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Art

Children in Primary Teaching Curriculum Year 4 have opportunity to work using a variety of materials and styles through topic work such as

  • print making
  • observation of work of famous artists
  • pattern

Children use sketchbooks to record and experiment in. They are also used to track progression and skills development.
In design and technology they design and sew a money container and a chair.

 

Geography

During Primary Teaching Curriculum Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different scales in the Cyprus and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world.
They find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.
In Primary Teaching Curriculum Year 4 they learn through the following topics:

  • Map Skills
  • Africa physical features
  • Settlements
  • Tsunami, Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Greek

Fluent Greek speakers in Primary Teaching Curriculum Year 4 follow the Ministry of Education Greek curriculum taught in all the government primary schools.
Our aim for children learning Greek as an additional language is to provide them with vocabulary and give them the confidence to use it.
Using songs, games, rhymes, flash cards, vocabulary with pictures and lots of oral work and projects we build on the work in Year 3 to

  • Revise and increase vocabulary
  • Use verbs
  • Write a short story

We cover topics such as

  • Animals
  • Celebrations
  • Clothes
  • Dates
  • Stories
  • Sports
  • Occupations
  • Food

 

History

During Primary Teaching Curriculum Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Cyprus and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
In Year 4 the following topics are studied:

  • The Middle Ages
  • Charlemagne
  • Castles and Knights
  • The Luisignans and Venetians in Cyprus

 

Literacy

At the American Academy Nicosia we teach English (Reading, Writing and Grammar) based on the outlines given in the English National Curriculum. In addition we follow a grammar scheme of work which builds skills year on year. Guided reading is also an aspect of our curriculum which supports the English National Curriculum objectives.
In Primary Teaching Curriculum Year 4 the children are taught:

Reading

  • Reading
  • Secure decoding of unfamiliar words
  • Read for a range of purposes
  • Retell some stories orally
  • Discuss words & phrases that capture the imagination
  • Identify themes & conventions
  • Retrieve & record information
  • Make inferences & justify predictions
  • Recognise a variety of forms of poetry
  • Identify & summarise ideas

 

Writing

 

  • Correctly spell common homophones
  • Increase regularity of handwriting
  • Plan writing based on familiar forms
  • Organise writing into paragraphs
  • Use simple organisational devices
  • Proof-read for spelling & punctuation errors
  • Evaluate own and others’ writing
  • Read own writing aloud
  • Develop a voice as a writer
  • Using a variety of strategies
  • VCOP, story mountains, talk for writing, WOW words

 

 

 

Grammar

 

  • Use wider range of conjunctions
  • Use perfect tense appropriately
  • Select pronouns and nouns for clarity
  • Use & punctuate direct speech
  • Use commas effectively in a variety of situations

Speaking & Listening

  • Articulate & justify opinions
  • Speak audibly in Standard English
  • Gain, maintain & monitor interest of listeners

 Mathematics

Use and Apply Mathematics

 

  • Solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts
  • Solve problems involving multiplying and adding
  • Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places

 

Number Facts 

  • Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12 Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000
  • Use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation
  • Identify pairs of fractions that total 1
  • Recognise and show families of common equivalent fractions
  • Recognise/write decimal equivalent to ¼, ½, & ¾.

 

Counting and Number Relationships

  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers
  • Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number
  • Solve problems relating to “harder correspondence problems as n objects are connected to m objects” Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number
  • Read Roman numerals to 100
  • Understand the introduction of zero

 

Calculations 

  • Add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate
  • Use the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit
  • Find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as units, tenths and hundredths
  • Multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout
  • Multiply & divide mentally, including multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers
  • Recognise and use factor pairs and commutatively in mental calculations

 

Position and Transformation

  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
  • Describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size
  • Describe movements as translations
  • Plot points and draw sides to complete a given polygon

 

Measure

  • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence
  • Convert between different units of measure (e.g. kilometre to metre; hour to minute)
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres
  • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days
  • Data Handling Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs

 

Music

Music is essentially a practical subject. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use musical instruments in order to develop their creative and performance skills. Through active listening, children’s awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed.
In Primary Teaching Curriculum Year 4 children’s skills are developed in these areas: pulse and rhythm, phrases, pitch, staff notation and rhythmic patterns. Recorder skills are developed.
At present, children are offered the chance to have individual or group lessons on a variety of wind instruments and invited to audition for the choir.

 

PE (Physical Education)

We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. Year 4 children have two sessions of P.E. a week. Ball skills, dance, athletics and gymnastics are taught during these lessons. A short, intensive programme of differentiated swimming lessons takes place in the summer.
We encourage a competitive spirit and recognise the value of co-operation and fair play with others. We have a football team, a basketball team and a volleyball team and occasionally exceptional Primary Teaching Curriculum Year 4 pupils are invited to join these teams.
Both friendly matches and competitive games are played throughout the year.
There is an annual sports event held in the Spring Term for either athletics or marathon running. There is also a Fun Sports Day held in the Summer Term.

 

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme, which helps to improve behaviour thereby improving learning.
Children have a chance to discuss topics which help them to develop social skills; become aware of their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses; become aware of the subject of bullying and know how to avoid it or what happens if they come across it; set goals; make and keep friends; how to prepare and cope with changes.
Themes throughout the year:

  • New Beginnings focuses on developing children's skills in four key areas: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.
  • Getting On and Falling Out focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.
  • Say No to Bullying focuses on what bullying is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can tackle this problem.
  • Going for Goals aims to develop children's self-awareness and promote goal-motivated behaviour.
  • Good to Be Me focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.
  • Relationships explores feelings, including loss and embarrassment, within the context of our important relationships with family and friends
  • Changes aims to give children an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and equip them to manage their feelings.
  • Each theme begins and ends with a whole school assembly and each class follows the theme at their level using circle time and any class opportunities that arise naturally.

 

Religious Studies

Using the NIV Adventure Bible children explore some of the characters from the Old Testament and their stories such as Moses, Joshua, David and Daniel.

 

Science

The study of science at the Primary level covers the following three main areas:

  • Life processes and living things
  • Materials and their properties
  • Physical processes

The new 2014 curriculum helps children develop a hands on experiential knowledge of science in the following topics:

  • Moving and growing
  • Habitats
  • Keeping warm
  • Solids, liquids and how they can be separated
  • Gases around us
  • Circuits and conductors

 

 

See an Overview of the Primary teaching curriculum 4th Year 

 

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