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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

 

Year 4 is taught by Ms Candlish, with Mrs Lunn teaching on Wednesdays and Mrs Rolfe on Thursday afternoons. Mrs Liana-Stellmach supports the class throughout the week.

 

Our PE days for Term 3 are Tuesday (problem solving, indoors) and Thursday (basketball, outdoors). Please come to school wearing your school PE kit on these days, bringing school shoes in a separate bag to change into indoors. It is very useful to also have a spare change of clothes on wet or muddy days - this can be kept on your peg in the cloakroom. 

 

Our drop everything and read day is Monday. Parents are invited to come into Year 4 and read with their child until the register is taken just before 9am.

 

This term's Forest School session will be held on Thursday 22nd February. Please ensure that wellies and a coat are brought into school on that day (whatever the weather) and come dressed in comfortable, sensible clothes, with long sleeves and trousers. 

 

 

Topic

Our topic for term 4 is Misty Mountain, Winding River. This geography project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them. 

 

The topic will also flow through our wider curriculum as we explore:

  • In Art, we'll learn about the historical and cultural portrayal of animals in art. We’ll study the visual qualities of animals through sketching and printmaking.
  • In DT, we’ll learn about home furnishings and the significant designer William Morris. We’ll practise techniques for decorating fabric, including block printing, hemming and embroidery and use them to design and make a fabric sample.
  • In Science we'll learn about grouping living things, known as classification. Studying the animal and plant kingdoms, we’ll use and create classification keys to identify living things.
  • In Computing, we cover the iMail unit, which practises sending and receiving email safely and responsibly.
  • In RE, our Christianity topic asks: Is forgiveness always possible for Christians? 
  • PSHE looks at ‘Healthy Me’ – recognising how different friendship groups are formed; recognising and resisting peer pressure; considering the effects of smoking and alcohol, and knowing how to keep calm and deal with difficult situations.
  • Music learning for this term is focused around one song: Lean On Me. Games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.
  • MfL – we’ll be practising introducing ourselves and holding a simple conversation in French.

 

In English, we'll be using descriptive-writing techniques to craft a portal story set in another time and setting.

 

In Maths, we will continue to follow the White Rose Maths scheme. In term 4, we will be covering the following areas:

  • Partitioning mixed numbers and placing on a number line
  • Compare and order mixed numbers
  • Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa
  • Equivalent fractions
  • Add mixed numbers and two or more fractions
  • Subtract two fractions and subtract from whole and mixed amounts
  • Tenths and hundredths as fractions, decimals and on a place value chart and number line
  • Dividing 1 and 2-digit numbers by 10 and 100

 

If you wish to follow White Rose at home, you can see the yearly overview, small steps and individual lesson resources here.

 

For more information about each topic, pupils will be able to access knowledge organsiers in class. 

Homework

Homework is set on Thursdays and is due on Tuesday each week. It is completed online (please ask if you need another copy of your login details). 

Reading – pupils read a ‘scheme’ book (or novel if free-reader) with an adult at least five times a week. Please complete the reading record form your child brings home on Thursdays and ensure it is returned on Tuesdays.

DoodleMaths – pupils will be set activities to complete, based on in-class learning that week.

By the end of Year 4, pupils are expected to know all times tables up to 12x12. Please practice times tables on DoodleMaths regularly!

Spelling Shed - children will have access to Spelling Shed’s online platform where weekly spelling lists, set by the class teacher, can be found as well as games and activities to learn the spellings learnt in class. There will be a spelling test every Tuesday.

Library books and scheme reading books will be changed on Wednesdays.

Reading at home challenge:

Please tell us what you're reading at the moment!

https://padlet.com/naomiboyce1/jz4s6rzuiaactf2z 

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