Spring Term 2020 – Year 4 Curriculum Newsletter
Happy New Year to your all!
In English, the children are reading the children’s novel ‘Invasion’ which links to their History topic this term. The novel is based on events of the Battle of Hastings. The children will be basing some of their writing on this historical novel and will be producing some news reports based on events surrounding this pivotal event.
In Maths, the children will be looking at multiplication and division as well as applying all operations to their problem solving. Please keep up all the good work at home with ensuring they know their tables off by heart; this really does make a huge difference to their confidence in maths. We will also be looking at interpreting different types of graphs and also at fractions.
In Science last term the children investigated liquids, gases and solids and have finished off by looking at the water cycle. This term we will be looking at the human digestive system; this will prove to be a little messy! They will be looking at sound and how it travels, as well as how our ear works. We will be using data loggers to measure different sounds around the school in decibels; as well as to test the sound insulation properties of certain materials.
In History, we will be learning about the Middle ages, and in particular, the Battle of Hastings, the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. We will be using the Bayeux tapestry as a primary source to find out about the battle. The girls are also producing some tapestries based on our tapestry work. We hope to visit Mont Orgeuil Castle (which was built in the Norman period) and will look at how Jersey aligned itself to the English Crown in 1204, rather than France.
In Art and DT, the children will be producing their own tapestry, based on the ‘Bayeux tapestry’ in their history topic. They will also be constructing their own Motte and Bailey castle. Finally, we will be designing and testing their own siege catapults.
In IT we will be learning how to green screen as well as using IT in Science to look at sound and how it travels and how we can measure it. We will also be developing our word processing skills to produce a Norman Newspaper.
PE & Games
In PE and Games we will be taking part in Swimming and Rounders. Mr Paul’s class will swim first half of term and Miss Cummins second half of term. Miss Bichard will write at more length as to swimming arrangements.
In RE, we will be looking at Christianity and the importance of worship and prayer. We will also be learning more about the Easter story.
As you can see, we have much to look forward this term. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr Paul Miss Cummins