Southfield Primary School

4 Bach

Ms Newport is the class teacher for 4 Bach. 

Spring 1 2023-2024

 

 

To start the New Year and Spring term off, in English, we have read the children’s novel ‘The Ghost of Thomas Kempe’ which follows the story of James Harrison, a young boy whose family moves to a cosy cottage in Ledsham. All seems to be gong really well for James, that is, until Thomas Kempe, the poltergeist, shows up. Thomas Kempe is a previous resident of the cottage who has decided James is to be his apprentice. Thomas Kempe gets James into all sorts of trouble, what will James do? The novel has provided a great foundation for the children to create some fantastic persuasive speeches, suspense stories, news readings and alternative viewpoints about the novel, allowing them to be creative.

In Maths, we have continued to look and delve deeper into multiplication and division, learning and understanding the rules of multiplying certain numbers together. We then looked closer at factors of numbers and how to systematically work out the factor of a given number. We have started our new topic of length and perimeter. We have continually been practicing our times tables to become more confident and fluent with all of our times tables up to and including 12.

In Geography, we have covered Eastern Europe, where we learned to identify the Baltic and Balkan countries, how the climate of these countries differs to the UK and Mediterranean, compared how the human and physical geographical features of Eastern Europe differed from those of the United Kingdom, and finally took a closer look at the global effects of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

In Science, we explored ecology. We started off by looking at how living things depended on their habitats to be able to live, looking in more detail about how some animals adapt to be able to live in their habitats. We then moved on to look at how food chains were affected by natural life cycle, looking in detail about producers, consumers, and decomposers and their roles. We finally looked at ecosystems and how they are affected by human behaviour before conducting research about how humans have changed the local area, looking specifically at Southfield Primary School and the ecosystems within the garden area. 

For History, we started our new topic of Life in Ancient Rome, discovering how powerful the Ancient Roman Empire was, the structure of the Roman society during the Roman Republic and discussed the effect that this would have had on people who lived there. We then studied the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, focusing on the damage and destruction that this caused. We wrote some incredible letters from a child’s perspective trying to escape the natural disaster. Finally, we explored the leisure activities such as ‘bathing’, shopping in the ‘Forum’, and spectating events, such as gladiator fights, at the amphitheatres.

 

 

Autumn 2 2023-2024

 

 

This half term in English, we have examined non-fiction writing, using the knowledge gained from our other curriculum subjects. For example, creating an explanation text about having a healthy lifestyle and a fact file about Zeus.

In Maths, we have looked at how to calculate the area of a shape by counting in squares and finally began further examination of multiplication and division; whilst continuing to regularly practice our times tables.

In Geography, we ‘travelled’ to Mediterranean Europe, where we learned to identify the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, strengthened our substantive knowledge of countries, capital cities and flags of the region, and compared the modern settlements of Athens and Venice.

In Science, we explored classification of both plants and animals. We grouped animals into vertebrates and invertebrates, and plants into flowering and non-flowering groups. We looked into further groupings and their respective characteristics, such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, arachnids and molluscs. We also studied flowering and non-flowering plants and differences in the reproduction of these living things.

In History, we continued our study of Ancient Greece, including areas such as Greek Gods, Greek Philosophy and Greek Mythology. We learnt that Ancient Greeks were polytheistic, and how the Ancient Greeks left a legacy that influences how we live and learn today.

We have had an exciting term, we loved our Christmas production of Christmas and the Aliens. We have been to the Tabard theatre to watch their production of The Secret Garden.

 

Autumn 1 2023-2024

 

 

This half term in English, we have been reading the novel Street Child. Set in Victorian England, it follows Jim Jarvis a young orphan living an extremely tough life in 1860s London. We have used the novel to inspire our writing in a variety of ways, such as creating diary entries, letters, and articles, and have enhanced our understanding of what life was like for young people like Jim through both Drama and a trip to Gunnersbury Park Museum Victorian School. As Jim is eventually taken in and cared for by Dr. Thomas Barnardo, we were inspired to pick Barnado’s as our chosen cause for Charities Week.

 

Throughout our time in Maths, we've recognised the value of each digital four-digit number; ordered and compare to numbers beyond 1000; counted in multiples of 1000 and found numbers which are 1000 more or less than a given number. Throughout all of these, we have been applying our knowledge to solve a range of both numerical and reasoning problems.

