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Year 4

A warm welcome to Year 4!

 

Below is the key information for the coming term. If you have any questions or would like any advice please do not hesitate to ask. 

 

Staffing

Mrs Gillaspy will teach the class every Monday and Tuesday and Miss Meagher will teach the class on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Marsh will be supporting in class every morning apart from Friday.  

 

Reading

It is important that reading folders are brought in every day. Reading diaries are checked every Monday and the children are given value points when they read at least 4 times at home.  We encourage the children to read with an adult as often as possible to ensure they are able to discuss the text and demonstrate their understanding. Please ensure that their diary is kept up-to-date and signed weekly by an adult. 

 

Homework

English homework will be spellings (using Spelling Shed) and will be set on Friday. The children will have 1 week to learn the words for a test the following week.  

 

Maths homework is set on Friday. This will often be in the form of a challenge set on ‘Eedi’.  Through this site, we will set challenges which link to the work we have been doing in class. The children should complete the challenges independently. The site offers explanations for questions they got wrong. If you are able to support them with these explanations after they have completed the challenge this would support their progress greatly.

 

Times tables

The children will be tested each Tuesday.  They need to know the times table they are working on in order (bronze), out of order (silver) and the inverse (gold). The tests are timed to ensure they have quick recall of these number facts. All children should know their times tables up to 12x12 by heart at the end of year 4.

 

PE

P.E. is on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon. Children must always have the correct kit in school. 

 

Rewards 

Each week a 'legend of the week' and 'writer of the week' will be chosen, they will be celebrated in assembly on Friday afternoons and added to the weekly newsletter. The children will continue to receive Value Points, linked with our school values. We also have a whole class points chart, which when filled will  generate a class reward, chosen by the children.

 

Curriculum for this half term

Geography:

Our overarching topic this term is a Geography based unit around rainforests where we will be working on the following:

Know the location of rainforests in the world.

Know definitions of climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Understand the implications of deforestation.

Know that climate change is caused by pollution.

Pollution causes a hole in the Ozone layer.

Climate change may be irreversible.

Understand that natural resources are not distributed equally.

Know definition of fair trade and fair/unfair distribution of resources.

Understand that natural resources are not distributed equally.

Know that purchasing fair trade products supports people in poorer countries.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be covering the following:

Find 1,000 more or less than a given number.

Recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number.

Order and compare numbers beyond 1,000.

Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.

Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000

Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers.

Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.

Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectangular figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres.

Convert between different units of measure (for example, kilometre to metre).

 

English

In English we will be basing our work on the following:

Narrative story writing (based around Chris Callaghan’s, ‘The Great Chocoplot’.

We will be learning how to use the following:

Expanded noun phrases

Similes

Repetition for effect

Onomatopoeia

Action Sentences

Fronted adverbials

Relative clauses

Dialogue

Paragraphs

Punctuation:

Plural possessive apostrophe.

Pronouns to avoid repetition

Inverted commas

 

The children will also be creating biographies for our class author, Roald Dahl. Any research about his life would support the children within class.

 

Science

In Science we will be learning about the water cycle. They will learn that matter exist as a solid, liquid or a gas and how temperature can affect how they change.

 

PE

The children will be receiving sports coaching alongside the support of the teacher.

 

Art

We will be studying artists such as Henri Rousseau and using techniques with sketching pencils and colours to create a rainforest scene.

 

Computing

In Computing we will be focusing on online safety and becoming familiar with the programme 'Purple Mash'.

 

 

Our Curriculum:
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