Year 4 Curriculum Booklet Spring 2017

January 9th, 2017

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Published in Parents, Year 4



We hope that you have enjoyed a relaxing Winter break and that you are ready for an exciting, challenging and action-packed Spring 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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 Year  4   Spring Term  


Subject Your children will learn…
Science Changing States:

During this unit children will learn how to classify materials as solids, liquids and gasses. As wells as explore and explain how objects change shape and state.

DT Pizza Faces:

This term the children will be learning not only what makes a good and healthy pizza, but also how to decorate them in the style of famous artists.

Computing Dragons:

Children will learn how to create an animation. They will research analyse and develop an animation using coding.

History Romans:

This term children will learn all about the Romans. They will learn how they conquered Britain as well as how they lived and survived.

Music Lean on Me:

This term learning is focused around one song: Lean On Me. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.


Theory and the Language of Music:

Children will be taught all of the elements of music theory; Staff notation, dynamics, tempo, pitch, rhythm, pulse and time signatures. They will learn through games, playing instruments and singing children are introduced to music theory.

RE Holy Books:

Children will learn about all of the different Holy Books in every religion. They will learn how the books were created and what they mean to the people that read them.

PE Dance:

Children will learn different ways they can move their bodies and explore different shapes. By the end of this unit the children will be able to create and perform a whole dance routine to a single piece of music.

PSHCE Going For Goals:

Children will be learning about the different ways they learn, as well as how to over come their barriers to help them reach their goals. Children will set themselves goals and really focus on how they achieve it. They will then look back an reflect on their achievement.





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 Year 4 Term 2

 Each unit lasts approximately 2 to 3 weeks. The units may not necessarily be taught in this order.

Topic Over the term we will cover
Escape From Pompeii / Chocolate Setting and character descriptions We will be using a range of texts through our Literacy topic to support writing setting and character descriptions.

For example:

·         Setting description of the market in Pompeii

·         Character description of Tranio and Liv

Recounts We will be writing recounts from the point of view of various characters in our stories.

·         Recount of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius

·         Recount of visiting the buried city of Pompeii




Children will write their own narratives based around Escape from Pompeii. We will focus on structure, language, SPAG and character building, as well as planning, drafting, editing and final write up skills.
Persuasive Writing


We will be using the theme of Willy Wonka and his factory to create our own version of a chocolate egg/bar.

Through this, we will be looking at persuasive packaging, letters and posters. The children will design a persuasive packet, write persuasive letters to Willy Wonka and will learn the key features of Persuasive Writing.

Newspaper reports We will be using the text Charlie and the chocolate factory to create newspaper reports based around the events of entering the factory.
Poetry Imagery poem Children will focus on the theme of spring. Here they will learn how to use key descriptive writing to help create strong images for their reader involving similes and metaphors.



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 Year, 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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