Welcome to Year 4! The team in Year 4 are really looking forward to working hard this half term in the run up to Christmas! 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 starting the half term off by exploring a wide range of war poetry many of which were written to remember those who have fallen whilst fighting for our country. We will be taking inspiration from these to innovate our own historical narrative poems.
Leading up to Christmas we will be delving into an amazing novel, ‘The Iron Man’, written by the talented ‘Ted Hughes’. The story follows a young boy who makes an astounding discovery, one that affects his whole town, but it is a tale that is hard to believe! We will be exploring how Ted Hughes creates such effective suspense in his stories to capture the readers imagination for when we innovate our own suspense narratives.
This year 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.
This half term we will be continuing to sharpen our fluency skills. Within the Year 4 mathematics curriculum, it is crucial 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. Consolidation of this mathematical knowledge will help the children access and begin to master other areas of the Year 4 curriculum, for example fractions, units of measurements, problem solving and reasoning.
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.
Changes of State is our next topic we will be exploring in Science. Through this top children will describe the differences between solids, liquids and gases. They will recognise that the same material can exist in different states and be able to explain the water cycle in terms of changes of state specifically in terms of condensation and evaporation. They will be able to explain when evaporation occurs and be able to describe it in terms of liquids changing to gases.
We will continuing with 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 do some people describe their lives as a journey?’
This is the question we will be focusing on this half term. We will begin by exploring the metaphor itself and what it means for our selves and our journeys. We then take a closer look at the specific milestones and events in our lives, including, Baptisms, Bar Mitzvahs, Weddings, Sacred Thread Ceremony and many more.
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.
In Year 4 we are very fortunate to have swimming lessons at Denton Swimming Baths. Please make sure that you come prepared with your full kit.
4D’s lessons are every Wednesday and 4M’s lessons are every Friday.
Our theme for this half term is ‘Getting on and Falling Out’, where we will discuss the meaning of friendship and how to cope with tricky situations that may challenge our friendships with others. We will also reflect on our targets that we set and evaluate our progress towards achieving these.
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 Mrs Macdonald or Miss Dobie to firstname.lastname@example.org
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