Prep 4 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Spellings will again be based on the Year 4 spelling rules and the children’s individual targets. Tests will be held on a Thursday and new spellings (10 in total) will be given each week.  In handwriting we will continue to develop our cursive script, paying attention to consistent letter sizes and accurate joins. We will continue to develop an interest in reading and different genres/authors this term. We will test comprehension asking questions based on their individual books and shared texts in class.  Children will also be asked to summarise what they have read in a paragraph/page and develop an ability to skim read texts so that children can find key words or phrases quickly. Grammar: we will be using adverbs and prepositions this term to express time, place and cause, incorporating and punctuating direct speech correctly and using the present perfect form of verbs (in contrast to the simple past tense). We will look at writing sentences with multiple clauses by extending our knowledge of more complex conjunctions. Creative writing topics will include non-fiction writing on a famous inventor (create a portfolio and invention timeline) and writing a fictional chapter based on a series of events.  We will be inspired by the books I Don’t Believe it, Archie! by Andrew Norriss and How to Invent by Lynn Huggins-Cooper.

Mathematics

Mathematics

During the Spring Term, Prep 4 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths session to improve the children’s speed of calculation. Main areas of topic work include the following:

Place Value – decimals, negative numbers

Calculation – written addition and subtraction, calculating with negative numbers, short multiplication, bus stop/short division

Measurement/data handling – measurement of lengths and weights, measurement conversions, bar graphs, 24-hour clock

Fractions – simplify fractions, recognise equivalent fraction and decimals, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

Science

Science

Prep 4 will be continuing to learn about states of matter. They will be exploring changing state and learning about the water cycle.

Prep 4 will then be learning about sound. This will include hearing and making sounds and investigating the volume and pitch of sounds. They will use what they learn to design and make their own musical instrument.

After half term Prep 4 will be 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 which animals are predators and prey.

Geography

Geography

We will begin by looking at the Prime Meridian and time zones in depth.  We will locate and investigate countries on the Prime Meridian and think about why the location was chosen and our need for time zones. We will then be moving on to the water cycle and exploring the processes of evaporation and condensation through a range of activities. By considering water as a finite resource, the children will be introduced to the ideas of conservation and consider some of the issues surrounding supplying clean drinking water to a growing global population.

History

History

This term Prep 4 will be learning about the Maya Civilization. They will then learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. They will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this they will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. The children will also learn about the Maya number system and have the opportunity to read and write Maya numbers and solve number problems. They will learn about the Maya writing system too and practise writing words using logograms and syllabograms in the hieroglyphic style of the ancient Maya people. The children will learn about the work of the explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and have the opportunity to analyse historical pictures of the cities they discovered. They will also explore the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and have the chance to taste some of these foods.

French

French

We will continue to learn about the geography of France and towards the end of term will start a project on Paris. We will also be expanding our vocabulary by covering topics on fruit and vegetables and animals. We will learn how to ask and answer the question “Qu’est-ce que c’est?” and confidently express our likes and dislikes.

RS

RS

This term we will be furthering the children’s knowledge and understanding of the life of Jesus. We will be looking at the gifts he received at his birth and the difference between life in Galilee 2,000 years ago and now (particularly in relation to light, water and food).  We will think about what being ‘called’ by Christ really means and how Christ shared the ordinary joys and difficulties of life.

Art

Art

This term the class will be making art inspired by the sea. They will be continuing to explore the work of artists, composition, colour theory, making imaginary and observational drawings and using
a range of media.

Music

Music

This term, all of Prep 3, 4, & 5 will be learning the recorder. For some this will mean improving their skills and for others this will be a new venture into music making. By learning an instrument together, the children will be able to take part in individual and group music-making. They will also be able to improve their understanding of musical notation through practical experience. Alongside this, we will be looking at the history of the recorder and of woodwind instruments, and will be listening to music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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.

Weeks 1 and 2 – Hydraulic designs using syringes and plastic tubing to create reciprocal movement. Materials used: syringes, PVC tubing, blockwood, laser plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.

Weeks 3 and 4  – Three dimensional structures, incorporating mechanical movements, using blockwood, plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.

Weeks 5 and 6 – Puppet designs incorporating fabric, dowelling, 360 micron card and blockwood.

Weeks 7 and 8 – Vehicle designs using two wheels and forward sledge as a runner. The children will be involved in designing and making the vehicle to travel on a track.

Weeks 9 and 10 – ‘Desk Tidy’ designs for arranging equipment incorporating compartments and drawers. Material include laser plywood, blockwood and modelling foam.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will complete a project on powerpoint, learning the basic commands needed to achieve this. They will create an animated story using scratch to incorporate use of music and voice control. They will also be able to complete a piece of documented work using images and written information.

Drama

Drama

This term the unit of work is based on the Great Fire of London. The children will be creating and sustaining roles, improvising and trying to feel what it would be like to witness that event. We will be thinking about what we can learn from historical documents and the difference between fact and rumour. The children will be encouraged to work together to respond quickly to different situations; this is an opportunity to develop team work skills, trust and co-operation.

PSHE

PSHE

Living in the Wider World
We will begin the term looking at belonging to a community. What makes a community and what are shared responsibilities? We will be looking at volunteering and how to show compassion towards others in need in your local community. As part of our Money and Work topic we will look at making decisions about money. How do people make decisions based on budget, values and needs? We will also consider that how people spend their money can have positive and negative effects on others e.g. charities, single use plastics.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Basketball. Handling, dribbling, movement into space and passing skills will be developed, especially in small game situations.

Handball. Learning the fundamentals and rules of the game. Passing and moving into space, attacking and defending and developing these skills into game situations.

Games: Cross Country, Football and Netball. Skills will be developed through a collection of drills and activities, with game situations kept small to encourage as much participation as possible.