Year 4 Autumn Term

Misty Mountain, Windy River - Autumn 1

(World Mountains, U.K. hills and mountains) 


To introduce the topic, children will watch the video of the mountaineers climbing Mount Everest ‘Start to Summit in 3 minutes’. Whilst watching the children will write down questions that they want to find about for their new topic. The children will also experience a virtual tour of Mount Snowdon.  


This half term, in writing, the children will be writing an explanation text to showcase their understanding of the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. The children will then analyse their growing knowledge of mountains by researching and publishing an information text about the world-famous Mount Everest. We will continue our ascent by creating a biography of a noteworthy mountaineer. Finally, we will create tension that can cut with a knife, when we sculpt our own terrifying adventure stories to entertain and possibly scare the reader! 


In science, we will compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). Children will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature. 


The Misty Mountain, Winding River topic is a geography based unit, where children will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding. They 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, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. They will have the opportunity to learn about the stages of the water cycle and about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world. They will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment. 


In computing, children will learn that technology can be used to organise, reorganise, develop, and explore ideas, and that working with information in this way can aid understanding. It also gives children opportunities to discuss their experiences of using ICT and how it is used in the wider world. Children will be able to apply what they have learnt in this unit when identifying key points in a story or account, writing accounts in which details of character and action are used to interest the reader and using evidence and examples to support key points. 


There will be a drawing focus in art where children will use their sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They will improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials, for example, pencil, charcoal, paint and clay. They will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. Artist focus: Georgia O’Keeffe