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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

 

The staff working in this year group to support your child's learning are: Miss Evans, Mr Holloway, Miss Cawe, Mrs Habib and Mr Theo.

Homework & Routines

 

Spelling homework will be set each FRIDAY on Google Classroom and is due to be handed in by the following WEDNESDAY at the latest. In addition to this, children must be accessing and using TT Rockstars regularly and are also expected to read for 10 minutes each day, preferably with an adult. Your child will also be set reading homework on the Oxford Owl website in preparation for book reviews and class discussion.

 

PE - Wednesday and Monday -Your child will have 1 outdoor PE lesson and one indoor PE lesson during the week so please ensure that they come to school wearing their PE kit on a Monday and Wednesday. Their kit should include; dark shorts/jogging bottoms, a white polo t-shirt, their Queenswell sweatshirt and trainers NOT plimsolls

 

 

 

 

Our Learning Journey

This half term, our Learning Journey is a Power of Reading book called The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes.  We will be reading it as a class and using it as a stimulus for our writing, art, D and T and geography where appropriate.  As we are going to be making predictions etc. we would rather that the children do not read ahead at home.

 

 

 

English

We will making predictions about future events in our book - The Iron Man.  We will be empathising with characters and appreciating how a character can change throughout the course of a story.  We will be progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures in our writing.  This will include diary entries, letters, poetry and creating our own missing chapter from the story.

In our Guided Reading sessions, we will be using a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to develop skills in decoding new or unfamiliar vocabulary, inference and deduction to answer questions, making predictions, summarising texts and exploring authors' word choices and the effect that they have on the reader. 

Mathematics

This half term, we will be focusing on decimals, money, time, statistics, properties of shape and position and direction.  In our decimals work, we will be writing, comparing, ordering and rounding decimals. In our money lessons, we will be converting pounds and pence and adding and subtracting amounts of money. In our lessons on time, we will be learning how to tell the time, converting analogue to digital and learning about days, weeks, months, and years. In our statistics lessons, we will be interpreting data from graphs and charts, comparing data and completing line graphs. In our properties of shape lessons, we will be identifying, comparing and ordering angles, investigating the properties of 2-D shapes and looking at lines of symmetry. In our position and direction lessons, we will be drawing and describing positions on a grid, as well as moving shapes on a grid. 

Your child will also take part in a times tables assessment.

 

 

Science

This half term, we will be learning animals including humans. We will focus on digestive systems and different types of teeth and how these vary depending on their uses.  We will be investigating the diets of different animals and what makes them herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.  We will construct and interpret different food chains, using the terms - producers, predators and prey.

 

 

 

 

Religious Education

This half term, we will be creating Powerpoint presentations to compare and contrast religions and demonstrate our learning throughout the year.

History 

As part of our Iron Man topic, we will be investigating robots throughout the years and how they have developed.  We will also be placing events on a timeline.

Geography

We will be locating countries and concentrating on their various environmental issues.  We will be using maps, atlases and globes to find the countries and describe the features studied.

Art

In our art lessons, we will be investigating different materials and their properties and how they can be used for different effects and purposes.  We will also be researching the illustrator, Laura Carlin.

Design & Technology

We will be selecting and collecting materials in order to make our own Iron Man models.  We will also evaluate and reflect on the processes and materials which we use.

PSHE

During this half term, we will be continuing to work on the Zones of Regulation, in order to better understand our feelings and those of the people around us, as well as how to regulate our emotions and behaviour.  In addition to this, we will be taking part in regular Circle Time activities, aiding our speaking and listening skills.  We will also be learning about staying healthy and safe through decision making and the effects of smoking.  In addition to this, we will be learning about equal opportunities and different types of relationship. We will also be taking part in lessons about relationships, health and changes in our bodies as we grow.

 

PE

In our weekly outdoor PE sessions, we will be doing athletics.  We will improving our running techniques and styles as well as taking part in field events such as javelin and shot put.  In our weekly indoor PE sessions, we will be taking part in dance activities - choreographing and linking our own movements.  The children will work in groups and with partners.

Spanish

This half term, we will be learning how to name and label classroom objects, as well as how to write sentences about them.

Music

This half term children will be identifying the Bohemian sounds of 'The Junkanoo'. They will be identifying the history behind the Junkanoo festival and understanding the musical impact of the festival & carnival which takes place during Christmas and New years. They will be composing and creating their own musical version of 'The Junkanoo' song by: changing rhythmic patterns, adding a melody and creating a pulse using a range of tuned and untuned percussion.   

Computing

Coding

This half term the children will continue to develop their coding skills. They will learn how computers use repetition and loops to do things over and over again.

Online Safety

Be Internet Alert: Check it’s for Real. This unit helps pupils develop skills to learn that online content isn't always honest or reliable. Children will work on how to stay safe online by spotting clues that something may be misleading.