Year 4

Spring Term 2

Topic overview

In Geography children will be looking at Chadwell St. Mary and Thurrock and how the environment has changed over the past 50 years. 

Rhyming Narrative Verse and Explanation Text are the focus of our literacy lessons.  Children will use drama and discussion to tease out some of the serious issues behind the humour in Kaye Umansky’s engaging tale of The Bogey Men and the Trolls Next Door.  For our non-fiction unit children will be creating their own explanations in a variety of forms, culminating in the delivery of an explanatory lesson on how to get the ‘pop star’ look.

Art and Design this half term concentrates on the work of artist Alberto Giacometti and his abstract wire figures, and Henry Moore who is famous for sculpting people with hollow spaces in their bodies and for using flowing, abstract shapes.

In PSHE we will be focussing on healthy and safer lifestyles looking at personal hygiene and the benefits of carrying out a regular hygiene routine.  We will also look at how illness and disease might be spread and how this can be reduced.

Our PE lessons will focus on gymnastics and Invasion Games.  Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days (black shorts, white t-shirt, black plimsolls), and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school.  Thank you.

Ideas to support your child

Children should be reading every day and it must be recorded in their yellow Reading Record by an adult.  If children read for 7 days a week their name will be rewarded with 3 house points.

The Maths Challenge and times table challenge supports your child with learning their Time Tables.  Once they can recall their assigned times table – both multiplication and division facts they will receive a certificate.

Guide on the side

This term the whole school will be focussed on London, and Year 4’s area of expertise will be about our local area.

The children will need to complete a project based on how Thurrock has changed over the last 50 years. We suggest the children try a mixture of activities from the provided list which includes creating a map of the local area; making a model of a local landmark and interviewing people who have experienced the changes during the last 50 years.


Spring Term 1

Whole School Theme: An Eye on London
Year Group Theme: The Blitz

Topic Overview

Our focus this half term is WW2 and The Blitz.  Children will be learning what it was like to be around during the Second World War and what it meant to be an evacuee.  They will listen to the clip of PM Neville Chamberlain announcing that Britain is at war, and radio clips of children’s experiences of being evacuated.

In literacy the children will be introduced to a story with a historical setting – Runaways! By Jim Eldridge.  They will explore the setting and use it to immerse themselves in the story.  The setting and period will then provide inspiration for their own writing.

In our non-fiction week, the children will broaden their knowledge of the Victorian period by looking through journalistic texts that are typical of the period. 

Design and Technology centres on building an Anderson Shelter and how these were used in WW2.  While our Art lessons concentrate on cross hatching, which is the use of fine parallel lines drawn closely together to create the illusion of shade or texture in a drawing.

In music children will be learning how to play the glockenspiel and our PE lessons will focus on gymnastics and WW2 dance.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for PE days (black shorts, white t-shirt, black plimsolls), and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school.  Thank you.

Ideas to support your child

Children should be reading every day and it must be recorded in their yellow Reading Records.  If children read for 7 days a week they will be in the Reading Hall of Fame.

The Maths Challenge supports your child with learning their Time Tables.  Once they can recall their assigned times table – both multiplication and division facts – they can take the Maths Challenge and will be awarded a gold Maths Challenge badge if they successfully complete the test.

Guide on the side

This term we are studying WW2 and your Guide on the Side homework will be based around Anderson Shelters.  Children will have the opportunity to choose from a range of tasks including creating a fact file, building a model of an Anderson Shelter, writing a safety brochure about how to act during the Blitz or writing a diary account in role of someone who has experienced being in an Anderson Shelter.


Homework can be downloaded on the left!