Welcome back Year 4!
We hope you all had a fantastic break and are look forward to coming back to school.
Below are all the exciting things we will be learning about this half term.
This half term 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 reader’s 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 a 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
This half term we will be working on strengthening our understanding of Roman numerals, fractions, decimals, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, commutative law, symmetry, co-ordinates and translation, to name a few!
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!
Sound is our next topic we will be exploring in Science. Through this topic children will initially begin by exploring what sound is, how it travels and we can hear it, the different aspects of sound including pitch and volume and we’ll also be investigating how can change these and what affects them.
This term we will begin a new topic ‘Let the Music Play!’
Through this topic we will 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!
We will be continuing to focus on last terms question which was, ‘Why is Jesus Inspiring to some people?’ Continuing to explore the meaning of the word ‘inspiring’ and who the inspiring people are in our lives.
This half term we will begin 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. Our P.E. lessons are every Monday, 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 Miss Turner or Miss Dobie to firstname.lastname@example.org
Let the Music Play 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