Curriculum Overview

Year 4 - Summer 2

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.

Potions - TBC

Unit Overview

Poisonous potions, aromatic brews, vapour or a sticky goo… Welcome to the amazing world of potions! Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky goo. Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties. Now scientists, beware. There are some powerful and deadly potions out there, dangerous, unpredictable or tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet.) Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class. Feeling sleepy? That orange juice did taste a little strange...

By reading an extract from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we’ll learn all about mysterious potions. We’ll sort everyday items into solids, liquids and gases. Using our investigation skills we’ll explore capacity and the properties of liquids. Becoming super scientists, we’ll investigate chemical reactions and states of matter.

Help your child prepare for their project

‘Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ Why not hunt around the house to track down a wide variety of items and sort them into solids, liquids and gases? You could also sketch interesting bottles or containers that you have at home. Alternatively, you could try baking something new together, thinking about how the ingredients change when you mix and cook them.


MEMORABLE MOMENT

Intriguing items relating to Alice in Wonderland - what mysteries await?

🏁 BIG FINISH

Reflection time - What have I learnt?

We will present our investigation findings to another class.

👉 DRIVERS & ENHANCERS

The driver subject for this unit of work is Science.

📖 FOCUS TEXT(S)

The class will be reading BFG by Roald Dahl.

️✏️ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout this unit of work we will be writing..the different parts of investigations, answering questions about the particles in liquids, solids and gases, labels for potion ingredients, observations on science processes.

🌳 LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

In this unit of work we will...observe a chemical reaction.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Ask relevant scientific questions, independently, about the world around them and begin to identify how they can answer them.

  2. Group and sort materials into solids, liquids or gases.

  3. Begin to independently plan, set up and carry out a range of comparative and fair tests, making predictions and following a method accurately.

  4. Take accurate measurements in standard units, using a range of equipment.

  5. Use scientific vocabulary to report and answer questions about their findings based on evidence collected, draw simple conclusions and identify next steps, improvements and further questions.

  6. Begin to choose which observations to make and for how long and make systematic, careful observations and comparisons, identifying changes and connections.

  7. Observe and explain that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and measure or research the temperature in degrees Celsius (˚C) at which materials change state.

  8. Begin to independently plan, set up and carry out a range of comparative and fair tests, making predictions and following a method accurately.

APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF UNIT: 20 hours