Welcome to Year 4
Year 4 teachers are Mrs Plumb and Mr North. Our Autumn term is usually a very busy time of year with Macmillan Coffee Afternoon, Remembrance and Christmas. However, due to the current situation, events like this are being put on halt. Instead, it gives us the opportunity to dive even deeper into our topic of ‘The Vikings’ and catchup on the learning that we may have missed out on from our time in Year Three. Mr North and myself have been so impressed with the determination and commitment to learning that the children have already shown us, during this short time. We cannot wait to teach them lots of new and exciting things!
Throughout the year, Year 4 cover a range of work. Where possible links will be made with Literacy and Numeracy. In the Autumn term we will be heading back in time, as we focus on the Anglo Saxons and Vikings during our Invaders and Settlers Topic. We will look at the Saxon way of life; investigating and exploring their homes, clothing, food, weapons and much more! In Science we will be looking at living things and their habitats. We will use our DT lessons to create our very own Saxon village and in Geography we will uncover the mystery of Sutton Hoo. Our Spring topic is the Tudors where we will be looking at King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth, and what it would have been like to live in the Tudor times. We will use a number of stories set in the Tudor times to help with our Literacy work, including the work of William Shakespeare. We will also look at the Roman numerals that were used by the Tudors as part of Numeracy. In D&T we will be making and inventing some of our own Tudor food recipes and be creating a Tudor Dance piece, in our PE lessons. Our Summer topic is the much loved children’s author David Walliams. We will be delving into a number of his books, and creating our own humorous stories, including an escape plan for Grandpa in Grandpa’s Great Escape! We will be inventing our own Billionaire making inventions, like the BumFresh toilet roll. In Geography we will be taking part in a political discussion with the heavily fragrant Mr Stink about community environmental problems and what can be done about them.
In our Maths lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following topic, also covering the objectives not achieved in Y3:
Unit and non-unit fractions of amounts
Multiply/divide by 10/100; add/subtract 0.1 to/from decimals
Grid multiplication to multiply TU X U and TU X TU
Division using the chunking method and progressing to larger divisions with remainders
Column addition using 3 or more 2/3 digit numbers
Written subtraction using the borrowing method
identify and explore 3-d shapes
study and draw polygons, exploring their properties and angle types
Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations; complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to one line of symmetry
In our English lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following topics and also covering the objectives that were not achieved in Y3:
Fairytales and Playscripts – Use versions of Princess and the Pea to explore, compare and write fairytales with a twisted point of view. Study dialogue, tense, pronouns. Role-play /write playscripts and perform to an audience
Recounts – Explore recounts through Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears (Emily Gravett), After the Fall (Dan Santat),The Dark (Lemony Snicket). Study adverbials and possessive apostrophes.
Poetic Form – Read and write list poems, including kennings. Explore devices such as simile, alliteration and onomatopoeia. Study word classes: nouns, adjectives, verbs, and expanded noun phrases.
Persuasive writing – Cherish rainforests, persuading others to do so too, with Where the Forest Meets the Sea and The Vanishing Rainforest. Expand noun phrases and revise possessive apostrophes.
Myths and Legends – Using captivating mythical stories of selkies and mermaids, children use higher level reading skills and write their own sea myths. Set out and punctuate dialogue and use paragraphs
Narrative Poetry – Explore a variety of narrative poetry. Use noun phrases and fronted adverbials, also pronouns. Identify features poets use; learn, recite and write poems that tell a story.
In our Science lessons this term we will be concentrating on the following topics:
Sound – How sounds are made and how they travel? How we can change the pitch of sound? Can all animals hear sounds? What is an echo?
Electricity – How do circuits work? How can you light a light bulb? What type of materials conduct electricity? How are electrical conductors and insulators used?
When, where and how did the Vikings first arrive in England?
What we learn about Viking history through from archeological digs?
Viking Gods and Goddesses
The role of a Viking Warrior and why they were known to be fierce and undefeatable
Discoveries from Sutton Hoo
How Viking longboats were created and where did they go?
Buddhism – Who is Buddha? Where did Buddhism originate? What are the main beliefs? Special Buddhist places and festivals, signs and symbols and their meaning
Christianity – who and where? Main beliefs, special places, special festivals, holy book, symbols and meaning
Pick out familiar words and phrases from a spoken sentence.
Say and write a few sentences about themselves in the first person from memory.
Prepare and present some basic instructions for a playground game.
Recite some verses of a song from memory.
Use knowledge of French phonics to spell some simple words correctly.
Express opinions using basic sentences
PSHE, Citizenship and Relationships
Think Positive – understand that it is important to look after our mental
health, recognise and describe a range of positive and negative
emotions, discuss changes people may experience in their lives and
how they might make them feel, talk about things that make them happy and help them to stay calm, identify uncomfortable emotions and what can cause them, discuss the characteristics of a good learner
Respecting Rights – know what human rights are, understand that all people share the same rights, know about The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, know why we have rules and how they help us understand that no one should take away our human rights, explain what respect means and understand how they can respect the rights of others, describe what a stereotype is and understand how stereotypes can be harmful.
Programming using Scratch – Write a program which accomplishes a specific goal, create a program that includes a logical sequence, debug a program they have written, use repetition and selection, work with variables and adjust these depending on the effect they wish to create, demonstrate that they understand how to combine a range of different effects to create their own quiz.
Animation – Explain what is meant by animation, create a series of linked frames that can be played as a short animation, control and adjust a time slider to locate a different point in a film clip, insert images to create a simple stop-motion animation short film clip, evaluate the good and bad points about some animation software, make extensive use of a time slider to animate multiple objects simultaneously, use webcam or digital camera to create their own images for a stop-motion animation short film clip.
Produce an observational drawing, make a maquette, show shapes and colours, draw a person in pen, recall facts about famous artists, make clothes out of paper, draw a body in charcoal, make a 3D model.
Things To Remember
PE Kit – Wednesday and Thursday (should always be kept in school, taken home at half term)
Reading Book – read and signed by Monday. Returned on Wednesday
Monday – Latest day for Reading folder to be handed in. This is an essential day as we must leave the book for 48 hours before we are able to give it to another child.
Tuesday – Homework to be handed in.
Wednesday – Children will be given their new Reading Book.
Friday – spellings to learn and short piece of homework given, related to the week’s work.
Trips & Events
*Please note that these events may be subject to change.*
- 12th October – