Childeric Primary School

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Year 4 Autumn Term


We begin by focusing on fiction stories with imaginary and historical settings.  The children learn the different features of each and write stories set in an imaginary world. They tell a whole class story, using story language. We also study poetry, biographies and newspaper reports.


The children count and partition numbers up to 6-digits and identify different strategies for calculations. They also extend their knowledge of number facts and look at properties of shape. Data handling skills are developed through interpreting and creating different types of graphs. We also measure using different equipment.


Our science topics are: Sounds and Solids, Liquids and Gases. In Sound, we identify how sound is made and how it travels. We investigate, carefully considering how to make our investigations fair. This is linked to our music learning when we identify how high and low pitches, and loud and soft sounds, are created. In Solids, Liquids and Gases we identify the differences in states of matter and consider the behaviour of particles in each state. We investigate changes in state and use the correct scientific vocabulary for each part of this process.


In RE this term we study Hinduism. We identify beliefs and practices with a focus on the festival of Divali. We also look at the Christian story of Christmas and consider how this is celebrated.


Our circle time discussions focus on new beginnings associated with this time of year. We write our class rules and consider new and ongoing friendships.


In computing we look at algorithms and how to code more complex computer games.


In Outdoor PE we practise ball skills within football and netball and we start fortnightly swimming lessons. In indoor PE lessons we develop our gymnastic skills and dance.


Ancient Rocks! (Stone Age and Iron Age Britain to Ancient Egypt)


In this topic, our history learning begins by ordering events on a timeline.  We discover historical practices and beliefs of the different societies and find out how these changed over time.  We learn about the daily life of both societies, with a particular focus on their daily living, farming methods and beliefs.  The children use a range of secondary sources to find information and visit the Museum of London and the Horniman Museum.  From this learning the children understand the cultural importance of different aspects of life in the two societies, such as the cultural significance of how written language developed.


Our geography learning within this topic includes identifying the importance of physical features of landscape such as rivers for settlements and how this changed over time with other developments in society.  We also look at the location of Egypt in the world, and locate the Nile River within the country. 


We make our own papyrus using weaving techniques.


In art we focus on drawing skills and look carefully at metallic objects similar to those from Iron Age Britain, learning how to draw and shade reflective surfaces.


In Year 4 children are given the opportunity to learn the ukulele. They are taught a range of chords and notes and they learn to read tab notation, comparing this to stave notation covered in Year 3. They develop group and part singing and learn how to improve the quality of sound.


We learn basic greetings, simple opinions, the alphabet and numbers.  Children ask and answer how they are feeling, their names and their age.  They learn to spell their names, count up to 100 and produce small dialogues. They also learn about Spanish culture.