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YEAR 4 CURRICULUM PLAN FOR RELIGION, SCIENCE AND FOUNDATION SUBJECTS 2019

 

 

 

RE

SCIENCE

ICT

HISTORY

GEOG

DT

ART

PE

MUSIC

PSHE

FR

AUTUMN 1

God’s People

Understanding the Torah

Called

Hindu Holy Book

Advent

Changing states

We are software developers

 

Regions of England

 

Patterns and textures

Basketball

Time - beat

Growth/

New beginnings

Unit 7 Encore

AUTUMN 2

Electricity

We are toy designers

The Anglo Saxons

 

Anglo Saxon village

 

Swimming/ Dance

Famous Composers

Going for goals

British values

Unit 8 Quelle heure est- il?

SPRING 1

Community

Giving and Receiving

Self-Discipline

Sound and hearing

We are musicians

 

France

 

French artists

Gymnastics

Sounds – exploring sound

Going for goals

Growth mindset

Unit 9       La fêtes

SPRING 2

We are HTML editors

The French Revolution

 

European food

 

Easter Passion Production

Unit 10      Òu vas-tu?

SUMMER 1

New Life

Building Bridges

God’s People

Living things and their habitats

We are co-authors

 

Africa

 

African Printing

Athletics

Around the World - pitch

African drumming

Relationships

Unit 11     On mange

SUMMER 2

Animals including humans- The Digestive System

We are meteorologists

Ancient Egypt

 

Stitching African design

 

Rounders and Cricket

Communication - composition

Unit 12      Le cirque

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE WILL BE DOING AT SCHOOL THIS YEAR

 

An overview of the skills needed in each subject in Year 4, during the

Autumn Term.

The skills in bold are the key skills to be embedded in this term.

 

In Year 4, we are learning to take responsibility for our own learning. We will also focus on how we can show the following attitudes and dispositions in school, both in class and on the playground, and in our daily lives: being curious and keen to learn, being a team player, being a good listener, being ‘fit and healthy’, being spatially aware, keeping calm and being a good role model, being responsible, have a good sense of humour and being honest.

R.E.

In Year 4 we are developing our skills when dealing with scripture and other sources:

  • Making links between stories and what people believe about God and Jesus.
  • Give reasons for the actions of believers.
  • Comparing their ideas with the ideas of others about things that are difficult to answer.

We will be using these skills in the following topics:

People

  • We will explore our family trees and reveal how scripture traces the stories of some of the human family of Jesus.

Called

  • We will explore our responses to being chosen and reveal how different people respond to God’s call, both in scripture and through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Gifts

  • We will explore the gift of love and friendship, and reveal how Advent and Christmas are the Church’s seasons of preparing to receive God’s gift of love and friendship in Jesus.

Judaism

  • We will explore, discover and respect the importance of the Torah, for the Jewish people.

Hinduism

  • We will explore Holy books and stories that are important to Hindus, specifically Bhagavad-Gita.  As well as this, we will look at Sanskrit writing.

English

In Reading we will be looking at a variety of books and myths to help us explore our topic of ‘The UK’. We encourage a love of reading, both at home and at school and enjoy listening to stories and poems. We will continue on from the previous year to embed the following skills in our reading and comprehension lessons:

  • Retrieving information from the text.
  • Make inferences, giving evidence from the text to support their answer.
  • Use the context of the text and their word knowledge to understand new words.
  • Looking at the author’s language choices and what they mean.

The stories, myths and poems that we are reading will be used to create pieces of writing from a variety of genres. We will be looking at persuasive writing, narrative, diary entries and newspaper reports during the Autumn Term. In Writing, we will be embedding these skills:

  • Use the following punctuation confidently:
  • Full stops
  • Capital letters
  • Question marks
  • Commas in a list
  • Inverted commas at the beginning and end of speech
  • Apostrophes for singular possession and contractions
  • Use of expanded noun phrases to describe characters and settings.
  • Use of a range of conjunctions.
  • Write narratives with a clear beginning, middle and end with a clear plot.
  • Organise writing into paragraphs around a theme.
  • Proofread and amend writing with growing confidence.
  • To use a joined handwriting style with letters of the correct size.