 

This half term in Science, we have examined the human body; in particular, the importance of a healthy diet. We’ve explored this from a variety of angles, from learning about the process of digestion to understanding the importance of good dental hygiene.

 

In Geography, we have explored the notion of spatial sense, examining our local area and utilising four-figure grid references to identify locations on a map, as well as predicting how our area might change as population increases in the future.

 

In History, we’ve been learning about Ancient Greece, gaining understanding about the concept and significance of city-states such as Athens and Sparta, their inherent idiosyncrasies, important battles like those of Marathon and Thermopylae, who Alexander the Great was, and how he built such a vast empire.

Summer 2 2022-2023

 

 

 We combined our English text; Kenneth Grahame’s classic The Wind in the Willows, with our school play this term and put on a spectacular show. We each carefully thought about how to physically represent our characters and developed our speaking skills through performing to a variety of Year groups and our parents. The story depicts Toad and his woodland friends going on adventure throughout the English countryside. 

To start off after half term we continued our History topic on The Stuarts, examining a long tussled with debate if Oliver Cromwell was a hero or a tyrant. We examined the arguments either way, infuriated that Cromwell banned music and football but sympathetic to the fact that Cromwell gave more power to parliament, something that is still relevant in the UK today. We continued chronologically to examine the Great Fire of London and the Black Death. We wrote diary entries from the perspective of someone living during the Plague

In Maths we examined parts and wholes, learning about fractions and decimals. We examined how to split a whole into equal parts and how to represent this as a mixed number, improper fraction and a decimal. This built on our knowledge of equivalent fractions, learnt in Year 3 and how to add and subtract from fractions. We all completed our multiplication tests and did a fantastic job at recalling our known facts and times tables.

In Geography this term we examined a place many of us knew little about, Japan. Japan is a country consisting of four main islands located on the continent of Asia We examined both the physical and human features of Japan. We examined its climate, seas, mountains and volcanoes and learnt that many of these features are due to it being located on the edge of several tectonic plates. We learnt about the feudal system and modern Japanese culture.

Electricity is something we all use every day without thinking too much about. How does it work? What ways can we use it whilst keeping safe? We answered these questions in Science this year where we designed and created our own electrical circuits and learnt about what materials conduct electricity, and which do not.

 

Summer 1 2022-2023

 

 

We began this term with Shakespeare week and we focussed on one of Shakespeare’s most significant works Hamlet, creating diary entries and newspaper articles based around it. In Real Life Maths we assisted Prince Hamlet design a stage for his production, which linked into what we were studying in Maths. We explored fractions and perimeter in our Maths classes, measuring the perimeter of real life objects and experimenting with fractions greater than one, building on our experience of unit and non-unit fractions in Year 3. We developed our locational and place knowledge by studying somewhere very close to home in Geography, South East England. We learnt about the human and physical features of cities such as London, Canterbury and Brighton and the significance of Dover. Significance is a skill we use as Southfield Historians, and this term we explored the significance of The Stuarts and how the English Civil War affected Britain both then and today. In Science we learnt about the Water Cycle and the three states of matter. We discussed how we see it take place every day and were amazed to find out that due to the cyclical nature of the process we were drinking the same water as the dinosaurs! Themes of loss, heroism and childhood were discussed in Creative Writing and we explored digital literacy in our English lessons. We already had some experience of analysing film in our computing lessons so we knew about the significance of certain camera angles.

 

Spring 2 2022-2023

 

 

 After finishing last half-terms class novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom, we focussed on non-fiction texts when writing in our English lessons. Our texts linked to our knowledge based curriculum and referenced learning made in Science, History and Geography. We studied multiplying and dividing by 10s and 100s in Maths, building on our knowledge of place value and preparing ourselves for Year 5. We also looked at formal and informal methods of multiplication and perimeter and area, applying this knowledge to design a new playground in a Real Life Maths lesson. In Geography we studied Northern Ireland, examining the countries physical looking at natural sites such as the Giant’s Causeway and the counties human Geography through cities such as Londonderry. We continued our chronological journey through to the end of the Roman Empire in History, examining the rise and fall of Julius Caesar and the Punic Wars. This led on from our previous topic of Ancient Greece and the Rise of the Roman Empire. We used our knowledge on the Punic Wars to write an explanation text for our Big Write. We showed off our fantastic work in an exhibition, and visited Buster Farm to explore how the Romans used to live when they were in England. We experimented with sound in Science, using our skills as Southfield Scientists to draw conclusions and find patterns. We learnt how sound is created, how fast it travels, the difference between volume and pitch and how we speak using the Larynx. In Real Life Maths we used our knowledge of perimeter and area to design a new playground and worked systematically to navigate Mt Everest. Our bi-weekly Creative Writing lessons saw us explore themes such as togetherness and unity, relating to our TRUE values.

