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Year 4 Welcome to the Summer Term 2 2019

We hope that you have had a great break and are ready for all the exciting events that this final half term has in store!

English

 

Year 4 will be continuing to immerse themselves in the mysteries of Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell. We will be producing a non-fiction piece of writing about the geography of Paris. We will also be exploring the Take One Picture painting through a range of reading, drama and writing activities and using the picture as inspiration for our poetry.

 

 

 

 

Maths

In maths we will be comparing and classifying geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes. Children will be identifying acute and obtuse angles as well as identifying lines of symmetry and completing symmetric figures. Year 4 will be describing positions on a 2D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant, describing movements between positions as translations, plotting specified points and drawing sides to complete a given polygon.  We will also interpret and present discrete and continuous data and solve problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.  If you would like to play some fun mathematical games, related to these topics then visit these links:

Maths Games

Shape, Position and Movement

Science

In Science pupils will continue to develop their understanding of States of matter. Year 4 will be exploring the water cycle and the roles that evaporation and condensation play within the cycle. Experiments will be designed and carried out by the children so that they can record evaporation over a period of time. Pupils will also learn about methods of water conservation and why it is important.

Foundation

In Art we will be studying artist George Bellows and his picture ‘Men of the Docks’. We will think about immigration and what it would have been like to live in another country. We will also explore our own diversity and what gives us our unique identity. We will be sketching industrial and urban skylines as well as other exciting projects. In Geography we will be continuing our comparative study of London and Paris. The children will be continuing to learn about the human and physical geography of the two regions and designing and creating their own maps of Paris using the skills they have developed throughout the topic. In RE we will continue to explore Judaism by looking at festivals in Jewish life, the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt and how Hanukkah is celebrated in Jewish homes.

PE

Please help your child to remember to bring the correct kit to school on the following days:

Sarah’ Ns Class:  Swimming – Thursdays,   Outdoor PE – Fridays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Mondays,  Outdoor PE – Fridays

Sarah R’s Class:  Indoor PE – Wednesdays,  Outdoor PE – Thursdays

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  Swimming – Costume, swimming hat and towel.  Outdoor PE – jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.

As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

Your child should be completing their homework each week. It is sent out either on Thursday, and should be returned by the following Tuesday. This work is planned to secure and develop your child’s knowledge and understanding, and is therefore extremely important.

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held at the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

Sarah N, Hannah and Sarah R

Summer Term 1 2019

During this term our topic is “Bonjour Paris!” We will be studying the European country of France with a focus on the capital city of Paris.

English

Year 4 will be immersing themselves into the mysteries of Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell. The children will explore the text through a range of reading, drama and writing activities, to create a recount as one of the characters from the story. They will also produce a piece of creative writing focusing on describing settings and characters.

 

 

 

Maths

In maths pupils will continue to develop their understanding of equivalent fractions and decimals. We will be exploring money; estimating, comparing and calculating in pounds and pence; converting between different units of money and solving problems involving money. This term we will also be learning to; read analogue and digital clocks; convert times between 12hour and 24hour clocks and solving time based problems.

If you would like to play some fun mathematical games, then visit this link !

Science

Our Science topic is States of Matter.  Year 4 will be categorising materials as solids, liquids or gases and learning how to define the different states. The children will be planning and carrying out experiments to explore properties of liquids and will be developing their understanding of the effect of temperature on a variety of materials observing changing states and then modelling them.

Foundation

In art we will be studying the methods that Matisse used to create his work, creating our own pieces inspired by those methods. The children will also be learning to create prints and will work as part of a team to create a large scale montage. In geography we will be studying the climate zones, vegetation belts and rivers of the Parisian region of France, to compare with Greater London. We will also study the land use, natural resources and the food that the region produces, looking into how that connects with its trade links. In RE we will be learning about Judaism. In particular, we will study the Jewish Sabbath day, festivals in Jewish life, and Passover. In computing we will be taking on the role of meteorologists and using a variety of software and hardware to collect, analyse, evaluate and present our findings in a weather report.

PE

Please help your child to remember to bring the correct kit to school on the following days:

Sarah N’s Class:  Swimming – Thursdays,    Outdoor PE – Fridays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Mondays,      Outdoor PE – Fridays

Sarah R’s Class:  Indoor PE – Wednesdays,    Outdoor PE – Thursdays

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  Swimming – Costume, swimming hat and towel.  Outdoor PE – jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.

