GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

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Year 4 - Ramanujan Class

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Ramanujan Class

Class teacher: Miss McGibbon

Learning Assistant: Miss Purbrick


This term:

In Year 4, we deliver the National Curriculum as well as following the whole school STEAM curriculum.


Our STEAM focus is Engineering. The drivers for this term are: Design and Technology, History and Science. The enhancer is Geography.

Children will design and construct a motorised cam toy representing an object from the Victorian era to present at our very own version of The Great Exhibition!

During this, we will learn how:

  • Engineers use their knowledge of Science to design and make simple machines to perform particular tasks
  • Over time, inventions have been developed to make manual tasks motorised to make it easier/more efficient
  • Trade across the world enables different countries to have goods that they would not have in their own country.
  • Trade helps countries to make money.

To enable children to be successful, we will focus on the following:

  • Investigate a range of simple machines, including gears
  • Attend a fun and educational trip to Oxford Science Centre
  • Look at the chronology of the Victorian era
  • Discover why Britain emerged as the most powerful trading nation in the world during the reign of Queen Victoria
  • Understand the importance of steam and electricity as power sources and the impact this had on the industrial revolution.
  • Recognise Isambard Kingdom Brunel as a significant British design engineer of his time.
  • Investigate and connect electrical circuits using a variety of apparatus
  • Design, plan and build a mechanical toy
  • Apply knowledge of electrical circuits to motorise the mechanical toy
  • Evaluate, analyse and improve product


Times tables 3, 6, 9 and their relationships

Connections between multiplication and division and the distributive law

Calculation- multiply and divide by 10 or 100


A Persuasive Advert

We will be focusing on writing an advert that would persuade people to attend The Great Exhibition. To be successful, children will develop their skills and knowledge of applying a variety of literary devices including:

  • To understand the audience and purpose of an advert
  • Spell and use superlatives accurately
  • Use alliteration and capital letters for impact
  • To explore the presentational and organisational features of an advert
  • Use rhetorical questions to address the reader
  • Use similes and alliteration to create a slogan
  • Use technical and powerful vocabulary in extended writing
  • Consciously choose and use literary devices to plan and draft a persuasive advert
  • To edit secretarially
  • To use the above devices and planning to produce a final persuasive advert

A Recount

Writing a recount based on our trip to Oxford Science Museum

To be successful, children will learn to apply devices such as: sequencing events in time order, using past tense, writing in first or third person, using time connectives, using powerful verbs, using quotations, including an introduction and conclusion.

A News report

During this unit, children will learn how to:

  • Use grammatical structures and text conventions required for a news report
  • Gain structural understanding of a news report
  • Plan and execute an extended task
  • Apply focused editing.


Non-chronological report - The Great Exhibition 1851

  • Read with fluency
  • Decode unfamiliar words
  • Use skimming and scanning to navigate texts
  • Develop retrieval skills
  • Differentiate between fact and opinion

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graheme plus additional variety of text extracts to:

  • Explore authorial content
  • Develop comparison skills
  • Develop summarising skills
  • Develop prediction skills
  • Develop inference skills
  • Use skimming and scanning to locate specific words/phrases


This term’s focus is on programming – repetition in shapes and will include:

  • Programming a screen turtle
  • Programming letters
  • Patterns and repeats
  • Using loops to create shapes
  • Breaking things down
  • Creating a program


We will learn:

Theme – Relationships (Families and close positive relationships)

  • That behaviours between people differ in different relationships, e.g. mum and dad might kiss you but your teacher won’t
  • that it is important to tell someone (such as their teacher) if something about their family makes them unhappy or worried.
  • That people who love and care for each other can be in a committed relationship (e.g. marriage), living together, but may also live apart.
  • to recognise and respect that there are different types of family structure (including single parents, same-sex parents, stepparents, blended families).

Theme – Friendships

  • That healthy friendships make people feel included; recognise when others may feel lonely or excluded; strategies for how to include them
  • how friendships can change over time, about making new friends and the benefits of having different types of friends.
  • Strategies for recognising and managing peer influence and a desire for peer approval in friendships; to recognise the effect of online actions on others
  • to recognise if a friendship (online or offline) is making them feel unsafe or uncomfortable, how to ask for support.

Theme: Managing hurtful behaviour and bullying

  • What to do if they witness or experience hurtful behaviour offline and online (including teasing, name-calling, bullying, trolling, harassment or the deliberate excluding of others); how to report concerns and get support
  • About discrimination: what it means and what it can look like. E.g. racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia


Using the Charanga musical programme, we will focus on the song STOP! by Joanna Mangona and a variety of mixed styles of music to develop the following skills:

  • To listen and appraise
  • Play musical games such as ‘Copy Back’ and ‘Find the Pulse’
  • Singing and awareness of song
  • Improvisation including creating our own song
  • Composition
  • Performance



We will be continuing to learn common themes including:

  • Items of clothing
  • Colours.


Indoor P.E - Dance linked to Robots

  • We will focus on a collaboratively choreographed sequence of robot-like moves in time with music by learning the following skills:
  • Maintain control when performing traveling sequences in time with the music
  • Link movements with fluidity and ease.
  • Enjoy working together to create appropriate movements.
  • Communicate with the audience when performing.
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns with increasing duration. 
  • Comment on what I like and how to improve others and own work.

Outdoor P.E – Swimming


This term we will learn the following:

Big question: Are people really good or bad?

Theme: symbolism

Faiths: Christianity and Judaism

  • Recall key events of the Plagues of Egypt
  • Water turning to blood, frogs, lice, flies, livestock pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the killing of firstborn children
  • Explain Jewish beliefs about the Plagues of Egypt
  • God sending a message to the Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery
  • God spared the Israelites because they were his chosen people
  • Explain Christian beliefs about the Plagues of Egypt
  • God sending a message to the Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery
  • God spared the Israelites because they were his chosen people