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Year 4

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Your 4DH staff are: Your 4NB staff are:
Mr Hawker Mr Biggs
Mrs Pollard Mrs Zulaikah
Mr Wilson Miss Sadia

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Summer 2

What are we learning about this half term?

This half-term, we will be basing our lessons around the Viking Warriors.  Through our Geography objectives, we will be writing a letter in the role of a Viking warrior to a Viking King explaining what part of Britain would be ideal to invade and giving reasons to explain why.  We will also tie this in with understanding the difference between the UK, GB and the British Isles.  As part of our History topic, we will be explaining how historic items and artefacts can be used to help build up a picture of life in the past and also researching two versions of an event and explain how they differ.  We will be focussing this part of the topic on the Lindisfarne raids and writing in the role of monks to show the impact that the raids had on their lifestyles.

Maths will lead on to Fractions and Decimals after we have completed our Multiplication Times Tables Check in the first part of the half-term.  We will also be consolidating what we have learned throughout the year as well as preparing our basic skills so that we are ready and prepared for Maths in Year 5. 

Summer 2 - Overview Planning- Warriors

Summer 1 Review

Last half term, we used a thematic approach to our teaching and learning. This meant that we connected many areas of the curriculum together and integrated them within a theme which was around Africa.

We focussed heavily on the lifestyles of the African population and understanding the difference between living in rural areas in comparison to living in urban areas.  We carried out research into the Maasai tribe and compared their lifestyles to ours in England.  As well as this, we used reading texts such as Safari Journal in order to further our knowledge of what it would be like to visit a Kenyan tribe and go on a real-life safari.  We also collected data in order to compare the climate in Nairobi to the climate in Keighley. 

Through the question ‘Why do people chose to live in one place rather than the other?’ we studied the different lifestyles of people living in Africa and wrote a diary entry in the perspective of a person who lived in rural Kenya. Further Theme lessons included recreating artwork by the African artist Elisha Ongere and exploring the history behind Benin artwork (including the perception of it when it was shown to a European audience in the late 1800’s).

In English, we read the book The Lion King and created an alternative scenario based on a certain event in the book. In order to create a fantastic piece of writing, we learned how we can include the relevant punctuation for direct speech as well as expanding our vocabulary and putting this into our writing.

In Maths, the focus of the half-term was on Multiplication and Division. We consolidated our learning by looking back at Addition and Subtraction as well as various Place Value questions such as rounding.  We concentrated on ‘Deep’ challenges in Maths and evidenced this through investigatory tasks.

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Summer 1

This half term, we will be using a thematic approach to our teaching and learning. This means that we are connecting many areas of the curriculum together and integrating it within a theme which is Africa.

We will be focussing heavily on the lifestyles of the African population and understanding the difference between living in rural areas in comparison to living in urban areas.  We will be carrying out research into the Maasai tribe and comparing their lifestyles to ours in England.  As well as this, we will be using reading texts such as Safari Journal in order to further our knowledge of what it would be like to visit a Kenyan tribe and go on a real-life safari.  As well as this, we will be collecting data in order to compare the climate in Nairobi to the climate in Keighley. 

Through the question ‘Why do people chose to live in one place rather than the other?’ we will be studying the different lifestyles of people living in Africa and writing a diary entry in the perspective of a person who lives in rural Kenya. Further Theme lessons will include recreating artwork by the African artist Elisha Ongere and exploring the history behind Benin artwork (including the perception of it when it was shown to a European audience in the late 1800’s).

In English, we will be reading the book The Lion King and creating an alternative scenario based on a certain event in the book. In order to create a fantastic piece of writing, we will be learning how we can include the relevant punctuation for direct speech as well as expanding our vocabulary into our writing.

In Maths, the focus of the half-term will be on Multiplication and Division. We will be consolidating our learning by looking back at Addition and Subtraction as well as various Place Value questions such as rounding.  We will be concentrating on ‘Deep’ challenges in Maths and this will be evidenced through investigatory tasks.

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Summer 1- Overview Planning - Africa

Spring 1

What should we have been doing?

This half term, we were supposed to be learning about the wonderful continent of Africa through our Theme lessons and also incorporating elements of the continent in our English lessons. We planned to carry out research on the Maasai tribe and compare their lifestyles to ours in England. As well as this, we were going to spend time collecting data about the rainfall and temperature in Kenya and compare it to the climate that we experience in Keighley. Through the question ‘Why do people chose to live in one place rather than the other?’ we were going to study the different lifestyles of people living in Africa and write a diary entry in the perspective of a person who lived in a part of Africa that we had researched. Further Theme lessons included- recreating artwork by the African artist Elisha Ongere and exploring the history behind Benin artwork (including the perception of it when it was shown to a European audience in the late 1800’s).

In English, we would have been reading the book The Lion King and creating an alternative scenario based on a certain event in the book. In order to create a fantastic piece of writing, we were going to learn how to include the relevant punctuation for direct speech as well as expanding our vocabulary and looking carefully at our word choices when writing complex sentences.
In Maths, the focus of the half-term was on Multiplication and Division. We were also going to consolidate our learning by looking back at Addition and Subtraction as well as various Place Value questions.