As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

Your child should be completing their home learning each week. It is sent out on Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. This work is planned to secure and develop your child’s knowledge and understanding, and is therefore extremely important.

 

Sarah N, Hannah and Sarah R

Spring Term Second Half 2019

Last term, the children got stuck into our Invaders and Settlers topic and learnt all about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. They created some wonderful artwork and fantastic explanations for how to catch a wolf, all based on Arthur and Golden Rope. This term we will continue to learn about the Vikings, with a focus on The Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry.

ENGLISH

Year 4 will read a number of texts related to their history topic and continue to practise skills of inference, deduction, prediction and summarising whilst building their vocabulary. They will be learning about the language features of persuasive writing and will produce a persuasive argument for why the Vikings should/ shouldn’t go to battle. They will also work on their narrative writing, creating stories based on Arthur and the Golden Rope.

MATHS

In maths we will be learning to recognise and write decimal equivalents of tenths and hundredths. We will be linking this learning to our understanding of fractions. The children will be learning to round decimals to the nearest whole number and compare numbers up to 2 decimal places.

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

Our Science topic is Electricity.  Year 4 will identify common appliances that run on electricity, construct simple series electrical circuits, identifying and naming the basic parts. They will investigate the effects of different materials, thinking about conductors and insulators.

FOUNDATION

In history the children will be exploring the reasons for the Viking invasions, understanding viewpoints from both parties, studying the Bayeux Tapestry in depth in order to understand what happened at the Battle of Hastings. From this we will be discussing the legacy of the Vikings. As a part of our Computing learning, we will be creating music and improving our touch typing skills. In DT we will be applying our knowledge of electricity to make steady hand games. In our French lessons we will be revising the names of pets and understanding the Easter traditions in French. In RE we will continue learning about Islam, this term focussing on Hajj and Id ul Adha

PE

Please help your child to remember to bring the correct kit to school on the following days:

Sarah N’s Class:  Indoor PE – Mondays,    Outdoor PE – Fridays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Mondays,     Outdoor PE – Fridays

Sarah R’s Class:  Outdoor PE – Wednesdays,    Swimming – Thursdays

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  Swimming – Costume, swimming hat and towel.  Outdoor PE – jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.

As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

Homework is sent home on Thursdays and should be completed and returned by the following Monday. If you have any queries about your homework, please ask for help before the weekend.

Spring Term First Half 2019

We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas Holiday.  The children have returned to school refreshed and ready to learn. During this term we will explore the epic struggle for control of the kingdom of England between the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Where did they come from? How did they get here? Who will emerge victorious? Who will lay down the law of the land?

ENGLISH

Year 4 will explore fantasy settings and immerse themselves in the world of Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton. The children will explore the text through a range of drama and writing activities, including creating their own mythical creatures inspired by the text, writing explanation texts that detail how to capture their creatures and producing a fantasy story in the style of Arthur and the Golden Rope.

 

 

MATHS

In maths we will be solving problems involving measurement, including area and perimeter. We will also be consolidating our understanding of multiplication, using formal written methods to solve increasingly harder calculations. We will be working on using the grid method, the column method and the expanded method.

SCIENCE

Our Science topic is Sound.  Year 4 will Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with vibrations,  recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear and find patterns between pitch of a sound and features of the object that produce it.

FOUNDATION

In art we will be inspired by Norse mythology and explore ideas around mythical creatures. We will learn different styles of mark making and how to build up an image with texture. In history and geography, we will be using a range of sources to help us identify who the Anglo Saxons and Vikings were, where they came from and their motivation for invasion. We will use maps, atlases and globes to locate where the Saxons and Vikings came from and the route they took in order to invade.

In RE we will be learning about the importance of Ramadan and Id Ul Fitr.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z434wmn

PE

Please help your child to remember to bring the correct kit to school on the following days:

Sarah N’s Class:  Indoor PE – Mondays,    Outdoor PE – Fridays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Mondays,      Outdoor PE – Fridays

Sarah R’s Class:  Swimming – Thursdays,    Indoor PE – Wednesdays

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  Swimming – Costume, swimming hat and towel.  Outdoor PE – jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.

As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

Sarah N, Sarah R and Hannah

Autumn Term 2 2018!

We hope you all had an enjoyable half term holiday! The children have returned with lots of stories of the fun and educational scientific activities they have been doing over the week.

ENGLISH

Year 4 will be immersing themselves into the mysteries of Varjak Paw by SF Said. The children will explore the text through a range of reading, drama and writing activities, to create a newspaper article. They will then write a narrative from another character’s point of view, using creative language to create settings and a plot.

