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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

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Autumn term


We continue to use the 'Talk for Writing' approach in Year 4 when teaching our English lessons.  We begin the year writing stories using our Egyptian topic as a stimulus.  Having learnt about mummification we will write instructions for this process. We will also read and write a variety of play scripts as well as designing persuasive adverts.   Throughout each unit of work children will be taught relevant aspects of punctuation and grammar to further develop their writing skills.   



For details of the objectives Year 4 will study over the course of this year please see the maths curriculum page.  Maths lessons begin with a mental arithmetic activity to develop children's ability to rapidly recall number facts, manipulate numbers mentally and calculate quickly.  Learning of multiplication tables is an important skill for year 4 children.  They are expected to have instant recall of all tables up to 12x12.  Their ability to recall these facts will be tested in a statutory assessment towards the end of the year.  



Our science lessons this term focus on two units of work.


  • appliances that run on electricity
  • simple circuits and part names
  • whether a lamp will light based on circuit
  • switches
  • conductors and insulators



  •  How sound waves travel
  • How the ear works
  • Insulators and conductors
  • Volume
  • Pitch


In this term we introduce an interesting topic where we immerse ourselves in the Ancient Egyptian world. We discover where Egypt is located and find out what we can learn from the Ancient Egyptian people and their culture.




During this term we ponder the questions;

The Bible – what is it all about?

What is the Lord's Prayer?

How has the Christmas story been depicted in art?


This term we experience tag rugby, football and dance.  These lessons take place on a Wednesday- so remember to wear your kit!


This term we revise our understanding of how to greet others, stating our name, age and asking after each other's well being.  We learn the vocabulary for speaking about our families as well as talking about our hobbies and interests.



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