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Year 4

The Year 4 team is Mrs Horswill, Mrs Shackley and Miss Pitt

TLSA's - Mrs Coe, Mrs Rutherford and Mrs R.Taylor

Summer Term 2022

Year 4 are looking forward to an exciting Summer Term. In English we be reading/studying Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, this will take us on exciting adventures to Africa and France. Our new shared reading text, The Lion above the Door by Onjali Ralf, is a thought-provoking text about difference, which will lead to an exciting final exhibition about our family history. We are continuing to follow the White Rose Curriculum in Maths. In DPC, we are looking at the legacy of the Ancient Greek Civilisation, how the ancient Greeks lived and their society and culture. Our Science study is States of Matter, we have already had an exciting introduction to this just before Easter, with an online workshop from Think tank, on Cauldron Chemistry for Wizards. IN D&T we will be practising sewing skills, designing, making, and decorating pencil pouches. Our guitar tuition continues on Fridays and we are hoping to participate in a local school cricket festival after our Chance to Shine Cricket coaching last term.

Spring Term 2022

Our shared reading texts for this term are for 4D, Charlotte’s Web and for 4P and 4s, Boy by Roald Dahl. Our first book that we will study in English in class will be the Matchbox Diary, a lovely illustrated story about families and memories.

In Mathematics, we will be focusing on multiplication & division, fractions and decimals. We will begin our ‘Active Planet' unit, for DPC, in which we will be learning about natural disasters that occur around the world. We will build our understanding about volcano eruptions; how earthquakes and tsunamis happen; and what the impact of these is like on communities. We can’t wait to make exploding volcano models.

In Science, children will be learning about electricity, including keeping safe and learning about circuits and conductors. In Design and Technology, we will be designing our own healthy salads, linking to a balanced diet and practising our food preparation skills. Hopefully the children can create salads for you at home. We are also looking forward to a new Art topic called ‘Pop Art’: We will be learning about famous artists from the ‘Pop Art’ movement and exploring how to create our very own pictures in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

Autumn Term 2021

We are delighted to welcome your children to Year 4 and we look forward to the year ahead.

In English, throughout the year, pupils will be studying a range of literature, including novels, short stories, picture books and poetry. In the Autumn Term, we will begin with, The Promise by Nicola Davies, How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Boy by Roald Dahl, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll and a range of biographies of famous scientists.

This term, in Mathematics, pupils will be studying the following units: Place Value, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division and Perimeter. We will be ensuring that pupils learn their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 in a fun and engaging way to ensure they are confident and efficient for the statutory assessment in June 2022.

Our first Topic in Science is Classification: The children will learn about the variety of living things and how they can be grouped according to shared characteristics. They will use and construct keys to identify unfamiliar animals and plants.

In IPC we will be looking for-Footprints From The Past - Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago – long before people lived on Earth. No one has ever seen a dinosaur so how do we know anything about them? Fossil evidence and dinosaur bones provide our only clues. Like detectives, we will try to discover what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and what might have happened to them in the end.

In Design & Technology, pupils will be learning about the techniques and skills required to enable them to design, plan and make pop up and movable items using levers. Our Art will link to our dinosaur topic and English, with clay dragon eyes, dinosaur collage and creating our own 3D fantasy dinosaurs.

On the sporting front, Mr Tolman, and the Sports Coaches will lead weekly P.E lessons on Mondays. During the PE rotations, Mrs Richards will deliver MFL, French and for Music, all the children will receive weekly guitar lessons on Friday afternoons from Solihull Music Service.

Welcome to Year 4

There is a Welcome to School presentation for each year group. Click on one of the links below for the Year 4 version. Use whichever version suits you best as they both contain the same information. 

 Welcome to Year 4 2021-2022 

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 Welcome to Year 4 2021-2022

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Curriculum Overview

You can find more details of the International Primary Curriculum on the Curriculum and Subject pages on the menu to the left. At the beginning of every unit of study we will be sending out a letter to parents that explains the sort of things that are being covered in the unit. Copies of these letters are available from the links below, as well as an overview for this year group.

 Year 4 IPC Overview 2021-2022

Footprints from the Past

Active Planet