Orange 2020 - 2021

Miss Bell

We are a Year 4 class taught by Miss Bell, supported by Mrs Lister.

This is what we will be learning about in the Summer term:

Decimals– Money– Time– Statistics– Geometry (angles and 2D shapes)- Geometry (position and direction).


We will develop our literacy skills by…
Reading, discussing, learning and performing some fantastic poems from Off By Heart – Poems for YOU to Remember (Roger Stevens). As well as exploring pronouns and fronted adverbials. Exploring recounts using biographies from the civil rights movement: Henry’s Freedom Box and the story of Rosa Parks' life. As well as using dialogue punctuation, apostrophes and paragraphs. Immersing ourselves in wonderful stories from Africa. By reading Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, The Pot of Wisdom and African Tales. As well as writing Ananse stories using extended sentences.

History: The Romans
In History we will be learning about the impact the Roman empire had on life in Britain. We will learn about the spread of the Roman empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will also look in detail at some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads and bath-houses. In addition to this, they will have the opportunity to learn about the British resistance of Boudicca and events of Boudicca's rebellion from different perspectives. The children will also investigate Hadrian's Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. They will learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine its location. We will also learn about the gods, Roman religion, culture and beliefs of Roman people.

Geography: Water
In Geography we will be learning about the water cycle which will allow the children to explore the processes of evaporation and condensation through a range of practical activities. By considering water as a finite resource, they are introduced to the ideas of conservation and will consider some of the issues sur-rounding the supply of clean drinking water to a growing global population.

Art: Fruit and Vegetables
In Art we will learn the skills of using pencil, colour, paint, clay and textiles to create quality art work. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of the designer, Carl Warner, textile artist, Michael Brennand-Wood and Italian painter, Caravaggio.

DT: Edible Garden
In Design and Technology we will be learning about where and how a variety of ingredients are grown. Firstly, children will learn how to plant seeds and care for their plants so they yield produce that can be used in their cooking. They will learn how to cook with the ingredients they are growing; following recipes and using different kitchen equipment. We will also learn about safety and hygiene rules when preparing food.

Computing: Online Safety
In Computing we will be learning about pre-venting and dealing with cyberbullying; how to use search engines efficiently; how to avoid plagiarism online; and how to be a good digital citizens.

Computing: Using and Applying
In Computing we will also be using and applying the skills we have learnt over the year with a project. This will give the children the opportunity to be creative as well as develop their skills from the year.

Science: Sound
In Science we will be learning about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loud-ness. The children will learn about how sounds are made. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing, in the context of making a music studio quieter. Finally, they will demonstrate their learning from the whole unit by designing and creating their own musical instrument that will play high, low, loud and quiet sounds.

Science: Scientists and inventors
In Science we will be learning about famous scientists and inventors. They will learn about various scientists and inventors such as; Gerald Durrell, Alexander Graham Bell, James West, Gerhard M. Sessler, Maria Telkes and Eleanor Raymond.

RE: Judaism & Islam:
In Re we will be learning about Judaism and Islam.
When learning about Judaism we will be looking at ‘The Shema’ (mezuzah, tallit) and objects that remind Jews of faith. We will also read stories about the life of Moses and Tenakh, as well as the Life of Abraham. Additionally, we will learn how Jews show respect for the Torah, and how they live in accordance with Ten Commandments. When learning about Islam we will learn about descriptions of God, messengers of Allah and prayers and clothing, as well as stories from the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Qur’an.

Music: ‘Communication’, Time’ and ‘In the Past’ and ‘Food and Drink’ (Music Express)
In Music we will be learning about ‘beat’, ‘composition’, ‘notation’ and ‘performance’. We will do this using a range of music and instruments as well as having brass instrument tuition via Love Music Trust.

This will usually be set on a Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. Home work this year will be set on the platform Class Dojo. Please check the site on a Friday for homework.
Please remember to access Times Tables Rockstars and Bug Club on a regular basis.

We are asking this year for children to come into school in their PE kit on the days they have PE. Indoor sessions will take place on a Tuesday. The children will need to wear their school PE kit: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt. Outdoor games lessons, which include invasion games and target games, will be delivered on a Wednesday, depending upon weekly weather conditions.



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