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Our Spring 1 Learning Journey

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 This half term our learning is based around the question 'Where does the water from the River Are come from?'. 

English - The Rhythm of the Rain

Our text this half term is 'The Rhythm of the Rain' by Grahame Baker Smith. Throughout this unit, we will be completing activities by applying our inference and vocabulary skills linked to the text. By the end of the unit, we will use all of our 'tools' from the toolkit phase to create a setting description and a poem linked to the book.  Come back in a couple of weeks time to see our pieces of writing!


Maths - Multiplication and Division

This half term, we are continuing with multiplication and division. We will be learning:

  • how to multiply together three numbers
  • how to recognise and use factor pairs  in mental calculations
  • multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using the expanded short multiplication
  • divide two and three digit numbers using a written method.

Science - States of Matter

In Science, our unit is 'States of matter'. Over the upcoming weeks, we will be learning  about the difference between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects, and identifying their properties. We will also learn about condensation and evaporation by conducting a variety of investigations. 

Topic - Where does the water from the River Are come from?

To launch our topic, we were visited by Geoff from the local Canal and River Trust. He taught us about the history of canals and why they needed to be built by using a large sand tray and a model of a horse and a cart. He asked some of us to be surveyors and navvies so that we could use the sand to help us understand the different stages of building a canal. We also had to try and think of solutions as to how overcome problems when building a canal. He also explained the different tools used and we could not believe that some used their hands! Furthermore, he taught us the difference between a river and a canal and showed us where the flood plains are in Keighley using the sand and a map.  To finish off the lesson, he gave us some facts about our local river (The River Aire). 

 Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about:

  • the differences between the canal and the river
  • what causes water pollution and how we can tackle the problem
  • whether, as a year group, we would be flood ready through an investigation.

Are the Year 4 classrooms protected from a possible flood?

In this lesson, we looked at flooding and discussed the different types of floods:

  • fluvial (rivers),
  • pluvial (rain and puddles),
  • coastal (oceans and waves),
  • plumbing (burst pipes).

We discussed the difference between rivers and canals and why rivers are much more likely to overflow and cause flooding that canals are due to the way the canals were built. We then had a look at some pictures and had to decide which type of flooding had caused the damage (One of the pictures was of Bingley!)

Once we had learnt all about flooding, we were tasked with deciding whether our class was flood ready in floods of 1cm, 10cm and 100cm (1m). We recorded our results in a table and we are going to use our results to write a letter to Mrs. Wright, informing her of our findings.



Our key question for this half term is 'Do you have to be strong to be courageous?'. We started to explore this question by listening to the story 'The lion inside'. It is about a little mouse who wanted to be like the lion. He wanted to learn how to roar and with the lion, he learnt that it doesn't matter if you are small, everyone has courage inside. 

Following on from the story, we will look at different situations which require courage and why it is needed. Then, we will use all this learning and debate the key question: ' Do you have to be strong to be courageous?'. 


Our key person this half term is a sports person from Leeds called Kadeena Cox. She is a  successful Paralympian who has competed in both the Olympics and Paralympics. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which is where nerve cells in the brain and spine are damaged. Despite this, and many people telling her she cannot compete in both due to her condition, she won three medals in athletics and a gold medal in cycling  -  becoming the first British Paralympian for 32 years to win medals in two different sports.

Check this page in the next couple of weeks to see what we have learnt. 

Religious Education - How and why do believers show their commitments during the journey of life?

Throughout this unit, we will be looking at our own life journey as well as how Christians and Muslims show commitment throughout their life. We will be learning about the Ten Commandments, The Five Pillars of Islam and how Christians show their commitment through marriage.

 Relationships Education - Reach for the Stars (Money Matters) 

In RSE we will be learning about money in the wider world.  Our first lesson starts off with a discussion as to how people earn money and what skills and training are needed for certain jobs. Then, we learnt about different ways to pay for items and what the advantages and disadvantages are of using these methods. 

Music - Mamma Mia 

The musical we are focussing on this half term is Mamma Mia. We will be learning the 'Abba Medley' as well as learning about the pop band Abba, whose songs inspired the musical. We will also design our own Abba costumes.