Welcome to Year 4
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
Y4 Class Teacher, Art & Design Coordinator
High Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), Designated Safeguarding Lead, First Aider
Year 4 Prayer Table
Long Term Curriculum Overview
To find out more about our Year 4 curriculum, please look at the jigsaw below.Year 4 Long Term Curriculum Overview
Academic Year 2021/2022
Welcome back to school everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer holiday and you’re looking forward to an fantastic year in Year 4! I am really excited to get started and I will do all I can to help you settle back into the class. We will make sure all of us are feeling confident, happy and ready to take an active part in our learning. We have great things planned, make sure you keep a lookout for our class page as it will soon fill up with all the fun learning activities we have.
A list of our class texts that we will be exploring this academic year:
Autumn 1: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Autumn 2: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Spring 1: The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean and Emma Chichester Clark
Spring 2: Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit
Summer 1: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Summer 2: The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
School Trips, Visits and Workshops
Victorian Themed Day: 8th November 2021
Automatons – Design and Technology Workshop: November 2021
Skipping Festival Training Session: Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Y3/4 Statutory Spelling List
Please encourage your children to practise these compulsory spellings, these are essential and should be practised alongside weekly spellings.Y3 & Y4 Statutory Spellings
At St Joseph’s, we are so grateful for the invaluable support that our parents and carers provide for our pupils. We know how well our families have been able to adapt to home learning so now that we can welcome all of our pupils back to school, we wanted to provide opportunities for our pupils to continue their learning at home, if they choose to. The homework given will prepare and support your child’s learning across the curriculum each half term. The homework tasks below are optional. If you would also like to read our homework policy, please follow the link below.Homework Policy 2020-22
Please follow the links below to access our online learning platforms that are used for homework.
Resources to support optional homework tasks
Writing for Pleasure
To suggest some ideas for our aspiring authors for their next best chapter books, I included some links to fun picture prompts, story starter ideas and sentence challenges. Take on the challenge and see where a piece of paper, a pencil and your imagination takes you!Swirling Sunrise Turn Over a New Leaf Arctic Journey The Clocktower The Green Vision Without Gravity View from the Cockpit Around the World The Stadium
We know the importance of learning our times tables in Year 4. We all know that we are expected to know all of our times tables by the end of the year. Please use these links to help you learn your times tables online. Come up with some active ways to practise your times tables. Design a Burn2Learn activity to practise or learn some moves from the Super Movers. Super Movers Top Marks games Times tables online games Online and downloadable Oxford Owl activities
Here are some games you could download, print and play as a family too.3x tables 4x tables 5x tables 6x tables 7x tables 8x tables 9x tables 10x tables 11x tables 12x tables Mixture of times tables
Try the Multiplication Tables Check activity that generates the 25 times tables questions randomly and the children have 6 seconds to type their answers in.
To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. I can’t wait to see your work that you complete at home!Y4 Homework Grid Spring 1
Romans loved to use mosaics for decoration, particularly on floors. Mosaics are made from tiny, coloured stones called tesserae which are arranged to make different pictures and patterns.
Designing your own mosaic picture or pattern.
Read more about Roman mosaics and take inspiration from the many different patterns. Mosaic information slides
Check out more examples and use the templates to create your own mosaic art. Choose your level of challenge by choosing from an easier or more tricky grid. Mosaic artwork templates
Create a database of the different Roman gods and goddesses. A database clearly organises information into fields so that information can be easily found. Do your research to find some key information and then record your findings.
Learn more about the gods and goddesses from these information slides. Information slides
Use the templates to create your own database. Choose your level of challenge. Roman gods and goddesses information and templates
1.Match the statements to the correct god.
2. Match the names with the descriptions.
3. Create your own fact cards.
The Romans used big shields in battle called ‘scutum’. These were good for protecting the soldiers and they would often use their shields in formation so that no arrows would be able to get through.
Design and make your own Roman shield.
Read more about the designs of Roman shields. Information slides
Use the templates to design and create your shields. Choose your level of challenge. Roman shield templates
1. Draw the front of your shield as a poster and label it.
2. Draw the front, back and side of the design to label.
3. Draw all angles and explain your materials used, tools needed and method.
The Romans loved to keep clean and bathing was a sociable experience that the Roman people enjoyed sharing together. Plan, design and produce a Roman Bathhouse Guide.