Spring 1 2022-2023

 

 

 To start the New Year and Spring term off, in English, we have read the children’s novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ which follows the journey of a young boy called Michael and his trip on ‘The Peggy Sue’ around the world, until an unfortunate event occurred which caused Michael to become stranded on an island with a man called Kensuke. The novel has provided a great foundation for the children to create some fantastic diary entries, letters, newspaper reports, persuasive texts, and short narratives about the novel; allowing them to be creative and think about what life must have been like for Michael.

In Maths, we have continued to look and delve deeper into multiplication and division, learning and understanding the rules of multiplying certain numbers together. We then looked closer at factors of numbers and how to systematically work out the factor of a given number. We have continually been practicing our times tables to become more confident and fluent with all of our times tables up to and including 12.

 In Geography, we have covered Eastern Europe, where we learned to identify the Baltic and Balkan countries, how the climate of these countries differ to the UK and Mediterranean, compared how the human and physical geographical features of Eastern Europe differed from those of the United Kingdom, and finally took a closer look at the global effects of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. 

In Science, we explored ecology. We started off by looking at how living things depended on their habitats to be able to live, looking in more detail about how some animals adapt to be able to live in their habitats. We then moved on to look at how food chains were affected by natural life cycle, looking in detail about producers, consumers, and decomposers and their roles. We finally looked at ecosystems and how they are affected by human behaviour before conducting research about how humans have changed the local area, looking specifically at Southfield Primary School and the ecosystems within the garden area.

For History, we started our new topic of Life in Ancient Rome, discovering how powerful the Ancient Roman Empire was, the structure of the Roman society during the Roman Republic and discussed the effect that this would have had on people who lived there. We then studied the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, focussing on the damage and destruction that this caused. We wrote some incredible letters from a child’s perspective trying to escape the natural disaster. Finally, we explored the leisure activities such as ‘bathing’, shopping in the ‘Forum’, and spectating events, such as gladiator fights, at the amphitheatres.

 

Autumn 2 2022-2023

 

 

This half term in English, we have examined non-fiction writing, using the knowledge gained from our other curriculum subjects. For example, creating and information text about the digestive system, and a fact file about Zeus.

In Maths, we have looked closer at addition and subtraction, using both written and mental methods to solve calculations. After building confidence, we learned how to correctly use inverse operations to check our work. We have looked a how to calculate the area of a shape by counting in squares and finally began further examination of multiplication and division; whilst continuing to regularly practice our times tables.

In Geography, we ‘travelled’ to Mediterranean Europe, where we learned to identify the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, strengthened our substantive knowledge of countries, capital cities and flags of the region, and compared the modern settlements of Athens and Venice.

In Science, we explored classification of both plants and animals. We grouped animals into vertebrates and invertebrates, and plants into flowering and non-flowering groups. We looked into further groupings and their respective characteristics, such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, arachnids and molluscs. We also studied flowering and non-flowering plants and differences in the reproduction of these living things.

 

 

Autumn 1 2022-2023

 

 

This half term in English, we have been reading the novel Street Child. Set in Victorian England, it follows Jim Jarvis a young orphan living an extremely tough life in 1860s London. We have used the novel to inspire our writing in a variety of ways, such as creating diary entries, letters, and articles, and have enhanced our understanding of what life was like for young people like Jim through both Drama and a trip to Gunnersbury Park Museum Victorian School. As Jim is eventually taken in and cared for by Dr. Thomas Barnardo, we were inspired to pick Barnado’s as our chosen cause for Charities Week.

Throughout our time in Maths, we've recognised the value of each digital four digit number; ordered and compare to numbers beyond 1000; counted in multiples of 1000 and found numbers which are 1000 more or less than a given number. Throughout all of these, we have been applying our knowledge to solve a range of both numerical and reasoning problems.

