Year 4
Peacock, Pelican and Puffin
WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?
CURRICULUM PLAN
Summer Term Curriculum 2020
CURRICULUM PLAN – WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?
YEAR: 4 
TERM: Summer 
Topic title: A Tale of Two Habitats and Cruising the Caribbean 

English We will be writing across a range of fiction and nonfiction genres including: poetry, narrative, scriptwriting, recounts, explanation, persuasive and information texts. We will be using Romeo and Juliet, and the traditional tales of Anancy the Spider and Toewi and Kroemoe to write stories and scripts and we will be writing reports on the Brazilian Rainforest and Antarctica. Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of complex and compound sentence structures, using main and subordinate clauses and a range of coordinating conjunctions. They will extend their use of a range of punctuation including; commas, exclamation marks, question marks, inverted commas, hyphens, colons and apostrophes. In addition they will also be focussing on conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause. Spelling will be delivered through the support for spelling program and the yearfour spelling list from the curriculum. The children will be reading a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, nonfiction and reference books during our destination reader lessons. Through focused activities, the children will develop their comprehension, inference, prediction, summarising and evaluation skills. 

Maths In the first half term the children will be continuing their learning on decimals and we will be learning about money. We will learn to: · Round decimal numbers · Order decimals · Convert between pounds and pence · Use the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to solve word problems
In the second half term, we will be using our assessments of the children’s learning to inform the focus for their maths lessons in their final half term before beginning year 5. Our focus will be in on ensuring that the essential number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are secure and at the level where children will be ready to access the year 5 curriculum. For those children that are secure in these areas, we will be looking at deepening their understanding of the year 4 curriculum and giving them opportunities to explore and investigate mathematical concepts. We will also be continuing our learning of times tables, using Times Table Rock Stars at home and at school to extend our times tables knowledge and speed of recall. 

Science We will investigate electricity, creating simple circuits and looking at insulators and conductors. We will also be learning about living things and their habitats. 

History and Geography We will be writing reports on the Amazon Rainforest and Antarctica making comparison between the two. We will also be looking at life in the Favelas of Brazil. 

RE Our R.E. learning will be about the special books that some religions have. We will learn why some religions have special books, how they use these special books and how these books influence the people who believe in that religion. 

Art / Design Technology Following the school’s art and design and technology curriculums, we will be creating pottery based on traditional pottery from the Caribbean and we will also make simple circuit with a switch for a design and technology project. Also, we will be sewing our very own bright, vibrant money holders. 

Music The children will participate in weekly whole class ukulele lessons, lead by our music teacher, Ms Vetch. 

PE With Mr Browning, the children will be playing bat and ball games and preparing for our sports day by practising a variety of track and field events. 

PHSE/Citizenship/RSE The children will be developing their moral character and resilience through the prism of empathy. This is part of a wholeschool approach linked to Educaid. The children will be considering the people in our wider communities as part of our All About Me project. They will learn about young carers and think about the old people in society. Through our green lessons, we will be learning about the environment and how to look after the world around us. In the second half term, we will be studying Relationships and Sex Education, which is part of a whole school curriculum. In year 4, the children learn about the human lifecycle, they will be able to identify some basic facts about puberty and they will learn that these changes happen so that humans can reproduce. 

Special events/ enrichment opportunities We will be having a drama workshop on traditional Caribbean stories and we will be having workshops and performances from a steel band. 

