Year 4 2022 - 2023
Welcome to Year 4
This term our topic is 'Invasion'
In the Invasion project, your child will explore the effects of the Roman withdrawal and the chronology and geography of subsequent invasions. They will study the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in detail, examining their reasons for invading, their settlements and their everyday life. Your child will also look at monasteries and the Anglo-Saxon legacy. They will consider how we know about life in this period and investigate the Sutton Hoo ship burial. They will learn about Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon king, and what happened after his death, before ending the project by learning about the Norman invasion of 1066.
We will also be learning about:
Science: Food and the Digestive System
In the Digestive System project, your child will revisit the meaning of scientific vocabulary, including producer, consumer, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, predator and prey. They will learn about the features of ecosystems and the meaning of new terminology, including 'biotic', which means living, and 'abiotic', which means non-living. They will research an ecosystem and use the information gathered in future lessons. They will learn about two scientific diagrams, a food chain and a food web, finding out what these diagrams are and what they show. They will discuss the similarities and differences between food chains and food webs and sketch examples. They will revisit the word 'interdependence' and its meaning and discuss how living things depend on biotic and abiotic features of ecosystems for their survival. They will discuss the challenges different ecosystems face from human activities such as pollution or natural events such as deforestation. They will then learn about the digestive system of humans, naming the digestive organs, describing their functions and finding out what happens to the food they eat. They will learn the names and functions of the four types of human teeth and identify the differences between the teeth of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. They will formulate and then ask a dental health professional questions to discover the importance of oral hygiene and its role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. They will complete their learning by creating and carrying out an investigation into the effectiveness of fluoride toothpaste.
RE: God, David and the Psalms
The aim of this unit is to:
- explore the Story of David and his strengths and qualities.
- to read the Psalms and use them to discover more about the nature of God.
Art: Contrast and Complement
This project teaches children about colour theory by studying the colour wheel and colour mixing. It includes an exploration of tertiary colours, warm and cool colours, complementary colours and analogous colours, and how artists use colour in their artwork.
PSHE: Me & My Relationships.
* Describe 'good' and 'not so good' feelings and how feelings can affect our physical state.
* Explain how different words can express the intensity of feelings.
* Explain what we mean by a ‘positive, healthy relationship.
* Recognise that there are times when they might need to say 'no' to a friend;
PE: Team Games.
Music: Lean on Me.
Computing: Online Saftey.
Our Computing Scheme of work aims:
- To understand how children can protect themselves from online identity theft.
• To understand that information put online leaves a digital footprint or trail and that this can aid identity theft.
- To identify the positive and negative influences of technology on health and the environment.
• To understand the importance of balancing game and screen time with other parts of their lives
MFL: Les Animaux
Children will be able to:
- identify animals and pets.
- Recognise and use numbers 11-20.
- Give someone’s name.
- Describe someone.
For more information on our curriculum, please see the curriculum tab on our homepage.
Pick and Mix
Your child will bring home their Pick and Mix linked to their topic. Pick and Mix projects are suggested activities that help to inspire children beyond the classroom. Each activity provides an opportunity for children to explore their topic further using a number of different skills. When children have finished a project, they can bring this into school where each class will have a designated time to celebrate the learning that has taken place. Projects can stay in school and be displayed on each class’s working wall or can be taken home.
If you have any questions about how to further support your child's learning at home, please contact your child's class teacher via Class Dojo or the school office.
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