Read the presentation and learn more about Roman baths. Information slides
Use the diagram and template to help you create an information leaflet. Choose your level of challenge. Imagine you are a rich Roman who has just opened a new bathhouse. Design and produce an information leaflet about the new baths. Diagram and template
1. You can decide which rooms you would like to include in your bathhouse and you should draw and label them.
2. You can decide which rooms you would like to include in your bathhouse and you should write about each one.
3. You may wish to include pictures, maps, labels, plans of other information to enhance your guide and make it stand out to potential visitors.
In ancient Rome, the Campus was an area of land that was used for army training, although other men did use it to train too. It was at the Campus that men would do take part in events like running, jumping, wrestling, throwing, riding and archery.
Choose an activity from the list and have a go! Activities
Choose a challenge to complete and create your own training routine. Choose your level of challenge. Challenges and training ideas
1. Complete the solider training activities.
2. Create your own training games for throwing, catching, running, jumping.
3. Create your own training games for throwing, catching, running, jumping as well as teamwork and communication skills.
Carry out a sound survey! Take a walk around indoors or outside to identify and describe the sounds you can hear! What is making each sound? Listen carefully. Can you hear high and low sounds? Can you hear loud and quiet sounds?
Complete the sound survey. Sound survey
Choose the level of your challenge from 1 star, 2 star or 3 star to show how different sounds travel to our ears. Science of Sound
To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. I can’t wait to see your work that you complete at home!Y4 Homework Grid Autumn 2
We all like to spend our time with good friends. Whether it is playing football in the park or having a fun video call, spending time with our friends can cheer us up. What are the qualities of a good friend? How can you show that you appreciate your friends?
Have a go at making a friendship bracelet. Who will you give them to? Make a friendship bracelet
Can you create the recipe for a good friend? Recipe for a good friend
Research and learn about St Sebastian. Who is he and why is he a Saint? Who is St Sebastian the patron Saint of?
Read more about our class saint. Saint Sebastian facts for kids
Check out this videos to help you learn more about St Sebastian. Story of Saint Sebastian
This half term in French we will be learning about the world around us. Can you name all the continents? How many are there? Find and name all the continents in French. Use dictionaries, atlases, reference books or the Internet to translate English country names to French. Find out which continent the countries are in!
Check out this poster of the world. Can you find the continents and their French names? World map
Have a go at completing this activity booklet! Activity sheets
Can you create your own continents booklet and include the French words too? My continents book
Under Queen Victoria’s reign, The British Empire included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India, Jamaica, Barbados and many more. Use the Internet or other sources to find out some key information about some of the countries that Queen Victoria ruled.
Find out about Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria presentation
Conduct your own research about a country that used to be part of the British Empire. What can you find out? Activity sheet
What dangers do we associate with electricity? What hazards are there that we need to watch out for? Create a poster to show how to stay safe when using electricity. How do you use electricity on a daily basis? Can you keep a record of your essential and non-essential use of electricity?
Take inspiration from the following posters. Electrical hazards posters
Record which use of electricity is essential in your day and which is non-essential. Essential and non-essential electricity use
Explore Thomas Edison’s work with electricity. How did his inventions change people’s lives? Go on an electric appliance hunt in your home! What appliances can you find that use electricity?
Learn a bit more about Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison presentation
Create a comic strip about Edison! Comic strip
Go on an electricity hunt around your house. Electricity hunt
To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. I can’t wait to see your work that you complete at home!Y4 Homework Grid Autumn 1
Sir John Tenniel was a Victorian artist who became well-known for his illustrations in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He had great attention to detail and used the techniques of hatching and cross-hatching to create the darker areas in his illustrations.
Choose some of your favourite book characters and sketch them. Can you create lighter and darker tones in your drawings by using cross-hatching in the style of Sir John Tenniel?
Take inspiration from Sir John Tenniel’s artwork. Sir John Tenniel Illustrations
It is important to know which is your left hand and your right hand. In map reading, it is just as crucial to know where north, east, south and west are. Have a go at discovering features of the UK by using the 8 points of a compass. Can you tell which direction is Wetherby from London and other cities of the UK? Can you create your own map of an imaginary place like Wonderland?
Learn more about how to use a compass. Compasses and directions
Use these templates to create your imaginary map. Imaginary map
Work with this UK map to show directions. UK map
The period between 1837 and 1901 was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign. Can you look into Wetherby’s history and find some interesting facts about the town? What was it like to live in Wetherby in the Victorian era? How was it different to what Wetherby is like today?
