Year 4 Spring term overview


Here in Year 4 we have had a very busy half-term and we’re looking forward to lots more ahead of us. We have been studying the topic of The Romans.


In History we have been learning all about the lives of the Romans and the differences between the rich, the poor and the soldiers. To help us understand about how the Romans lived, we visited Ribchester. There we even had a chance to dress up and see all the things that have been found at their Roman Fort.


We have learned songs about the Romans in our music lessons and danced as Romans in P.E. In Maths we have even learned about Roman Numerals.


In our English lessons we have written letters, myths and newspaper reports. Whenever possible these have been linked to our topic too.


When we were looking at Roman buildings we saw the lovely mosaics so we have made our own in our art lessons.


Other than our studies linked to our topic we have learned about weights and capacity measures and how to calculate them, bar graphs and addition and subtraction using the column methods. These were in our maths lessons and as always we are learning our times tables facts.


In science we have been learning about electricity and we have made some complex circuits to make light bulbs light up.


Next half-term we will be finding out all about ourselves. We will be looking at human nutrition and the functions of the digestive system. We will also be looking at oral health and about looking after our teeth. We will also be discussing the way we feel and our social and emotional health. We will use a programme called Pride 123 to learn about keeping safe around medicines.


Something we are really looking forward to is the Family Detective activities. This is where we all get the chance to become detectives and solve a crime. We have to use good reading and inference skills to do this.


In English we will go onto writing diaries and more story writing.


Of course in our RE lessons we will be learning about Easter.


Miss Pickup and Miss Baillie



Year 4 Summer term overview


In the first half of our Summer term we have been studying the Industrial Revolution and poetry.


In Topic and English we have showed off our knowledge of the workers during the Industrial Revolution and the types of jobs they had to do and the living conditions they faced. As part of this we focused on the life of a miner and wrote a poem in the style of the language used at that time.


Following on with our topic of poetry and the Industrial Revolution we have been researching all about the famous artist L.S. Lowry who lived in Manchester during this time. We studied landscape paintings that he’d created including a picture of a harbour, a playground and a train station waiting room which inspired us to write our own poetry writing. In this poem we made sure to add all the things that we could possibly hear, see, smell and touch.


During this half term we have been working on biographies; these have included L.S. Lowry, Usain Bolt and Roald Dahl. We were tasked with interviewing a family member at home to help us write a biography about them. We will continue to write about this next half term.


Year 4 were very excited to be able to go on a special school trip to the Lowry Art Museum in Salford Quays. We have been working across the curriculum learning all about the famous artist L.S. Lowry and it was a treat for all of us to see some of his work. During our trip we were very fortunate to have an artist from the art gallery show us some techniques that Lowry used when drawing. This included a technique called rubbing using a graphite crayon. Afterwards, as the weather was glorious, we had a walk over some of Salford Quays bridges which is something we will be studying about this half term.