Year 4

SPaG

2017-2018

Autumn Term

This second half of the Autumn term is our new  topic India and as a sneak peak we have been making Indian Elephants in Art. The children really enjoyed turning their old milk cartons into these wonderful animals.

The first half of the Autumn term has been a very busy one in Year 4. We have found out all about life in Anglo Saxon times including place names, village life, clothes and religion. In art we have looked at shields, made our own brooches, designed our own illuminated letters and written in runes!

In English we have studied ‘Beowulf’ and have written our own Anglo Saxon myths. Year 4 are really looking forward to showing you their assembly!

We have been taking a closer look at the digestive system in Science, thinking about what happens to our food on its journey through (and out) of our bodies! We have also looked at teeth and their functions, testing the effect of different drinks on teeth had very interesting results! Year 4 might think twice before drinking too much orange juice!

In maths we have been ‘mastering’ place value. We are now moving on to a deeper understanding of addition and subtraction methods. Year 4 are working on improving their reasoning skills by trying to ‘prove’ how they know that their answers are correct.

2016-2017

Summer Term

The children have come back after the Easter break refreshed and ready for the term ahead. This term will see Year 4 take part in the school’s first ever Space Camp! I’m sure you will agree that this is a very exciting opportunity for them.

Our new topic is ‘The Riotous Royals’, which will include looking at significant Kings and Queens throughout British history. We will also get a chance to include British Geography, map work and investigating the Empire within this topic. During this topic, we will study the period of the Victorians in more detail.

We will be doing extended pieces of writing, including non-fiction genres such as: non-chronological reports, biographies, letters and explanatory texts. We will be studying three main texts this term starting with, ‘Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears’ followed by ‘Tuesday’ a wonderful picture book with many opportunities for narrative writing. Finally, reading ‘The Ice Palace’ a fantasy genre.

In maths we will be mastering measures, including conversions from mm to cm, m and km. we will also be covering many areas of shape and position such as: symmetry, angles, coordinates and translation. Children will continue to work on the ‘mastery’ approach by showing their work in different ways, explaining their findings, using their fluency skills to problem solve and hopefully go into greater depth. Year 4 will carry on with ‘Big Maths’ as well as ‘Mad Minutes’ to further improve their fluency skills and speed of table recall.

Year 4 science topics this term are ‘Sound’ and ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. In the ‘Sound’ topic we will be investigating how we hear things, vibrations, how sounds travel and soundproofing. The ‘Living Things’ topic will comprise of classification, using keys, local habitats and environmental factors. Year 4 will continue to take part in the BBC’s ‘Terrific Scientific’ campaign which invites school to join in with national experiments and live lessons.

In art we will be studying portraits alongside our Royalty topic. Our DT this term will focus on food technology, more details to follow later in the term.

Please continue to support your child at home by:

  • Reading regularly – aiming to be a gold reader by reading 6 or 7 times.
  • Completing all home learning and handing in on a Thursday.
  • Ensuring your child learns the weekly spellings for a Friday test
  • Practise the Y3/4 spellings

Thank you for your continued support.

Spring Term

The children have come back after the Christmas break enthusiastic and ready for the term ahead.

Our new topic is The Railways, which will include looking at significant people involved in the development of steam engines and the railway network in Britain eg George Stephenson, James Watt and Henley’s very own William James! We will also get a chance to include British Geography and map work within this topic.

We will be doing lots of extended pieces of writing, including non-fiction genres such as: non-chronological reports, biographies and explanatory texts. Later in the term, we will be reading and studying the classic text ‘The Railway Children’ This will form the basis of spelling, grammar, reading and writing activities.

To encourage even more reading as well as support our local library, Year 4 have been asked to take part in a reading challenge. They simply need to borrow 4 books from the library, read them and write a short review in a specially designed reading log book. Four children will then be chosen to represent the school at a reading celebration at the end of March – details to follow.

In maths we will be mastering fractions (equivalent fractions, finding tenths and hundredths, adding and subtracting fractions) as well as time. After half term we will be looking at decimals, including money. Children will continue to work on the ‘mastery’ approach by showing their work in different ways, explaining their findings, using their fluency skills to problem solve and hopefully go into greater depth.

Year 4s science topic this term is ‘Teeth’ where we will be testing the effect of different drinks as well as investigating which toothpaste is the best! Later in the term we will looking at ‘Electricity’ I have signed Year 4 up to take part in the BBCs ‘Terrific Scientific’ campaign which invites school to join in with national experiments and live lessons. So watch this space!

In computing, we will be learning how to code. We will also be creating some wonderful artwork based on L.S Lowry’s industrial landscapes. Our DT will be linked to railways as we will be investigating structures for tunnels and bridges using everyday materials.

Please continue to support your child at home by:

  • Reading regularly – aiming to be a gold reader by reading 6 or 7 times.
  • Completing all home learning and handing in on a Thursday.
  • Ensuring your child learns the weekly spellings for a Friday test
  • Practise the Y3/4 spellings

Thank you for your continued support.