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This half term we will be starting an exciting new topic – Dragons! We will be exploring the myths and legends surrounding dragons, looking at how they have been portrayed in both Literature and Art and how we can recreate this in our own work. In Art, we will develop our skills by exploring the use of line, tone and texture and will be creating our very own dragons! As part of our Science work, we will be studying Animals including Humans and will be learning about the Digestive system and Teeth, looking at how the human body breaks down the food we eat.
In English we will be reading some dragon inspired texts including stories by the author Cressida Cowell. We will also be writing our own poems inspired by our dragon creations. We will have a real focus on writing creatively and using description to enhance our writing. In our daily SPaG sessions, we will practise Year 4 spellings and develop our use of paragraphing and our use of conjunctions.
In Maths we will be learning about multiplication and division, using concrete resources to deepen our understanding before using formal written methods. In Year 4 we have a focus on learning times tables up to 12 x 12 and so our learning in class will be supported with the use of TT Rockstars, please encourage children to complete their homework and practise times tables as often as you can. After our work on multiplication and division, we will begin learning about shape and symmetry.
In R.E we will be answering the question – What words of wisdom can guide us?
Homework As always, our learning in class is supported by weekly homework set on My maths, TT Rockstars and The Spelling Shed please ensure homework is completed. We also encourage children to complete any additional homework if they choose to do so and welcome children to share this work in class. For more ideas about this, please see our suggestions in the ‘Little book of things to work on at home.’
P.E Please ensure that P.E kit is kept in school at all times as we often do P.E on different days. We will continue to have weekly swimming sessions every Friday.
Autumn 1 2018
This half term we will be learning about Africa as part of our topic learning. We will learn about African animals, climate, location and important historical figures. In Science we will be studying Living Things and their habitats; exploring animals we might find in our local environment and animals from different places around the world. We will begin to understand the 7 characteristics of living things and look at the different ways animals can be classified. In English, we will look at a selection of African stories including some traditional stories and African fables. We will use these as a basis for writing our own stories.
In Maths this half term we will begin by learning about place value before moving on to addition and subtraction. We will begin using concrete resources to deepen our understanding of these concepts before moving on to using formal written methods. We will then look at measurement including perimeter and length. As part of our everyday maths lessons, we will complete daily calculations which will ensure children are able to practise problems involving the four operations every day. This year we will be having a real focus on times tables and learning these up to 12x12. Please practise these as often as you can.
Try to read for pleasure as regularly as you can. If you have read a book that you have really enjoyed, you could write a book recommendation for your friends that can be kept in our book area.
In R.E this half term we will be answering the question – what words of wisdom can guide us?
This half term we will be having swimming lessons on a Friday morning. Please ensure that an appropriate swimming kit is brought to school every Friday. We will also be having P.E lessons with Velocity on a Thursday afternoon and competitive games on selected Wednesdays so please keep P.E kit in school every day. Homework Every week children will be set Maths homework on My Maths and TT Rockstars and English homework on The Spelling Shed website. Please encourage children to complete their homework.
Our Class Agreement
Always treat people as you would like to be treated.
Be respectful and use your manners.
Work quietly and try your best.