Silver Birch - Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 at Christ Church School.  Here is some information for the class.

Teaching Staff

Class Teachers:

Miss S Mills

Favourite book: Shadow Forest by Matt Haig

Support Staff:

Mrs P Negandhi

Timetable

English – Daily

Maths – Daily

Outdoor Learning – Secret Garden weekly

PE – Weekly swimming

Homework

Homework and spelling is handed out on Thursday and returned Monday.

Curriculum

Autumn

Autumn 1

History: Why were the Romans so powerful? Who was the African Emperor Septimius Severus (AD 145-211)?

Science: What happens to the food we eat?

R.E.: What do Sikhs believe?

Art: How can we bring our drawings to life?

Music: Are we off the scale?

English:

Reading: Roman Invasion (My Story) by Jim Eldridge

The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence

Writing: Letter writing, newspaper reports

Spelling:

  • Can you spell two-syllable words containing double consonants, e.g. bubble, kettle, common?
  • How do you distinguish between the spelling and meanings of common homophones, e.g.to/two/too; they’re/their/there; piece/peace?
  • Can you spell regular verb endings ‘s’, ‘ed’, ‘ing’?

Maths: Do you know your multiplication and division facts to 12?

PE: Dance

Autumn 2

Geography: Why is the Thames so important to London?

Science: Which wild animals and plants thrive in your locality?

R.E.: Is Peace the most important message of Christmas?

English:

Reading: The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo

Fox by Margaret Wild

Leah’s Story by Margaret Bateson-Hill

Writing: Non chronological report writing: foxes

Spelling:

  • Can you spell irregular tense changes, e.g. go/went, can/could?
  • Can you recognise and spell the suffixes ‘al’, ‘ary’, ‘ic’?
  • Can you recognise and spell the suffixes ‘ship’, ‘hood’, ‘ness’, ‘ment’?
  • Can you make a noun or an adjective into a verb using the suffixes ‘ate’, ‘ify’?

Maths: Do you know your multiplication and division facts to 12?

PE: Gymnastics

Spring

Spring 1

History: How can we re-discover the wonder of Ancient Egypt?

Science: What part is played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle?

R.E.: How did belief in God affect the actions of the people in the Old Testament?

Art: How will we make our museum exhibits?  

Music: Singing Project

English:

Reading: Matt’s Feather by Juliette Desailly

Writing: Diaries, narrative

Spelling:

  • What happens to words ending in ‘f’ when suffixes are added?
  • Can you list words with common endings?
  • Can you recognise compound words and use them to help your spelling?

Maths: Do you know your multiplication and division facts to 12?

PE: Swimming and games

Spring 2

Geography: Why is London such a cool place to live?

Science: How would we survive without water?

R.E.: How does Holy Communion build a Christian community?

Art: How can you represent London?

Music: Singing project

English:

Reading: JoJo Dragon Flier by Margaret Bateson-Hill

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Writing: Persuasive writing

Spelling:

  • Can you recognise and spell words with the prefixes: ‘al’, ‘af’, ‘ad’ etc.
  • Can you explore the occurrence of certain letters within words, ‘e’, ’g’, ‘v’ and k; deduce some of the conventions for using them at the beginnings, middles and endings of words?

Maths: Do you know your multiplication and division facts to 12?

PE: Swimming and games

Summer

Summer 1

History: What would you have done 100 years ago after school?

Science: How could we cope without electricity for one day?

R.E.: What are the Beatitudes and what do they mean for Christians?

Music: Can you improvise a musical pattern on the clarinet?

English:

Reading: Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Writing: Letter writing, diaries, playwrighting

Spelling:

  • When do certain letter strings, e.g. ‘wa’ (e.g. swat, water), ‘wo’ (e.g. worship, won) and ‘ss’ (e.g. goodness, hiss, missile) occur within words?
  • Can you deduce some of the conventions for using them at the beginnings, middles and endings of words?
  • Can you find words with common letter strings but different pronunciations, e.g. tough, through, trough, plough; hour, journey, could, route, four?

Maths: Do you know your multiplication and division facts to 12?

PE: Swimming and athletics

Summer 2

History: What were the historical implications of Henry VIII’s break from the Catholic Church?

Science: Why is the sound that One Direction make enjoyed by so many?

R.E.: What do the miracles of Jesus teach?

Art: What can we learn about the Tudors in the National Gallery?

Music: Can you perform at a concert?

English:

Reading: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Writing: Non-chronological report writing

Spelling:

  • Can you classify words with common roots?  E.g. advent, invent, prevent; press, pressure, depress; phone, telephone, microphone;
  • Can you investigate origins and meaning?
  • Can you extend words through adding parts? E.g. ‘ful’, ‘ly’, ‘ive’, ‘tion’, ‘ic’, ‘ist’.
  • Can you find links between meaning and spelling?
  • Can you recognise and spell the suffixes ‘ible’, ‘able’, ‘ive’, ‘tion’, ‘sion’?
  • Can you distinguish the two forms: its (possessive, no apostrophe) and it’s (contracted ‘it is’) and use these accurately in your own writing?

Maths: Do you know your multiplication and division facts to 12?

PE: Swimming and athletics

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