  We will begin to learn the following skills:

  • Use the full range of punctuation from previous year groups, including:    
  • Commas after fronted adverbials
  • Exclamation marks
  • Commas and full stops used correctly within speech
  • Apostrophes for plural possession
  • Use Standard English verb inflections accurately, e.g. ‘we were’ rather than ‘we was’, ‘I did’ rather than ‘I done’.
  • Write with a range of simple, compound and complex sentences.
  • Use fronted adverbials, e.g. As quick as a flash, Last weekend; usually demarcated with commas.
  • Spell all words with prefixes and suffixes correctly, e.g. usually, poisonous, adoration.
  • Spell homophones correctly, e.g. which and witch.
  • Spell all of the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling words correctly.

Mathematics

We will be working on:

  • Recall all times tables to 12 x 12 and their linked division facts.  Mentally work with factor pairs 144.
  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25, 1000
  • Order and compare numbers beyond 1000, recognise place value in 4 digit numbers.
  • To round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.
  • Use the column method when adding or subtracting numbers with up to 4 digits.
  • Solve two-step problems using the 4 main operations.
  • Learn to count back through 0 to include negative numbers.
  • When multiplying 2 or 3-digit numbers by 1-digit, use formal written methods (grid and ladder).
  • When dividing 2 or 3-digit numbers by 1-digit, use formal written methods (chunking method)
  • Divide a 1 or 2-digit number by 10 or 100 to create a decimal number. Identify the value of the digits in the answer.
  • Find the area of straight-sided shapes using your knowledge of multiplication.

Science

In Year 4, we will be developing the following skills:

  • Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Make systematic and careful observations and take accurate measurements using standard units.
  • Record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.

In the first half term we will be using these skills in our learning about Changing States, observing how solids, liquids and gases can change by:

  • Comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. 
  • Identifying the properties of water – solid, liquid and a gas.
  • Observing that some materials change state when they are heated.  Measure and research the temperature at which this happens.

In the second half term we will be using these skills in our learning about electricity.  We will create circuits and investigate the necessity of electricity in today’s modern world by:

  • Identifying common appliances that run on electricity.
  • Constructing a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
  • Recognising that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
  • Recognising some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Computing

Our topic is programming software to create an educational game. We will also use Computing skills to aid our learning in other subjects. We will learn the following skills:

  • Launching a specific file or programme.
  • Create an algorithm for an animated scene in the form of a storyboard.
  • Write a program to create an animation in Scratch.
  • Improve and edit a program (Debug their programs)
  • Use Microsoft Powerpoint to create a slideshow (use copy and paste, design a background, transition slides and animate text and pictures)
  • Use Microsoft Word, typing at an increased speed.

Geography

We will carry out in depth learning about The United Kingdom in Autumn 1.

  • Name and locate countries and some counties of the UK.
  • Explore physical and human characteristics of the UK, including some cities, mountains, coasts and rivers.
  • Use an Atlas to locate countries, counties, mountains and to further develop their map skills.

History

Through studying the Anglo-Saxons in Autumn 2, we will:

  • Develop an understanding of grouping periods of time in history into decades and centuries.
  • Explain that events from the past have helped shape our lives.
  • Appreciate that artefacts from the past are helping us build an accurate picture of people’s lives in history.
  • Know people in the past cooked, travelled and worshipped differently than we do.

Art

We will be using the local environment and the UK landscape as a stimulus for the following learning:

  • Use different grades of pencil (2B, 3B, 4B, 6B, HB) to show different tones and texture using marks and lines.
  • Identify the effect of light and start to show this in my drawings.
  • Review what I and others have done and say what I think and feel about it.

