Year 4

As part of the new scheme of work that we have introduced this year, the children have worked on a variety of Learning Projects and have been given the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to many different situations.

Each term the children have studied English following the new curriculum guidelines and the Learning Project ideas. 

In Mathematics the children have studied number and calculation, shape, space and measures, and data handling.

The Learning Projects

POTIONS – Autumn Term 1st half

Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky goo.

Welcome to the amazing world of potions and their

properties . . .

Now scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there – dangerous, unpredictable or just plain tragic.

Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class.

Feeling sleepy? Hmmm – that orange juice did taste a little strange. . . 

English

Instructions; Letters; Play scripts; Non-chronological report.

Science

States of matter.

Art and Design

Clay work

Computing

Presenting information

D & T

Product development

History

Historic use of potions

Music

Improvising

PE

Dance


MISTY MOUNTAIN SIERRA – Autumn Term 2nd half

Mighty mountains peak above the morning mists, imposing, eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet.

Discover how these giants are formed, as a fold or a block, a dome or a plateau.

Follow the water cycle’s course from peak to valley and meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas.

Then plan a mountain expedition from the BMC that is eco-friendly and safe as can be.

But beware, look out! What’s that by that tree? Its footprints are huge! Have we found the . . . Yeti!

English

Recounts; Poetry; Explanations; Narrative.

Geography

Using maps; Human and physical geography.

Art and design

Comparing artists’ work; Landscapes

Computing

Satellite mapping; Online research.

D & T

Evaluating and reflecting

Music

Writing song lyrics

PE

Hockey

PSHE

Facing new challenges.

Science

Electricity

 

BLUE ABYSS – Spring Term

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures.

What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world.

Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make a model deep-sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first!

Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the blue abyss. . .

 

English

Poetry; Dilemma stories; Persuasive letters; Biography.

Art and Design

Observational drawing; 3-D models; Famous seascapes.

Computing

Programming; Multimedia presentations.

D & T

Submarine design; Working models.

Geography

Seas and oceans; Environmental issues.

History

Ocean exploration

Science

Living things and their habitats; Animals, including humans.

Food and Nutrition; Teeth


1066 – Summer 1st half

It’s probably the most famous date in English history. . . we’re travelling back to 1066!

These are troubled times and there is danger afoot. A much-loved king is dead and a French Duke has staked a claim for our kingdom. Not to mention all the other wannabe monarchs.

Discover a changing England, shaped by shires, protected by castles and ruled by foreign knights.

Use the famous Bayeux Tapestry to explore the significant events of 1066.

Design a castle with defences strong enough to hold back the enemy. Try and build a happy (but safe) home – you’re the architect.

Are you ready for the Norman invasions? Then don your armour and watch your back!

 

English

Diaries; Play scripts; Letters; Job applications.

History

1066 – the Norman Conquest

Art and Design

The Bayeux Tapestry; Drawing.

Computing

Searching the web; Online maps.

D & T

Making Norman helmets; Designing drawbridges and castles.

PE

Target games; Attacking and defending games.

PSHE

Dealing with conflict.

 

PLAYLIST – Summer 2nd half

Ssh . . . what’s that noise? A bash? A crash? A shake, a rattle or a low, bass hum? Which do you prefer. . . an acoustic singer or a booming brass band? A solitary voice or a magnificent choir?

Take out your ear plugs as you journey through the vally of sound and find out about instruments, the sounds they make and how they are produces. Discover how sounds are made and which sounds travel the furthest.

Then, sing up and compose your own class song for the local talent contest, Class Factor!

When your performance is done, sit back and listen to calming classical melodies, a soothing lullaby or your favourite boyband ballad.

Can you hear me over there? Or do I need to TALK MORE LOUDLY?

 

English

Poetry; Short narrative; Song lyrics; Information leaflets.

Music

Music of the 20th century.

Art and design

Music-inspired art.

Computing

Digital recordings.

D & T

Making instruments.

Geography

Location of countries.

PE

Dance.

Science

Sound.