How parents can be involved in home learning Please support your children’s learning by daily reading and using the Times Table Rock Stars website to practise their times tables. Please ensure your children complete any homework set including the weekly spelling test. All homework will be set on Google Classroom and should be uploaded onto Google Classroom once completed. Maths support links can be found on the school website under curriculum / maths. 
English Key Skills
I can listen and respond appropriately to adults and my peers.
I can ask a range of relevant questions to extend my understanding.
I can answer questions using full sentences and can begin to justify my answers.
I can listen to and remember important points in discussions and stories
I can participate in conversations staying on topic, initiating and responding to comments.
I can use talk to develop understanding through speculating, imagining and exploring ideas.
I have an increasing command of Standard English.
I can participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play and debates.
Reading
I can read and understand all key words for Y4.
I can read independently for sustained periods of time.
I can listen to and read a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, nonfiction and reference books.
I can distinguish between fact and opinion and recognise the point of view being presented in a text.
I can use scanning as a tool for summarising a text.
I can read for a range of different purposes.
I can mark extracts of a text by annotating and selecting key headings, words or sentences.
I can use a dictionary, index, glossary and thesaurus.
I can read with understanding, a range of texts and discuss: themes, events, characters, feelings.
I can predict, infer, and deduce a given text.
I can explain characters’ actions.
I can identify and summarise evidence from a text to support a hypothesis.
I can ask questions to improve my understanding of a text.
I can discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
I can analyse and evaluate texts, looking at language, structure and presentation.
I can select and discuss a favourite author.
I can learn a range of poems by heart.
Writing (composition and grammar)
I can write a t least 2 sides of A4.
I can experiment with a wide range of punctuation including apostrophes, inverted comma, commas to mark clauses, colons and hyphens.
I can plan what I want to write in a variety of different ways.
I can compose sentences orally building on varied and rich vocabulary.
I can increase the range of sentence structure I include in my writing.
I can use interesting, varied and ambitious words choices.
I can use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
I can vary the way I start my sentences (similes, ed clause, expanded ing clauses, fronted adverbials) e.g. Grinning menacingly, he slipped the treasure into his rucksack.
I can compose compound sentences using coordinating conjunctions (and, or, but, so, for, nor, yet)
I can write complex sentences with a main and subordinate clause. (The tornado swept across the city, destroying the houses.)
I can complete a whole piece of writing in a range of styles (playscripts, poetry, stories, reports, information text, explanations, persuasive writing)
I can identify and use collective nouns (e.g. The bundles of clothes were thrown on the bed.)
I can use paragraphs with increasing accuracy to organise and sequence my work.
I can plan, edit, proof read and produce a final version.
Spellings
I can spell accurately all key words for Y4.
I can use a range of spelling strategies (rhymes, mnemonics, and kinaesthetic strategies)
I can apply spelling rules for adding suffixes –sion, ssion, cian (as well as consolidating suffix list from Y3)
I can begin to use and apply spelling rules for adding prefixes sub, inter, super, anti, auto (as well as consolidating suffix list from Y3)
I can spell homophones and near homophones (accept/except, affect/effect, ball/bawl…)
I can apply a range of spelling rules to unfamiliar words.
I can write from memory sentences dictated to me by my teacher containing spellings and punctuation learnt.
Handwriting
I can hold a pencil correctly; sit with good posture, steadying my work.
I can form all letters and break letters consistently and fluently.
I can use lined paper and be able to use guidelines in writing.
I can work towards presenting writing using a handwriting pen.
I can use correctly formed cursive script in all areas of the curriculum.
Terminology
Consolidatefinger spaces, letter, word, sentence, statement, question, exclamation, command, full stops, capital letter, question mark, exclamation mark, speech bubble, speech marks, direct speech, inverted commas, bullet points, apostrophe, colon –instruction, singular/plural, suffix/prefix, word family, consonant/vowel, adjective, noun, noun phrase, adverb, imperative verbs, tense, connective, conjunction, prepostition, determiner, generalise, clause, subordinate clause, relative clause, relative pronoun, alliteration, simile, synonyms.
Introduce – Pronoun, possessive pronoun, adverbial, fronted adverbial, apostrophe – plural/possession
Maths Key Skills
Number and Counting
 I can count, order and compare numbers to 100,000 and understand the place value of the digits.
 I can round numbers to the nearest ten, hundreds and thousands.
 I can round numbers to help me estimate and i can use this skill to help check my answers.
 I understand that factors are whole numbers and that the smallest factor of a number is 1 and the greatest factor is the number itself.
