Language + Questioning = Communication
These three words sit at the heart of our curriculum.
Children need to have:
We achieve this by using the principles of Philosophy for Children to become: critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers; this will allow our children to become good communicators which is an essential life skill.
Year 4 Reading Stimulus
Autumn Term 2020
This term we are reading ' How to Train your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet... It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero. We will be using the text to design our own dragons and dragon traps.
This term we are using ‘Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell as the stimulus for our English. The plot is about: From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries.
If only he could land and look about him.
As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.
This term we are reading a selection of Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon and using her style to re-create our own stories.
Year 4 have lots of exciting things to look forward to in the Spring term - see below for some subject information.
Year 4 will be learning about electricity and how animals and humans eat and digest. We will be finding out about the main body parts associated with the digestive system including the mouth, tongue, teeth, oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine and explore questions that help us to understand their special functions. We will also construct simple series circuits trying different components, for example, bulbs, buzzers, motors and switches.
A class text will be Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears; we will be using it to create non fiction and fictional writing.
Initially, we will be continuing to develop our understanding of the number system and place value. More information about what Year 4 pupils need to learn, know and understand in maths can be found in the Maths overview.
Year 4 will be learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. This will include Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC, the Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army. We will find out about the successful invasion by Claudius and conquests, including Hadrian’s Wall.
Art will link to history, with Roman portraits and sculptures. Year 4 will consider the skills of drawing and painting in the style of Picasso.
Modern Foreign Languages
Year 4 will be learning how to order food and drinks at a cafe or a restaurant in French.
Sandwell Music Services will once again be working with Year 4. They will be teaching the children how to play the trumpet developing musical notation and musical terms understanding.
Notices for Spring 2020
Please ensure all clothes are labelled with your child's name and that all jewellery is removed for swimming lessons this half term. Thank you.
Year 4 have written narratives based on The Explorer book and have found out about America in Geography. In Art, they have experimented with sketching skills and have developed coding skills in computing.
Towards the end of the Autumn term, Year 4 experienced story-telling and had an opportunity to ask questions to the characters of the Nativity story at Hope Church (see gallery for photos).
Some of the pupils in Year 4 have reported:
"We really enjoyed learning about art, shading, tone and drawing carefully by observing."
"I have liked being challenged in maths, we have had lots of problems to solve! Also the Recyclabot visit where we found out about different materials and their properties."
"The school Christmas play has been a highlight. I am excited to perform the songs to the parents."
Year 4 welcomed Mr Reilly to the school in December.