Year 4 Miss Mallot

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Hello and welcome to our home page!

In Year 4, our Class Teacher is Miss Mallott and our Class Teaching Assistant is Mrs Clough. We work together to ensure the children continue their love for learning across the curriculum within Manor Farm Academy for them to achieve their full potential. This page provides the opportunity for us to share our wonderful learning so we hope you enjoy reading about our time in Year 4.

Our Topic this term is The Magna Carta

Literacy

In Literacy, pupils shall be provided the opportunity to explore a variation of genres through studying ‘high quality’ texts that capture their engagement. In turn, they shall develop incredible ideas to achieve their own writing. This term, we shall focus upon:

Letters

  • Cohesive devices within and across sentence and paragraphs;
  • Use different verb forms;
  • Difference between plural and possessive –s.

Play Scripts

  • Adverbials;
  • Clauses structure – subordinate clause / relative clause;
  • Relative clause, relative pronoun.

Local Author Study

  • Clause structure – varying position of subordinate clauses;
  • Speech punctuation – mostly accurate (90%) speech punctuation.

Newspapers

  • Expanded noun phrase:
  • Prepositional phrase vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect formality:
  • Commas for clarity – commas in a list.

Maths

In Mathematics, pupils shall have the opportunity to investigate logical and systematic approaches that aid them to develop a secure and deep knowledge towards mathematical concepts. Through use of the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach, pupils shall be exposed to applying their learning in real-life contexts to equip them to progress securely and confidently to more advanced material. This term, we shall focus upon:

Geometry

  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes;
  • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to 2 right angles by size;
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations;
  • Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry;
  • Describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant;
  • Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down;
  • Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon.

Statistics

  • Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs;
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.

Measurement

  • Convert between different units of measure, for example kilometre to metre and hour to minute;
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure, including squares in centimetres and metres;
  • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares;
  • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence;
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks;
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months, weeks to days.

Science

In Science, pupils shall love the chance to learn through being totally hands-on and finding fascinating facts out for themselves, which is the perfect way to understand the world around them. This term, we shall focus upon:

All Living Things

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways;
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment;
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

States of Matter

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases;
  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C);
  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Computing

In Computing, pupils shall transform in to ‘Musicians’ and ‘Software Developers’. We shall focus upon:

We are HTML editors

  • Editing and writing HTML;
  • Understand some technical aspects of how the internet makes the web possible;
  • Use HTML tags for elementary mark ups;
  • Use hyperlinks to connect ideas and sources;
  • Code up a simple web page with useful content;
  • Understand some of the risks in using the web.

We are Co-authors

  • Producing a wiki;
  • Understand the conventions for collaborative online work particularly in wikis;
  • Be aware of their responsibilities when editing other people’s work;
  • Become familiar with Wikipedia, including potential problems associated with its use;
  • Practise research skills;
  • Write for a target audience using a wiki tool;
  • Develop collaboration skills;
  • Develop proof reading skills.

Religious Education

In Religious Education, pupils shall be provided the opportunity to gather valuable insights into the diverse beliefs & opinions held by people today. In turn, this shall develop their own understanding of the spiritual, moral, social & cultural questions that surface throughout our lives. We shall focus upon:

Hinduism

  • How Hindus express their belief collectively;
  • How Hindus build a sense of community through worship and celebration;
  • Worship and celebration: ways in which worship and celebration engage with/affect the natural world; ways in which this relates to beliefs about creation and natural world.

Islam

  • How Muslims express their belief collectively;
  • How Muslims build a sense of community through worship and celebration;
  • Worship and celebration: ways in which worship and celebration engage with/affect the natural world; ways in which this relates to beliefs about creation and natural world.

History & Geography

In History and Geography, the pupils shall learn fascinating facts from around the globe. They shall be provided the opportunity to transform into historians and geographers, whilst travelling back in time to Lincoln- Home of the Magna Carta. We shall focus upon:

History

  • An understanding of how the city of Lincoln has changed from the 13th century to present day;
  • Devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance;
  • Compare life at the time of the Magna Carta being written to life now, identifying how past events in history have had an influence on Lincoln’s development as a city;
  • Explore why, under law, people are tried by jury;
  • Explain how this has made an impact on society. 

Geography

  • Explain what is known about different kinds of modern day settlement and land use;
  • Identify on a map of Lincolnshire where you may find hamlet, village, town, city, port, market town, resort, residential, agricultural, recreation, transportation and commercial land use;
  • Locate Lincolnshire on a world map/ Google Earth/ Google Street View in an atlas;
  • Focus down on an ordnance Survey map of the area of Lincolnshire, using key landmarks to introduce the concept of grid referencing: Heckington windmill, Boston Stump, Lincoln Cathedral etc;
  • Using four-figure grid references and a key, build a map to show how to find places of interest in Lincolnshire. For example Sleaford bronze age coin haul, Scunthorpe bronze age broach and River Witham Iron age shield.

Art & Design and Technology

In Art, as well as Design and Technology, pupils shall be provided the opportunity to develop their creativity. To achieve this, they shall be encouraged to develop their ability to ‘think outside the proverbial box’ in order to string two unrelated ideas together in a new way. This shall ensure they create a source of beauty through expression. We shall focus upon:

Art- Textiles

  • Understand why certain fabrics and materials were used in different locations and times in history;
  • Evaluate how successful knitting, sewing and weaving are for particular tasks. For example keeping warm or cool, or protecting parts of the body;
  • Work from designs to create a piece of textiles work. Build in periods of evaluation throughout and adapt to meet outcomes;
  • Prepare a written evaluation of the finished item, explaining areas of success and development points.

Design and Technology- Structures

  • Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas through discussion through annotated sketches;
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials and textiles, according to functional properties and aesthetic qualities;
  • Consider the views of others to improve their work.

Music

In Music, pupils shall transform into musicians by gaining practice recognizing the connections between sounds and symbols. This shall provide pupils the opportunity to actively participate to develop curiosity, self-control, the capacity to communicate, and cooperativeness. We shall focus upon:

Blackbird

  • Talk about the musical dimensions, for example if the song gets louder in the chorus (dynamics);
  • Use some of the riffs heard in the Challenges in their own improvisations;
  • Play simple melody of the song from memory or using notation.

Reflect, rewind and play

  • Talk about the music and the emotions it causes;
  • Take it in turns to improvise using three different notes;
  • Listen to and follow musical instructions from a leader. 

Life SIM

At Manor Farm Academy, we feel passionate in providing all pupils the opportunity to gain skills in a variation of real-life contexts to prepare them for the wider world. Our Life SIMS, specifically addresses the needs of children. To achieve this, we support the pupils through providing practical, cognitive, emotional, social and self-management skills for life adjustments. We shall focus upon:

  • Organisation;
  • Personal Health.

At the heart of all we do, we strive to provide the pupils with a rich and varied curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment. In turn, pupils develop a love for learning, whilst displaying phenomenal perseverance to succeed. We enjoy experiencing the sense of pride our pupils display in the wonderful work they achieve.

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