Planning

English

Over the half term the children will be studying the Pokémon book, Ash’s Big Challenge. The children have the opportunity to develop their understanding of Ash’s main Pokémon: Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur. They will research all about the Pokémon and how Ash came to have them. They focus on the structure of introductions and conclusions, and the unit’s learning focuses. The children will produce a non-chronological report about Ash’s Pokémon. By reading ‘Ash’s Big Challenge’ and watching Pokémon episodes, the children will understand the basic structure of an adventure story. They will generate ideas and plan their own Pokémon adventure story. After drafting their stories, the children will edit and improve them, making sure they contain all of the two unit’s learning focuses.

Maths

During this half-term the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of place value and addition and subtraction. They will learn how to read, write, compare and order four-digit numbers; round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000; count backwards through zero and learn about negative numbers; and, they will learn the Roman Numerals to 100. By the end of the half-term the children will be able to add and subtract numbers using columnar addition and subtraction, and will be able to use inverse to check their work.

 

Topic

Over the half term the children will be exploring the origins of Pokémon and learning about who started it and how it has progressed since its beginning. The children will have opportunity to create their own Pokémon and find out about the original artist - Ken Sugimori. By the end of half term the children will have created a model of their own Pokémon using both modelling clay and plastercine.

 

Science

This ‘Sound’ unit will teach Year 4 about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of their school. They will

work in groups to create a human model of the way particles pass sound vibrations on, and write and star in their own documentary explaining how sound travels. The children will work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made to create their own set of pan pipes. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing, in the context

of making a music studio quieter. Finally, they will demonstrate their learning from the whole unit by designing and creating their own musical instrument that will play high, low, loud and quiet sounds.

 

Geography

This unit on Water introduces children to the water cycle and allows them to explore the processes of evaporation and condensation through a range of practical activities. By considering water as a finite resource, they are introduced to the ideas of conservation and consider some of the issues surrounding supplying clean drinking water to a growing global population.

 

RE

The children will be given an overview of Sikhism, focusing on its origins, core beliefs, festivals, special places. Further they will explore the different holy books and identify key Sikh symbols and understand their meanings.