Current Learning - Year 4
Year 4 – Autumn Term
What are we getting up to this term?
Year four have had a great first week back at school. We have enjoyed getting to know everyone in the class and it sounded like all the children had enjoyable summer holidays. It has been lovely to hear about the children’s holidays and to see so many return to school with such a positive attitude to their learning. Everyone has made a settled start to the year, which we’re sure will continue for the rest of the year.
So far we have started looking at a range of new topics across the curriculum as well as thinking, learning and sharing about the first value word of the year: Responsibility. All the children have worked hard so far and they have all made excellent contributions to class discussions.
In literacy this term we will be looking at the book ‘Leon and the place between’ by Angela Mcallister. We have started reading the book in class and the children have been making predictions about the story; we have also been thinking about the themes which might run through the story. We have begun to learn the model text which will send home for the children to practise and learn (this will really help us during lesson times so please do help them to learn it) we have also started to create a story map of the model text continuing the children’s Talk4Writing journey.
Spellings – Spellings will be sent out on the second week of term (Friday 13th September) and spelling tests will take place on Friday afternoons.
Reading Comprehension – This year we will be sending out a reading comprehension task each week for homework (starting on 13th September). This is an important element of reading so please ensure it is completed and returned by the following Wednesday each week as this really helps your child’s learning in class.
For maths this term we will begin the year by learning about number and place value. In the first half of the term we will be learning about comparing and ordering numbers and different number systems (including negative numbers and Roman numerals). After half term the children will begin looking at the four number operations, beginning with different strategies to solve addition and subtraction sums and problems. The class will be also be continuing to tackle a range of reasoning and problem solving activities based on the topics we will be learning throughout the year.
Maths gym and times tables – The class will continue to practise and apply their mental maths skills and times tables each morning throughout the term during their maths gym. The children will also be able to use their IXL accounts from last year (we will send home a reminder of their logins inside their homework books) and they will have weekly tasks to complete. There is of course a chance that the children may have already completed some the tasks set from IXL. Please just see this as revision as we are not able to check which tasks individual children have completed from Year 4 IXL whilst they were in year 3. There will also be a weekly times table test on Friday afternoons.
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 things like: their culture, artwork, leisure activities and the gladiators.
Our science topic this term is based on sound. In the first half of the term we will look at different sources of sound and we will also be conducting experiments and investigations which help us think about where sound comes from and how it is affected by different situations. In the second half the class will be focussing on what sound is, how it travels and how we hear sound.
During the first half term, we will be linking Art with literacy and looking at design features of a circus, designing our own, making models of our designs, designing costumes and accessories for various circus acts and designing a poster to advertise the circus. Next half term we will switch over to a Design Technology textiles topic which will focus on creating a 2D design and turning it into a 3D product.
In religious education we will begin the term by looking at Buddhism and what it means to be a Buddhist. 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.
Year four will continue to have their P.E lessons on Tuesday mornings in school this half term and will be doing football. In addition to this, the class will be going swimming every Thursday morning. Swimming will continue until the second half of the Spring term.
This half term, the class will be completing a unit based around the songs of ABBA. We will be particularly focussing on the song Mamma Mia. The children will be playing the glockenspiels and using them to compose their own music to accompany the song, building up to a final piece where they will sing and play their compositions.
Our first French unit this half term is called All About Town. The children will be learning to name some of France’s key cities; say in French what amenities or features are found in their own town; use multiples of ten and number operations to do simple calculations; vary sentences about asking and giving simple addresses.
Homework this year will be slightly different to previous years. Weekly times tables, spellings and IXL will continue as usual. Spellings and times tables tests will be on Fridays and IXL tasks must be completed by the following Thursday. There will also be a reading comprehension task set each week for your child to complete. The children will be bringing home homework books. These will need to be covered and personalised with the child’s name clearly visible on the front. The children will be expected to stick in any loose sheets into the books. This will be marked in class the following week, for this to be possible homework must be completed on time and handed in.
The class have had an excellent beginning to the year and all the Year 4 staff are very excited to be working with them all this year. We thank you all for your ongoing support.
Mrs Adkinson and Mrs Simpson.