Rugby and Football. In the first half term we will be looking at Tag Rugby and the different skills that are needed in the sport, for example, how to stand when throwing the ball and the different rules. After October half term we will switch our attention to football and be looking at how to pass the ball using the inside part of the foot and how to dribble the ball around players with the intention of scoring a goal. With both sports we will be discussing how it is a non-contact sport and what this means. Our PE coaches will also continue to work with us each week to enhance our indoor skills.

Outdoor Learning

This term our outdoor learning will be linked to our Stone Age History work.

RE

Our focus in the first part of the autumn term will be on the signs and symbols of some of the major world religions. Investigating what the signs and symbols look like, what do they mean and what significance they have to religion they belong to. In the second half of the term we will be investigating a Christian theme of how Jesus is represented through a symbol of love and as a light to the world.

Maths

This term we shall be consolidating and developing our understanding and use of counting and number sequencing skills with constant and ever more complicated steps. We shall be reviewing our previous knowledge of the four rules of number and extending our understanding and use of column addition, subtraction with exchanging and more formal methods of division. We shall of course be extending our knowledge of multiplication with a continued focus on the Bronze, Silver and Gold Times Tables awards and using more efficient written methods. Throughout all these topics we shall be focusing on the children’s understanding and their ability to explain their answers and strategies.

Pre-History

This term our studies are focussed on Pre-history, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We shall be finding out about the different features of the age, the people, their tools, their culture and how they lived their lives, contrasting this with how we live our lives today. We shall be taking on the role of an archaeologist and learning how they find out about pre-historic times from the evidence that is left behind. To investigate at first hand different types of evidence from Pre-historic Britain, we shall also be visiting Flag Fen at the end of October.

Art

Linking our art to the history topic ,we will begin our art work this term by recapping on colour mixing skills and creating paint of a good consistency to make marks with a variety of brushes. We will use these skills to paint our own cave paintings with animals seen during the Stone Age, having found out more about caves that have been found in France and Spain. We will also look at the structure of Stonehenge and create our own art work. Moving on to the Iron Age, we will look at jewellery worn and create our own focusing on colour and design.

Design and Technology

We will be linking our DT this term to our Stone Age to Iron Age topic by finding out what people would have eaten. We will then be practising our food preparation skills and cooking and eating an Iron Age Feast.

Music

Music this term will be linked to our class topics. We will be exploring how instruments can be classified by the sounds they produce. We will also be exploring rhythms and musical textures including using our voices to make sounds. Year 4 will also have the opportunity to play in a Samba drumming ensemble.