Prep 4 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Spellings will 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: throughout the term we will focus on remembering how powerful verbs, adjectives and expanded noun phrases can add detail to our writing and we will be focusing on using conjunctions to extend our clauses and sentences. The correct use of apostrophe’s, direct speech and using paragraphs correctly will also be a focus. Creative writing topics will include writing our own story set in a familiar but abandoned setting. We will also be studying the poetry of Matt Goodfellow and the poetic devices he uses in his poems.

Mathematics

Mathematics

During the Autumn Term, Prep 4 will have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths session. They shall be challenged to be problem solvers throughout the topics as we consolidate skills and introduce new methods of calculation. We will be focusing on the following:

Place value – comparing, ordering numbers using inequality signs
Calculations – multiplication using partitioning, grid and short methods, division using chunking, subtraction using the counting-up ‘frog’ method, written compact addition
Shape/Data – polygon and 3-D shape properties, time intervals, bar graphs, pictograms
Fractions – equivalent fractions, fractions of amounts

Science

Science

This term Prep 4 will be learning about electricity. They will be exploring circuits, changing circuits and investigating electrical conductors and insulators.
For the second half of the term Prep 4 will be learning about states of matter. This will include identifying solids, liquids and gases, exploring changing state and learning about the water cycle.

Geography

Geography

World Geography: we will be revising and consolidating our knowledge of the world’s countries, continents and oceans in greater depth, using an atlas and learn how we use longitude and latitude to locate places around the world. We will also discuss the Equator, Prime Meridian and time zones in depth. We will locate and investigate countries on the Prime Meridian and those countries which are special to the children and their families.

History

History

This term Prep 4 we will study the Norman period of history and look at the defeat of King Harold by William Duke of Normandy in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the importance of the Bayeux tapestry, the Domesday book and the manorial set up within the feudal system. We shall also look at the growth of motte and bailey castles in England, in particular their location and use, as a means of defence against the angry Anglo Saxons in retaliation to their French overlords. We will study who lived in a castle and design our own version of a Norman castle.

French

French

We will conduct much of the lesson solely in French to help us practice and understand basic teacher instructions, greet people and say how I am and ask others, revise how to say my name, age and where I live and talk about activities I like to do. Topics will include parts of the face and body, sports I enjoy and my favourite toys. We will increase our knowledge of
numbers to 100, in French and that the colour adjective comes after the noun in French and must agree with the gender. We will continue to follow the skoldo scheme.

RS

RS

This term we will begin by looking at Christian’s belief in the creation and discuss the children’s own strength as special gifts. This will take us into Harvest and how people show thanks for their food. We will study the story of David and Goliath and how David, like Abraham, was chosen as a leader and finally we move onto the story of the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.

Art

Art

This term the class will create two and three dimensional pieces in a range of media based on the theme of flight, they will look at the inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci and Heath Robinson, a drawing by Durer, a frottage by Max Ernst and also by images of birds and dragons.

Music

Music

‘Carnival of the Animals’ – together we will listen to Carnival of the Animals and identify which animal the pieces are describing. We will look at animal characteristics and consider how the composer has portrayed this in the score. We will look at the instruments chosen and consider what effect this has on the music. Finally, the children will choose and animal and compose their own piece of music to describe it.

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 – ‘Structure Sculpture’ designs using blockwood, plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.
Weeks 5 and 6 – Board Game designs starting with roll a dice. Card or plywood base, design and make players/pieces and incorporation of instructions.
Weeks 7 and 8 – ‘Haunted House’ designs. This will involve designing and making a model house or castle with at least two movements for a ‘haunting’effect.
Weeks 9 and 10 – Designs involving Christmas as a theme. Christmas scenes, Christmas cards and miniature Christmas Tree designs. materials include modelling card, styrofoam, laser ply, blockwood and dowelling.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will be using multimedia to create a poster. They will also be using powerpoint to produce a presentation on a project. They will understand how to use the internet effectively and safely. They will be further developing their programming skills.

Drama

Drama

This term the pupils will develop their team building skills, trust and co-operation with their peers. They will have the opportunity to further their creativity in working with one another to respond to a variety of situations. This will incorporate elements of mime and improvisation.

PSHE

PSHE

Relationships: this term we will start by looking at friendships and identifying what positive relationships are and how we can deal/solve arguments that we have. We will also look at managing loneliness and discuss what makes us feel lonely and how we can manage these feelings.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Outdoor adventurous activities and team building activities.
Uni-hockey. Simple skill practices will be followed by a short game. Within the game situation will be an introduction and understanding of positional play and teamwork.
Games: Development of stamina through cross country running. Skill development and progression through to small sided games and then onto full sided matches including fixtures internally (inter house) and externally (against other schools) in tag rugby, football, hockey and netball.