Beware, Beware. There's Danger Over There! Our Dangerous planet - Year 4 Spring 2 2021

Our Covid Safe Rules

Our word aware 'wow words' for this half term.


In geography, the Independent Me will be using our confidence whilst investigating where and why natural disasters occur and what impact humans can have on the levels of destruction caused. We will:

  • Ask and answer questions about the physical and human characteristics of a location.
  • Explain our own views about locations, giving reasons.
  • Name and locate the Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle and date time zones.
  • Describe some of the characteristics of these geographical areas.

We will describe key aspects of:

  • physical geography, including: rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and the water cycle.
  • human geography, including: settlements and land use.
  • Use a compass, four-figure grid references, symbols and key to communicate knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.


In modern languages, the Independent Me will develop the use of weather vocabulary through oral and visual games allowing them to understand a short weather forecast followed by them creating their own written and spoken weather forecast. This will help to develop confidence and promote self-esteem. We will:

  • Read and understand the main points in short written texts.
  • Write a few short sentences using familiar expressions.
  • Understand the main points from spoken passages.
  • Ask and answer simple questions and talk.

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In English, the Independent Me will explore the text – 'When the Giant Stirred' – and use imagination and creativity to produce written pieces that enable them to write either their own version of the story in first person from the perspective of the main male character or re-write the story in first person from the Mountain God’s point of view.

We want you to develop your confidence by using the half term 'Wow Words' in your writing - you may need to find out what they mean first!

We will be beginning our new class read: 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' based on the story by Joules Verne so that we can see how other people imagined the centre of Earth to be in the 1800s.

In reading, the Independent Me will develop our confidence to discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination. We will develop our confidence and creativity by drawing inferences (inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions); justifying with evidence.

Our focus text: 'Ariki and the Island of Wonders' by Nicola Kinnear.


In music, the Creative Me will use the Charanga Unit – 'Lean On Me' - to promote helping one another:

  • Sing from memory with accurate pitch.
  • Maintain a simple part within a group.
  • Pronounce words within a song clearly.
  • Play notes on an instrument with care so that they are clear.
  • Create accompaniments for tunes.
  • Use the terms: duration, timbre, pitch, beat, tempo, texture and use of silence to describe music.


In maths, the Inquisitive Me will use curiosity, problem solving and reasoning to deepen our knowledge of fractions. We will do this by:

  • Recalling multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12.
  • Recognising, finding and writing fractions of a discrete set of objects
  • Adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.
  • Calculating fractions of quantities.
  • Rounding decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number.
  • Comparing numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places.
  • Finding the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths.


In science, the Inquisitive Me will use curiosity and questioning skills to learn more about the world around us so that we can use classification language and keys to group and identify a variety of living things.

We will:

  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
  • Explore and use classification keys.
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to specific habitats.

Design Technology

In DT, the Inquisitive Me will develop problem solving and questioning skills to design and create a model raft to withstand the forces of high winds and waves by:

  • Cutting materials accurately and safely by selecting appropriate tools.
  • Selecting appropriate joining techniques.
  • Strengthening materials using suitable techniques.
  • Designing with purpose by identifying opportunities to design.
  • Improving upon existing designs, giving reasons for choices.


We will further develop problem solving and curiosity skills in the Inquisitive Me through computing by using ‘Logo’ to:

  • Use specified screen coordinates to control movement.
  • Set the appearance of objects and create sequences of changes.
  • Create and edit sounds. Control when they are heard, their volume, duration and rests.

Religious Education

The Heathy Me will explore spirituality by learning about the Bible story behind Easter. We will take part in drama activities to explore characters' motives and actions. We will be showcasing some of our learning during the Easter - look out for more information about this soon.

We will:

  • Offer suggestions about what the narrative of the Last Supper, Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial might mean.
  • Give examples of what the texts studied mean to some Christians.
  • Make clear links between Gospel texts and how Christians remember, celebrate and serve on Maundy Thursday, including Holy Communion.

Our Christian value focus this half term is: Responsibility

Our big question is 'How do people in school show responsibility?'

We will discuss the meaning of responsibility and how it applies to both the individual and the class. This will be covered through worship and class discussion time.

Children will be challenged to identify their peers who show responsibility and complete nomination slips to celebrate their friends’ responsibility.


To develop resilience and well-being, the Healthy Me will recognise when people are putting us under pressure and will explain ways to resist this when we want to. We will identify feelings of anxiety and fear associated with peer pressure.

We will:

  • Recognise how different friendship groups are formed, how I fit into them and the friends I value the most .
  • Understand the facts about smoking and its effects on health, and also some of the reasons some people start to smoke.
  • Understand the facts about alcohol and its effects on health, particularly the liver, and also some of the reasons some people drink alcohol.
  • Recognise when people are putting me under pressure and can explain ways to resist this when I want .
  • Know ourselves well enough to have a clear picture of what we believe is right and wrong.

Physical Education

In PE, the Healthy Me will be developing our physical fitness by taking part in a range of sports hall athletic activities as well as testing our our outdoor adventurous skills through activities such as orienteering.


Pupils will enjoy learning about themselves, others and the surrounding world:

  • Children will be developing spirituality by participating in collective worship daily and attend the Easter Church service.
  • Our text - 'When the Giant Stirred' - allows us to investigate cultural differences and backgrounds.
  • Through comprehension activities, children will empathise with characters and compare to their own experiences.
  • Through topic lessons, children will be case studying settlements that have been affected by natural disasters and looking at the moral implications of human land use.

Year 4 will be leading the Easter Service enabling them to get a deeper spiritual understanding of the Bible stories.

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Created with images by NOAA - "Artist's rendition of a tornado about to strike a school at the worst possible time while school buses are loading. " • NASA - "Hurricane map" • Nosiuol - "untitled image" • Dominik QN - "Orange butterfly on tiny flowers" • Chastagner Thierry - "Dragon river" • Andras Vas - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "Cross during sunset" • Timon Studler - "untitled image" • Christopher Campbell - "untitled image"