Year 4


Upcoming Dates & Events for Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Spring Term 2017

Viking boat

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?

LITERACY

How to Train your Dragon book cover.
Year 4 will explore fantasy settings and immerse themselves in vocabulary from How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell, create mythical creatures inspired by the story.

The children will also explore the text through a range of drama and writing activities, including immersing the children in creature vocabulary, creating mythical creatures inspired by the text and creative writing of the characters.

MATHS

maths

maths we will solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.  We will read, write and convert between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks and solving problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/fractions-and-decimals

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 manipulating clay to create a mythical creature. 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 Eid 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’s Class:  Swimming – Tuesdays,    Outdoor PE – Mondays

Karen’s Class: Orienteering – Wednesdays,    Outdoor PE – Fridays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Tuesdays,      Outdoor PE – 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.

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

Sarah, Karen and Hannah

 

Autumn Term 2 2016

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.

ENGLISH

Year 4 will be continuing to study Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with two different focuses. Firstly, we will be immersing ourselves in the poetic form and producing our own Kennings poems, working towards a Nonsense poem, inspired by all of the words that Roald Dahl made up in his stories! Following on from this, we will be writing Non-Chronological reports on Roald Dahl as an author.

roald-dahl

 

MATHS

In maths we are going to be focusing on displaying calculations using the ‘Bar Method’.

maths

This will help all of the class visualise their calculations clearly and understand what operations to use. We are going to practice our multiplication and division skills, apply these to solve practical maths problems.

(http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html)

SCIENCE and COMPUTING

Our Science topic is continuing with States of matter.  During this half term, we will be studying the water cycle and learning all about evaporation and condensation. This is going to work alongside our Computing topic, which is to observe, record and report the weather.

FOUNDATION

In DT the children will be planning, designing and making their own healthy cakes.  In History and Geography we are continuing to study the Mayans, looking into their

calendar, the Mayan hierarchy, ruins and finally, the decline of the Mayan civilisation. The children will also be using their map reading skills to locate particular sets of ruins, and describe the physical geographical features.  In RE we will be learning about types of Christian celebrations.

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/christianity/)

PE

In PE we are going to be continuing with Cricket outdoors. We are going to be practicing and refining our batting, fielding and catching skills. Karen’s class will continue to go swimming, and are greatly enjoying it. Indoor PE is moving on to ‘Fitness Frenzy’, where the children will be going circuit training. They are learning how to do the plank, burpees and lunges, amongst other things.

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

Sarah’s Class: Indoor PE – Fitness Frenzy on Thursdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Mondays

Karen’s Class: Swimming on Tuesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Mondays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE – Fitness Frenzy on Tuesdays, 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.

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 should be responding to their reading each week in their reading journals. If you have any queries about your homework, please ask for help before the weekend.

Sarah, Karen and Hannah

Autumn Term 1 2016

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 smashing up Mayan Piñatas.  Our history and geography topic this term is, The Mayans with a focus on the history of chocolate.

LITERACY

Year 4 will read a number of texts related to their topic, both fiction and non-fiction with a focus on creative writing from the Mayan story Rain Player.  The children will also explore the text Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through a range of drama and writing activities, including writing recounts and diaries in role and persuasive writing for chocolate adverts.

MATHS

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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 compare and group solids, liquids and gases, exploring their properties and investigating how temperature affects their state.  We will be experimenting up close with lots of materials to understand their states of matter.

FOUNDATION

In Art the children will recreate the Bonampak Mayan Murals using pastels.  In history and geography we will be discovering where the Mayan ruins are located, the geographical features and how we know about the ancient Mayan civilization.  The children will also investigate a range of sources to aid their learning of how Mayan society was organized, their achievements and the causes for the decline of their civilization.  In RE we will be learning about places of Christian worship.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z2pfgk7)

PE

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

Sarah’s Class: Indoor PE – Yoga on Thursdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Mondays

Karen’s Class: Swimming on Tuesdays, Outdoor PE – Cricket on Mondays

Hannah’s Class: Indoor PE –Yoga on Tuesdays, 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.

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 should be responding to their reading each week in their reading journals. If you have any queries about your homework, please ask for help before the weekend.

Sarah, Karen and Hannah

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 by Jennie on the school Reception desk.

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