Autumn 1 2021

Y4 Penguins
Autumn 1 2021
English
We will focus this half term on the suspense story 'The Old Mill' written by Pie Corbett. Through story mapping and oral retelling we will learn the model text and identify the features needed to write a suspense tale. We will learn the structure of the story and create a toolkit to help us write suspense and a setting description. We will use these to support the writing of our own suspense stories.
Geography
Geographical Skills
This half term we will use maps and photographs to identify human and physical features of Amble and the surrounding area. We will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map.
Use the following link to sharpen up your map skills: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/map-skills
Art
Dry Water Arts Centre - Sculpture Trail Workshops
DT
Structures
After learning about different types of bridges and exploring how the strength of structures can be affected by the shape used, we will create our own wooden bridges and test their durability. We will be introduced to measuring, sawing and joining wood accurately.
RE
Pilgrimages
This half term we will learn about what a pilgrimage is for both secular and religious people. We will then focus on the six main world religions and identify the role of pilgrimage in that religion. This will include finding out about specific pilgrimages, such as the Hajj, when and where pilgrimages take place and what takes place during the pilgrimage.
Click on the video below to watch Sara, who is planning to go to Mecca on the holy pilgrimage, Hajj.
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French
Language angels - My Family
This half term we will focus on learning to say, read and write the names of members of the family in French. 
Click on the link and login to pupil games to practice your French
Username: links
Password: pupil
PE
Games - Dodgeball
This half term we will develop our understanding of the rules of dodgeball and learn to work tactically as a team. We will develop our throwing skills to throw accurately, over distance with power. We will begin to understand how, when and why to jump, duck, catch and dodge.
Maths
This half term we will focus on place value and addition & subtraction, using 4-digit numbers.
Remember to log on to DoodleMaths every day to consolidate your skills and collect your stars. Use the app or login online using this link DoodleMaths
Science
Living Things and their Habitats
We will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. We will learn how animals are split into ‘vertebrates’ and ‘invertebrates’ and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. We will use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. We will be introduced to the idea that environments are subject to man-made and natural changes and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. We will work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.
History
Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
This half term we will learn about the invasions of the Scots and Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. We will find out where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they managed to settle and then go on to investigate how life in Britain changed as a result.
Click on the picture below to find out more
Computing
 
 CLICK HERE for more information about this half term's learning in Computing.
 
 
 
 
PSHE
Jigsaw - Being Me
We will be introduced to Jigsaw Jaz and begin the unit by learning about being part of a class team and a good school citizen. We will then go on to learn about our rights and responsibilities and how democracy works through our school. We will consider rewards and consequences and what motivates our behaviour.
Music
This half term, we will continue with singing lessons from an external teacher, building on the skills we developed last year. We will also be introduced to the Ocarina and develop the basic skills needed to play this instrument.