Design and Technology

Through our learning of the Anglo-Saxons in Autumn 2, we will be learning to:

  • Come up with at least one idea about how to create my product.
  • Measure carefully so as to make sure I don’t make mistakes.
  • Take on other people’s advice when designing.
  • Begin to explain how I can improve my original design.

 

 

Music

We will be exploring these themes throughout the year in different contexts:

  • Describing music using musical vocabulary: Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Timbre, Texture, and Structure.
  • Performing a part within a simple group performance in simple time, 2:4, 3:4, 4:4.
  • Performing from memory, confidently either as a soloist, or in a small group.
  • Beginning to sing in harmony within a song, with expression, shape and with awareness of others.
  • Evaluating how venue, occasion and purpose affects the way music is created, preformed and heard.
  • Learning to play tuned percussion in 3 and 4 time.

 

P.E.

Through the area of invasion games in Autumn 1 the children will learn to:

  • Use a range of techniques when passing.
  • Keep and use the rules they are given.
  • Suggest how rules can be changed to improve the game.
  • Adapt rules in agreement with others.
  • Use a range of tactics to keep possession of the all to attack and goal.
  • Use knowledge they have learnt to make up suitable warm up activities.
  • Know and explain tactics and skills they are confident with and use well in games.
  • Choose different ways of practising these skills and tactics.
  • Describe the help they need to improve play.

In the second half of the term, through dance, the pupils will learn:

  • To follow simple routines.
  • To devise, perform and evaluate their own dance sequences. 

 

French

We will be using the Rigolo programme through the topics of ‘Encore!; and ‘Quelle heure est-il?’ to:

  • Have a short conversation using the new vocabulary taught in the topic.
  • Read and understand a short text using familiar language.
  • Say what I like/dislike about a familiar topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring term.

 

In Year 4 we are developing our skills when dealing with scripture and other sources:

  • Making links between stories and what people believe about God and Jesus.
  • Give reasons for the actions of believers.
  • Comparing their ideas with the ideas of others about things that are difficult to answer.

We will be using these skills in the following topics:

Community

  • What it means to belong to a community
  • How ministries in the Parish reach out to the wider community

Giving and Receiving

  • Giving and receiving in everyday life
  • How the Eucharist, in its different parts, challenges us and enables us to live and grow in communion.

Self-Discipline

  • Exploring the notion that self-discipline is important
  • Reveal how, through the season of Lent and during Holy Week, we grow to new life through self-discipline.

English

In Reading we will be looking at a variety of books to help us explore our topic of ‘France’. We encourage a love of reading, both at home and at school and enjoy listening to stories and poems. We will continue on from the previous term to embed the following skills in our reading and comprehension lessons:

  • Retrieving information from the text.
  • Make inferences, giving evidence from the text to support their answer.
  • Use the context of the text and their word knowledge to understand new words.
  • Looking at the author’s language choices and what they mean.

The stories, myths and poems that we are reading will be used to create pieces of writing from a variety of genres. We will be looking at persuasive writing, non-chronological reports, narrative, poetry and diary entries during the Spring Term. In Writing, we will be embedding these skills:

  • Use the following punctuation confidently:
  • Full stops
  • Capital letters
  • Question marks
  • Commas in a list
  • Inverted commas at the beginning and end of speech
  • Correct use of commas and full stops around speech
  • Apostrophes for singular possession and contractions
  • Planning and writing our own texts to suit a specific audience, which accurately reflects the purpose.
  • Using fronted adverbials and adverbial phrases correctly in our writing
  • Using subordinate clauses in a complex sentence.
  • Using commas to show subordinate clauses.
  • Using exciting and interesting words which suit the text type to engage our reader.
  • Writing a satisfying ending.
  • Proof reading for spelling, punctuation and grammar errors.
  • Writing consistently with neat, legible joined handwriting.
  • Writing expanded noun phrases by adding prepositional phrases to the determiner, noun and adjectives.
  • Spelling common homophones.
  • Understanding the difference between plural and possessive ‘s’.

