Our Class 4 Curriculum 2020-21
In September 2020, we moved to mixed-age classes across school so our curriculum this year reflects this change. Some topics appear in more than one class this year.
Dazzling in Durham
The Ancient Egyptians
Food Glorious Food!
Painting and drawing – Normal Cornish
Mechanisms and mechanics
Living things and their habitats, animals (including humans)
Light (scientist – Thomas Edison)
Forces and Magnets (scientist – Sir Isaac Newton)
Digital Literacy and Lightbot Junior
Digital Literacy, Scratch and PowerPoint
Digital Literacy, coding (code.org) animation (puppet pals)
The geography of our local area
The geography of Egypt
The geography of food and farming
Significant people – local saints, famous people from Durham
Ancient Egypt, Howard Carter
The history of food and diet
Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (3rd Movement)
Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World’ – Largo (2nd mvt)
Anna Clyne - Night Ferry (extract)
Lean on me
Reflect, Rewind, Replay
Health and Wellbeing – bacteria, germs and viruses, the dangers of drugs and alcohol
Relationships – keeping secrets, taking risks and staying safe (stranger danger, water safety, railway safety)
Living in the Wider World – our identity, values and customs, rules and laws, fair trade
Gymnastics (Partner Work)
Dance (Indian Delight)
Athletics (Faster, Higher, Further)
Net and Wall games
We also have opportunities to work with sports coaches as part of our involvement in the Durham School Sports Partnership.
We take part in events and competitions throughout the year.
Jeux et Chansons
Multi-faith Unit What are the deeper meanings of festivals? including Christmas
Christianity: What is it like to follow God?
Christianity: Why do Christians remember the events of Holy Week every year?
Christianity: When Jesus left, what next?
Multi-faith Unit: How and why do believers show their commitments during the journey of life?
This term we will be continuing to develop our understanding of multiplication and division and we will be exploring fractions and decimals. Throughout the school year children will have more of a focus on their times tables knowledge, as by June 2021, children in Year 4 are expected to know all of their times tables up to 12 x 12 and there will be a compulsory formal times table check. For more information, please visit https://www.theschoolrun.com/new-primary-school-times-tables-tests-explained which explains more.
This term we will be writing persuasive adverts, newspaper reports, setting descriptions, character descriptions and many more. This will link with our class text, ‘The Great Chocoplot’ By Chris Callaghan. We will continue to work on our spelling, grammar and punctuation and improve our handwriting by practising correct letter formation from our cursive scheme. In reading, we will be working on our developing a range of strategies to read with fluency and expression and developing our comprehension skills to answer a range of questions about different types of texts.