This half term in Science, we have examined the human body; in particular, the importance of a healthy diet. We’ve explored this from a variety of angles, from learning about the process of digestion to understanding the importance of good dental hygiene.

In Geography, we have explored the notion of spatial sense, examining our local area and utilising four-figure grid references to identify locations on a map, as well as predicting how our area might change as population increases in the future.

In History, we’ve been learning about Ancient Greece, gaining understanding about the concept and significance of city-states such as Athens and Sparta, their inherent idiosyncrasies, important battles like those of Marathon and Thermopylae, who Alexander The Great was, and how he built such a vast empire.

 

 

Summer 2 2021-2022

 

 

 It has been such a fantastic second half of the Summer term filled with a wide variety of enjoyable events and activities. Jubilee Week and Healthy Lifestyle Week were a wonderful start to the half term, and we were fortunate to take part in two school trips in one week! We visited both the Tower of London and Tate Britain, which proved to be two wonderful days out.

During our Healthy Lifestyle week, we were able to enjoy a variety of workshops such as a Boxercise class, Yoga and Meditation, Tai-Chi and Japanese Drums.

In English we have been focusing on writing non-fiction texts, based on our learning from Jubilee Week and Summer 1. Not only did we write our own fact files about Her Majesty, The Queen, we also all wrote her wonderful letters! We also wrote our own visitor guides to South East London, providing information for tourists on certain cities such as London, Brighton, Canterbury and Dover. We used our knowledge from the previous half term to demonstrate our understanding of this part of the country.

4 Mahler were also thrilled to be able to perform their class assembly to 4 Bach and Year 5, as well as parents and teachers. We decided to tell the story of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo, our class novel from the Spring term. We enjoyed reading this story together so much and loved following the journey of Michael and Stella as they fell overboard the Peggy Sue and joined Kensuke on the island. We’re so proud of our assembly and we hope you all enjoyed!

In Creative Writing, we have continued to develop our narrative voice through writing our own versions of a series of books based around the school’s TRUE values. In Maths we have been taking a closer look at angles and shapes, as well as interpreting and using data. We completed our Multiplication Tables checks after practising all throughout the year. We’ve all worked hard to get the best score possible, not only at home but at school as well.

It has been such a wonderful and prosperous year for us all in Year 4 and we can’t wait to see the next school year has in store for us!

Summer 1 2021-2022

 

 

This half term in English, the children have been reading the wonderful story of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, where we followed the adventures of Mole, Rat and Toad. We used our knowledge of the novel to write a range of fictional texts, including setting descriptions, letters and diary entries. Through our time in Science, the children have gained a deeper understanding of the water cycle and the importance of the different stages, including evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. Throughout our time in History, we have taken a deep dive into the 17th Century, looking at significant periods in time. We have discussed the English Civil War, the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London.

As we continue to practice our multiplication tables, we have also spent time in Maths looking in more detail at fractions and decimals. Children looked closely at organising and manipulating fractions with the same denominator, as well as gaining a greater understanding of geometric shapes and identifying angles. In RE, we spent time looking at and understanding what sacred texts within Hinduism say about God. We explored the vast and diverse range of writings with the Hindu religion.

We have continued to build on our knowledge of London and South East England this half term, building knowledge of the counties and cities of the UK, their geographical regions, human and physical characteristics. Some of these include London, The River Thames, Canterbury and Dover, including its significance as a ferry port.

The spotlight was on 4 Bach for their class assembly, as they demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of what they had learnt in History from terms prior focusing on the Romans.

 

Spring 2 2021-2022

 

 

This half term in English, Year 4 has continued to focus on writing non-fiction genres based around our topics from this half term and last. This has included a biography focusing on the career of David Attenborough, instructional texts on how to create a string telephone, an explanation texts looking at the Punic Wars and the impact on Rome and an information text discussing the impact of air pollution on our planet and environment. We have continued to have our bi-weekly Creative Writing sessions, looking at stories such as, ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies, which focuses on theme such as showing determination, open-mindedness and consideration towards others, which ties in directly to the schools TRUE values.
We have continued to build on our knowledge of the United Kingdom with an emphasis on Northern Ireland, while in History, children have taken the opportunity to look more in depth into the rise and fall of Ancient Rome. In Science, we have begun our topic focusing on sound, and understanding that sound is made up of back-and-forth movements called vibrations.
We have been fortunate enough to enjoy a wide variety of activities and workshops during the Reading Festival, such as talks and demonstrations led by Christian Foley and Jeremy Strong. Following this, we have had the pleasure of taking part in a selection of experiments throughout Science week, such as growing our own spring onions and creating bug hotels. Forest School has taken place throughout this half term, which has provided us a wonderful opportunity to feel empowered in the natural environment, while demonstrating creativity and teamwork, which has been an absolute pleasure!

