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Bitterne Manor Primary School

Bitterne Manor

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What are we learning about?


Through the topic, Rivers, the class will find out lots of fascinating facts about rivers and the course they take. We will learn about the significant features of rivers, from their source through their journey into the sea. We will also look at the water cycle as well as investigating the properties of solids and liquids.



Year 4 will be focusing on the text A River by Marc Martin. This picture book explores a river’s journey and will be used as a stimulus for their descriptive writing. The focus will be on using expanded noun phrases to enhance their descriptions of settings. We will also research information about rivers (Thames, Amazon, Mississippi, Nile, and Ganges) focusing on persuasive texts and will use the features of this text type to persuade people to look after and save these rivers.



Year 4 will begin the year looking at place value and number ordering before moving onto the four main operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The children will improve their mental calculations, as well as begin to develop their written methods. We will also investigate problems involving measures.


The children will apply their maths skills in both their science and topic lessons.


Learning Opportunities

Our main focus this half term will be on Geography: Rivers. We will spend time looking at who uses the rivers; both the natural habitats of the wildlife but also how humans use the water. In Science, will look at the water cycle and carry out a number of investigations into the different states of matter – Solids, liquids and gases.


There will be a trip to Test Wood Lakes, where the children will be able to see and identify the various features they have been learning about and to help them understand the science behind how a river is formed.



How can you help?

Parents can support by encouraging children to read lots of information books about rivers and sharing their experiences.


The Mighty Amazon & River Dolphins -Wild South America - BBC

Running 4000 miles from the Andes to the Ocean, The Amazon carries a fifth of all the river water on the planet. Learn more about the mighty Amazon river and its weird and wonderful inhabitants in this brilliant wildlife video from BBC nature show 'Wild South America'.

The London Story - River Thames

London is a city brought to life by its people and the unique and fascinating stories they have to tell. Watch and share their stories now! From speed boat rides to leisurely day trips or formal evening cruises, The River Thames can offer every type of water-based adventure.