Dronfield Junior School

Dronfield Junior School
Reaching Potential

Year 4 Page


Discover Project (History Driver)

“Is change always for the better?”

During this term, we will be learning about the Victorians.  We will be discussing the concept of change; what it is and whether changes made in Victorian times were for the better and improved peoples’ lives.  During the project, your child will be discussing and debating the impact of following key concepts: consequences, fairness, poverty and reform. 

As good historians, we will be analysing and questioning primary and secondary sources, interpreting bias and constructing timelines of key events including: the life of Queen Victoria; the impact of the industrial revolution, the roles of children in the work force, the growth of the British and repercussions of crimes.

Y4 Autumn Parents' Leaflet

Y4 Autumn Homework



Explore Project (Geography Driver)

“What does it mean to take things for granted”?

We will look at things we may take for granted in our daily life and the wider world. During the project, we will be discussing and debating the impact of the following key concepts: choice, loyalty, responsibility and value to our enquiry question. We will begin with the study of our home town of Dronfield; discussing its land use, amenities and reasons why families choose to live here.

As competent geographers, your child will be using maps, atlases and laptops to identify and describe the physical and human characteristics of settlements starting locally and then spreading to the wider world. This will allow them to compare and contrast geographical features found in the UK to those found in other countries.

During this work, we will develop, and identify, Ordnance Survey symbols; read and write 4 figure grid reference and state direction by using the 8 compass points.

As part of the project, we will be considering the ways in which people can improve or damage our environment, focusing upon conservation, fair trade and life in war torn countries.

By the end of the spring term, your child will be a critical-thinking geographer who will be able to impart key knowledge on different  locations and dazzle you with a wealth of knowledge!

Y4 Spring Parents' Leaflet

Y4 Spring Homework



Create Project (Arts Driver)

"Is happiness really infectious?"

For this project, we will focus upon aspects of the creative arts, especially relating to the theme of celebrations / carnivals. We will be discussing and debating the impact of the following key concepts: beauty, belonging, dreams and tradition to our enquiry question. We will use a variety of artists work and examples of music, that convey happiness and your child will evaluate how the audience responds to these stimuli.

In art, we will study the works of traditional and modern artists, Van Gogh and Keith Haring. We will create own pieces of artwork in the style of the artist. We will be exploring how artists use techniques and art  media for different styles and effect.

As budding musicians, we will create our own rhythm with a melody and use of dynamics, which can then be performed on a variety of percussion instruments. We will also be planning and making our own musical instrument using junk materials and modroc.

By the end of the summer term, your child will be a reflective  artist who will be able to impart key knowledge on different artists and impress you with wonderful pieces of artwork.

Y4 Summer Parents' Leaflet

Y4 Summer Homework