Ribble Drive Community Primary School

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Year 4

Hello and welcome to the Year 4 class page. This is where you'll find all the information you need to know about what we'll be learning in Year 4 this half-term.


In English, we will start the year by looking at the book Free Range Freddy by Rachel Bright which is a great picture book all about a chick who is different and ends up making the farmyard a better place by just being himself. We will also explore the book Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley which tells the story of a boy called Ruskin Splinter, the mysterious creature – Krindlekrax. It starts with the exciting words “It was the day for choosing a hero…”


In our reading lessons, we will study a range of stories set in India including some traditional Indian tales along with a variety of texts linked to our RE work on Hinduism.


Our maths work will focus on place value in four-digit numbers, including rounding to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000, before moving on to securing our addition and subtraction skills. We will also be practicing our times tables regularly through songs, games and Time Tables Rock Stars.


Our science topic of electricity will help us understand how to construct different circuits, the components we can use and which materials make good conductors and insulators. Our geography topic is “How and Why is my local area changing?” and we will spend time looking at maps and photos of our area to learn about the changes that have happened, why they have happened and how humans can cause changes.


In our art lessons, we begin by exploring sculpture and 3D including using different materials and tools to create sculptures and learning about the work and influences of the artists Magdalene Odundo and El Anatsui. We will then move on to creating 3D effect drawings, exploring proportion and developing drawings into prints. In RE, we will consider the big question “What do Hindus believe God is like?” and learn about Hindu beliefs surrounding God, the festival of Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita.


Coach Jasmine will be teaching us invasion games in PE on Mondays and in our Thursday PE lessons we will be doing outdoor adventure activities which will develop our problem-solving skills, communication and teamwork.


Mr Martin will be in school on Friday mornings to continue developing our music skills and Miss Brooks will be teaching us about animation in our Technola sessions.


We have a lot to look forward to this half term, so please visit this page regularly to see our learning journey.


Miss Crookall and Miss Stynes