Year 4 Curriculum Booklet Autumn Term 2016

September 12th, 2016

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Published in Letters to Parents, Parents, Year 4


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We hope that you have enjoyed a relaxing summer break and that you are ready for an exciting, challenging and action-packed Autumn term! This year, our Year 4 team is Miss Gwatkin, Miss Parmar (teachers) alongside Mrs O’Donoghue and Miss Eady (Learning Support Assistants).

At Iver Heath Junior School, we are passionate about children’s learning and their well-being. There may be occasions where you wish to speak with your child’s teacher. The best time to do this is at the end of the school day, on the playground. If there are pressing situations that you feel may affect your child that day, please write a brief note in the homework diary so that we can read it at the start of the day.


Throughout Year 4, your child will receive weekly homework for English, Maths and Spellings, plus their daily reading.

As a school we have invested in an online system that allows children to complete tasks within a unique account created for them. Children will shortly receive their ‘Education City’ login details. Once they have this they will be able to access their homework via: This will become available weekly and will need completing within 7 days. Homework goes out on a Monday and is due the following Monday. Any children unable to complete their task out of school time will be given opportunities to complete it using the school’s ICT suite during a Monday lunchtime.


Reading is very important and all children are expected to read in total, six times a week for ten minutes. This is expected to be Monday to Friday plus one day at the weekend. Reading records are to be filled out by the children with the date written in the left hand column. We then ask that an adult signs to say the child has read and which pages. We do not advise that children read a whole book in one night, particularly the higher level books. It is important that your child understands what they are reading and so one or two chapters will be enough if they would like to read a little more than a few pages! This is really important to monitor who is and who isn’t reading at home.  Children who do not read will be required to read at break to catch up.

Water Bottles

We encourage every child to bring a clear, plastic water bottle to school with their name clearly labelled on it.  Research shows that good hydration helps children to concentrate in lessons. Please ensure that only pure water is sent to school.  Squash, fruit juice, flavoured waters or soft drinks, are not acceptable in class.

Healthy Snacks

Bringing in a healthy snack such as fruit or vegetables is actively encouraged. Research has shown that children with good nutrition have better concentration and are healthier overall.

puinctuality   Punctuality

Learning begins promptly at 8.45am so it is vital that your child arrives punctually. If they are late they may miss vital instructions or learning opportunities. If this repeatedly happens it will have a detrimental effect on your child’s education. It also disrupts other children’s learning and can embarrass your child.


Equipment and uniform

To ensure that your child is able to reach their potential we must maximise every learning opportunity. One way to aid this is ensuring your child has the correct equipment. Children in Year 4 are expected to have:

Pencil or Pen (where appropriate), 30 cm ruler, glue stick, white board pen, pencil sharpener, rubber

Optional items that would further enhance their learning include:

Colouring pencils, highlighter pens, art shirts and protractors.

Please ensure that your child wears the correct school uniform every day and that it is clearly labelled with their name, including their PE kit. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school all week.




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Iver Heath Junior School

 Year  4   Term 1

Subject Your children will learn…
Science Animals Including Humans:

During this unit children will learn how about food chains, how to keep our bodies healthy, how to care for our teeth and all about the animal kingdom.

DT Greek Yogurt:

Children will learn the skills required to cook safely and prepare food safely. They will take part in a tasting session, design their own yogurt and learn how yogurt is made.

Timeless clock faces:

Children will study the history of clocks through the ages, explore how clocks are made and how they work plus design their very own clock to be made from a variety of materials.

Computing Myths and Legends:

Children will learn how to search for digital continent effectively and to evaluate and edit digital content.



Our local area: Iver

Children will learn all about their local area and the services it provides. Through investigations, surveys, map reading and atlas work the children will gain a bigger insight as to what is around them!

History Ancient Egypt:

Developing their knowledge about Ancient worlds, children will learn about the geography of Ancient Egypt; spiritual beliefs held at the time including a journey into the afterlife; social structure used in this interesting period, the discovery of the famous Tutankhamun, as well as some of the great engineering achievements of the age. They will apply some Ancient Egyptian know how and create a mummified tomato!