Mathematics

We will be working on:

  • Relate fraction notation to division. Find common equivalent fractions.
  • Divide a 1 or 2-digit number by 10 or 100 to create a decimal number. Identify the value of the digits in the answer.
  • Count up/down in hundredths, know that 1/100 is the same as 1/10/10.
  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.
  • Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number. Compare and order numbers with up to two decimal places.
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼, ½, ¾ and any number of tenths and hundredths.
  • Solve problems that involve converting between different units of measure, including money and time to two decimal places.

Science

In Year 4, we will be developing the following skills:

  • Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Make systematic and careful observations and take accurate measurements using standard units.
  • Record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.

This term we will be using these skills in our learning about Sound and Hearing. We will be learning:

  • How sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
  • How vibrations reaching your ear drum are heard as sound.
  • How vibrations travel better through some materials than others.
  • How vibrations travel faster through solids than gases.
  • That vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
  • That sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
  • How to find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
  • How to find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

Computing

Our topics are ‘We are Musicians’ and ‘We are HTML editors’. We will also use Computing skills to aid our learning in other subjects. We will learn the following skills:

  • Use technology safely and respectfully.
  • Use Powerpoint to create a slideshow: to design a background, to transition slides and to animate text and pictures.
  • Recording a sound and playing it back.
  • Predicting what a simple program will do and test those predictions.
  • Understand how to use sequences in programs.
  • Understand some features of internet protocols.
  • Have a basic understanding of how domain names are converted to IP addresses.

Geography

Through our topics of France we will:

  • Begin to understand scale and distance on a map, using and applying mathematical skills.
  • Describe key aspects of human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activities and the distributions of some natural resources of the country studied.
  • Understand the geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in France.
  • Use a globe & maps & some OS symbols on maps to name geographical regions & identifying physical and human characteristics, including cities, rivers, mountains, hills, key topographical features, land-use patterns.
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping (Google Earth) to locate countries and describe features studied.

History

Through our topic of ‘France’ we will learn about key events in the French Revolution.

  • Developing an appreciation that war is a historical constant and that they are often associated with religion, invasion and empire building.
  • Use artefacts from the past to help build an accurate picture of people’s lives in history.
  • Plot recent history on a timeline using centuries.
  • Compare two versions of the same historical events from different points of view.

Art, Design and Technology

In the first half term we will look at various European artists and learn:

  • Look and discuss own work and that of other artists  (Monet and Degas)
  • Look at various artists creation of pattern and discuss their effects (Monet and Degas)
  • Create mood in my painting.  (Matisse and Degas)
  • Experiment with different styles which artists have used.
  • Organise line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement. (Degas)
  • Show facial expressions and body language in my drawings.

In the second half of the term, we will learn about food technology linked to our theme of France.

We will cover the following skills:

  • Know what to do to be hygienic and safe.
  • Thinking about what I can do to present my product in an interesting way.
  • Take other people’s ideas into account when designing.
  • Produce a plan and explain it to others.
  • Suggest some improvements and say what was good and not so good about my design.

Music

We will be rehearsing and performing the Easter production as well as carrying on with the themes stated previously:

  • Describing music using musical vocabulary: Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Timbre, Texture, and Structure.
  • Performing a part within a simple group performance in simple time, 2,3, 4.
  • Performing from memory, confidently either as a soloist, or in a small group.

P.E.

Through the area of gym, the children will learn to:

  • Work with a partner to make a short sequence on the floor, mats and apparatus.
  • Devise routines of stretching exercises that prepare gym work.
  • Make simple assessments of performance based on criteria given by the teacher.
  • Refine sequences and other’s work.
  • Offer constructive ideas when working with a partner.

French

Through the units ‘Le fetes’ and ‘Ou vas-tu?’ we will:

  • Read and understand a short text using familiar language
  • Understand messages and dialogue
  • Use a bilingual dictionary/ glossary to look up new words
  • Use phrases to give a personal response
  • Read independently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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