 

Spring 1 2021-2022

 

 

This half term in English, Year 4 have read the novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, by Michael Morpurgo. The children will have the opportunity to write from different character perspectives through fiction genres which will include diary entries, setting descriptions, informal letters and much more. Throughout our Creative Writing lessons, Year 4 have continued to contextualise the picture books given to us by relating  themes based on our TRUE values through stories such as ‘The Printer’ by Myron Uhlberg and ‘The Last Seaweed Pie’ by Wenda Shurety. Our time in Maths has been spent using our knowledge of place value and deriving facts to help us multiply a one or a two digit number by 10 and 100. Children have continued in Geography to expand their knowledge of Europe, looking closer at the area of Eastern Europe, including investigating Balkan and Baltic countries. Year 4 have focused on Ecology throughout our Science lessons and have explored the reasons why different animals need different habitats, while children in History have spent time to learn all about life in Ancient Rome, discovering the impact the empire has left on countries all over the world. On Friday 14th January, Year 4 were fortunate enough to receive a visit from the ‘Monster Cat Theatre’, who kindly presented a bullying awareness workshop. The workshop consisted of fun role playing activities and scenarios focusing on empathy and why we should care about the way others feel.​

 

Autumn 2 2021-2022

 

 

Year 4 have continued to their great start to the year this half term! In English, we have been learning how to write different genres of non-fiction texts based on the learning from our topic lessons. We’ve written recipes on how to bake Greek biscuits, biographies on Thomas Barnardo and information texts on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In Geography we’ve been travelling through the Mediterranean, leaning all about the countries there, their culture, their climate and the agricultural side of life in the sunny Med. In Real Life Maths, we’ve been putting our newly learnt mathematical skills to great use planning journeys through a myriad of time-zones around the world. We also used our knowledge of subtraction and addition to calculate the money raised for ‘Children in Need’. Whilst in Creative Writing, the children have been developing their narrative voice, writing their own versions of a series of books based around the school’s TRUE values. During our PSHE day on Health and Wellbeing, the classes discussed the different types of bullying and the effects it has on people, before talking about what we could do to stop bullying in our community. We listened to some stories of people that had been bullied, before some of the children shared their own experiences. Everyone listened so well and we were very proud of them all. Finally, the children have been busy practicing for the class nativity where a pair of brothers find themselves mistakenly transported back to Bethlehem. We can’t wait to perform it to you all!

Autumn 1 2021-22

 

 

This half term in English, we have read the novel ‘Street Child’, set in Victorian England. Throughout the duration of our time reading this text, we have  used the novel to inspire our writing in the way of a diary entry, a setting description, writing a letter, creating a newspaper article, as well as writing an acrostic poem.

Throughout our time in Maths, we have recognised the value of each digit in a 4-digit number; ordered and compared numbers beyond 1000; counted in multiples of 1000 and found numbers which are 1000 more or less than a given number, while applying this knowledge to solve a range of number problems.

This half term in Science, we have taken a greater look at the human body, and understood the importance of a healthy diet. We have also taken time to understand the importance of good dental hygiene, and avoiding sugary or acidic foods.

In Geography, we have spent some time building on our prior knowledge of Spacial Sense. We have looked at Ordnance Survey map, and discovered how to use four-figure grid references to identify locations on our map, including finding the destinations of shops and parks in our local area.

We have studied Ancient Greece in History, and understood the significant differences between a variety of city-states, such as Athens and Sparta. We also discovered what brought these city-states together, such as 'The Battle of Thermopylae', and discovered who Alexander the Great was, and how he built such a vast empire.

 

Below are links to our Welcome meeting and current curriculum overviews. 

Autumn 1 Curriculum Overview  

Autumn 2 Curriculum Overview

Spring 1 Curriculum Overview

Spring 2 Curriculum Overview

 End of Year 4 Expectations

Welcome Meeting