The Secret Railway


The children will be reading The Secret Railway by Wendy Meddur. After reading it they will have the opportunity to re-tell the story and include a range of well thought-out expanded noun phrases; correctly punctuated speech with a variety of reporting clauses; a range of fronted adverbials; and, showing how a character is feeling rather than telling the reader. After re-telling the story, the children will have the opportunity to innovate the story by changing the main character and creating their own fantasy land. The children will also write a diary entry as one of the main characters, recounting the day they discovered the secret railway.



During this half-term the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division and measurement. They will learn how to multiply using short multiplication and divide using short division. Also they will learn all of the times tables and the facts associated with them. By the end of the half-term the children will be able to find the area of rectangular shapes.



Year 4 will learn about the development of the Railways in Great Britain and this will give them the opportunity to find out about the history of the railways and significant early locomotives. They will also investigate some important historical events, such as the opening of the first passenger carrying railway lines and the Rainhill Trials and they will learn about some of the key people who were influential in the development of the railways. In addition to this they will learn about the development of locomotive technology and examine the differences between steam, diesel and electric locomotives. The children will also learn about the growth and development of the railway network in Great Britain and use their geographical skills to map out some key routes. They will also use their speaking

and listening skills to debate the positive and negative effects of the railways on different aspects of society.



During this half term, Year 4 will learn about the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth. Children will learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and the food chain. In addition, they will extend their understanding of food chains to more complex chains and food webs.



This ‘British Art’ unit will teach Year 4 how to use a range of media for making portraits: how to make ‘sensory’ boxes, create abstract ‘cut ups’, tell stories in pictures and write memory postcards to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of British artists Thomas Gainsborough, Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, Anish

Kapoor, Paula Rego and Sonia Boyce.



This ‘Where in the World?’ unit will teach Year 4 key vocabulary related to countries/continents and animals. Your class will learn specific vocabulary of countries of the United Kingdom, continents and animals from different continents and a country’s position related to the equator. They will learn key phrases connected to the themes. To support non-specialists, there are sound files of all key vocabulary plus extra teacher guidance (where necessary)

at the end of each lesson plan.