Year 4 – Spring
What are we getting up to this term?
I would like to wish everyone in year four a happy near year and it’s good to see everyone rested and raring to go for the spring term! It has been great hearing about all of the children’s exciting activities over the Christmas period. All the staff in year four would also like to say a massive thank you for all of your generous and thoughtful gifts before we broke up for the Christmas holidays.
Year four had a great first term. It has been great to get to know the class and to see them working so hard in all subjects across the curriculum. This term we will be moving on with our learning by looking at a new core text, focussing on new areas in maths and we will be looking at our new topic: Extreme Weather.
Swimming will also be continuing up until the February half term. Following this, the class will be having an extra P.E session on Thursdays in school.
In literacy this term we will be looking at the book ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells. So far we have been making predictions about what we think the story will be about - some interesting and thoughtful ideas have already been put forward by the class. Throughout the term we will be reading Ice Palace and some of our writing topics will be based around this book. We will be using themes and ideas from the book so we can have a go at writing our own descriptive piece. We will also be creating a newspaper report later in the term using the story of Ice Palace.
Spellings – Spellings will be sent out on the first week of term and spelling tests will continue to take place on Thursdays with the first test on Thursday 11th January.
Reading comprehension – Reading comprehension tasks will continue to be set every Friday and then marked the following Friday as a class. The first comprehension will be due on Friday 12th January.
For maths this term we will be finishing our learning on multiplication and division. We will then move on to look at fractions, decimals and percentages. In addition to this, we will continue to practise times tables and mental arithmetic on a daily basis in class in order to consolidate the children’s mental maths skills. Throughout the term we will also be using our maths skills in context by applying what we have learnt to solve real life and reasoning problems.
IXL – The new topics for IXL will be handed out on the first week of term. These are also available to view on the class’ home learning page on the school website.
Our Extreme Weather topic for this term means that we will be looking at different types of extreme weather which occur across the world. We will try to recognise and understand why and how extreme weather happens. We will also look at the impact which some weather can have on people’s lives. Furthermore, we will study the different climates and environments throughout the world. The children will be learning key skills about map reading for this topic.
In the first half of the spring term year four will be learning about different states of matter. Through this the children will explore how different reactions can change certain materials into different states. Later in the term the children will be studying a unit on bubbles and how they are made. Children will continue to learn key scientific based skills in observation, enquiry and analysis throughout the term in science lessons.
In art this term we will be looking at lots of paintings by Claude Monet which show different weather types. We will be discussing Monet’s painting style as well as the paintings he created. Also, we will be using our creative skills to plan and make our own paintings which depict the weather.
In R.E we will be looking at different people from the Old Testament and asking questions about who these people were and why they are important in Christianity. In the second half of the term there will be a short unit on Jesus’ new commandments before we start thinking about people who were involved in the Easter story.
Year four will continue to have their usual P.E lesson on Tuesday mornings this half term and will be doing gymnastics. Furthermore, swimming will continue for the first half of the spring term.
It has been a great year so far. I am really looking forward to the subjects we will be studying this term and I’m sure we will continue to enjoy our learning at school this term and for the rest of the year.