Class 4 – Autumn Term 2020

Autumn Term in Year 4 2020


English: We begin the term by focusing short term on the text ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’. The children will become familiar with the text and then begin unpicking the different chapters. The first writing task they will have will be to write a diary entry as the boy imagining how he would be feeling. The children will follow this by looking at the short story ‘The Canal’ and the focus will be writing a short story closely looking at settings. Following this, a more topic linked piece of work by writing instructions about how to become a Roman Solider. Finally, the children will focus on an action story, a losing tale.

Reading: Please continue to read at home daily. Reading books will be sent home Mondays (to be returned Friday) and Fridays (to be returned Monday) but no Reading Record Books will be sent home unless guidance changes to indicate this is safe to do.

Spelling: spellings will be taught in class and lists will be posted on line for children to learn.

Maths: We begin the term by building on the children’s knowledge and understanding of place value and in particular, their ability to reason and problem solve around the topic area. During this unit, the children will also continue to write in Roman Numerals to develop their understanding of this skill.

The children will now move on to addition and subtraction with four digit numbers. They will learn how to choose the most appropriate strategy for a calculation both with and without an exchange. We will also explore effective ways to estimate and develop the ability to check answers accurately.

In the unit on measurement, the children will learn to understand kilometres as a unit of measure and find the perimeter or irregular 2D and rectilinear shapes.

The children will consolidate their ability to multiply and divide by 10 and 100, recap our 3, 4 and 8 times tables and will begin to learn the 6, 7 and 9 times tables.

Science: Our topic on living things and their habitats will see the children investigating how living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. The children will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things. Finally, the children will recognise that environments can pose dangers to living things. During the second half term, the children will learn about states of matter and explore how materials can change state in solids, liquids and gases. We will pay particular attention to the water cycle, including evaporation and condensation.

Music: Throughout the year, the children will access our music scheme Charanga. The children will listen to a range of songs from different genres. As well as being able to learn the words to different songs, they will have the opportunity to be able to play some instruments alongside these including glockenspiels.

Modern Foreign Language – French: Building on their prior learning from year three, the children will begin to develop their ability to hold simple conversations. We will also explore language patterns using song and rhyme.

Art/Design and Technology:During art lessons the children will look at the work of William Turner; this includes looking at observational drawings, mixing different tones of colours with watercolours and adapting his paintings.  DT will see the children investigating different types of bread; the children will evaluate current products before designing and making their own.  

Geography: Using maps and atlases, the children will locate the Roman Empire, in particular looking at why the Romans choose to settle in the areas they id based on our geographical knowledge. We will also compare how these areas have changed over time and explore what these places are like as holiday destinations.

History: Our journey through time sees us exploring what life was like during Roman times and in particular, how it affected Britain. From Caesar’s first attempted invasion in 55-54 BC to Boudicca and the British resistance, the children will use historical enquiry to discover why this period was such an important part of Britain’s heritage.

PSHE: During this term the children will learn about families and relationships. The children will learn about different types of safe relationships. Finally looking at how to respect themselves and others in different situations. This term we always have a focus on anti- bullying and there will be a range of activities to support this.

R.E: We begin by focusing on the Jewish religion and specifically Jewish life and customs. The second half term explores Christianity and how beliefs are depicted through art. We will also look at how Christmas is about giving to others.

P.E: The first half term the children will focus on football and passing techniques. There will also be the opportunity for a dance enrichment day. Swimming lessons will begin to take place when it is safe to do so. Please ensure that your child’s kit is labelled with their name. The children are expected to have both an indoor and outdoor P.E kit in school.