Curriculum Information – Autumn Term (1st Half) 2019/20
Our class book this half term is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. The children are already familiar with this author so we thought it would be a great starting point for the year. The children will read some of the book and plan and write diary entries, short stories, poems and information texts.
We shall be focusing on using full stops, capital letters, commas, question marks and exclamation marks accurately and consistently this half term and will continue to teach the children to spell common exception words.
In maths this half-term we will begin with place value, including negative numbers and ordering numbers to at least 1000. The children will consolidate their knowledge of addition and subtraction including problem solving and using inverse. They will also continue to learn about length and learn how to calculate perimeters of shapes.
This half term the project is “Chocolate”. The children will learn about how chocolate is produced and the history behind it being brought to Europe. We will also be learning about the ingredients used to make chocolate and relating this to learning about calories and the importance of making healthy eating choices. The children will design, make and taste their own chocolate bars and design wrappers for them. We will teach the children about the Fair Trade initiative and have discussions and debates about the use of child labour and very low pay in developing nations where cocoa beans are grown.
This half term we will explore festivals of light from Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Paganism, Chinese New Year and Ancient Civilisations. We will consider how some festivals use light as a representation of hope, joy, remembrance and reflection.
This half term the P.S.H.E. unit is “Being me in my world”. The children will focus on settling into their new year group, create and follow the new class charter and develop their resilience and ability to take on new responsibilities.
P.E. lessons are on Monday mornings. Children must bring in a P.E. kit consisting of tracksuit bottoms, leggings or shorts, a t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers. Please make sure all items are labelled with your child’s name.
Swimming- This half term, swimming is on a Tuesday for Y4RW only.
Homework will be sent out on a Friday to be returned by the following Tuesday.
Children must read at home every night. They should read for at least twenty minutes. A record of what has been read should be recorded in each child’s planner. We ask parents to sign this weekly and make sure children are bringing in their reading books and planners each day so that they can be checked and changed by the class teacher.
Half-term break- school closes Thursday 24th October and reopens on Monday 4th November
What do we need?
If you have any queries, with regard to your children’s learning or well-being, do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year Four Team
Mrs R. Wylie, Miss M. Holdsworth and Mrs K. Ali
Miss F. Gallagher, Mrs S. Grogan