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Year 4 – Kandinsky and Matisse

Welcome to Year 4.  Our teaching staff are Mrs Pyzer and Mrs Taylor (Matisse) and Mr Cahill (Kandinsky). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Cook, Mrs Godfrey and Mrs Welch.

Autumn Term 2022

This term our theme is ‘Is Europe the same all over?’ and some of our learning in other subject areas will be linked to this.


In Literacy we will be looking at a range of free verse poetry. The children will develop their knowledge of poetic techniques to write their own poems. They will focus on rivers and using figurative language to write a poem describing this. Our fiction will focus on narrative writing and we will be looking at the novel ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. Through this key text, the children will develop their writing skills by creating their own stories. The children will study the features of non-fiction report writing. In addition to this we will have weekly grammar and reading comprehension lessons, as well as a weekly spelling test



In Maths, we will be using the outdoor environment with problem solving and exploring new ideas. There will be a big focus on developing reasoning skills through collaborative activities and practical tasks. We will also be focusing on our fractions, where compare and order fractions. In addition, adding and subtracting fractions too.

In Science, during the first half term our focus will be electricity. We will build circuits and consider factors that may prevent them from working, we will compare a variety of circuits and the equipment needed to create them. We will investigate different types of insulators and conductors to determine the effectiveness of different materials.

During the second half term, we will be learning about sound. Through investigations and scientific thinking, we will look at how sound is produced, different sounds and factors that affect sounds.

Our theme for this term is ‘Is Europe the same all over?’ We will investigate what the children already know about the continent of Europe and will look at the differences between being a part of Europe and being a part of the EU. We will look at latitude and its affect on the environmental regions of Europe and will research different human and physical features of the continent. Investigations around rivers will be completed to determine why many major/capital cities were built on main rivers (we will focus on the Rhine).

In RE, the children will study the topic of Judaism and what it means to be a Humanist Jew. We will be learning about how Jewish people worship, how they believe in God and how that compares to other religions.



In Art, we will be metal work and sculpture in line with our class novel, The Iron Man. We will be discussing sculpture and looking at famous pieces by UK artist Alan Williams. We will then look at metal as a material for creating sculptures and art and children will learn about engraving and embossing. Children will design their own foil art using various learned techniques.

In our Computing lessons, we will be looking at how to research and use the internet safely and effectively. We will then develop our knowledge of spread sheets and data handling using Microsoft Excel.

We will be developing our understanding of British Values and Values Education. Each and every one of us will definitely have a Growth Mindset! We can do it.