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Year 4

Welcome to the second half of the Spring Term 2021!

Last term, the children got stuck into our Invaders and Settlers topic and learnt about the Anglo-Saxons and their impact on this island. They wrote fantasy stories based on Arthur and the Golden Rope. This term we will continue to learn about the Vikings, with a focus on The Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry.  Find out more here:  https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/vikings/

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 producing an explanation text about the digestive system.

 

 

Maths

 

In maths we will be continuing to develop our understanding of fractions before learning to recognise and write decimal equivalents of tenths and hundredths. The children will then learn to round decimals to the nearest whole number and compare numbers up to 2 decimal places. The development of multiplication and division skills remains a focus, visit the following sites to practise:

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

https://ttrockstars.com/

Understanding the world

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.

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 humans 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.   Find out more here: https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/human-body/digestion/

In RE we will continue learning about Islam. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zk34wmn

Expressive art and design

In art the children will continue learning about different styles of mark making and how to build up an image with texture before they apply their skills creating a picture of a mythical creature. The  children will continue their dance sessions with Georgina.

 

Communication and language

Hobbies 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 safe, developing their understanding of the risks and hazards that are present in a number of environments and knowing where to go for help. We will also learn about 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 orienteering skills. Indoor PE will see the children continue their dance lessons with Georgina.

We are going to give the children a break from home learning for the rest of the term, given that they have spent so much time in front of their computers during lockdown.  We will continue to work on the Tate Art Project and your support with this would be very much appreciated.

Homework

We are going to give the children a break from home learning for the rest of the term, given that they have spent so much time in front of their computers during lockdown.  We will continue to work on the Tate Art Project and your support with this would be very much appreciated.

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

Shipra, Kate and Dominic

Sports Challenge: week of 22.2.21

Below is this week’s sports challenge – don’t forget to submit your scores by Friday 26th February via the London Youth Game website !

The Tate Hear My Story Project

In 2018-19 The Tate ran the Yr3 Photography Project with the artist and director Steve McQueen.  The children who are now in Yr5 had their photographs taken and displayed in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.  This year The Tate have launched the Hear My Story Project and we are delighted to announce that Kilmorie are taking part in this.  Kate launched the project in a recent whole school assembly and teachers have shared Part One of the project What Makes You, You? with their classes.

The project encourages students to think of themselves – their lived experiences, cultures, histories, ideas and questions – as the starting point for looking at art and making stories.

Here is a video which explains the first part of the project:

(1) Hear My Story: Part 2 – Introduction for Students | Tate – YouTube

It matters whose stories get told.  It matters whose stories we hear.

Part Two of the project is launched on March 15th and in the meantime, The Tate have produced two additional drawing projects. These are Y is for Who Are You? and W is for Who Are We? Further supporting information can be found in the documents below:

Autumn Term 2 2020!

Pyramids

We hope you all had an enjoyable half term break! The children have returned with lots of stories of the fun and 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

Varjak Paw
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

maths

In maths we are going to practise our addition and subtractions skills before focusing on developing our understanding of multiplication and division. We will be applying our skills and understanding in these topics to solve practical maths problems. We will finish the term by exploring area and perimeter.
For addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button).

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.

Weather
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

Water butt

In DT we are going to apply our knowledge of Egyptian inventions and the water cycle to evaluate and design our own sustainable water collectors that can be put to use in the school. We will also continue to design and create our Egyptian maze games. This will help us develop our skills in designing, writing and debugging code.

Communication and Language

Zoo
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. We will continue to incorporate mindfulness, time to talk and the daily mile into our routine in order to help the children with their emotions, focus and resilience.

In PE we will be continuing to develop our cricket skills and gymnastic skills.

A reminder that your child can either come dressed in their PE kit on their PE days or leave their PE kit in school to change into.

Kate’s Class: Indoor PE – Gymnastics on Tuesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Wednesdays

Dominic’s Class: Indoor PE – Gymnastics on Wednesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Mondays

Shipra’s Class: Indoor PE – Gymnastics on Mondays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Thursdays

KIT REQUIRED:  Indoor PE – shorts or leggings, T-shirt.  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.

Thank you for supporting your child with using Teams to complete their home learning.  Please continue to ensure your child is reading their reading book, responding to it in their reading journal and that you are getting involved in their reading through listening and questioning.

Please ensure your child brings in their own water bottle each day.

Shipra, Kate and Dominic

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

Welcome to the Autumn Term 2020!

 

It has been great to see the children return to school and settle into their new classrooms. They have thrown themselves into the first topic of the year and are busy exploring the mysteries of 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

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

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.

In history, we will understand 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 Christianity and exploring places of Christian worship.

EXPRESSIVE ART AND DESIGN

In Art the children will be studying Egyptian monuments and statues before designing and making their own clay Sphinx. We will also be taking on the role of programmers and creating our own Egyptian maze games to help us develop our skills in designing, writing and debugging code.

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

Parts of the body will be our main 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 about the ups and downs in relationships and how to deal with them.

In PE the children will be developing their cricketing skills and creating a short gymnastic sequence that highlights their ability to work in unison and control their bodies.

Please note: Children will need to wear their PE kit to school on the days they do PE.

Kate’s Class: Indoor PE – Gymnastics on Tuesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Wednesdays

Dominic’s Class: Indoor PE – Gymnastics on Wednesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Mondays

Shipra’s Class: Indoor PE – Gymnastics on Mondays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on 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.

Home learning 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.

Shipra, Kate and Dominic

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