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Year 4

Welcome to Spring Term 2020

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 play scripts and producing a fantasy story in the style of Arthur and the Golden Rope.

 

 

 

 

Maths

In maths we will be consolidating our understanding of division, using formal written methods to solve increasingly harder calculations.

We will also be solving problems involving measurement, including area and perimeter. Then we will be continuing the development of our understanding of fractions.

To practise your multiplication and division hit the button

Understanding the World

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.

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 the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produce it.

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

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

Expressive Art and Design

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. We will also be using a range of computing programs to edit music and compose soundtracks related to our Viking topic.

Communication and Language

Family members and pets will be our focus in French and we will be speaking in phrases and sentences linked to this focus while developing our pronunciation. We will also be developing our reasoning and explaining skills through justifying our opinions across a range of our learning topics.

 

Mental and Physical Wellbeing

In PSHE the children will be learning about keeping healthy, exploring how to develop a healthy lifestyle now and in the future. We will also developing our understanding of the range of legal drugs encountered in everyday life including over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs as well as tea, coffee and tobacco.

In outdoor PE we will be developing our balance, agility and co-ordination through Multiskills. Indoor PE will see the children developing control and accuracy in their movement skills during the Year 4 “Fitness Frenzy!” (swimming – Imogen’s class).

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

Kate’s Class: Indoor PE – Monday, Outdoor PE – Thursdays

Dominic’s Class: Indoor PE – Wednesday, Outdoor PE – Thursdays

Imogen’s Class: Swimming on Thursday, Outdoor PE – 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 Thursday or Friday and should be completed and returned by the following Monday. 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.

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

Imogen, Kate and Dominic

Year 4 Welcome to the Autumn Term 2 2019

We hope you all had an enjoyable half term holiday! The children have returned with lots of stories of the fun and educational activities they have been doing over the week. Our topic for this half term continues to be ancient Egypt and we will be discovering how we can use what we have learnt from them in today’s world.

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 story set in the imaginary world of Varjak Paw, using creative language to bring the setting to life.

 

 

 

 

 

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. We will finish the term by exploring area and perimeter.

For multiplication and division hit the button

About the Bar Method bar model

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

We will be continuing our exploration of Ancient Egypt, learning about the inventions of the Ancient Egyptians, debating Cleopatra’s reputation 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 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.

 

In R.E. we will continue our study of Christianity, learning about Christian festivals and understanding how belonging to a group can be important and meaningful.

EXPRESSIVE ART AND DESIGN

In DT we are going to apply our knowledge of the water cycle to evaluate and design our own sustainable water collectors. We will also be taking on the role of toy designers and creating our own Varjak Paw toy prototypes that respond to a varied range of inputs. This will help us develop our skills in designing, writing and debugging code. The children are also creating their own Egyptian dances, focusing on developing choreographic devices and motifs.

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

The Zoo is our focus in French and we will be speaking in phrases and sentences linked to this focus while developing our pronunciation. We will be developing our reasoning and explaining skills through justifying our opinions across a range of our learning topics.

MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING

In PSHE the children will be learning to express what is important to them, to recognise and be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others and exploring the concept of secrets.

In PE we will be continuing to develop our cricket skills (swimming – Dominic’s class) and our Egyptian dances.

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

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

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

Imogen’s Class: Indoor PE –Dance on Mondays, 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. 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.

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

Imogen, Kate and Dominic

Autumn Term 1 2019

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

ar 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 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 the children will design and make their own clay Sphinx.  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 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:

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

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

Imogen’s Class: Indoor PE –Dance on Mondays, 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. 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.

Imogen, Kate and Dominic

 

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