Year 4

SPaG

2017-2018

Summer Term 2

In the final part of the Summer term in Year 4 we will be looking at animals, their habitats and how they have adapted to their environment.  Our topic is called ‘We Built a Zoo’

In English we are reading ‘Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fear’ about a mouse who is scared of everything! We will then look at ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ who in contrast is a very brave one! We are using these stories as starting points for many writing opportunities such as; letter writing, diaries and adventure stories. We also will continue to consolidate Year 4 grammar including determiners, possessive pronouns, speech punctuation, fronted adverbials and apostrophes.

In our geography topic we are studying habitats around the world and looking at how animals have learnt to live in extreme places. We will be looking at animal camouflage in our art lessons. R.E will be spent looking at how animals are used in different religious stories.

In Science we will be taking a closer look at how to classify living things.

We will study different types of animals such as vertebrates and invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, amphibians etc.

As always, the class will take part in hands on activities, such as using our nature area to study minibeasts.

In maths we will be looking at many areas of geometry including recognising different types of angles, triangles and quadrilaterals. We will investigate lines of symmetry in a variety of shapes. After this, we will look at reading and plotting coordinates as well as translating shapes on a grid. Year 4 are continuing to work on improving their reasoning skills by trying to ‘prove’ how they know that their answers are correct. They are also using their maths skills and understanding to ‘explain’ how they know something is mathematically true.

Summer Term 1

The first half of the Summer term in Year 4 will be full of dragons, volcanoes and earthquakes! Scary stuff!

In English we are studying ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ about an unlikely Viking hero by the name of Hiccup. We follow him and his ‘useless’ dragon on a quest to become members of the Hooligan Tribe. We are using this story as a starting point for many writing opportunities such as; instruction writing, recounts and non-chronological reports. We also will be consolidating grammar activities including determiners, possessive pronouns, speech punctuation, fronted adverbials and apostrophes.

In our geography topic we are studying extreme weather and natural disasters like volcanoes and earthquakes. We will be making a model of a volcano in our art and D.T lessons as well as ‘erupting’ them by using a chemical reaction in science.

We have been taking a closer look at solids, liquids and gases in Science. We are looking at weighing gases in fizzy drinks, melting chocolate, looking closely at ice and the different states of water as well as the water cycle. As always, the class have really enjoyed the hands on activities and are becoming confident at using scientific equipment accurately.

In maths we have been looking at fractions and decimals. We have recognised equivalent fractions, found fractions of amounts and made links with decimal fractions. Soon we will be moving on to money problems and time. Year 4 are continuing to work on improving their reasoning skills by trying to ‘prove’ how they know that their answers are correct.

Our art this term will be based around our topics of dragons and volcanoes. The children have already drawn some amazing close ups of dragons eyes and will soon be making a clay version.

Spring Term

The first half of the Spring term in Year 4 has got off to an adventurous start!

In English we have been looking at the story ‘Coming Home’ about a robin facing problems and dilemmas on his long journey back to his home. We have considered what ‘home’ means to us and the importance of having somewhere safe. We are writing our own ‘adventure journey’ stories.

We are also studying the history of houses as well as a local study about how Henley has developed as a town. We will be going on a ‘fieldtrip’ to the High Street and sketching buildings in the locality.

We have been taking a closer look at electricity in Science, building simple circuits to light bulbs, turn motors and make buzzers buzz! The class have really enjoyed the hands on activities so far and will be making their own switches and designing a burglar alarm later in the term!

In maths we are ‘mastering’ multiplication and division skills. We have learnt about factors and prime numbers as well as practicing our times tables. We are now moving on to a deeper understanding of written methods. Year 4 are continuing to work on improving their reasoning skills by trying to ‘prove’ how they know that their answers are correct.

Our art this term will include studying the work of L.S. Lowry and drawing our own Henley street scenes inspired by his work. In D.T. we will look at structures such as buildings and bridges and make our own!

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.

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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.