Find out more about the history of Wetherby. History of Wetherby
Read more about the first train station in Wetherby. First train station in Wetherby
Read the brochure with lots of fun facts in. Wetherby brochure
This half term in French we will be learning about colours and our school and what we can find around the classroom. Can you draw a picture of the school or the classroom and label what you can see in French?
Use the images from the classroom to practise the names of various objects. Classroom objects
Draw a picture of your classroom and label your drawing in French. Classroom frame
Hans Zimmer has helped shape the sound of today’s film, television and games. He has composed unique and powerful soundtracks for films including The Lion King, Kung Fu Panda and Blue Planet II. Evaluate the music from your favourite film! Can you use descriptive music vocabulary to describe why the music works well with the pictures? Try choosing one image from the movie, print or draw it and annotate with your thoughts and likes.
Watch an interview with Hans Zimmer about the composition of Planet Earth II. Hans Zimmer talkes about the music of Planet Earth II
Use the following musical vocabulary to describe your chosen musical composition. Musical vocabulary
Look at an example about an amazing cuttlefish. Cuttlefish example
Water is one of the most important substances on Earth. Being essential to all living cells, 75% of our bodies is made up of water! Water covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and is the most common liquid we come across. Water is continually recycled on our planet. Can you create your own information poster to explain the processes of the water cycle?
Read the following diagram to learn more about the water cycle. Water cycle diagram
Read more about the water cycle. The water cycle
Have a go at labeling the following diagram with the correct scientific words. Label the water cycle
A cartouche is a nameplate that was used by the ancient Egyptians (usually pharaohs or very rich people). A cartouche had the person’s name written in hieroglyphics and was usually placed on a sarcophagus. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was important to have your name written down and recorded otherwise you might disappear in death and not ﬁnd the underworld.
Investigate hieroglyphics and write your name in the style of the cartouche.
Check these slides to learn more about what a cartouche is. Information Slides
Follow the instructions to work with clay and create your cartouche. Insturctions Don’t worry if you don’t have any clay to work with, you could draw or paint too!
Use this template to help you create your artwork. Art Template
Try touch typing! Touch typing is a method of typing without the need to look at the keyboard. This way, the fingers get so used to typing that they instinctively go to the appropriate keys without the typist needing to see or even feel around the keyboard.
Knowing where to find the keys can really boost your typing speed and efficiency. Computer, tablet and phone keyboards have a similar layout so you can get familiar with the place of the keys on any device.
Dance mat typing is a great game to help you learn how to touch type on a computer keyboard. Dance mat typing.
These prompts will help you remember the use of the different keys. Computer keyboard prompts.
Use your new typing skills to create a project in word, keynote, power point or any other program you like. The topic of the project is your choice! Happy typing!
The ancient Egyptians had a very healthy diet. They ate plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, like leeks, beans, onions, grapes, dates, ﬁgs and pomegranates. There was plenty of ﬁsh too from the River Nile. Richer people could afford meat such as beef, pork and goat.Yet the main part of every diet, no matter how rich or poor you were, was bread. Use your cooking skills to bake some Egyptian bread!
Read the information slides to learn more about the ancient Egyptians’ diet. Information Slides
Follow the instructions to bake your bread! Instructions
Done with baking? Tasted your bread? Give this evaluation a go to record how well you have done. Evaluation
Find out more about the ancient Egyptians and what gods and goddesses they worshipped! The ancient Egyptians worshipped over 2000 different gods and goddesses. Each god or goddess played a particular role in their lives. Most ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses had human bodies and the heads of animals or birds. Present your research in a way you choose.
Read more about the various gods and goddesses. Information Slides
Find a list of gods and goddesses here and choose which one you want to research. List of Gods and Godesses
Fill in this template with the information you find. Research Template
Have you ever seen an Egyptian dance before? What was it like? The dance styles that take inspiration from ancient Egyptians is called pharaonic dance. Explore the various picture cards and try to come up with your own choreography!
Check out this groovy video to give you some fun ideas. Groove Like an Egyptian
As part of our RE learning, we learn about another faith. The faith that we learn about in Year 4 is Sikhism. To start this learning journey, take a look at the following websites to some reading. What is Sikhism? Information on Sikhism Sikhism
Do some research about Sikhism and present your findings any way you prefer. You could choose to make a poster, PowerPoint presentation or Word document, the choice is yours!