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Welcome to Year 4 Turtle Class. We have a very busy and exciting year ahead!

You can see our Year 4 Curriculum Map here. It explains the different topics we cover throughout the year.

Term 1

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This term, our topic is ‘Beyond the North Sea’. We will be learning about the unique and fascinating geography of Scandinavia. We will learn about the physical features of Scandinavia, including fjords, The Northern Lights, glaciers and the arctic tundra. We will also compare the Scandinavian climate to our own, including the mysterious midnight sun. At the end of last year, we launched our topic by creating some wonderful pieces of art inspired by Scandinavian folk art.

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In English, we will begin by learning to write setting descriptions. The children will consolidate their knowledge of similes and learn to use metaphors and personification to describe a range of settings. Our focus text this term will be How to Train Your Dragon. We will finish the term by writing explanation texts about the Scandinavian countries.

In maths, we will begin by consolidating our understanding of place value. We will learn how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 before learning about negative numbers. Over the term, we will also consolidate our understanding of addition and subtraction. This year, a big focus will be applying our arithmetic skills to problem solving questions. We will begin by learning how to solve addition and subtraction word problems, with particular focus on the mathematical vocabulary used.

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Wider Curriculum -

In science, our first unit will focus on the classification of animals and plants. We will learn about the different categories animals and plants belong to before learning how to create our own classification keys.

In RE this term, our learning will focus on answering the question ‘What is it like to be a Hindu in Britain today?' Over the term, we will discuss important Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation, Moksha and Dharma. We will also consider what life is like for Hindus living in Britain today.

In Art this term we will be learning to recreate ‘The Scream’ by Scandinavian artist Edvard Munch. We will study the famous painting before using pastels and paints to recreate the mood of the painting. We will particularly focus on our use of expression and movement.

DT this term will focus on food hygiene. We will learn how to safely handle food and the importance of doing so. We hope to practice our understanding of food hygiene by making some Scandinavian dishes, including lemon and cardamom cookies and rye bread.

This term PE will be on Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. We will be focusing on hockey and basketball. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school on these days. Any earrings will need to be removed or covered with micropore medical tape during PE lessons.

Maths and spelling homework will be sent home every Friday, to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. In addition, a home learning grid will be sent home at the end of the first week back. There will be a selection of 8 activities to choose from. There is no expectation for the whole grid to be completed; the grid is simply a list of ideas for any children who wish to complete home learning. All home learning is celebrated with house points.


Thank you for your support,

Miss McKay and Mrs Ritson