Welcome to Year 4.
In Year 4 we have a cross curricula approach to our learning where all our English work and Reading work links to our class texts and topics. Some of the texts we enjoy in Year 4 include: The Saga of Erik the Viking, King of the Cloud Forests and Secrets of a Sun King. Children will learn to apply grammar for writing across a range of genres whilst having the opportunity to draft and edit their work to produce writing that they can be extremely proud of.
In maths, children will secure their knowledge of times tables ready for the Multiplication check in Year 4. Children will be able to understand the place value in a four-digit number, add and subtract numbers using formal methods, find fractions of amounts, and decimals. Children will also continue to strengthen their reasoning skills as they apply maths to real life problems and investigations.
During the Autumn term, children will enjoy the topic ‘Invasion’. This project teaches children about life in Britain after the Roman withdrawal. Children will learn about Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions up to the Norman conquest. Linked to this project, children will learn about the digestive system in Science whilst in art children will study the colour wheel and learn about contrasting warm and cool colours.
In the Spring term, children will learn about the fascinating rivers and mountain ranges around the world including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them. Children will learn about the animals that make these mountains and rivers their homes whilst also learning about the water cycle. Within this project, children will study the techniques artists use when composing landscape images, such as focusing on colour and developing atmosphere.
In the Summer term, children will be immersed in the topic ‘Ancient Civilisation’. This project teaches children about the history of three of the world’s first ancient civilisations: ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. Children will learn about the rise, life, achievements and eventual end of each civilisation. During this project, children will learn about simple machines that were used to construct buildings and monuments in these ancient times including wheels, axles, inclined planes, pulleys and levers; exploring how they helped ancient builders to lift and move heavy loads.