Happy New Year and welcome back Year 4!
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready to get back to work.
Have a look through below to find out a little about what we will be exploring this half term.
This half term we will be looking at a book by Salvatore Rubbino, called ‘A Walk in London’. We will be investigating techniques the author uses to build suspense, as well as exploring a range of other texts such as Harry Potter and Narnia. Based on these texts the children will use a range of features to create their own piece of writing on their local area, Denton.
Again, this term we will be working hard to improve our spelling and will be a huge focus within our morning work and woven within many other curriculum areas. As 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.
Practising Spellings At Home
Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words
Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples
Year 4 Spelling Rules and Examples
In our first week back we will be exploring the relationship between decimals and fractions. We will then continue to develop our fluency skills, testing out new methods and re-visiting old ones to consolidate our knowledge around multiplication, division, subtraction and addition.
It is crucial in Year 4 that the children become fluent 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!
Dangers to Living Things is our next topic we will be exploring in Science. Through this topic children will explore the affects the environment has on living things and how in particular it can impact food chains. Using their knowledge and understanding of Dangers to Living Things the children will plan and carry out an investigation to make an environmental change in order to discover the impact it may have on living things.
We will start the topic, ‘Invaders and Settlers’, we will be moving through time to explore other invaders and settlers, such as the Celts and the Vikings. We will be finding out more about the infamous female warrior, Boudicca and how the Vikings were able to travel from country to country.
‘Why is Jesus Inspiring to some people?’
We will be focusing on this particular question this half term. We will begin by exploring the meaning of the word ‘inspiring’ and who the inspiring people are in our lives. Following this we will look at the story of Jesus, understanding how and why he became an inspiration for some people.
This half term we will begin our project ‘Back to the Future’. In this project, children will create their own blog detailing what they learn from research that they will complete throughout the sessions. Children will learn about different technologies both old and new, about inventors and the different components of a computer.
Games is our focus this half term, within this topic we will be exploring the different roles within a range of games and how communication, listening and teamwork are essential skills to be successful when playing team sports.
We will continue with our swimming lessons at Denton Swimming Baths. Please make sure that you come prepared with your full kit.
4T’s lessons are every Wednesday and 4D’s lessons are every Friday.
Our theme for this half term is ‘Goals and Dreams’, where we will discuss the meaning of having goals and dreams and what we might do to achieve them. Through this topic we will look at obstacles that we may have to overcome when attempting to achieve our goals and dreams, promoting skills such as resilience and persistence.
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 the Invaders and Settlers 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 Miss Turner or Miss Dobie to firstname.lastname@example.org
Invaders and Settlers Take Away Homework Sheet
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