Welcome to Year 4
Our Teacher is Mrs Dean and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Williams.
In English we will look at rhyming poetry, explanation texts and stories with a moral dilemma. Our work on volcanoes in Geography will provide inspiration for our written work. We will cover a range of spelling and grammar work. This will include comparatives and superlatives, pronouns, adverbs, commas and fronted adverbials. Different spelling strategies will be covered including work on plurals and we will build on our knowledge of prefixes, suffixes and homophones.
In Maths we will consolidate our knowledge of place value. We will continue to work on mental methods for addition and subtraction, as well as formal written methods. We will use mental and formal methods to multiply and divide. We will apply these methods to real life problems. We will identity and measure angles and start to draw them. We will describe and visualise 3D and 2D shapes, using correct vocabulary. We will look at bar charts and develop our skills using different scales. We will extend number sequences and solve number puzzles.
Our Science topic is ‘States of Matter’. We will compare and group materials according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will observe how materials change state when they are heated or cooled, measuring the temperatures. Also we will explore evaporation and condensation and their part in the water cycle.
'We are musicians’ is our topic for this half term in Computing. The children will use programs to edit music, create and develop a simple musical composition and refine their ideas. The children will explore how compositions can enhance work in other media.
This half term in Geography we will be looking at 'What makes the Earth angry?' with a study of earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and mountains. The children will look at the physical causes of these events and the human effects of flooding, eruptions, earthquakes and disasters.
In Art this half term we will focus on developing our skills and techniques in painting and drawing. The children will develop controlling a range of tools and materials and experiment with different approaches. The children will look at the work of different artists.
In R.E. the children will explore the question, ‘What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?’ The children will explore the Golden Rule and how it is seen in Christianity, Humanism and Judaism.
Our theme in P.S.H.E. is ‘Going for Goals!’. We will identify our own strengths, barriers to learning and how we can overcome these. We will explore how we can support each other in our successes and achieving targets.
Homework, usually Maths, English and any spelling and multiplication tables will be given out on a Friday to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Please read with your child regularly and record this in their reading record as it is part of their weekly homework. Times tables and spelling test take place every Friday.
The outdoor games lessons will be on Tuesdays. An outdoor kit is needed for these lessons. Please ensure that your child has something suitable for all weathers. Children who have earrings must remove them and leave them at home on P.E. days or remove them and keep them safe themselves at school. If ears have been pierced recently the children are responsible covering their own earrings with tape.
Please can you also ensure your child has the correct equipment required for school. Your child will need a blue fibre tip pen with spares, pencil, sharpener, ruler and eraser. They also require a named water bottle.