Y4 Curriculum Coverage
PSHE is taught mainly through circle time activities that are based around the SEAL topics such as ‘It’s good to be me’. In these sessions the children think about themselves and others and how their behaviour and attitude can affect themselves and other people.
The Year 4 residential visit to Thornbridge Hall is also an important part of the children’s social and personal development. For some children it is their first time staying away from their parents or carers and this really helps their independence. The 3 days revolve around the children working together as a team and helping each other. The children also learn about pushing themselves to overcome fears and with a positive attitude they can achieve great things.
As in the rest of the school, the Year 4 children have P.E. twice a week and the sessions include gymnastics, dance and games.
Where appropriate the P.E. is linked to Learning Challenge, for example when learning about the Tudors the children use their P.E. session to learn a Tudor dance.
Invasion games such as basketball and football are taught along with cricket and athletics in the summer months.
Swimming lessons are held at Pond’s Forge swimming pool for the first half of the year. Qualified swimming instructors initially assess the children and then split them into groups to make sure that all children’s needs are met. Children learn different swimming strokes, water confidence and basic life saving skills as part of the sessions.
Geography skills are mainly taught during our Learning Challenge: ‘Where in the world is the Kapok tree?’
The children use maps to identify areas in the world that have rainforests; we talk about what we get from the rainforests and how those things are used in everyday life. We also look at the life of people who live in the Rainforests and how they differ or are similar to our own lives.
The children use ICT skills to research the animals and the structure of the rainforest as well as designing and writing about their own animals.
Another Learning Challenge focuses on communities and how they work. This helps the children to think about the impact that human’s actions can have on the local and global environment and what we can do to minimise this.
In ICT in year 4 the children learn how to make simple branching databases. They do this through their Rainforest Learning Challenge where they sort the different animals found in the forest.
The children use computers to shape and manipulate text and graphics with links to art lessons. Computers are also used for research purposes during most learning challenges.
Art is taught mainly through the learning challenges. We use the National Curriculum programmes of study to ensure coverage but with skills based approach.
The children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively with others Using a range of materials and processes –
- Painting/Drawing/Collage/Print making Textiles/Sculpture/Digital media
- Children have the opportunity to investigate different kinds of art, craft and design through genre style and tradition.
- Portrait drawings – Henry VIII
- Artists – Brigit Riley, Henri Rousseau
- Landscapes – coasts
DT is taught mainly through the learning challenges. We use the National Curriculum programmes of study to ensure coverage but with skills based approach.
The children carry out focused practical tasks that develop a range of techniques, skills, processes and knowledge. They design and make using a range of materials and are taught how to develop and explain ideas clearly with design objectives along with selecting tools, techniques and materials.
The have the opportunity to reflect on work in relation to intended use and identify improvements needed.
Rainforest fruit dessert, Viking longships , electrical circuits, pop-up cards
History is taught through learning challenges based around The Tudors, The Vikings and the Ancient Egyptians using stimulating titles or questions as a starting point. Where possible, a related visit is planned usually at the onset of the learning challenge or at the end but sometimes in the middle of the learning can be appropriate. The National Curriculum programmes of study to ensure coverage but the approach to learning is skills based.
We look at how the past is represented and interpreted in different ways, and give reasons why
Use a variety of sources to find out about events, people and changes.
We learn to look at and to compare primary and secondary sources and when possible include a visit to a relevant venue to enhance the learning.
Investigative skills are the main focus of Year 4 science and the children carry out investigations using the principles of fair testing. The children also learn to think about the accuracy of their results and about developing conclusions from own their results.
Children are taught to plan and carry out scientific investigations through learning challenges or discrete science lessons. The areas of science are which covered are: Bones and Movement,
Keeping Warm, Friction and Forces, Electricity and Circuits, Changing Materials and Habitats.
Coverage is Judaism/ Islam/ Christianity (weighted 60% towards Christianity)
The children learn about the importance of:
Food/ festivals/ holy books/symbols – associated with the above religions.
The approach to each religion is to develop the acceptance, tolerance and understanding of different religious beliefs.
The children are taught Spanish in Y4 using the Wakefield Scheme
How to ask and answer questions.
Techniques for memorising words, phrases and short extracts
Understanding speech spoken clearly, face-to-face or from a good-quality recording,
Simple classroom commands, short statements and questions, songs, alphabet, poems, rhymes and stories in Spanish
Aspects of mathematics such as counting, calculations, money, the time and date are taught.
We consider our own culture and comparing it with Spanish culture.
We think about the experiences of other people in other countries.