What year 4 are doing in school this term: Spring 2017
Our learning is organised into a cross-curricular program containing English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, History and Geography, Personal, Social and Emotional and Cultural Development (PSHCE), Music, Spanish, Art and Design, and PE.
Topic means that a theme or an idea is used to teach the subjects. This means the teachers and children can make links between different ideas and begin to understand the world, how it works and how people live. This term’s topic will be ‘Water Water Everywhere!’, in which we will study rivers, climates and the water cycle.
Our school values of ‘Respect, Achievement and Positivity’ were decided by the parents, carers, children and staff. This year our classes are named using synonyms of these values. Throughout the year we will be developing an understanding of the values and how we show them. We encourage you to discuss and embed these qualities at home.
Other important facts to know:
- Reading books are changed every Monday. Please read with your child for 20 minutes every evening. Once you have read with them, leave a comment in the home reader record book which will be sent home very soon.
- Homework will be handed out on Fridays in a book which must be returned to school. It is due in on the following Wednesday for marking. If a special assignment is handed out, more time is given for it to be completed. We will ensure that the due date is clearly typed on that homework.
- Book Bags must be brought to school every day. This allows letters to be sent home without them getting damaged.
- Children must arrive at 9am. Any children arriving after 9.10am must report and sign in at the office. It helps the children to settle into daily routines if they are on time. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.
- Swimming ends for Year 4 at February half term.
We hope you find this information helpful. If you need any further help please contact your class teacher at the end of the day to arrange an appointment.
This term our Talk for Writing books are ‘Iron Man‘ and ‘Flotsam’. Using these books and poems as a focus, we will be studying different aspects of literacy such as:
- Writing for different purposes including newspaper articles, persuasive writing and developing characters within stories.
- Punctuation: We will use more advanced punctuation such as apostrophes to mark singular and plural possession (e.g. the girl’s name, the boys’ boots).
- Grammar: We will continue to practise using embedded clauses (e.g. The boy, who liked football, raced onto the pitch.) and fronted adverbials (Without a sound, the mouse appeared.).
- Spelling: Spelling patters such as ‘tion’ (e.g. information). Tricky words which do not follow a spelling pattern e.g. reign and
At home you can read every evening with your child, practise their spellings and discuss stories from your own cultures. Encourage your child to find the answer in the text when you ask them a question. Ask your child to predict what will happen next in stories they read.
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This term we will be:
- Deepening understanding of place value and the four operations.
- Measuring the perimeter and area of regular and irregular shapes.
- Understanding the link between fractions and decimals.
- Talking about how to solve problems involving numbers and words.
- Looking at different units of measure including, time, length, volume, capacity and weight.
At home continue to practise all of the times tables and the division facts up to the 12 x 12 (e.g. 6x6=36 36÷6=6). Encourage your child to tell you the time in both digital and analogue formats. Challenge them to convert between 12 and 24 hour times. Ask them questions about timetables (e.g. How many minutes until the bus arrives?).
Support your child online at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/
Our Science topics are ‘States of Matter’ and ‘Sound’. This term we will be:
- Comparing and grouping materials, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.
- Observing that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C).
- Identifying how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
- Finding patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
- Recognising that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
At home you can encourage your child to think about what solids, liquids or gases are around them in everyday life. Experiment with your child to find out what happens when you pour, heat or freeze these materials. Encourage your child to come up with questions to explore (e.g. What happens when you freeze milk? Does jelly take the shape of the container you pour it in to?).
Support your child online at: https://sciencebob.com/
This term your child will have weekly computing sessions in which they will be using the program 2Investigate and excel to create class databases. We will continue to learn about coding using more advanced functions of the program Scratch.
Your children should be familiar with basic coding skills from Year 3. Talk to them about coding and ask them to show you how they debug using the website below.
Support your child online at: http://barclayscodeplayground.co.uk/
This term your child will learn about:
- Climate, rivers and water cycles.
- Orienteering: Using the eight points of the compass and reading ordinance survey maps using the symbols and keys.
At home you could track a river from its source to the sea using Google Maps. Have you or a family member experienced another climate? Share this experience with your child.
Support your child online at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zwk82hv/resources/1
This term we will be:
- Introducing some key beliefs and practices of Christianity, encountering Christian writings, worship and festivals including Rites of Passage
- Discussing the importance of respecting each other’s faiths in line with our school values.
At home you could explain to your child that there are many different faiths and that we must respect other people’s beliefs.
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This term we will be learning:
- About learn about Britain as a democratic society.
- That there are drugs (other than medicines) that are common in everyday life, and why people choose to use them (alcohol, tobacco and nicotine).
- About the effects and risks of drinking alcohol.
- That medicines can be used to manage and treat medical conditions such as asthma.
At home you could talk with your child about these topics and ask them what they have learned.
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Art and Design
This term we will:
- Create sketches to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
- Learn about great artists including Monet and his famous water colours.
At home allow your child to practise their sketching skills by drawing you or objects in your home and local area. You might like to visit Islington Museum where they display local art or visit one of the many free art galleries in London.
- Your child will be learning the violin, viola or cello on a Wednesday. They will learn to read musical notation for and play all the notes on the d string and all open strings.
Please encourage your child to practise what they have been learning in music lessons.
- We will continue to hold conversations in class solely in Spanish, play games while speaking Spanish and much more.
Support your child online at: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2spanish.html
- Year 4 will have PE on Wednesday. Swimming will continue on Thursdays until half term. They MUST have a full PE/ Swimming kit on these days. Without this kit they will have to go to another class during the lesson and may receive a letter home as a reminder.
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Can you help?
We would love to have parents and carers help out in school. If you can help in any way please talk to your class teacher.
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