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ENGLISH

In English this half term, Year 4 are reading a range of wonderful Ancient Greek myths. The children will describe the character of Medusa, the evil gorgon. in addition, they will describe the Minotaur's labyrinth through building up suspense. 

 

The children will discuss writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocab and grammar. They will proofread for spelling and punctuation errors. 

 

Writing will focus on:

  • building up a rich and varied vocabulary.
  • using expanded nouns effectively.
  • Using fronted adverbials to start sentences effectively. 
  • Correct use of punctuation.

 

As the children's knowledge of Ancient Greece develops, they will be writing balanced arguments: Is Athens a good city state to live in? Is Sparta a good city state to live in?

 

Writing will focus on:

  • Use of formal language.
  • Use of causal conjunctions.
  • Use of present tense
  • Correct use of punctuation.

MATHS

In Maths this half term Y4 will focus on the following objectives. Reasoning and problem Solving will be taught throughout:

 

  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number.
  • Order and compare numbers beyond 1000.
  • Practise mental addition methods with increasingly large numbers.
  • Add numbers with up to 4 digits using formal addition method (column addition).
  • Practise mental subtraction methods with increasingly larger numbers.
  • Subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using formal subtraction method (column subtraction).
  • Solve addition and subtraction problems in contexts, deciding most effective mental methods and why.
  • Solve 2 step addition and subtraction problems. 
  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.

 

 

 

 

 

TOPIC: HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY

EXPLORE-KNOW-COMMUNICATE

 

In Year 4 this term,  we will be learning about the Ancient Greeks. Our exciting topic starts with a hook day where we will explore Greek gods and goddesses.

 

Our big question is : What is the greatest legacy of Ancient Greece?

 

We will be investigating the following questions.

 

  • Where in the world is Greece and the UK?
  • How is the location of these countries similar/different?
  • When did the ancient Greeks live?
  • What was daily life like for children?
  • What were the similarities and differences in the city states of Athens and Sparta?
  • What were ancient Greek philosophers famous for?
  • How have ancient Greeks influenced our sport?How have ancient Greeks influenced our laws?
  • How have the ancient Greeks influenced our entertainment?
  • How have the ancient Greeks influenced our architecture?

 

Final Assessment: How significant is the legacy of ancient Greece for life today?

The children will write a report on the legacies of Ancient Greece. They will persuade the reader to think about which legacy is best. 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

In Science this half term the children will be learning about electricity. 

 

They will learn:

 

  • to identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • to identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
  • to recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • to recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

 

Working scientifically will be taught throughout. 

 

  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY

The children will be designing and making an electrical quiz board for Y2 children.  They will be applying their scientific  knowledge of electrical circuits. 

 

The children will:

  • work as part of a team.
  • develop a game for a specific audience.
  • use ICT effectively to find, copy, paste, resize images.
  • use ICT effectively to change font size, type and colour.
  • use a range of joining techniques
  • wire effective series circuits. 

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