Year 4

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Welcome to Year 4

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.

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

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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