Year 4 Spring 1
Meet The Teacher
Learning Values: Respectful and Responsible, creative and Independent
S.M.S.C: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world.
English & Big Write Topics
English: Edward Tulane
- Story mapping
- Dialogue, character description, creative writing
- Thinking of new adventures for the china rabbit, where else may he go?
- SPAG: Articles, Paragraphs, noun phrases. Different language techniques: Formal language, persuasive language and future tense.
Things by Shaun Tan
- Exploring the use of speech and direction within this text.
- SPAG ; Apostrophes, speech marks Creative writing– What have I lost? Character profile – Can I make any connections between myself and Shaun?
- Inference techniques – How does the author place clever clues within the text?
- Imagine the Lost Thing could talk, what would it say?
Big Write Topics:
- Newspaper report – ‘Missing Rabbit’ – Formal writing text using the idea of Abilene posting an advert looking for her beloved toy china rabbit.
- Persuasive writing – Should Edward be loved? – Debate topic following the different character opinions in the text.
- Story writing – Children to create own story book about something they have lost.
- Mental addition and subtraction, column addition and subtraction and real life problems. Eg Money. – Multiplication – formal written method
- Converting time; Using 12 hr clock; Using 24 hr clock
- Negative numbers
- Acute and obtuse angles
- Fractions and number line
- Hundredths and tenths
- Kilometres and metres and DIY measurements
What is the most efficient way to work out a problem?
What do am and pm mean?
Why do we use them?
Why are negatives numbers useful in everyday life?
- Description of the process of digestion and parts of the digestive system.
- Experiment – replicating the digestive system.
- Trip to the science museum for a digestion workshop.
Why do our intestines have to be so long?
- Why is the process of absorption so important?
- What happens when things go wrong?
- How do teeth play an important part in the digestion process?
Britain’s settlement of the Anglo Saxons
- Enactment of The Battle of Hastings
- Investigation of artefacts at Sutton Hoo
- Anglo Saxon invasions , settlements and kingdoms
- What do artefacts tell us?
- How do we know finding at Sutton Hoo are real?
- We will investigate the different types of settlement and how these have developed from Anglo Saxon times.
- We will track the movement of the armies leading to the Battle of Hasting using our knowledge of maps, direction and coordinates.
- Which places were significant in the lead up to the Battle of Hastings?
- What religion did the Anglo Saxons follow (Links to History), how did they practise? What pilgrimages did they complete and why? Comparisons between other religious/non religious pilgrimages and special occasions.
Judaism – Religious building: synagogue.
- To explore Jewish beliefs and practises and what it means to be a Humanist Jew. Children will begin to explore the concept of ‘sacred history/family origins’; learn about Abraham and ‘the one god’.
Focus: News reports about invaders!
- Identify and recreate musical features of a news theme tune and layer ostinato and melody.
- Film a ‘News at NES’ video with theme tune, song and written ‘bulletins’ based on topic work (Vikings/ Invaders)
- Can I learn, perform and use simple ostinato patterns to create a sense of ‘urgency’?
- Can I explore ‘invaders crisis’ and write ‘rapped’ couplets?
E safety / Play Like Share:
- Can I recognise what can be trusted on line?
- How do I know that information on Anglo Saxons is correct?
- How can we keep safe on the internet at home and at school?
- Why is learning how to create codes so important? Children learn to use logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work and experiment in creating their own code to develop user friendly games.
Setting goals – health and well being, recognising worth as individuals by identifying positive things about ourselves.
How does this relate to our British values and Learning Values?
Food gives us energy
What are our rights and responsibilities? What makes a healthy person?
Importance of nutrients
How do different foods give us different amounts of energy?
- How does this relate to our British values and Learning Values?
- Food gives us energy
- What are our rights and responsibilities?
- What makes a healthy person?
- Importance of nutrients
- How do different foods give us different amounts of energy?
- What important nutrients do we need?
- Revise classroom instructions, days of the week and months of the year, birthdays.
- Introduce the four seasons, begin to ask and answer in Spanish eg:
- Qué fecha es (hoy)? (what date is it?)
- Qué día es (hoy)? (what day is it?)
Shoe box theatre
Y4 are going to create a ‘Battle of Hastings’ miniature scene using their knowledge.
We are going to create life-sized replica shields from the Anglo Saxon period of time.
3D model village construction
Creation of a typical Anglo Saxon village. Can I use the correct sized tool for modelling a clay structure?
How will I know what materials to use?
What is the best bonding method to use?