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 the Autumn term, Year 4 will be focusing on the global theme ‘Peace and Conflict’. The children will learn about different conflicts and how they were viewed in Ancient Greece. They will also explore how debate was a crucial tool used by poorer sections of society in Ancient Greece to dispute their living and work conditions. Children will deepen this by studying the concept of activism and the role that protests have in society. Throughout the term, they will learn the untold story of the female Greek philosopher Aspasia and will explore the uprising of different classes within the city states, uncovering how it led to the weakening of the Greek empire. This learning will lead to the children creating their own mediation team that will lead on settling disputes within and beyond school.  

This half term in English, Year 4 will be reading our core text ‘The adventures of Odysseus’. It involves the re-telling of his story through a range of classic tales and poems. Throughout the learning journey, the children will analyse the emotions of the main character using a range of drama techniques. They will deepen their understanding of the text by generating descriptive vocabulary to include within a character and setting description. The children will apply their learning from the term and build up to writing their own narrative.

In Maths, the children will be consolidating and deepening their place value knowledge up to 1000. They will begin by assessing their prior knowledge and will move on to identifying the value of a range of 4-digit numbers. They will also learn to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 before comparing and ordering decimals. 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 7s.

In Science this half term, our topic is ‘States of Matter’. The children will begin by exploring the difference between the particles in solids, liquids and gases using drama and movement. They will deepen their working scientifically skills to carry out an investigation, changing the states of many different objects. They will then record their results and make conclusions based on what they have discovered. The children will also explore the different stages of the water cycle and will use scientific vocabulary to describe this.

In RE, the children will be focusing on the topic of ‘Peace’. They will consider the meaning of peace and will explore how this determines how places differ. Children in Year 4 will be applying this knowledge and creating their own symbolic image of peace, reflecting on the symbols that are currently used. They will consolidate their learning and identify a range of peacemakers within different religions.

In PE, the children will be focusing on performing all gymnastics shapes on different body parts and levels, using apparatus. They will be making judgements about quality of jumps, elevation, style and control. Children will build up to creating and performing a sequence in a pathway.

In RsE, the children will be developing their knowledge of relationships. They will identify the importance of setting boundaries and will reflect on how this can be applied within the classroom and around the school. Children will recap the character skill of relationships and will use this to differentiate different behaviours found within friendship groups.

In Art this half term, Year 4 will be designing their own mosaic tile. They will explore and take inspiration from a range of Greek mosaics tiles. They will begin by creating observational drawings of traditional Greek symbols before moving on to developing their paper mosaic.