Orange 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Orange Class
We are a Year 4 class taught by Miss Bell, supported by Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Clogg.
This is what we will be learning about in the Spring term:
Multiplication and Division, Measure (area), Fractions, Decimals
In English we will be looking at the text ’Arthur and the Golden Rope’ Joe Todd Stanton, as well as the text ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy.
We will be using these texts to create our own pieces of writing e.g. narrative story writing.
History: Riotous Royalty
In this unit we will be learning about William the Conqueror’s reign from 1066 onwards, how King John made himself very unpopular as monarch and why King Henry VIII married so many times. This unit also teaches who Queen Anne was, what Queen Victoria achieved during her reign and look at the role of the British monarchy today.
In this unit we will be learning about the water cycle and 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 consider some of the issues surrounding supplying clean drinking water to a growing global population.
Art: British Artists
In this unit we will learn about how to use a range of media for making portraits: how to make ‘sensory’ boxes, create abstract ‘cut ups’, tell stories in pictures and write memory postcards to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of British artists Thomas Gainsborough, Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Paula Rego and Sonia Boyce.
DT: Juggling Balls
In this unit we will be learning how to make juggling balls. They will start by exploring and evaluating different juggling balls. The children are then given a design brief, asking them to design and make a circus themed juggling ball. A hemming and overcast stitch will be introduced during this unit. The children will learn about decoration techniques; getting the chance to use tie-dye and fabric paints. Finally, when they have completed the making of their juggling ball, the children will evaluate their product against design criteria.
Computing: Turtle Logo
In this unit we will be learning how to create an algorithm to program a procedure. Lessons are designed to be used with online programs such as Turtle Logo/Logo Interpreter or MSWLogo. The children are reminded of the basic commands and how to repeat alongside a variable. The children are then shown how to program their own procedures, use colour and set the position of the turtle using coordinates. In the concluding lesson they use the arc command to create patterns using different shapes and randomly selected colours, which they are encouraged to share with the rest of the class.
Computing: Word Processing
In this unit we will be learning about formatting images and organising content into an effective layout. Throughout the rest of the unit, the children will learn new skills and techniques and apply them to creating a range of different word documents (posters, letters to parents, job rotas, recipe cards and e-vouchers) which they will use during the cake sale project.
Science: States of Matter
In this unit we will be learning about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the weight of a gas. Furthermore, they will have chance to find the ideal temperature to melt chocolate.
Science: Animals including humans
In this unit we will learn about the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth. The children will learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and the food chain. In addition, they will extend their understanding of food chains to more complex chains and food webs.
We will be answering the questions:
What is God like for Christians?
How and why do some Christians help local people in need?
Why do Christians call Jesus ‘Saviour’ & how does it link with the Easter story?
What is good about Good Friday?
In Music we will be completing the following units: Building (Beat), Around the World (Pitch), Ancient Worlds (Structure) and Singing Spanish (Pitch).
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. Bug Club is of even greater importance this year; reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school.
We are asking this year for children to come into school in their PE kit on the days they have PE.
Outdoor games lessons, which include invasion games and target games, will be delivered on a Thursday, depending upon weekly weather conditions. Indoor sessions will take place on a Friday and will include dance and gymnastics. The children will need to wear their school PE kit: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt or school tracksuit.
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