Year 4 (Yew, Birch & Mulberry)

Year 4 Spring 2

1066

Step back in time to 1066 and the era of the Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry. We will be putting events in chronological order and creating timelines linked to our autumn topic of ‘Raiders and Traders.’ We will be using the timeline to help us understand the struggles for power in England at this time in history and how this has influenced today.

English

 The children will be learning about the famous English author, William Shakespeare. Macbeth will be the key text. We will be looking at the original version and comparing it to the modern version by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross.

Using Macbeth as a stimulus, the children will have the opportunity to develop their ability to write a newspaper report about King Duncan’s Death, a persuasive letter to the Witches from Lady Macbeth and practise their speech and punctuation in a short narrative

During daily reading sessions, we will be looking at developing our skills as fluent readers by practising retrieval, vocabulary and inference skills.

Maths

Following on from our work in the spring term 1, we will be developing our knowledge of measures looking at capacity and weight. We will be able to solve real life problems and continue to work on place value understanding.

Daily arithmetic will continue to be a major focus and we expect all children to have a clear understanding of the basic strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as finding fractions of amounts.

By the end of the term, we will be able to practise our skills of telling the time with both analogue and digital clocks. We will be able to solve time problems and calculate time using a number line.

We will continue to learn all the times tables and corresponding division facts.

Who will be the times tables champion each week??!!

Will a Y4 class win the school PiXL Times tables award for the most points?

Our weekly maths homework will be on ‘My Maths.’

Science sound

The children will learn about vibrations and how the pitch of the sound depends on the size and features of the object that produced it. They will have plenty of practical opportunities to experience sound travelling from a distance and the effect this has and also that strength and sound are linked. They will developing fair tests and experimenting to find answers which will support their conclusions about sound.

Art/DT

 The children will have the opportunity to look closely at examples of the Bayeux Tapestry and the story it tells. They will be recreating a large version for the classroom using different mediums. They will also have the opportunity to plan, make and evaluate a Norman Helmet looking at function and design elements. Small groups will also be learning a new skill of sewing and experience how the Bayeux Tapestry was made.                  

RE 

Our key questions this term are: What is Lent and how do Christians worship during Lent and why? This will relate to religious festivals as times of thanks giving, remembrance and celebration to explain how and why these festivals are celebrated.

Who are the leaders within the different religions?

They will acknowledge the beliefs and teachings of key religious figures.

Computing Education

We will be using computing throughout the curriculum but also practising our skills of word processing and digital resilience.

In maths we will be using the EV3 LEGO robots to develop our measuring skills. We will be learning to write programmes and debug to help us calculate perimeter and solve how to travel a certain distance while converting the measurements from cm to mm to m.

Music 

The children will be given the opportunity to develop the Science topic of sound and devise their own battle music. Composing and working in collaborative groups.

What can your child do at home?

  • Listen to your child read at least three times per week.
  • Encourage them to complete their ‘My Maths homework every week.
  • Help your child fluently recall all times tables and corresponding division facts
  • Can your child tell the time both analogue and digital? (This is a life skill!! Help them to practise this)
  • Help them learn their weekly spellings.
  • Find out about the types of shields used at the Battle of Hastings.

Create a design for a shield. Will you use a kite or a round shape? Which colours and patterns will you use?

  • Visit a castle or fort with your family. Take lots of pictures and tell your class about it on your return.
  • Find out about other plays by William Shakespeare.
  • Research and create a biography of William Shakespeare.