Welcome to Year Four
Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Children will need to arrive in their PE kit on the day. Please can we ask hair is tied up and no jewellery is worn on these days.
Alongside the weekly homework, we encourage you to read on a daily basis. If you would like to bring your reading book from home into school for DEAR time, you are welcome to! We love to see what you enjoy reading!
I hope you have all had a brilliant Easter holiday and are ready to jump back into some exciting learning. We have a short, but pack jammed half term this time. We are going to be moving onto our new science topic of Sound. Using your prior learning from States of Matter to help us, we will be looking at how sound is created and how it travels. You will then use the information you learn in our English lessons to write an explanation of how an instrument works. With so many of you learning to play different instruments I am excited to see which you all choose to write about. Mrs Sneddon and I will be taking you through the next section of our Decimals unit in Maths. You will learn how to round decimals and find equivalents to a variety of different fractions. As your times table check quickly approaches, we will be continuing to focus on your times tables at every opportunity we get. You will be learning some new games, taking part in some team battles, and using your individual targets to focus on those tricky numbers. Please make sure you are finding some time everyday to get onto TTRockstars, the test will be here before we know it! I will continue to set you Spelling Shed and MyMaths homework, which will be focused on our last decimals unit. You will be developing your knowledge of Latin as well as starting a new song in our music lessons. I am sure you will be excited to know that we are starting to look at all things food in DT this half term. This will continue throughout the whole of summer, we are going to start with developing our ability to follow instructions and understand more about the qualities of the foods we eat. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at making both sweet and savoury dishes. Your artistic streak will again have the opportunity to shine this half term as we look at the work of Henry Moore. You will be introduced to different artistic techniques and have the opportunity to create a masterpiece with clay!
Following some slight changes to the last half term, over the next few months we will finally be looking into the lives of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. You will be using practical activities and some exciting reading opportunities to develop your understanding of this era. In English we are going to be doing a lot of work on setting descriptions. Using all the brilliant descriptive writing techniques you have been developing throughout the year to create a picture for your reader. First you will journey into a mysterious room, through a magical wardrobe and out into Egypt, describing each bit of your journey with your five senses. Year four scientists will be back in action this half term investigating types of energy and how electricity is used in everyday objects. I know you are all looking forward to learning how to build an electric circuit. In Maths we will be starting our new unit of Decimals. You will begin to see how all your hard work on fractions and times tables can help you to navigate tenths and hundredths as decimals. It is really important for you to continue practicing on TTrockstars daily. I will also be setting some fractions work on MyMaths for you to complete. I know you all enjoy being creative and so DT this half term will involve analysing products, designing, and making your own drawstring bags. I am really looking forward to seeing what your imaginative minds create.
Welcome back Year 4!
Our first half term together was full of opportunity to be creative and explore different ways to learn. This half term is going to be no different! I have got some exciting projects planned across all your subjects and I am looking forward to seeing what you can achieve. You will continue developing your Latin skills with Mrs Sneddon and there will be a real focus on your times tables, maybe even a few TTrockstars battles.
In English, we will be using our class novel ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events – Bad Beginnings’ to develop our book reviewing skills. You are also going to have the opportunity to use all the new vocabulary we have been learning in a Cressida Cowell inspire character description. As before, I will be setting you Spelling Shed homework to complete as well as some impromptu spelling quizzes in class.
In Music, we will be learning a new song and continuing to practice playing your Recorders. You are going to be exploring more art techniques and using them to not only illustrate the Jabberwocky, but also to design your own dragon. For Maths we will be continuing our work on Multiplication and Division focusing on those key problem-solving skills and how to use your times table knowledge to help you. We will then move onto the measurement of area which will involve you drawing and measuring shapes. I would again like you all to continue trying to complete 10 minutes a day on TTRS as your times tables check is quickly approaching. You will also have MyMaths to complete every week which I will continue to set on a Wednesday.
In Science we will be starting our new topic, States of Matter. You will be carrying out independent and whole class experiments to support your learning journey. As we move through the information, you will begin to see a link to our Geography where we will be discussing (and building!) the water cycle.
You have had a great start to this half term and I have been really impressed with how you have adapted to all of the changes in Year 4. I have really enjoyed getting to know you all throughout my first few weeks and we have an exciting half term ahead. You will have the opportunity to develop your geography and Latin skills with Mrs Sneddon, continue to practice your times tables and get creative in Design Technology.
In English, you will be looking at different formats of Poetry. You will be developing your own toolkit and using what you learn to create your own poems. From limericks to sonnets we will have fun reading, writing and performing poetry. Every Wednesday, I will continue to set you Spelling Shed homework to complete.
In Music, we will be getting into the Christmas spirit and learning to sing the song we will perform for this year’s Christmas performance. We will also be continuing to practice playing your Recorders. I am excited to be introducing you to Pneumatic systems in DT, you will be creating your own animal models using our class research as a guide.
For Maths we will be moving onto Measurement. We will focus on the perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes. Alongside this we will find time to compete in our times tables Olympics. I would like you all to continue trying to complete 10 minutes a day on TTRS as your times tables check is quickly approaching. You will also have MyMaths to complete every week which I will continue to set on a Wednesday.
In Science we will be continuing to look at Living things and their habitats. You will find out about different animal groups and we will be learning how to categorise animals based on their characteristics and where they live. You may even be able to see some correlation between what we learn in Science and your Geography lessons; as you continue to learn about climate and weather patterns across the world.
Welcome back Year 4!
You have had a great start to the year and we are really pleased with how hard you have been working! We have a really exciting half term planned, you will learn lots of new, interesting facts in history and science and have the opportunity to practise your music, Latin, art and computing skills.
In history, we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons. Do you know any facts about them already? We will learn about how they invaded Britain and what life as an Anglo-Saxon may have been like. In science, we are learning about the digestive system. We will be finding about how food travels through the body and the different stages that occur in digestion, we will be investigating the effects that sugar has on our teeth and thinking about a healthy, balanced diet. In music, we are learning the song ‘Mamma Mia’ and will be practising how to play the recorder. We know this is something that you are really excited about!
This half term, in maths, we will be focussing on place value. You will have your times table check this year, so we have asked that you practise your times tables on TTRS every day for 10 minutes. We understand that on some occasions this might not be possible but encourage you to access as often as possible. You will also have MyMaths to complete every week which will be set on a Wednesday.
In English, you will be looking at Beowulf with Mrs Sneddon. You will be developing your narrative writing skills to retell parts of the story making some changes and creating your own characters. You will be looking at information texts with Miss Tipple, you will be comparing the features of different texts and developing your own texts alongside your science and history learning. Every Wednesday, you will be set Spelling Shed homework to complete.