Spring Term 1
Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas break and you are ready for a great half term ahead. Our topic this half term will be ‘Extreme Earth’ and we will have a lot of time to discover all sorts of extreme weather conditions. I am looking forward to getting started!
Collective worship is a special time for us in Year 4. We all gather together and listen to readings from the Bible. We listen and respond to God’s word and consider how this relates to our lives. We reflect on how we can learn from the Bible and what choices we should make going forth. Together we like to pray, listen to songs and sit quietly to remember how lucky we are to be part of God’s beautiful creation!
RE – Celebrating the Mass
In RE the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the Mass. They will reflect on the importance of Sunday and why Catholics go to Mass. They will learn about the different parts of the Mass like the Liturgy of the Word, the offertory, words of consecration and sign of peace.
Our theme of ‘Extreme Earth’ runs throughout our English learning. We will be exploring the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. We will engage with the text through discussion and drama and the children will have the opportunity to articulate their ideas about the text using increasingly varied vocabulary. After becoming familiar with the text, the children will plan, draft, edit and present their own narratives.
At the start of this half term, children will develop their multiplication and division understanding. We will learn our multiplication tables up to 12×12. Our learning also includes solving worded problems and working on our mathematical reasoning skills. Later on in the half term, we will explore factor pairs and efficient multiplication methods. We will learn to multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using a formal written layout.
This half term we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will be grouping living things in a variety of ways and learning about how they adapted to their habitats. Do they have wings? Do they breathe through their lungs? We will be using classification keys to help us identify and name vertebrates and invertebrates found in the local and wider environment.
This half term, we will become meteorologists! Using Keynote and iMovie, the children will prepare and present their own weather forecasts. By exploring some of the advanced features of the apps, we will combine text, images, audio and video for effect.
In our DT project, we will become engineers as we explore the different techniques used to construct buildings that can withstand extreme weather conditions as well as earthquakes. We will build model earthquake-proof buildings and measure their movement during a simulated earthquake.
Geography – Topic
Our topic is linked to Geography this half term. We will learn about our environment and the power of nature. We will investigate how volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis are associated with the moving tectonic plates. We will also investigate the ways in which natural disasters have impacted environments and communities. We will discuss a range of environmental issues and how human activity can impact on the world we live in.
This half term, we will be investigating how society was structures in ancient Rome. We will ask questions and find answers to questions about Roman everyday life. We will investigate further what daily life was like and what effect Romans had on their environment. We will also learn about what Romans did for entertainment.
This half term, as part of our French learning, we will be extending our vocabulary about places, clothes, colours and numbers. We will explore shops and places around town and discuss clothes we can buy in stores and garments worn at fashion shows.
In music, we will use Benjamin Britten’s Storm interlude as inspiration. We will listen to and describe his piece of music and create our stormy seascapes as we listen to the orchestra play. We will imitate sounds of a storm on the sea through portraying the natural phenomena with our music.
In PE, the children will be focusing on developing and sequencing their movements. They will be practising gymnastics and dance. They will be improving their strength and stamina to be able to hold positions and perform dance moves.
In PSHE we will explore the topic of how we can keep safe and manage risks in different situations. At the beginning of term, we will focus on online safety and gaming habits, considering age classification systems and why they are in place. Later on, we will be assessing risks in our local environment, near roads, water or building sites. The children will also explore emergency first aid procedures and how to ask for help from a range of emergency services.