Welcome back Year 4!

 

 

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.

English

This half term we will be looking at a book by David Wiesner, called Flotsam. This term we will be concentrating on developing the children’s creativity in writing, this book particularly encourages the use of the children’s imagination with minimal text and a range of interesting illustrations to provoke some amazing ideas.

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

Mathematics

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!

https://ttrockstars.com/

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.

http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

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!

Science

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.

Topic

This term we will begin a new topic ‘Waters of the World’.

Through this topic we will look at the History of rivers and bridges all over the world, then concentrating on the History of our own local area. We will be looking widely at the Geography of rivers and bridges throughout the topic, covering the most famous rivers such as the Amazon and the Thames.

Religious Educations

‘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.

Computing

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.

PE

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.

4D’s lessons are every Wednesday and 4M’s lessons are every Friday.

PSHE

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.

Homework

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 Waters of the World 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 admin@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Waters of the World Take Away Homework Sheet

Spring 1 Spelling Menu

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

Are you up for the Mini Winter Reading Challenge?

Join the Winter Mini Challenge crew for a new reading adventure!

The Summer Reading Challenge have teamed up with DK and Star Wars to bring you some extra special rewards.

Taking part in the Winter Mini Challenge is simple: all you have to do is read three books.

Once you’ve read a book, add it to your website profile and write a review to let everyone know what you thought.

Add 3 books (or more) to complete the Mini Challenge!

There’s a brand new Star Wars certificate AND an exclusive virtual badge for everyone who completes the Mini Challenge.

The Mini Challenge starts on Monday 11 December 2017 and finishes on Friday 12 January 2018

You can read any books you like – fact books, fiction, joke books, picture books, ebooks, audio books – the choice is yours!

Read and review 3 books before the Mini Challenge ends to unlock your rewards.

Just visit your profile page and click ‘Add a new book now’ to log your books.

Once you’ve completed the challenge, go to the Badges & Codes page on your profile. Click on the Star Wars badge in the Special Badges box to download your certificate.

If you don’t have a profile yet, signing up for one is simple: click the ‘Join in’ button at the top of this page, https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/news/general/winter-mini-challenge-17,  to register for a website account.

 

Ready to take on the Mini Challenge and get reading?

Why not make like BB-8 and roll on down to your local library to borrow some books?

Check out the Book Sorter if you’re in need of some reading recommendations, and keep an eye on the blog for our round up of the best Star Wars books out there.

 

Good luck!
And may the force be with you…

Welcome to Year 4!

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.

English

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.

Practising Spellings At Home

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples

Year 4 Spelling Rules and Examples

Mathematics

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!

https://ttrockstars.com/

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.

http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Science

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.

Topic

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.

Religious Educations

‘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.

Computing

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.

PE

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.

PSHE

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.

Homework

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 admin@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

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