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Belton Lane Primary School

Belton LanePrimary School

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4


Welcome to the Year 4 page. Your two class teachers this year are:

4L - Mrs Limmer

4K- Mr Kightley

We are so lucky to have two of our wonderful Teaching Assistants working with our classes this year. They are: Mrs Wojciak and Mrs Holdford.

In Year 4, children are encouraged to become more independent and responsible for their learning, belongings and behaviours. They are expected to set good examples to children lower down in the school, our new Year 3 cohort and anyone new to the school.

Across our curriculum we take part in a variety of active and fun activities to support our learning including discussion, drama, singing and hands on lessons. Our learning is also then enhanced with educational visits both in and out of school.

What are we learning?

Autumn Term - Rivers, Mountains and Cities 

In the Autumn Term we will have a Geography focus in our Topic lessons. We will be learning all about rivers, mountains and cities as well as physical and human features of our world. We will be thinking about questions such as: How do rivers and mountains form? Why were cities built along the banks of a river? 

Across our Literacy lessons,  the children will be introduced to the Wind in the Willows. We will be exploring the vocabulary, using dictionaries and thesauruses to extend and understand new words, writing setting descriptions about Mole's journey through the meadow and to the river. We will also then be linking our learning to our Topic lesson to write an explanation text all about Rivers. Finally, children will finish their English units for the term by writing a recipe for the Pakora they make in DT.

In Maths, we learn about: place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, measure, geometry, statistics and fractions. Additionally, we encourage children to be able to speedily recall their multiplication facts.

Children will be working scientifically in their Science lessons and learning all about Sound and States of Matter. They will carry out several practical experiments and investigations.

Year 4's PE days are on a Monday and Friday. Children should bring their PE Kit to school to get changed into on these days. If your child wears earrings, please ensure these are removed on these days. This term the children will be developing balance, control and coordination in Dance, Gymnastics and Yoga.

Finally, children will be continuing to develop their French, by learning to describe people. They will be exploring a range of Indian art styles including Henna and Rangoli and develop their cooking and food hygiene skills in DT to plan, budget and cook Pakora (a dish native to India). In our Computing lessons, children will be discussing and thinking about E-Safety including how they can be safe online and what they can do to protect themselves and others.

Home Learning:

Home Learning in Year 4 runs from Wednesday to the following Wednesday. Children are expected to read several times a week using Bug Club or a book from our school library or home. Times Tables are super important and children should be building their confidence and rapid recall and TT Rockstars is the best place to do so. Lastly, children will be given spellings on a Wednesday to practice at home ahead of their spelling test the following week. All spellings will be sent home on Seesaw for the full term.

Spring Term - The Rotten Romans

Our topic lessons for the Spring term see us adopt a historical focus, where children will investigate the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain at the time and the legacy it left us. Children will be introduced to the Romans and learn about the history of Rome, where in Europe Rome is and how the Empire began to grow. We will also look at life in Britain before the Romans arrived and how their arrival affected Celtic Tribes. We will then learn about the power an organisation of the Roman Army and explain why they were so successful. The children will consider life as a Celt under Roman Rule and learn what went wrong that led to Boudicca’s rebellion. We will also study Roman roads, building and aqueducts before learning about their legacy and how many aspects of modern life can be traced back to the Romans.

In our literacy lessons, children will delve into a new text, 'Escape From Pompeii'. Children will continue to develop their writing by using descriptive language to describe the setting of Pompeii during the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius. They will go on to write their own newspaper report, detailing the events of the disaster. Using the final page of 'Escape from Pompeii', children will retell the story of Tranio and Livia. Children will also document a character's actions, surroundings and how they feel in simple refrain poems. Finally, children will write their own instructions based on how to make Roman bread.

In Maths, children will continue to improve their recall of multiplication facts, while revisiting addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will then focus on statistics, geometry, measure and fractions.

In Science, children will investigate, group and name living things while looking at changes to habitats. We then investigate teeth and eating, where children learn about digestion and different types of teeth, before moving on to explore deadly predators and their prey, in their exploration of food chains.

Children continue with their twice weekly P.E. lessons. This time we focus on: swimming, dance and gymnastics.

In our French lessons, children will look at numbers and dates and will learn words and phrases around celebrating. Children will adapt and transpose motifs in music, drawing upon their understanding of repeating patterns. They will study and make a Roman mosaic in art, then make their own mechanical system in DT - a Roman chariot. In Computing, children learn about the mark-up language behind a webpage; becoming familiar with HTML.

Summer Term - Invaders and Settlers

In this unit, children will learn about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings and how they fit into the chronology of Britain. First, they will look at the terms ‘invaders’ and ‘settlers’. Pupils will then focus on the Anglo-Saxons and learn all about their settlements and their invasion. They will research pagan beliefs during the Anglo-Saxons times and learn about important Kings along with Anglo-Saxon law and order. Children will then develop their knowledge and learn about the Viking invasion. They will understand who the Vikings are and where they came from. They will learn about the beliefs of Viking warriors and their way of life including Viking farm settlements and they will investigate Viking traders and Gods.

Our literacy lessons see us focus on a new text, 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'. Children will write their own character description of the main character, Arthur and will then write their own adventure story based a next adventure for Arthur. Children will recap the structure and features of a newspaper report and write a report based on the wolf destroying the town’s fire. Children will recap the features of a refrain poem and document a character's actions, surroundings and how they feel. Finally, children will use Wallace and Gromit as a foundation for writing. They will build a machine they could use and write to the characters explaining how to use their contraption. 

In our Maths lessons, we revisit previous topics with a heavy focus on reasoning and problem-solving. Children will secure methods of number and place value, addition and subtraction, division and multiplication, fractions, geometry and statistics.

In Science, children will investigate uses of electricity and the importance of safety before learning about and constructing simple circuits. Children will apply their knowledge when they design and make their own alarm system. Children then learn about building towers and bridges, starting with constructing tall towers, then exploring bridges. They will then at animals as builders and finally engage in researching famous engineers and architects and the structures they built.

In the build up to Sports Day, children practise different athletic events in P.E. sessions. They also learn the rules and techniques of racquet and ball games including tennis and will practice the skills involved with rugby.

In French lessons, children will learn vocabulary around food, including how to order from a menu. In our exciting music unit, children will get a feel for the music and culture of South America as they are introduced to Samba. Children will enhance their art and design skills by looking at formal elements of art, then will apply their scientific understanding of electrical circuits to create a torch made from different materials and objects in DT. In Computing, children develop their research, word processing, and collaborative working skills whilst learning how web pages are created.

Useful Websites: 

Here are some recommended websites which provide opportunities for revision and further  learning: