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 YEAR 4!

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This term our topic is geography focused and is all about rivers, in particular plastic pollution! All of our learning will be focused around this and will stem from our key question, 'How can small actions eventually change the world?' Alongside this, we have six concepts to explore: consequences, responsibility, sacrifice, influence, compassion, choice.



Our English learning this term will be focused on the book One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul. If you have a copy of this book at home, it would be useful for your child to bring this into school with them. We would prefer it if they did not read it as we will be slowly introducing the story to them in our lessons.





Multiplication and Division

Recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 ×12.

Use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers.

Recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations.

Multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one digit number using formal written layout.

Solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two-digit numbers by one-digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects.


Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares.


Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.

Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.

Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number.

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.



Our science topic for Spring 1 is Animals including humans. Below are the objectives we will cover. 

Identify and name parts of the digestive system

Explain the function of the parts of the digestive system.

Identify the types and function of teeth.

Construct and interpret food chains. 


Geography (inlcuding Art and D&T)

By the end of the term, the children will have an in depth knowledge of rivers in this country and around the world. They will have an understanding of the different sections of the river and how they all join together. They will also understand the increasing issues around pollution and plastic pollution that we face around the world. Some of the objectives we will cover are below.


Know the names of, and locate, at least eight major capital cities across the world (starters and map skills)

Know where the main mountain regions are in the UK(starters and map skills)

Know, name and locate the main rivers in the UK

Know where the equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and the Greenwich Meridian are on a world map.

Know why most cities are located by a river

Use maps and globes to locate the equator, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Greenwich Meridian



In our French lessons, by the end of the term the children should be able to:

say their name, age, nationality and where they live;

tell someone their family members and their ages;

create a presentation about habitats.



Our R.E. learning will focus on the theme 'symbols and religious expression'. We will explore this through the religions Hinduism and Christianity. 

Consider why people go on pilgrimages.

Suggest how and why belonging to a community and expressing spiritualty in, for example, the memories, stories, music, rituals, emotions and experiences of pilgrimages might be valuable to Hindus and Christians.

Find out more about different forms of worship, prayer and meditation in different communities, and write creatively and thoughtfully some songs, prayers or meditations suited to particular occasions and communities.



The children will go swimming once a week for the whole of the spring term. 



In our weekly PSHE lessons, the children will explore different aspects of a fictional girl's (Chiwa from Malawi) life. It is inspired by the idea that people’s life experiences and opportunities differ throughout the world and that our actions can have both positive and harmful effects on people living in different countries. It aims to enable the children to explore the concepts of inequality and stereotypes and encourages them to reflect on what they can do to help make the world a fairer place. In this unit, children also learn about climate change and its effects, fair trading practices and organisations which help people like Chiwa. They will also learn about how to be a good global citizen.



This term, Miss Martin's class will be learning the Ukulele, taught by an external provider. Miss Martin will then teach the lesson to Mrs Clarke's class. 



Throughout Spring 1, we will be focusing on staying safe when online. Below are the objectives we will cover.

To understand how children can protect themselves from online identity theft.

Understand that information put online leaves a digital footprint or trail and that this can aid identity theft.

To Identify the risks and benefits of installing software including apps.

To understand that copying the work of others and presenting it as their own is called 'plagiarism' and to consider the consequences of plagiarism.

To identify appropriate behaviour when participating or contributing to collaborative online projects for learning.

To identify the positive and negative influences of technology on health and the environment.

To understand the importance of balancing game and screen time with other parts of their lives.