This is Year 4 !
January- April 2018
Happy New Year. We hope you all had a restful break and are ready and raring to go for an exciting few weeks!
Here is an overview of what we will be learning this next half term.
In English, we will be focussing on descriptive narrative and Explanation texts. We will be reading a range of these genres, identifying their different features and building up a "toolbox" to use when writing our own. We will be using prefixes and suffixes (un, dis, ful, ly, ness, ment, ed) to extend our vocabulary as well as using a range of sentence structures. We will be carefully considering layout; using and punctuating direct speech; writing in paragraphs and using apostrophes for possession for plural nouns. We will be continually improving our handwriting and presentation.
We will be introducing "Reciprocal Reading" which involves each child in the group taking on a different role such as predictor, summariser, questioner or clarifier. During these sessions we will be reading a range of texts to include poetry, non-fiction and narrative.
In Maths, we are looking at:
By the end of Year 4, we should be able to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 and also be able to count in multiples of 6,7,9,25,1000.
Homework, Spellings and Reading books
In Year 4, our Homework is on a 3-weekly cycle; this includes practising and learning for our weekly Spelling and Times Tables tests which we have on a Friday. In our class, our Homework is linked to what we have been learning that week – this will be a good report for parents who are interested in what we are doing week-by-week - the homework was handed out today (Tuesday 9th January 2018).
In our class, we bring in our Reading Diaries every day. We aim to improve our reading and develop a love of reading, by reading a wide range of texts. Therefore, we need to make sure we are reading every night at home with a member of our family.
PE will be a little different this term. We will swimming every Monday (please remember to send in swimming kit!!) Our outdoor PE will be every Thursday. It is very important that we have a suitable PE kit in school on our PE days so that we can fully participate in the activities – bringing in jogging bottoms and an extra sweatshirt is really useful for outdoors.
The learning in our other subjects includes:
Art/ DT – bridges
Science – learning about changing states of matter (solids, liquids and gases)
- the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation)
Geography - Rivers - rivers from all around the world; features such as meander, source, mouth; sketching; rate of flow; the importance of the River Nile in Ancient Egyptian times; 8 point compass directions; the use of Ordnance Survey maps
History - Ancient Egyptians
RE - Judaism
PSHE – “Getting on and Falling Out” – friendships, seeing situations from another point of view, working together, managing our feelings, resolving conflict
Computing - branching databases; finding and using information to put in a presentation
This week, Year 4 has been making guitars as part of their 'Sound' topic.
Their classroom was an absolute mess with the pom poms, stickers, lolly sticks and everything else they used ! Great fun ! At the end of the day, Year 4 played their guitars alongside the old rocker Neil Young's music !