Year 4 – Summer
What are we getting up to this term?
So far the children have settled well back into school life this week after what sounds like a fun and busy Easter period for all. It has been wonderful to hear about what everyone has been getting up to over the Easter holidays. The children have also started the new term with great enthusiasm.
We have lots of fun and engaging learning planned for this term and we have already started looking at our new topics across the curriculum. The children have been busy in the first couple of days talking about our new topics and by creating lots of new pieces for the displays in the classroom. They have also been doing lots of thinking and taking part in discussions about this half term's value word: understanding.
In literacy this term we will be reading the book ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio. We have started to read the book and the children have been making predictions about what they think will happen in the story; we have also been discussing possible themes which might run through the story based on what we have seen in the first few chapters of the book. Throughout the term the class will be writing different pieces of fiction and non-fiction based on Wonder. The children will also continue to use their knowledge and understanding of different punctuation and grammar in their writing this term. I have been hugely impressed with the children's creativity when writing so far this year and I am excited to get started on our new core text and writing pieces.
Spellings – Spellings were sent out on Friday 21st April and spelling tests will continue to take place on Thursday mornings (the first of which will be on 27/04/2017.)
This half term we will be focussing on measurements in year 4. We have begun this term by looking at perimeter and area and the children will be moving on to deepen their understanding of using a range of different measurements, including time and money. After half term the class will be learning about the properties of shape and we will finish the year by looking at statistics, position and direction. The class will be continuing to apply their learning to a range of different reasoning, real life and problem solving activities in maths based on the topics we will be learning about this half term
Maths Gym, Times tables and IXL - The children will continue to practice their mental maths skills and times tables each morning in class. Could you please ensure you spend time each week helping your children with their IXL learning and also with their times tables practice.
Year 4’s humanities topic for this term is Ancient Egypt. The class have already been sharing what they know about this time period and they have been discussing what they would like to learn about over the summer term. The children will be looking at the different aspects of Ancient Egypt. They will also be looking to develop their skills in source analysis, investigation and map reading throughout their study of Ancient Egypt this term.
The children will be learning about two science topics in the summer term. Firstly, we will be looking at electricity. For this topic we will begin by thinking about everyday electricity and why this is so important to us. We will then move on to conduct different experiments and investigations where we look at how electrical circuits work. After half term we will be focussing on different food chains within nature.
To keep in line with our humanities topic for this term the class will be looking at hieroglyphics in art. Firstly, we will be looking at what hieroglyphics are and how they were used in Ancient Egypt. Following this, the children will be using and drawing hieroglyphics to make different words, phrases and patterns.
In R.E we have started this term by thinking about what parables are, why they are important and how we can learn from them. Over the course of this half term we will be looking at the messages and morals displayed in different parables whilst also thinking about why people tell parables and their importance in Christianity. For the second half of the term year four will be doing some work on the history of different Christian symbols as well as reflecting on the importance and meaning of Christian symbolism throughout the world.
Year four will continue to have their P.E lessons on Tuesday mornings in school this half term. In addition to this, the class have their second weekly P.E lesson on Thursday afternoons with Mrs Grabbam. Can you please ensure that your child brings in their P.E kit for these lessons each week ready for these sessions?
Written homework tasks have been handed out along with everyone's homework books. The class’ written tasks are also available on the school website in the year four area. It is important that the children also continue to practise their reading, weekly spellings, times tables facts and that they complete their weekly IXL tasks. Also make sure you spend enough time on the written pieces of homework.
I'm very excited to continue working with the class throughout the summer term and the children seem equally enthusiastic about the new learning which will take place!
As always, if you have any concerns, queries or would like to know more about our learning or home learning please get in touch and I will be happy to help.