MATHS

In maths we are going to practise our multiplication and division skills, applying these to solve practical maths problems.

We are also going to be focusing on displaying calculations using the ‘Bar Method’. This will help all of the class visualise their calculations clearly and understand what operations to use.

Maths hit the button game

SCIENCE

Our Science topic is living things and their habitats.  Year 4 will be recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, including classification keys. They will be looking into identifying living things in their local environment, and will recognise that changes in environments can cause dangers for living things. This will then lead them into researching cats around the world, understanding the differences between them and relating these to the climates they live in and the food webs they are part of.

FOUNDATION

In history we will be continuing to explore ancient Egypt. We will be debating about Cleopatra’s reputation, learning all about mummification, and much more. The children will also investigate a range of sources to aid their understanding of how Egyptian society was organised and their achievements. Throughout the topic they will be noting connections, contrasts and trends over time with other historical topics they have studied. Our geographical understanding will be developed through an exploration of the location of Egypt and its surroundings.

In computing we will be taking on the role of toy designers and creating our own Varjak Paw toy prototypes that respond to a range of inputs and outputs. This will help us develop our skills in designing, writing and debugging code. In R.E we will continue our study of Christianity, learning about Christian festivals and places of worship. Design Technology will see us evaluating a range of cakes before designing and making our own healthy cakes.

PE

Please help your child to remember to bring the correct kit to school on the following days:

Sarah R’s Class: Indoor PE – Dance on Wednesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Thursdays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Dance on Mondays, Swimming – Thursdays

Sarah N’s Class: Indoor PE – Dance on Mondays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Fridays

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  Swimming – Costume, swimming hat and towel.  Outdoor PE – jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.

As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

The children should have a reading book on the go. If you have any queries about your homework, please ask for help before the weekend.

Sarah N, Hannah and Sarah R

Autumn Term 1 2018

We hope you all had an enjoyable Summer Holiday.  The children have returned to school refreshed and ready to learn.  They have settled well into their new classrooms and have thrown themselves into the first project of the term: designing, making and tasting their Egyptian Elixirs of Life.  Our history topic this term is Ancient Egypt.

ENGLISH

Year 4 will read a number of texts related to their topic, both fiction and non-fiction. The children will first explore the Myths in Marcia William’s book Tales of Gods and Pharaohs through a range of drama and writing activities, including writing their own myth. Following this, the children will be researching and writing their own reports on the life of Cleopatra.

MATHS

In maths we will cover place value and written and mental methods of addition and subtraction. There will be a particular focus on learning multiplication and division facts and we would encourage the children to practise these regularly as part of their home learning.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

SCIENCE

Our Science topic is Animals Including Humans. Year 4 will be learning the names of and functions of the parts of the digestive system in human and identifying the different types of teeth and their functions. We will be constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

FOUNDATION

In DT the children will design and make their own Egyptian purse.  In history we will be understanding where and when the Ancient Egyptian civilisation began and how this connects to other historical eras.  The children will also investigate a range of sources to aid their understanding of how Egyptian society was organised, their achievements and the causes for the decline of their civilisation. Throughout the topic they will be noting connections, contrasts and trends over time with other historical topics they have studied. In RE we will be learning about places of Christian worship. In French we will be revising colour and learning parts of the body.

In DT the children will design and make their own Egyptian purse.  In history we will be understanding where and when the Ancient Egyptian civilisation began and how this connects to other historical eras.  The children will also investigate a range of sources to aid their understanding of how Egyptian society was organized, their achievements and the causes for the decline of their civilization. Throughout the topic they will be noting connections, contrasts and trends over time with other historical topics they have studied. In RE we will be learning about places of Christian worship. In French we will be revising colour and learning parts of the body

PE

Please help your child to remember to bring the correct kit to school on the following days:

Sarah N’s Class: Indoor PE – Dance on Mondays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Fridays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Dance on Mondays, Outdoor PE – Swimming on Thursdays

Sarah R’s Class: Indoor PE –Dance on Wednesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Tuesdays

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  Swimming – Costume, swimming hat and towel.  Outdoor PE – jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.

As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

Homework is sent home on Thursdays and should be completed and returned by the following Monday if you would like it to be marked. The children will be taking a book home each week and should be responding to their reading in their reading journals. If you have any queries about your homework, please ask for help before the weekend.

Sarah N, Hannah and Sarah R

 

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