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Spring Term Year 4

English  

This term we will be developing our English skills in both reading and writing through two fantastic books, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ and ‘Leon and the Place Between.’  These magnificently illustrated books will provide a great stimulus for discussion, ideas and writing.  ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ will allow us to develop our non-fiction writing skills through explanation texts and report writing.  Through using ‘Leon and the Place Between’ we will write in the role of a character within fantasy fiction. 

In reading lessons, you will continue your career as a reading detective on a mission to understand the deeper meanings in books. You will be able to use your inference skills to work out what the author is trying to tell you with the words that they use. 

Maths  

Continuing with your Power Maths books, you will continue to look at multiplication and division. You will also learn about area and decimals. And of course, Fraction Friday and 5 a day!  

History  

Have you ever wondered who the Ancient Greeks and the Romans worshipped? During spring term, you will continue your journey as a historian and travel back in time to investigate these fascinating time periods.  

Computing 

In spring term, you will continue to learn about coding. You will also learn about making and manipulating spreadsheets to present data.  

Art 

During spring term, inspirational artists, past and present, will inspire you to develop your drawing and collage skills. When drawing, you will learn to experiment with different grades of pencil and use different hardness of pencils to show line, tone and texture.  Develop your ability to sketch and explain your sketching ideas.  You will draw using shading techniques, showing light and shadow and use hatching and cross hatching for tone and texture. 

In collage, you will learn how to use materials and digital media to create different effects in collage.  You will learn how to confidently use coiling, tessellation, mosaic and montage.  I.T. will also be used to explore collage. 

Geography  

The geographical focus for this term will be on discovering about erosion and deposition. You will deepen your understanding of the water cycle and learn about the very important topic of climate change.  

Science 

Get your science goggles ready, because in spring term you will learn about animals, including humans and states of matter.  During animals, including humans topic be ready to delve inside the human body and discover how the digestive system works and the jobs of each of your teeth.  We will also look at food chains and understand who eats who and why.  States of matter will teach you the differences between solids, liquids and gases and understand key vocabulary such as evaporation and condensation.   

RE 

In spring term you will look at how people express what they believe. You will look at the four religions, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. You will answer the big questions ‘Why do some people think life is a journey?’ and ‘Why are festivals important to religious communities?’ 

PSHE 

During spring term, you will look at ‘Dreams and goals’. You will investigate how to set goals. You will also learn about ‘Healthy me’, looking at resilience under pressure.  

PE 

Spring term will see you take on the hoops as a basketballer.  You will learn the rules of the game along with skills such as dribbling and passing a ball accurately.  Gymnastics will also be taught in spring term where you will be able to progress your partner sequences and this time try using the apparatus. 

Music 

Make sure your voices are warmed up, as during spring term you will listen to and appraise different music, sing and continue to learn to play the glockenspiel. Your spring term topics will be ‘Stop!’ and ‘Lean on me’.  

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