Welcome back Year 4!
We all hope you had a fantastic break and are now ready for the final term of Year 4!
This half term we will be writing a story inspired by ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, written by Jules Verne. We will begin the writing process by interrogating ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, along with similar texts in order to stimulate ideas and develop our vocabulary. We will then draft our writing, with a big focus on self-editing this term in order to be able to identify mistakes and improve the quality of our writing.
We willl be continuing to work hard to improve our spelling. The Year 4 team, we strongly recommend that children practise the many common exception words and spelling rules for Year 3 and 4. If spelling is an particular area that your child wants to improve, please use the word lists and suggested spelling games below.
This half term we will begin by looking at place value, extending our knowledge of sequences and rounding by 10, 100 and 1000. We will then move onto statistics, in particular time and distance graphs. Following this we will then re-visit measurement, calculating the area and perimeter of 2D shapes. Finally, we will complete the term by solving mathematical problems, developing our reasoning skills.
It is crucial in Year 4 that the children are still developing their fluency with their times tables up to 12 and a range of number facts, such as pairs that total 100, halves and doubles and counting in multiples of 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 1000.
Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstar account to strengthen their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!
The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 4 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.
The children should all have their logins now for both of these accounts, if your child has lost their login details then do not hesitate to ask for new ones!
The human body is our next topic we will be exploring in Science. Through this topic the children will initially begin by exploring the digestion system, identifying parts of the human body and explaining how the digestion system functions. We will then be looking at teeth, identifying similarities and differences and carrying out an investigation in order to explore methods to protect our teeth.
This term we will be carrying on with our topic from last term, ‘Let the Music Play!’
This term we will continue to look at the History of music and different genres. We’ll also be study the change and development of instruments and how they’re organised. We will be exploring a wide range of composers and artists throughout history. We will also be making connections to our novel in English, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ by researching the different music styles from around Europe and celebrating them through our very own Eurovision contest! This topic will be developed further next half term!
This term we will be exploring the following question in depth,
‘Right or Wrong?’
Exploring contrasting opinions of people’s understandings of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.
This half term we will be continuing our project, ‘Heroes’. In this project, children will explorehow to use a range of software to contstructs their own algorithms to build an interactive game.
Atheletics and Games are the topics we’ll be covering this half term. We’ll be looking at different types of throws, catches and how vital strategy and communication are to these sports. We also have sports and health week, commencing the 18th of June, where we will have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports, which children will need their P.E. kits every day for. Our P.E. lessons are every Tuesday, but it’s important to have a fully P.E. kit in school everyday for cross curricular learning.
Our theme for this half term is ‘Relationships’, where children will explore how to recognise and explain the different relationships they have and how to manage the loss of these relationships.. Through this children will also explore thoughts and feels that may be associated with these kinds of losses.
In Year 4 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. This half term the children will have a spelling activity each week and either a reading task or mathematics task based on our learning in class. The children can also choose from our ‘Let the Music Play’ homework menu! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!
F.A.O Mrs Macdonald or Miss Dobie to email@example.com
Spelling Menu 2B below,
The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log.
Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile
On time by Wednesday – GREEN
Late by Friday – YELLOW
No homework or reading completed – RED
My favorite place in Denton is Denton Civic Square. You can have a good time at the fountains. Especially during the summer. In winter, the Denton Christmas market is organized, you can drink warm tea and eat something warm. Festive shopping and fairground rides !
I hope you all had a fantastic break and you’re now ready for the final term of year 3.
This term in English we will be focusing on texts relating to our topic, Our Extreme Earth. We will start the term off focusing on the text ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We will write our own narrative and retell the story of when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Then we shall use the text to help us write shape poetry about different natural disasters.
This term we shall also be writing non-chronological reports about different natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes. We will also create a newspaper report about a specific natural disaster.
The children must be practicing their spellings both at home and at school.
This term in maths we will continue to practice mental and written forms of addition and subtraction. These shall include column addition and subtraction by counting up. We shall also focus on shape and angle, including measuring perimeters of 2D shapes. We will be learning how to tell the time on both 12 and 24 hour clocks and be able to tell the time 5, 10 and 15 minutes later. We shall continue to consolidate written multiplication and division methods and explore the link between division and fractions.
The children should also be continuing to learn their times tables. They all have a TT Rockstars log in and this is a fantastic way to practice them.
This term in science we shall be exploring magnets and forces. In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘can you make a tool that can move something on the floor far away from you?’ They will be asked to make a tool that can pick up things made of a magnetic material and consider the use of a telescopic arm or a folding arm to enable them to reach an object far away. The lessons leading up to answering the Quest will enable children to explore the properties of magnets and magnetic materials. They will also be able to apply their knowledge of how things move on different surfaces to create a table top game.
Working scientifically, we will investigate how toys can be grouped according to how they move. We will carry out a simple investigation into the way an elastic band catapult can move a toy car. We investigate the effect of different surfaces on the movement of a sliding coin. They will have the opportunity to identify which materials are magnetic and which are not. The children will also be able to carry out an investigation to identify the strength of different magnets. The children will be able to apply their subject knowledge to design a magnetic tool that will pick up magnetic materials.
Our topic in Year 3 this term is ‘Our Extreme Earth’. The children will be learning all about natural disasters that occur on Earth. They will research things such as; earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and tornadoes. We will also explore how these disasters impact our environment over time.
This term we will continue to practice our coding skills through the programme ‘Scratch’. The children create their own characters and scenes and will write codes to make this scene come to life. They will also continue to practice their word processing skills and create an online poster.
This term we have a very exciting week coming up. We have sports and health week (week commencing 18th June). The children must ensure that they have their P.E kits in school every day during this week. P.E day is still Friday and the children will be continuing to develop their skills in athletics and games.
This term the children will be exploring the question ‘What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?’ We will be comparing the beliefs and festivals of Christianity with that of Hinduism.
Homework and Reading
Year 3 homework is given out each Friday and due in school on the following Thursday. The children are expected to complete a times tables worksheet, practice their spellings and complete one activity from the homework menu. If the children complete a piece of work on a computer or an iPad then please email it to me!
firstname.lastname@example.org F.A.O – Miss Pinington.
The children will receive a red for their assertive mentoring if all of these things are not complete.
The children are also expected to read twice at home. Their reading log should be signed at least twice each week and returned to school on a Wednesday. If the children are reading their own books at home these can also be signed in their reading logs.