Welcome to Year 4
Welcome back to another term in Year 4! We have already had lots happening in school and are looking forward to a successful term. Just a reminder that the school day begins at 9.05. It is important that all children are on time so that they do not miss the register or the beginning of the first lesson, which starts at 9.15.
This term started with looking at fiction. Children will soon be producing stories set in imaginary worlds, based on our class text The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The term will continue with a focus on stories from other cultures- with a particular emphasis on retelling and understanding the story’s messages. For spelling, our focus will be homophones and suffixes, in addition to consolidation of spelling patterns from the Autumn term. Grammar will focus on the correct use of paragraphs and adverbials.
This term we will be focusing on developing a secure understanding of multiplication and division, fractions and data. We will focus on ordering fractions, understanding mixed numbers and finding equivalent fractions through problem solving. In addition to this, we will be looking at data including bar and line graphs. Year 4 continue to work on the times tables and related division facts, from the 2x to 12x.
Our topic is ‘Good Vibrations’. The children are learning about sound, including how it is created, the way it travels and how it is processed by the ear. The children will explore how sounds can be varied, and the way sound travels through solids, liquids and gases. Our focus for the second half of the term will be ‘Circuits and Conductors’. The children will learn about electricity and have the opportunity to investigate and build circuits. They will be able to represent these circuits using scientific symbols.
We are studying Ghana, focusing on the village of Sanka, close to the coastal town of Elmina. Children will be using different geographical sources, ICT, and maps to problem solve and ask questions. We will also consider how the quality of life in Ghana could be improved.
Our topic this term is Believing and Belonging within the Hindu faith. This will include learning about religious traditions and how these can impact on culture.
In the second half of the term, the children will be looking at the topic of ‘Keeping Safe and Healthy’. They will be unpicking what this involves and will explore different ideas and scenarios. More detailed information will be sent before we start teaching this unit.
In their art lessons Year 4 will be making a series of bird drawings, looking at the anatomy of a bird to understand its form which they will then mono print. The project will continue after half term when they will make 3D bird sculptures using only recycled materials.
In each class the children, in groups of ten, will continue to be taught brass, string or woodwind instruments by a specialist instrumental tutor. The children will continue to learn a musical instrument for the full academic year.
To complement our science topic on electricity, the children will design and make a ‘lighting-up’ object.
The children will be learning how to describe what people look like. There will be a focus on colours for hair and eyes, describing physical features, a person’s personality and using the third person to be and to have.
Online English and maths homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by Monday morning. This homework should take no longer than 40 minute for your child to complete in each subject. If your child is struggling to complete it in this time, please let us know and we can adjust the amount and/or difficulty of what is being set for your child.
Children will continue to receive weekly reading homework in their reading records. This will be based on the discussion from their reading session and should be completed in their reading record. Please ensure their reading record is returned in time for the following week’s session. Times tables up to 12x12 should be practiced regularly to build up speed and fluency, including division facts.
Words to learn will be sent home every Monday and tested the following week in a dictation. Children should be practicing these spellings at home.
Children require a complete change of clothes for PE, including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing. We would also ask that all school uniform and lunchboxes be clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return.
Outdoor PEIndoor PE
Tuesday – games
Tuesday – games
All children are encouraged to bring in a healthy snack for break time. This should consist of fruit, vegetables or a small savory sandwich. It is also advisable that the children bring in a bottle of water labelled with their name on a daily basis.
Teachers are available before and after school in the playground. If you are unable to speak to us at drop-off or pick-up times for any reason, please make an appointment to discuss any queries or concerns through the school office.
Anna Biset (Year leader, 4AB), Sarah Johnson (4J), Rachel Carruthers (4C) Josh Bartlett (4B)