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.

This half term in English, we have been linking our core text "Greta's Story - The School girl who went on strike to save the plant" to our curriculum focus on sustainable development. This story highlights the efforts of Greta who has made movements into making change for a better, more sustainable world. This has acted as inspiration for the children to see themselves as leaders of change. Our hook lesson to immerse and engage the children into the mind-set of causing change is to explain to them that the head teacher has removed all subjects from the curriculum apart from Maths and English. The children will then evaluate each other’s feelings and draw a diagram to display this. Their emotions will be expressed though our writing outcomes, the incidental write being a free-verse poem, and the final outcome will be a formal letter to persuade Sadiq Khan to take specific action against global warming in the hope of developing a more sustainable city. 

In Maths, we have been recapping a variety of different topics to secure the knowledge that we learned during remote learning. These topics include questions such as; calculating fractions of a quantity, converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers as well as coordinate work and multiplying by scaled numbers. In addition to this, we started our return back to school this term with a variety of times-table activities such as a scavenger hunt and Times-table fitness (PE). This helped to prepare us for our multiplication check in Year 4 to ensure that we are secure in all our times-tables from 1-12. Throughout these topics we apply learning to different contexts and work towards an outcome where applicable to consolidate the children’s knowledge with real life contexts. An example of this is seen when we were dividing different amounts of sweets accordingly when calculating fractions of a quantity.

Over the course of the first two weeks, the children were engaged in arts fortnight. The theme for year 4 was to display the overcoming of a major event (pandemic) and reclaiming freedom and normality back into our lives. This was displayed differently by each class who were inspired by different artists and with different outcomes. An example from Palm Class is the use of the art style pointillism, inspired by the artist Georges Suerats, to create a mosaic of a bird in a sunset to represent freedom and happiness.

In our global learning, we have been continuing with our theme of sustainable development through our learning based Anglo-Saxon farming. We have planted our own seeds that will hopefully grow into locally produced goods that we will use to cook in a meal. This meal will be part of the final project; a sustainable sit-down silver service. This will be an evening where parents will be welcome to come inside the hall, chat and enjoy the food that has been made from the food grown. The children have prepared for this by creating information posters, invitations and leaflets, ready to share their knowledge and raise awareness. This links to our new core text and how the children can see themselves as leaders of change.

In Science, we have been learning about the human body, specifically the digestive system. This includes the teeth and their role in chewing food to extract nutrients, to the organs that allow the nutrients into our bloodstream and then how the waste is removed.  This was accompanied with fun and engaging practical activities that allowed the children to visualise how each type of tooth is adapted for its role and how the food passes through out bodies.

For PE, we have had specialist coaches to provide development on our batting and striking skills for sports such as cricket. This has allowed the children to practise their hand-eye coordination skills in relation to the bat and the ball, as well as catching when fielding.

The RE focus for summer 2 has been Hinduism, touching on the different representations of god, the concept of reincarnation as well as the story of Krishna and Sudama. These topics have been explored in engaging ways through creating posters and role-playing the story with freeze frames.