Year 4 Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn Term (first half)
A very warm welcome back to Christ Church and Year 4! I hope you all had wonderful summers and are now ready for a very busy term ahead with lots of exciting activities planned. I shall be teaching Year 4 for the majority of the school week; on Tuesday afternoons, Mrs Bremerkamp will teach the class. We are also fortunate enough to have Mrs Todd as our Year 4 teaching assistant on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Set out below is some information on the topics we are covering this half term.
Our focus this term will be setting descriptions within portal stories, using ‘Leon and the Place Between’ as our core text. Spelling, punctuation and grammar will be integrated within our Literacy units, as well as opportunities for drama and short-burst writing.
Handwriting and Spelling – cursive handwriting practise will take place 3 times a week and it is vital that you practise these skills where possible. Spelling tests will be conducted every Thursday: although spelling rules are taught and practised during school time, it is imperative that they are also practised at home. The first box of spellings are to be learned by the spelling group – the second box is the main class list (although I highly recommend revising the words in the first box too)!
Should anybody misplace their half-termly spelling sheet, they should let me know as soon as possible or look online – no excuses for not learning your spellings!
Year 4 will begin the year looking at place value: ordering, writing and rounding numbers; negative numbers and Roman numerals.
Times tables will feature heavily throughout the year – our focus this half term is the 6 times tables. Having a secure knowledge of these is fundamental to speeding up the calculation process and underpinning much of the work that goes on in class. I therefore encourage you to work with your child to practise and improve speed and recall as much as possible. A times table test will take place every Thursday.
This year, children will continue to complete their maths homework using the home learning and school assessment tool, IXL. This homework is weekly and based on what the pupils have been learning that week. The number of problems and skills to be practised will be set by myself, along with a minimum pass mark. It is expected that you supervise your child’s use of IXL, as completion of maths homework will be monitored.
Individual login and password details for IXL will be distributed at the start of the year. It is advised that you keep these somewhere safe, but please let me know if they are misplaced at any point!
In Science, Year 4 will be learning about states of matter and conducting experiments to test their hypotheses.
During this half term, Year 4 will explore the Buddhist religion in greater detail and build on their learning in Year 3. We have started this topic by identifying and understanding the meaning of Buddhist symbols. We will move on to look at the teachings of Buddha and the practices of Buddhist people.
As a class, we will participate in Jigsaw PSHE, upon the unit ‘Being Me In My World’. We will all be encouraged to be supportive, considerate and understanding towards each other’s views. We shall also be looking at what makes our school community a better place.
Our first topic this year will be the Romans. To begin with, the class will be looking at the rise of the Roman Empire, their invasion and influence in Britain and the life and resistance of Boudicca. We will be focussing on this until half term. After half term, Year Four will look at the lives of Roman people including: culture, artwork and leisure activities.
To complement our Literacy text, Year 4 will look at the work of Rob Gonsalves – in particular, his work on optical illusions. Our DT focus will be ‘The Pantomime’, culminating in the children’s own design and creation of a pantomime stage.
This half term, Year 4’s PE focus on a Tuesday is Hockey (taught by Mrs Grabham) and swimming on a Thursday. Please make sure your child brings in the correct kit on the given day.
If your child does not have access to online tools for learning at home, please let me know so that I can make provisions for this during the school week. I thank you in advance for your support in this.
I am extremely excited about this year and teaching a new Year 4 class, and I really hope your child continues to enjoy their learning and development at Christ Church. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me, or alternatively, make an appointment to see me with the office.