 I understand that the concept of factors and multiples are related e.g. 2 is a factor of 8 and 8 is a multiple of 2.
Multiplication and Division
 I can use the formal written method to multiply 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit number.
 I can use the formal written method to multiply 3 digit numbers by a 2 digit numbers.
 I can use the formal written method to divide a 4 digit number by a 1 digit whole number.
 I can use regrouping in multiplication and division.
 I can apply concepts in the 4 operations to solve word problems up to 3 steps..
 I know all my x tables up to 12 x12.
Measures
 I can visualise and measure in compound units cm and m.
 I can visualise and measure in compound units Km and m.
 I can visualise and measure in compound units Kg and g.
 I can visualise and measure in compound units Kg and g.
 I can visualise and measure in compound units ml and l.
 I can use all concepts in all four operations to solve 2 step word problems.
Tables and Line Graphs
 I can present and interpret data in a table and in a line graph.
Fractions
 I know a mixed number is made up of a whole number and a proper fraction e.g. 1¼
 I know a proper fraction is part of a whole and is a number between 0 and 1.
 I know that in an improper fraction the numerator is greater than or equal to the denominator. The value of an improper fraction is greater than 1.
 I can represent the same number with an improper fraction and a mixed number
 I can convert two or more related fractions related fractions to fractions with the same denominator and add or subtract them.
Angles
 I know that an angle is the amount of turning.
 I can accurately draw angles up to 180° and classify them as acute, obtuse or a right angle.
 I know that a right angle (a quarter turn) is 90°, 2 right angles (a half turn) is 180°, 3 right angles (a threequarter turn) is 270° and 4 right angles (a complete turn) is 360°.
 I know the directions on an 8 point copmpas: north (N), south (S), east (E), west (W), northeast (NE),
northwest (NW), southeast (SE), southwest (SW).
Perpendicular and Parallel Lines
 I can draw a pair of Perpendicular lines that meet or intersect at right angles.
 I can accurately draw a pair of Parallel lines and know that they will never meet.
 I know that the perpendicular distance between a pair of parallel lines is equal at every point on the lines.
Squares and Rectangles
 I know that a square is a foursided shape in which all the sides are equal and all the angles are right angles.
 I know that a rectangle is a foursided shape in which the opposite sides are equal and all the angles are right angles.
 I can describe the properties of squares (all the sides are equal and each angle = 90°) and rectangles (opposite sides are equal and each angle = 90°).
Decimals
 I understand that the first decimal place represents tenths and that 10 tenths = 1 one.
 I understand that the second decimal place represents hundredths and that 10 hundredths = 1 tenth.
 I understand that the third decimal place represents thousandths and that 10 thousandths = 1 hundredth.
 I can use this knowledge to compare decimal numbers.
 I can round decimals to the nearest tenth, hundredth and thousandth.
 I know that decimals up to 3 decimal places are equivalent to fractions with denominators 10, 100 and 1000.
 I can add and subtract, multiply and divide decimals and solve word problems involving decimals.
Time
 I can convert between minutes and seconds, using 1 minute = 60 seconds.
 I can express time using 12 hour or 24 hour notation.
Statistics
 I can make a bar graph with scales to present data.
 I can read and interpret bar graphs.
Area and Perimeter
 I know and can calculate the perimeter of a rectangle using the formula 2 × (Length + Width) and a square, using the formula 4 × length of side.
 I can calculate the area of a rectangle, using the formula of Length × Width (Ll x W) and a square, using the formula of it is Side × Side (S x S).
 I know that the distance of a composite shape is called the total distance around it.
 I know that the area of a composite shape is the sum of all the areas of all the individual rectangles and squares that make up the composite shape.
 I can solve word problems involving area and perimeter.
Symmetry and Tessellations
 I can identify a symmetrical shape because I can divide a shape into two equal parts with a line of symmetry, recognising that the two parts fit exactly when folded along the line of symmetry.
 I recognise that a shape can be tessellated if any number of them can be fitted together to cover a surface without any gaps or overlapping. If necessary, the shape can be rotated, but not flipped over.
Learn at Home
If you want to try the slug scratch game at home, below is a link to Scratch online, and the Youtube tutorial that tells you how to make it. PLEASE REMEMBER to switch Youtube to Restricted mode to keep you safe online!
SCRATCH – https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=home
SLUG VIDEO – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYPOkSWa9Ak
Year 4 enjoyed a story telling and drama workshop today to introduce the Anansi stories that are well known in the Caribbean.
Take a peak into how Pelican Class celebrated thanksgiving
Peacock class have had a fantastic day celebrating Thanksgiving. We enjoyed line dancing with Mr Bean, made crescent rolls and have done lots of Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts. We also loved watching the Macys Thanksgiving parade and playing a Gratitude game.
Mr Kitchen
Miss Colquhoun
Mr Mason
Miss Brownlie
Trainee Teacher
Miss Roberts
Trainee Teacher