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.

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.

During Spring 2, Year 4 will be continuing their learning about life in Roman Britain and the multicultural communities that existed at the time. We will begin to examine the importance and significance of the Silk Road and the impact that this had on trade and the Roman Empire. We will then begin to learn about different natural disasters that occurred in the past and the impact they had on the trade on countries who use the silk road. We will then shift our focus on to our Global Project where we will be sharing our learning from this term through a video. To achieve this, we will be creating a script that incorporates different oracy skills to ensure our performance has the desired impact on our audience.

In Maths this half term, Year 4 will be focusing on fractions. We will be building on our learning from Year 3 by identifying fractions greater than one and counting in fractions. We will then begin using various manipulatives to represent tenths and hundredths. In our arithmetic sessions we will adding and subtracting fractions.

In English, this half term Year 4 will be studying the core text ‘The Goldfish Boy’. We will be exploring identity and diversity through a focus on the main character who is a young boy who needs to face his fears in order to solve a mystery. The story is about finding friendship when you’re lonely – and hope when all you feel is fear. We will be generating questions to develop our understanding of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which we will ask in an interview, from this, we will be creating a newspaper report.                                                                           

This term in science, the children will continue learning about the concept of sound. Building on their prior knowledge from Spring 1, the children will look at different ways of testing the distance sound travels and what materials are effective insulators of sound. We will then conduct an investigation to determine which materials would be the most effective insulators for a pair of sound cancelling headphones. We will then create a pair and test them against the same sound from an instrument to determine which material is the most effective insulator of sound.

In Art, we will research and learn about the works of the artist Rene Magritte & Salvador Dali. We will produce a mood board inspired by their works and use these ideas to create a 3D sculpture using different layers that reflect each individual child’s identity.

In RE, the topic focus is Buddhism. This will include an understanding of community and the story of the Buddha. Then we will attempt to meditate through mindfulness activities to try to understand why followers of this religion believe this to be beneficial and then link our knowledge to other religions.

In RSE, the focus is on reflecting on the understanding of genders and gender stereotypes. We will then explore this through comparing similarities and differences between various animals including humans. We will then learn about the various changes that we experience as we age from our youth into old age. In French, the children will learn ways to express where they are going and ways of saying different types of places. In PE, children will be completing outdoor and adventurous activities as well as developing and consolidating a range of multi-skills.