Prep 4 Curriculum Brief – Summer 2022

English

English

Spellings Spellings – Spellings this term will continue to be targeted to the children’s needs. Over the next few weeks, we will revise all prefixes, suffixes, homophones and spelling rules we have studied over the previous two terms. We will continue to be tested on our own personal spellings.

Grammar – Use adjectives and expanded noun phrases to add detail in our narrative writing, use varied, interesting conjunctions to extend clauses for a variety of purposes in different contexts, use prepositional and adverbial phrases, correctly use apostrophes, use and punctuate direct speech, use paragraphs as a way to group related material and begin to use relative clauses and modal verbs.

Comprehensions- In our reading this term we will continue to develop the children’s interest in reading by reading a large variety of texts from different genres, get the children to ask their own questions based on their reading to improve their understanding and summerise their understanding of what they have read in a paragraph. This term we will also focus on reading aloud – controlling our pace, volume and tone.

Creative: In our creative writing this term we will write and plan our own narratives – focusing on a variety of fairy tales that we already know, but with a twist! We will use ‘The three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’ by Eugene Trivizas, ‘The Three Pigs’ and David Wiesner and ‘The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs’ by Jon Scieszka. We will try and write instruction lists, persuasive writing and we will practice writing different poems that are structured in a variety of ways.

Mathematics

Mathematics

During the summer term, prep 4 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths sessions to improve the children’s speed of calculation. They shall be challenged to be problem solvers throughout the topics as we consolidate skills and introduce new methods of calculation. The main areas of topic work will include the following:

Place Value: Place value addition and subtraction, landmarked lines, counting on and back in a range of steps, and Roman Numerals.

Calculation: 4-digit compact addition, adding and subtracting near multiples, choosing mental methods, word problems for all 4 operations, multiplying 3 numbers together, factors, and scaling problems.

Measurement/data handling: 24-hour time, time intervals, reading and drawing time graphs, converting units of time, area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes, lines of symmetry, acute and obtuse angles in triangles and quadrilaterals, and types of triangles.

Fractions: Two decimal places and rounding, multiplying and dividing 3-digit numbers by 10 and 100, decimal and fraction equivalents, adding and subtracting decimal numbers, solving problems, equivalent fractions, non-unit fractions of amounts, solving fraction word problems, and dividing two-digit numbers with a remainder.

Science

Science

This term Prep 4 will be continuing their learning about teeth, digestion and food chains. This will include exploring how the digestive system works, learning different types of teeth, finding out what animals eat and exploring which animals are predators and prey.

They will then be learning about living things and their habitats. This will include recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, exploring and using classification keys and recognising that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Geography

Geography

This term pupils will be studying coastlines and the animals and plants that live there. They will carry out research in the classroom and on a field trip to the beach during Enrichment Week.  They will use their research to deepen their  knowledge of coastal food chains and webs. To finish the topic pupils will combine ICT and Geography skills to create their own nature movie!

History

History

This term Prep 4 will be learning about the Aztecs. They will be researching who the Aztecs were, placing them on a timeline. They will explore the roles of emperors, nobles, warriors, priests, farmers and other people in Aztec society. They will also investigate how the huge city of Tenochtitlan was built on a swampy island in Lake Texacoco, find out what the Aztecs believed in and how their region and sacrifices impacted their lives and research what daily life was like for the Aztecs. Finally, they will investigate how and why the Aztec empire ended by finding out about the Conquistadors invading Mesoamerica.

French

French

This term we will build on our knowledge from last term’s written work, but the focus will be mainly on spoken French. This will mean lessons
will be taught mostly in French to allow the children to develop their comprehension skills. Topics will include: talking about myself and my
family, my hobbies and my likes and dislikes.

RS

RS

This term we begin by thinking about how the apostles felt after Jesus left them and how the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost changed their lives. We then look at the early Christian church with some stories of Paul and the work he did.

Art

Art

This term the class will be making art inspired the sea. They will create work inspired by artists, continuing to explore techniques and a range of media.

Music

Music

Prep 4 will continue to work on their composing skills this term and in doing so will also deepen their knowledge of notation. The children will be looking in detail at the work of Steve Reich and applying some of the principles of minimalism to their own compositions. We will be using and learning about the pentatonic scale.

DT

DT

Due to the exploratory and ‘spontaneous’ approach in this subject, we will often go off in different directions depending on the ideas and interest of the children. And so the formal lesson plans are often deviated from to preserve a flexibility and originality of approach.  New projects often ‘evolve’ from the children’s ideas in the sessions and it is an important part of the approach and style in this subject  to maintain this flexibility and spontaneity.  This generates a feeling with the children that they are going on a ‘journey’ in this subject each term. The formal lesson plans are only intended to be used as a basis and guide to the type of work and projects that are covered and are not intended to be rigidly adhered to.

Week 1 – Carrier bag designs incorporating logos.

Week 2 – Boat designs using modelling foam and incorporating sails

Weeks 4, 5 and 6 – Crane mechanisms incorporating pulleys to create movement.

Weeks 7, 8 and 9 – 3 ball puzzle designs working with laser plywood, ball bearings and acrylic.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will be learning how to use a microbit and develop a project in designing a game to be used. They will be developing a powerpoint presentation based on their residential trip. They will also look at creating a newspaper as a class including taking pictures and designing text.

Drama

Drama

We will start by working on team building and co-operation activities. After focusing on Poetry Assembly we will use the universal theme of environmental sustainability to explore the conflicting feelings and interests of a community and the need to consider natural habitats that support wildlife.

PSHE

PSHE

Health and Wellbeing – Keeping safe and recognising and managing risk.

Health and Wellbeing – Growing and changing; puberty.

PE/Games

PE/Games

PE/ Games – Games: Simple cricket/rounders activities, including limited game situations. The skills involved in catching, throwing, bowling and hitting will be developed. Athletics – to include sprints, hurdles and relays. In field events simple javelin/ high jump/long jump (where possible).

P.E. A collection of activities linked to the cricket/rounders sessions. Racket skills linked to tennis and table tennis.

Swimming: Water time will be spent on the development of correct technique and other related activities. All work based on the ASA ‘National Plan for Teaching Swimming’.