Year 4

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During Spring 1, Year 4 will be learning about about life in Roman Britain and the multicultural communities that existed at the time. They will research whether Roman Britain was only inhabited by white Europeans and to what extent Roman Britain was multicultural. The children will learn about the contributions of different cultures to modern Britain and how to combat prejudice. They will discuss and debate the legacy left in Britain by the Romans and focus on the untold stories of the non-European members of Roman Britain society. The children will build on their knowledge of the United Kingdom and make comparisons with both Italy and China through a study of the Silk Road and how that helped shape international trade in modern Britain. As the children develop an appreciation of identity and belonging, they will share their learning with an audience through an interactive assembly.

In Maths this half term, Year 4 will be focusing on multiplication and division, using a variety of strategies to solve problems in different contexts. Our learning journeys will begin with pictorial representations of multiplication and division, and then move to abstract methods such as the column method, bus stop method and chunking. Children will also build on their previous knowledge of measurement by learning about the area of shapes and recapping their knowledge of perimeter.

In English, this half term Year 4 will be reading the core text ‘Wonder’. We will be exploring identity and diversity through a focus on the main character August and his battle with Treacher-Collins syndrome. We will look at how our character overcomes challenges with the help of his friends and family, and through this, the children will learn how important it is to not only accept, but to celebrate each other’s differences.

In Science, we will be learning all about sound, beginning with identifying and describing a variety of sounds. Children will learn about how sounds are made and heard, and also what can have an effect on the different elements of sound, such as pitch and volume. We will be using our character skill of ‘wonder’ to ask scientific question such as, “How can sound be manipulated?” and “Which material will make the best insulator for sound?” Children will explore the topic through a variety of practical activities and scientific investigations.

In Art, we will research and learn about the works of the artist Kimmy Cantrell, we will produce a mood board inspired by their works. Using these ideas, we are going to create a sculpture using different layers and textures of cardboards to represent a face.

In RE, we will be looking at Christian places of worship, such as churches and cathedrals, and the importance of the bible and other artefacts in the Christian religion. Children will be given the opportunity to virtually visit a local church in Greenwich and build on their previous knowledge of this topic from the previous year.

In RSE, children will develop their learning about gender stereotypes, discussing their previous knowledge on this topic and sharing their opinions. They will also be learning about how people grow and change, and learn about some of the differences between males and females.

In French children will be learning to talk about festivals, read and record instructions and consolidate their knowledge of telling time.

In PE, children will be completing outdoor and adventurous activities as well as developing and consolidating a range of multi-skills.

Reading every day is essential. Please support your child at home and take the time to read a range of different texts which include newspapers, comics, fiction texts, blogs, and information books. Children are encouraged to record their comments in their reading journal regularly.