Art Landscapes:

In this unit of work children develop their skills and technique when using watercolour paints. This is achieved through a study of landscape paintings of famous artists.


In this unit of work children will use shapes and colours to create abstract work as well as study some famous abstract artists such as Paul Klee and Joan Miro.

Music Mama Mia:

Using the songs of Mama Mia as inspiration, children will compare and contrast music of the disco genre. They will learn to sing and play tuned and un-tuned instruments. They will also continue with the theory of music.

Christmas Production:

Children will also take part in the Christmas production where they will learn the songs from this during their lessons.

RE Pilgrimages:

Children will understand what a pilgrimage is and why people take them. They will think about special journeys they have taken in their life, religious or not. They will develop this theme to better understand the religious significance of pilgrimages and why millions take them each year.

PE Swimming:

Children will learn the different strokes and to be confident in their skills. They will attend lessons until they can swim 25m unassisted and confidently. This will take place on a Tuesday afternoon.

Tag Rugby:

The children will learn the skills required to play the game such as throwing, passing and teamwork.

PSHCE New beginnings

Developing skills to make a new start and being able to recognise their position and worth within a group or community.

Say no to bullying

Throughout this unit children will look at the features of bullying and recognise the differences between bullying and falling out with friends. They will learn strategies to help them identify it in others and raise the alarm, as well as ways to cope if they find themselves victim of it. During this unit there will be a national curriculum week ‘Anti- Bullying Week’ which we will take part in.

French This year, French will be taught by Mrs. Zubler. The children will be learning about the topic of transport and learning French greetings.






Iver Heath Junior School


 Year 4  Term 1


Each unit lasts 2 to 4 weeks. The units may not necessarily be taught in this order.



Term 1
Class Texts Roald Dahl – The Witches/ The BFG
Unit Texts Example texts unit: Myths

·  Prometheus

·  Theseus and the Minotaur

Example texts Poetry unit

·  The Jabberwocky

·  The Walrus and the Carpenter

·  Peter Piper.

Story-Telling Texts
  • How the butterfly came to be.


Narrative Traditional Tales  

  • Myths (quests)


Suggested final written outcome


·  Create a ‘Wanted’ poster; ‘lonely hearts’ advert; job application

·  Write a myth based on our storytelling text.


Non Fiction Non-Chronological Report   

4 weeks

Suggested final written outcome


·  Write a non-chronological report based on notes gathered from several sources (link to topic e.g. Egypt/Local Area.


Performance poetry   

  • Exploring form


Suggested final written outcome ·  Read and perform classic poems by heart including riddles, tongue twisters and haikus.













Singapore Maths


As a school we have undertaken an exciting and revolutionary approach to teaching maths from this year onwards. We have adopted a Singapore Maths style approach to delivering the curriculum. A great deal of research has been carried out related to maths teaching around the world. Much of it has found that Singapore schools consistently produce world-class levels of achievement in mathematics.

As a school we have invested significantly in the ‘Maths No Problem’ system. This company is a British company who have developed a Singapore style teaching system for British schools. The programme is designed to deliver the curriculum in a systematically and engaging way which can be accessed by all children.

The concept of teaching mathematics to mastery is to ensure that topics are well developed. Pupils will spend enough time to fully explore a concept before moving on to a different topic.

As idea is well formed they reinforced by ample practice. New knowledge is then used on subsequent lessons so that all ideas build on top of each other and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between the topics. Ideas are revisited in a spiral as pupil’s progress through the years, each time at a higher level.

Children will be taught in mixed ability classes and will each have a textbook, work book and maths journal. Throughout their learning they will use a:

Practical > Pictorial > Abstract

Approach to exploring and solving problems. This allows the children to progress at their own pace through the challenge that face them.

For more information about this new approach to maths please visit our website where you will find a set of videos created by one of the maths consultants for Maths No Problem designed specifically for parents.


In Maths this Term, Year 4 will be learning about:


Numbers to 1000,

Addition and Subtraction within 10000,

Multiplication and Division,

Further Multiplication and Division,

Graphs and


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