Year 4

SPaG

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.

2015-2016

Spring Term

This term Year 4 will be looking at the wonders of the planet we live on. They will gain an understanding of the structure of the ground beneath our feet studying the tectonic plates and how they create mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. They will also learn about the Beaufort scale for wind and look at the effect it has on land.

 Our Power of Reading book this term is Gregory Cool. This story is based on the Caribbean island of Tobago and this will enable the children to compare the contrasting weather of the Caribbean with the UK.

 In art we will be studying the artist Andy Goldsworthy and recreate his design with natural objects as well and fabric and stitching.

 The children are looking forward to discovering many things this term and gain a greater understanding of the world around us.

 

Autumn Term

This term in Year 4, we have enjoyed discovering gruesome facts about the Vikings and their raids on the UK mainland. The children made scale models of a Viking long ship and leaned to write in Runes. They discovered the way of life for a typical Viking and the expectations for boys and girls within a family setting.

 In Religious Education the children compared the Sikh faith and Salvation Army. They were lucky enough to have a visitor from the Salvation Army who talked to the children about the work they do in the community. The children also visited the Sahib Gurdwara in Leamington Spa and discovered the good work done by worshipper’s everyday who prepare free food for up to 1000 people in the Langar.

In English, the children have been studying a Power of Reading text called, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. They have been drawn into this poignant adventure story set in North America. Through a roller coaster of emotions, Edward, a china rabbit, experiences wildly different settings, identities and owners, thereby gradually learning the value of love and friendship.

 The children have finished the term by performing in a Christmas production of ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’. They have taken on a variety of roles and have excelled in the performance of the Christmas story.

In Year 4 this term, we will be finding out whether the Vikings were vicious or virtuous! We will be learning when and how the Vikings lived, where they came from and where they settled.

In October, we will be visiting a Gurdwara in Leamington to gain a greater understanding of how Sikhs perform Sewa. Part of our Art will link with this visit, designing and creating a headscarf to wear on our visit.

In Science, we will be learning how electrical circuits work, how to fix them and how to stay safe around electricity in our homes.  We will also be learning about sound and investigate which materials sound vibrations can travel through.  In our Computing lessons, we will be learning how to create our own music through digital sounds using some very exciting software and apps!

We are also enjoying our introduction to French, learning the Abba classic ‘Mamma Mia’ in music and we look forward to our outdoor adventurous activity lessons on Tuesday afternoons.

2014-2015

Summer Term

We have had a wonderful final term in Year 4!  We started with our visits with Yew Tree Community School in Aston and then we performed our fantastic Class Assembly about the Romans.

We have learnt lots about the Romans! Here are some of our favourite facts:

  • A legion had 4800 soldiers in it.
  • They used a groma to make sure their roads were straight.
  • They had vomiting rooms in their villas.
  • They invented central heating – it was called the hypocaust!
  • The Romans used public bath houses.
  • They made mosaics out of tiny tiles called tesserae.
  • The Colosseum in Rome could hold 75,000 people
  • Roman women wore stolas and the men wore togas.

In English, we have learnt about Limericks; we have followed the lives and adventures of the Gaskitt family in Allan Ahlberg’s series of stories; we have become persuasive writers and have learnt about the Aborigine culture through reading Dreamtime stories.

In maths, we have improved our calculation strategies (including long division!) and learnt how to find the area and perimeter of rectangles; use coordinates; read and write the time on a 24 hour clock and draw and interpret bar charts and line graphs. We have also continued to get faster at recalling times tables!

On International Day, we learnt about Oceania and how it is in the Southern Hemisphere with the Tropic of Capricorn running through it.  We learnt that there are thousands of islands in Oceania.  We have learnt that lines of latitude are horizontal and lines of longitude run from the North Pole to the South Pole. We have also learnt how to use four figure grid references to locate places on an OS map.

In June, we had our Year 4 Sleepover! We made wonderful Fathers’ Day cards, played rounders on the field, watched a film and had dinner from the fish and chip shop! We sang songs and toasted marshmallows to make super-scrumptious smores around the camp fire! In the morning, we had a delicious breakfast of croissants and baguettes.

This term, Year 4 are learning all about the Romans!  We will be finding out about the Roman Empire, how the Romans invaded Britain and the impact of the Roman Empire on our lives today.  The class assembly on Friday 1st May showcased how much the children had already learnt about the Romans in Britain.

Last week, we spent two wonderful days with the children from Yew Tree Community Primary School in Aston, Birmingham.  We took them to the Henley Heritage Centre and the Ice Cream Shop and then they took us to Aston Villa Football Club for a tour of the grounds.

In RE, we will be learning about the rules followed by Christians and Muslims and how Christians and Hindus show their thankfulness.