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 focusing on the global theme ‘Identity and Diversity’. They will be learning 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 Roman invasions on the UK, focusing on key figures such as Queen Boudicca and Julius Caesar. 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.

This half term in English, children will be reading our core text ‘Goldfish Boy’. This links with our global theme as we will be focusing on the main character, a young boy who needs to face his fears in order to solve a mystery. The story is about finding friendships and hope, despite feeling intense fear. The children will immerse themselves into the book, allowing them to understand the perspective of someone who has been diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). They will build up to writing their own newspaper report, where they will include a range of descriptive devices.

In Maths, the children will be continuing their learning of multiplication and division. They will be learning to use a variety of strategies to solve problems in different contexts. They will begin with using pictorial representations to multiply and divide and will then move to using abstract methods, such as the column method and bus stop method. Later in the term, children will begin to deepen their learning of measure by exploring the area and perimeter of shapes. Throughout their learning journey, the children will have multiple opportunities to solve problems, answer reasoning questions to deepen their learning, and link their learning to real life contexts. They will also continue to regularly review their learning of the timetables, focusing specifically on their 11s.

In Science this half term, our topic is ‘Sound’. The children will begin by identifying and describing a variety of sounds. They will then learn about how sounds are made and heard, and how different sounds can be manipulated. Children will plan and conduct scientific investigations to identify which materials are effective insulators of sound and how different elements of sound, such as pitch and volume, can be adjusted.

In RE, the children will be focusing on the topic of ‘Hinduism’. They will begin by exploring and identifying different representations of God and the qualities these hold in the Hindu faith. They will learn about reincarnation and will use the oracy framework to reflect on this religious concept. The children will then be introduced to the story or Krishna and Sudama, and through role-play, will consider the importance of this story.

In PE, children will be developing and mastering their fundamental movement skills. Throughout the topic, they will need to display the character skill of relationships and demonstrate a willingness to trust others and accept support. They will also learn to use their bodies to move safely around an area whilst supporting their teammates. Towards the end of the term, children will apply their skills to solve a problem and cooperate as a small team.

In RSE, children will develop their understanding of having a digital footprint and the impact of this. They will explore how online advertising is used and will research different brands, linking this with their prior knowledge of digital footprints. Later in the term, children will begin to identify and compare risks in the local environment and online environment. They will consistently be taught how to keep themselves safe in both situations.

In Art this half term, children will explore the work of the artist ‘Rene Magritte’ and ‘Salvador Dalli’. Children will create mood boards, inspired by the artistic style of surrealism. Throughout this topic, children will consistently reflect on what makes them unique and diverse. They will sketch observational drawings of pictures that they believe represents their self-identity. Children will build up to creating their own 3D collage room which will include different parts of their identities and emotions, represented through different colours and textures.