What are we doing now?

Unfortunately, work will be completed in-home learning packs this half term due to Covid and the national lockdown. As a result, children who are working from home will be completing the same work as children being taught in school through Home Learning packs. These packs will be handed out on Thursdays, so please remember to drop off your completed pack before taking the new one and return your reading book. In the packs there is a timetable, which you may wish to follow to help you to organise the day. Our school day starts at 9 am, so get up and out of bed, you sleepy heads! Each day there is a reading, grammar and numeracy task and another activity in the afternoon. Please complete all your work in the home learning journal pack, if you have used any additional work on other pieces of paper, don’t forget to hand that in! If you have any questions about your learning, please contact school and Mr Hawker or Mr Briggs will call you back as soon as they can. The packs are based around key skills in English and Maths and the word of the week:

Week Focus
Week 1

Knowledgeable

Maths – Ordering numbers
English – non – chronological reports
Grammar – adverbials and commas
Theme – the brain

Week 2

Courteous (Respect)

Maths – Addition and Subtraction
English – Persuasive Speech
Grammar – noun phrases and adverbials
Theme – Respect

Week 3

Change Makers

Maths – Multiplication and Division
English – Martin Luther King
Grammar – Apostrophes and Word Class
Theme – People who changed the world.

Week 4

Mathematicians

Maths – Factors and multiples of 10
English – Albert Einstein
Grammar – Conjunctions and Types of sentences.
Theme – Coding and code breaking

Week 5

Kind

Maths – Partitioning
English – Mothering Sunday
Grammar – Verbs and tenses
Theme – Kindness
Please see our overview to see what we will be covering over Spring 1.

Autumn 2 Review

In Autumn 2, we focussed on Ancient Greece in our Theme lessons and this linked in perfectly to our Myths and Legends unit in English.  Again, we continued to focus on wellbeing in PHSCE lessons as well as concentrating on physical health, too.  Our Science topic was Animals Including Humans and it contained an in-depth focus on the skeletal system, explaining the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet and also describing the skeletal system in animals as well as humans.  Maths lessons focussed on Addition and Subtraction and applying these skills to complete a range of problems.

Autumn 2

In Autumn 2, we will be focussing on Ancient Greece in our Theme lessons and this links in perfectly to our Myths and Legends unit in English.  Again, we will continue to focus on wellbeing in PHSCE lessons as well as concentrating on physical health, too.  Our Science topic will be Animals Including Humans and this will contain an in-depth focus on the skeletal system, explaining the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet and also describing the skeletal system in animals as well as humans.   Maths lessons will consist of focussing on Addition and Subtraction.

Autumn 1 Review

We have had a wonderful half-term in Year 4 and we have thoroughly enjoyed coming into school.  The children have adapted to the new routines extremely well and the staff in Year 4 are very proud with how easily the pupils have adjusted to these changes.   The children have acted with great maturity and this has meant the learning of all pupils has been progressive.

In Autumn 1, our theme was Emotions.  We explored different emotions and expressed our feelings through artwork, drama and speaking and listening activities which we thoroughly enjoyed. We also spent a long time listening intently to everyone’s worries and working together to find solutions to make a positive impact on our pupils and this has helped to create a stimulating, safe working environment.

Through English we will explored feelings and emotions by reading the magnificent book ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ by Oliver Jeffers.  This magnificent book covered a range of feelings experienced by crayons as they expressed their moods to their owner.  At the end of the unit, we created our own excellent, detailed letters to give to Duncan in our assessed piece of writing.  This book also led to many pieces of creative homework being inspired by making crayons out of recycled materials!  It was wonderful to see so many children producing inventive, artistic homework.

Autumn 1

We are overjoyed to welcome back our children after such a lengthy period of time. We are extremely proud of all of the children as they have all settled in to their new year groups with great maturity and they have adapted to the new routines and class bubbles magnificently.

This half term our theme is Emotions. We will be exploring different emotions and expressing our feelings through artwork, drama and speaking and listening activities. We will be listening intently to everyone’s worries and working together to find solutions to make a positive impact on each member of our classrooms. Also, we will be focussing on what makes us happy and unique.

Through English we will continue exploring feelings and emotions by reading the magnificent book ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ by Oliver Jeffers.  This magnificent book covers a range of feelings experienced by crayons as they express their mood to their owner through.  As part of our learning, we have been using expanded noun phrases to describe the uniqueness each character possesses in the story. We have also used the illustrations and text to answer retrieval questions and make inferences as well as creating our own descriptive postcards to Duncan.

In Theme lessons we will be learning about positive and negative emotions, how we can deal with them, how life experiences can impact on everyone in the classroom and how we can look after our own mental health and well-being through a variety of activities. Our PSHCE book will be filled with the fantastic activities that we will be participating in.

In Maths we will be concentrating on our place value and number skills, followed by addition and subtractions near to the end of term. This will incorporate recognising the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number; ordering and comparing numbers; rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 and using our place value knowledge to estimate the answers to various problems. 

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