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YEAr 4

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Our Topic this term is: Misty Mountain, Winding River

We will be beginning our new topic, Misty Mountain, Winding River. This first project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them.


1. Use a range of sources to learn about rivers. Find out how rivers form, the three stages of a river, how rivers change the landscape and how people use them. Create a mind map to organise and record your findings.

2. Look at the pictures of the different stages of a river. Use your research skills to answer the enquiry question, ‘What features are found at the upper, middle and lower courses of a river?’






3. Use an atlas, map or online tool, such as Google Earth, to find a range of rivers worldwide, including rivers in the United Kingdom. Trace each river’s journey by locating the source and following the river’s course to its mouth.

4. Choose one worldwide river to learn about using information books and the internet. Write a leaflet about your chosen river to record your findings. Include a title, headings, pictures and facts. Once complete, share your work with a family member.

5. Find out what defines a mountain, how they form, different types of mountain and mountain habitats. Choose a topic relating to mountains and create an information poster to record your findings.

6a. Find 10 worldwide mountains, including mountains in the United Kingdom. Mark and label the mountains on a world map and include a key.

6b. Choose three mountains from your world map. Use your research skills to find out more about these mountains and create an information table to record your findings. Include each mountain’s name, location, features and fascinating facts.

7. Enjoy a riverside or hilltop walk with your family. Before your outing, explore the area using an Ordnance Survey map to examine the contour lines, grid references and other features. When you arrive home, write a diary entry about the day. Include the date, events in chronological order, facts and your thoughts and feelings.

8. Many people use rivers and mountains for leisure and sporting activities. Answer the questions and complete the tasks below, using a range of sources to help.

• What leisure and sporting activities do people do on rivers?

• Choose three of these activities and list the equipment required.

• Hiking, rock climbing and fell running are activities that people carry out on hills, rocky outcrops and mountains. Write a definition for each activity.

• What equipment might people need to enjoy hillwalking, rock climbing and fell running safely?

9. Finish your home learning by writing a summary of the topic, explaining what you have learned about rivers and mountains.

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In Maths we will be continue with Multiplication and Division using our times tables knowledge and applying it to Maths problems with subjects such as Factor Pairs and formal written methods for Multiplication and Division. We will then move onto Length and Perimeter and Fractions.  It is of particular importance for children to continue to practise their times tables on TTRockstars regularly with the Multiplication Check happening later in the year.

The overviews and lessons follow the White Rose Maths plans closely.

The link to their site with home learning and advice on can be found here:

Here is an overview of the year. 


Reading & Writing

In English we will be reading Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis. This is a really wonderful book which has inspired some lovely work from children in the past couple of years. We will begin by writing non-chronological reports about the animals we meet in the book. We will also be focusing on the same book in reading, improving our skills in the seven stages of reading, especially supporting our predictions with evidence from the text and inference.                                                                       


In RSHE, we will be learning about how to manage our feelings as well as coping and learning how to deal with all the obstacles that life throws in our way.


In Science, we will be studying States of matter. This project teaches children about solids, liquids and gases and their characteristic properties. They observe how materials change state as they are heated and cooled, and learn key terminology associated with these processes.


We will continue to use our new music platform, Charanga, which the children seem to be thoroughly enjoying. This half term we will begin to learn the Ukulele, including how to tune and hold the instrument and then move onto learning some basic chords.  We will be using Ukulele to perform a few simple pieces of music in class.


In PE, the ‘throw prepare catch’ learning theme has an important focus upon pupil’s handeye co-ordination skills. Pupils consider how they can use ‘throw, prepare, catch’ to successfully throw and catch a range of different objects in a variety of ways.

Design and Technology

In Design and Technology, we will complete a project called Functional and Fancy Fabrics. This project teaches children about home furnishings and the significant designer William

Morris. They learn techniques for decorating fabric, including block printing,

hemming and embroidery and use them to design and make a fabric sample.

In RE we will be learning about Gurus and how they are teachers from the dark to the light.  We will also continue to build our French vocabulary and work on our pronunciation.


Homework will be set and completed on Seesaw, this will be a mixture of maths, science and topic work. Spellings will be also be on seesaw. Home readers should be returned on a Thursday so that new books can be handed out on a Friday.

On a Friday afternoon, in class, we will be doing a Kahoot quiz based on the previous week's learning. The quiz will then be placed on Seesaw for the children to attempt at home. 


                Start of Spring 1

                 Parents letter 

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Here is your Year 4 Class Charter challenge sheet. You can also download a copy by clicking on the image.

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