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, the learning in Year 4 will be based around the global theme of 'Identity and Diversity’ with a focus on self-identity and belonging. Over the course of the term the children will be learning about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King and the introduction of anti-discrimination and civil rights laws. We will be looking into the history of these laws and the important historical events that led to change. The children will make connections with the history of identity and their opinions on their own self-identity and the importance of this. Our learning will lead to the exciting project outcome of a march, taking place in the local area, focusing on their human rights and what they believe to be important and necessary to fight for.

In Maths this half term, Year 4 will be focusing on multiplication and division, using a variety of strategies. Our learning journeys will begin with pictorial representations of multiplication and division, and then move to abstract methods such as 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 History, the children will develop their key knowledge linked to the history of anti-discrimination law and the changes that have been made by major political figures such as martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The children will build a Timeline of major events starting from slave trade (1619) to the events of Rosa Parks, million-man march, introduction of the civil rights act (1964). Children will also research the topic of segregation in the US in the 1950s and discuss why certain groups may have viewed segregation differently.

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 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 about some 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.

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