Year 4 – What am I learning now? (Term 3 2021-22)

Who we are

Central idea

Rivers can impact and shape our lives in different ways.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • How natural processes affect the way we live (change). 
  • How lives adapt to  changes and  life cycles  (connection).
  • How are lives affected and shaped based on  location – (perspective) 

Subject Focus

Geography will be the lead subject for our inquiry this term. The children will investigate the water cycle, explain how a river changes from its source to its mouth and how a locality has changed over time.

They will plan and design a flood defence device to help those who live near rivers though our DT inquiry. 


The children will participate in a carousel  three activities involving rain, states of matter and river. 

They will be given the resources related to the topic to experiment and to come to a conclusion about what we are learning about this term.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Visit a local river and take a picture for Dojo
  • Visit a famous river and observe how it influences livelihood

Class Stories

  • The Rhythm of the rain
  • The river singers by Tom Moonhouse

Transferable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Thinking skills-  knowledgeable
  • Social- collaboration
  • Self-management skills- organised

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Children will gain a greater understanding of how other people’s lives and difficulties may be different to their own. 

Key Vocabulary

Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, infiltration, climate, water-cycle, water vapour, climate, clouds, sun, lakes, mountains, rain, steam, weather, wind, changes, 

Career Links

  • We are Environmental Agency River Wardens.
  • We are Town planners.
  • We are architects.
  • We are flood scientists.
  • We are chemists

Sharing Success

We will share a photos and updates of our learning on Class Dojo, weekly blogs and termly letter. 


With climate change causing more intense and wet weather in the UK, children will design a flood water defence device  for those living in flood prone areas. 

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

Lead Subjects

  • I can  use the  scientific vocabulary related to states of matter. 
  • I can  compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.
  • I can explain what happens to materials when they are heated or cooled.
  • I can measure or research the temperature at which different materials change state in degrees Celsius. 
  • I can use  measurements to explain changes to the state of water. 
  • I can  identify the part that evaporation and condensation has in the water cycle. 
  • I can associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.
  • I can work scientifically by  grouping and classifying a variety of materials according to the impact of temperature on them. 
  • I can work scientifically by  explaining what happens over time to materials such as puddles on the playground or washing hanging on a line
  • I can explain how the water cycle works.
  • I can explain how a river changes from its source to its mouth.
  • I can explain why people are attracted to live by the river.
  • I can  explain how a locality has changed over time with reference to physical features
  • I can experiment with different styles that artists have used.
  • I can explain art from other periods of history
  • I can learnt the lyrics of a song
  • I can identify the musical dimensions featured in the song (texture, dynamics, tempo, rhythm and pitch)
  • I can sing as part of a large group and  listen to each other
  • I know what positively and negatively affects my physical, mental and emotional health (recognise anxiety, shame, pressure)
  • I can make informed choices, recognising positive and negative consequences, and begin to understand a balanced lifestyle (obesity, dental health – tooth decay, regular vigorous exercise, bad food habits). 
  • I recognise when others’ actions make me feel inadequate and manage this with simple self care techniques. 
  • I know who to ask for help if I’m worried about my health.
  • I can  make a presentation from a Blank Page
  • I can I add media to my presentation
  • I can add animation to a presentation
  • I can discuss my  own and others, ideas about how people decide right and wrong.
  • I can express ideas about right and wrong, good and bad for themselves, including ideas about love, forgiveness, honesty, kindness and generosity.
  • I can give examples of ways in which inspirational people have been guided by their religion.
  • I can identify and use determiners
  • I can use possessive pronouns: yours, mine, theirs, ours, hers, his, its
  • I can use  pronoun or the noun in sentences for cohesion and to avoid repetition
  • I can use adverb to describe the manner in which the words were said.
  • I can use possessive apostrophes for regular and irregular singular and plural nouns
  • I can use  plural and possessive –s
  • I can discuss and develop initial ideas in order to plan and draft before writing.
  • I can write  to suit purpose and with a growing awareness of audience, using some appropriate features.
  • I can  organise writing into sections or paragraphs, including fiction and nonfiction.
  • I can appropriately use a range of presentational devices, including use of title and subheadings.
  • I can use  dialogue, although balance between dialogue and narrative may be
  • uneven.
  • I can describe  characters, settings and plot, with some interesting details.
  • I can articulate and justify opinion on a character, event or situation in response to a question or prompt
  • I can listen to others, work out which information is important and make relevant and related comments
  • I can articulate and justify opinion on a character, event or situation in response to a question or prompt
  • I can maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • I can participate in discussions, presentations,
  • I can discuss the meaning of words in context
  • I can make prediction
  • I can summarise events in a text
  • I can sequence events
  • I can make inference
  • I can use backgrounds knowledge
  • 11,12 times-table
  • Multiply 3 numbers
  • Factor pairs
  • Efficient multiplication
  • Written methods
  • Division
  • Area
  • Fractions