Welcome to Year 4
Year Four is an exciting year to be a part of, it is also known as the continent of Africa! Like every Year Group at Clockhouse, we have a fun-filled, creative curriculum to excite and inspire the children of the year group. Our teachers work hard to ensure that we make the learning in Year Four exciting and memorable. Our teachers are Miss Bowdery (Kenya), Miss Aylott (Uganda) and Miss Maan (South Africa). We also have a number of other adults who help us learn, make progress and be the best that we can be.
Our exciting lessons are linked to the Clockhouse Curriculum and using our topics we also have the opportunity to develop and improve our Literacy and Numeracy skills. During Year Four we will be learning through the exciting themes of Ancient Egypt, The Rainforest, and I Come From a Land Down Under. At the start of each new topic we have an entry point activity which helps us to get involved in the new theme and motivated to learn. At the end of each topic we have an Exit Point where we celebrate our learning throughout the topic. We often invite our parents in as this gives us the opportunity to share our learning in a fun and meaningful way.
During the Autumn term, we learn about Ancient Egypt as part of our topic “Walk like an Egyptian”. We learn about how the Ancient Egyptians lived, the importance of the River Nile, and how they communicated. We create artefacts such as canopic jars and learn the importance of the pyramids and their contents. In science, we look at how electricity works, and design our own circuits. In PE, we learn how to play Basketball and hockey, and learn different types of movements in dance and gymnastics. We also learn about Egyptian music, and how to create rhythms and beats.
Later, in the spring term, we begin to look at rainforests and the value that they hold. We discover the different rainforests around the world, and look at the types of animals who inhabit them and the homes they might live in. We consider uses for the plants in the rainforests and the effect of deforestation on the world. We will look at the weather patterns in different parts of the world, and learn how to predict different weather types. We find out about the different types of natural disasters and how they have affected countries around the world. We discover ways in which we can help the environment, by being eco-friendlier, and preserving our beautiful local environment to protect local wildlife.
During the Summer term we learn about sound as part of our topic “I Come From a Land Down Under..” We discover how sound travels, and how to change the way noises sound. We also discover music from around the world and how cultures use music to celebrate. We read stories from other cultures and write our own short stories. In maths we will look at shape and learn how to measure angles. During this topic we look at the beautiful part of the world which is Australia, and the history, geography and cultures in this area. We compare the environment here to ours at home and look at how the different species thrive in differing places. We write letters to help persuade people to protect the rainforest and local areas also. We will be looking at art from around the world, including Aboriginal art, and listening to music from various different cultures. This part of the term we will also begin to prepare for our transition to Year 5.
During each topic we will have a home learning project which provides an opportunity to learn about the things that interest us and we want to find out about.
During the year we will have lots of other exciting events… keep checking the website and letters home for further information.
All this sensational learning means that we enjoy our time in Year 4 and are ready and excited for the new challenges ahead of us in Year 5!
Please click on the link below to find out more information about what we will be learning this year: