East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Year 4 - Hawthorn

Welcome to Year 4 Hawthorn


This half term the children will be learning about four different countries from around the globe. Our focus question is:What makes a country so special and unique and how do they compare to the UK? 

Here are our focus countries:



South Africa



Key Vocabulary 

economy: the wealth and resources of a place

development: how places and communities change

industry: the production of goods (such as cars) or services (such as tourism or entertainment)

sustainable development: change that respects the natural environment and doesn’t harm future generations

Northern hemisphere: The Northern Hemisphere is the half of Earth that is north of the Equator.Southern hemisphere: The Southern Hemisphere is the half of Earth that is south of the Equator.

equator  :a line notionally drawn on the earth equidistant from the poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.




The children will be learning about narratives using 'The Iron Man'. 


Here is a bit about the book:

Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.




SPAG Focus for the next few weeks:

- using figurative language 

- use simple, complex and compound sentences





This half term in Maths we will be looking at Place Value and understanding how numbers are constructed. We have been using a variety of different resources to help us understand this construction. We are looking at negative numbers please encourage the children to look at these in their every day lives. 





In Science we will be looking at Electricity. We will be learning about circuits, why we need electricity, how it is made and what materials can it pass through.  Our focus question is: Are all materials conductive and what do we notice if they are not?