Year 4 – Chestnut Class

What We’ve Been Up To This Term

Living things and their habitats: where do I belong?

Children in Chestnut Class will be learning about habitats and their place within them via poetry, science and RE, enriched by their art curriculum.

Books your child could read at home:

  • Woof by Alan Ahlberg
  • The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith
  • The White Fox by Jackie Morris
  • Fact books on animal classification

What are we doing at the moment?

Chestnut Class has been learning about living things and their habitats in their local and wider environment via poetry, science and art during this half term. Through exploring poetry and the language of character and setting description, they have imagined the creatures they have found and composed their own poems based on the writing frame of A Small Dragon. They also had the opportunity to visit our school garden to discover and gather plants which they used to build their tree artwork, as well as combine the technique of continuous line drawing and thoughtful art marking to sketch the unique characteristics of different animals. In our Science lessons, children have been learning about grouping vertebrates and invertebrates and developing classification keys. Later in the rest of the half term, they will go on an invertebrate hunt in our school ground and learn to give a persuasive presentation on protecting endangered species in the UK.

Autumn Term 1 – Chestnut Class

  • Ms S. Leung
  • Ms S. Din
  • Mrs A. Deirmand
  • PE
  • Friday AM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core poems Overheard on a Saltmarsh by Harold Monroe and A Small Dragon by Brian Patten. They will build vocabulary from the text and produce a story map of events in the poems. They will consider character descriptions designed to capture the readers’ interest and imagination and examples of descriptive language that explain the mood or atmosphere they create. The children will be given the opportunity to create their own poems. They will also be encouraged to evaluate the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing through drafting, revision and proofreading. The learning will involve direct speech and dialogues, expanded noun phrases, identifying synonyms, and creative writing. In addition, the children will review strategies for spelling words from Y3/4 statutory spelling list alongside root words with prefixes and suffixes, homophones and tricky words.
Maths
The children will begin by spending time on numbers within a 1,000 to ensure they are secure on this knowledge before moving into 10,000. As we move through the autumn term we will spend a little more time on addition and subtraction making sure children can add any 2 and 3 digit numbers, before moving into 4 digit numbers. We will look at content the children may have missed at the end of Y3, particularly on metric units and conversion between them. Finally we will end the term focusing on Roman Numerals.
RE
The children will consider the key question ‘what do Christians learn from the creation story?’ The children will make clear links between Genesis and what Christians believe about God and Creation. They will be encouraged to ask questions and suggest what might be important in the creation story for Christians living today and for people who are not Christian.
Science
We will be focusing on the living things and their habitats. We will be learning about animal classification, identifying species, environmental changes and what possible dangers this may pose to living things and their habitats. The key focus includes setting up practical enquiries, gathering and recording data, using scientific language, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables to inform findings and reports. They will have the opportunity to work scientifically to present their results including oral presentations and written explanations. The children will draw conclusions, make predictions and implications, and suggest improvement for future investigations.
PE
The children will be developing their ball skills with particular attention to dribbling, passing and defending. Control and accuracy will be the focus for the sessions with a view to exploring different strategies for attacking and defending in games.
PSHE
The children will be learning about families and friendships both online and in person. They will recognise what a ‘safe friendship’ is and how to respond to hurtful behaviour.
Art/ DT
The children will explore a project called Dragons & Birds in Eggs: Hidden and Revealed. This will combine drawing, printmaking and collage and introduces ideas about what we reveal and what we keep secret. They will then move on to apply this and explore new techniques with wax and coloured inks.

Autumn Term 2 – Chestnut Class

  • Ms S. Leung
  • Ms S. Din
  • Mrs A. Deirmand
  • PE
  • Friday AM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text The Egyptian Cinderella. Vocabulary will be a key focus with children discussing how language reflects the cultural, social and historic setting of the story, and identifying and finding out the meaning of unfamiliar words. They will analyse characters’ speech and actions in the story to understand feelings, thoughts, and motives. They will explore how the author encourages the reader to empathise with the characters. The children will have the opportunity to write a diary entry for Rhodopis and to create the story of (Ancient) Egyptian Snow White. A variety of non-fiction books will be available for children to use to research specific information (e.g. Why was the River Nile so important to the Ancient Egyptians?) The focus will be on paragraph planning, plot structure in narrative and non-narrative texts, direct speech and dialogues, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, compound and complex sentences, identifying synonyms, proof reading and editing, and handwriting. The children will be learning to spell words from the Year 3/4 spelling list alongside root words with prefixes and suffixes, homophones and near homophones.
Maths
We shall be working on addition and subtraction of numbers in the 10s, 100s and 1,000s with more than one exchange in the calculation, with emphasis on estimating and checking strategies. The children will measure and calculate the perimeter of rectilinear shapes in cm, m and km. They will also learn to recall and apply multiplication and division facts for times tables up to 12×12. This knowledge will enable the children to solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two-digit numbers by one digit.
RE
The children will be considering the key question ‘What is it like to follow God?” To do this they will read simple Old and New Testament Bible texts, including the stories of Noah and Abraham. They will be encouraged to make links between the stories and the way Christians choose to live their lives today.
History
The children will be considering the key question ‘What is it like to follow God?” To do this they will read simple Old and New Testament Bible texts, including the stories of Noah and Abraham. They will be encouraged to make links between the stories and the way Christians choose to live their lives today.
PE
The children will be developing their communication and collaboration skills. They will learn different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
PSHE
The children will be considering their families and the people who care for them. They will learn to recognise different types of relationships and ways in which a relationship can be unhealthy and whom to talk to if they need support.
Art
A study of Ancient Egyptian art, including wall paintings, wood carvings, statues and pottery. The children will make model pyramids and will also design their own cartouches.

Autumn Term 2 – Chestnut Class

  • Ms S. Leung
  • Ms S. Din
  • Mrs A. Deirmand
  • PE
  • Friday AM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Michael Morpurgo. Vocabulary will be a central focus with children discussing how language reflects the cultural, social and historic setting, and creates the atmosphere of the story. T. They will identify patterned language in poetry and explain its effect on the reader. They will analyse characters’ speech and actions in the story to understand feelings, thoughts, and motives. They will explore how the writer encourages the reader to empathise with the characters. In their creative writing, the focus will be on paragraph planning, plot structure, direct speech and dialogues, fronted adverbials (to show how, when or where something happened), expanded noun phrases, identifying synonyms, proof-reading and editing, and handwriting. The children will create a diary entry.
Maths
The children will be applying multiplication and division facts for times tables up to 12×12. They will practise solving problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by one digit. They will count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000 and will use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1, dividing by 1, multiplying together 3 numbers. They will also learn to recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations.
RE
The children will be considering the key question “When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?” To do this they will read Bible texts including sections of the Acts of the Apostles. They will be encouraged to make links between the idea
of the Church as a body, the fruit of the Spirit, and the Kingdom of God, and how Christians live in their whole lives and in their church communities.
Science
Our topic is Sound. The children will listen to a variety of different types of music and discuss likes and dislikes. They will learn what is meant by the pitch and volume of a sound. We shall identify how different sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating. We shall explore how vibrations from sounds travel through the medium to the ear. The children will also have the opportunity to create music that would “dazzle the rats/make the children follow/send the town councillors to sleep” in The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
PE
The children will be developing their communication and collaboration skills and how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
PSHE
The children will be considering how important it is to be respectful of others even when they are different to them. We will discuss and consider the ideas of courtesy and manners. They will think about the importance of self-respect and how this links to their own happiness.
DT
The children create a telephone and will also design and make a musical instrument.