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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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