Planning

 

The Twits

English

The children will read and re-tell The Twits during this half-term. They will learn how to correctly punctuate spoken language; how to add detail and description; and, how to add fronted adverbials to their stories. After re-telling, the children will then re-write the story and change Mr and Mrs Twit’s personalities and changed the story accordingly. The children will look at the instructions for making ‘Worm Spaghetti’ from the book and then write their own. After, the children will think of a trick meal of their own and create a recipe for it that includes instruction on how to make it. Lastly the children will look at riddles and create some riddles of their own about the characters in the story.

 

Maths

During this half-term the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of fractions. They will be able to find and show equivalent fractions; add and subtract fractions with the same denominator; and, recognise tenths and hundredths. The children will also develop their knowledge and understanding of decimals. They will learn how to recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths; recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4,1/2,3/4.

 

History

This Crime and Punishment unit will teach your class to develop their chronological knowledge beyond 1066 through studying this aspect of social history. The children will find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman Dick Turpin. The final lesson allows the children to reflect upon and evaluate what they have learnt in this unit, as well as comparing modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past.

 

Science

This ‘Scientists and Inventors’ unit will teach your class about famous scientists and inventors linked to the Y4 science curriculum. They will learn about the dangers posed to living things in Madagascar, and Gerald Durrell’s conservation efforts on the island. The children will learn about Alexander Graham Bell and and his invention of the telephone. They will create and present an interactive poster about

his life and work. They will find out about the discovery of oxygen, and carry out an experiment to investigate the effects of oxygen on burning objects. Furthermore, they will learn about Lord Kelvin, the man who determined the temperature of absolute zero. The children will explore the work of Thomas Edison, carrying out an electricity hunt around school. Finally, children will find out about the invention of toothpaste, and will invent their own brand of toothpaste to compare against real brands. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

 

Art

Learning about ‘European Art’ the children will learn how to draw broken buildings; paint on the ceiling; create abstract ‘cut ups’; make shape houses; draw with rubber; make paper hats; and, make moustaches to create quality artwork that shows progression in artistic skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of European artists Anselm Kiefer, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali and Rembrandt, architect Le Corbusier and designer Coco Chanel.

 

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.

 

French

During the All About Me unit the children will learn and understand how to follow instructions, name parts of the body, identify colours and say what they are wearing.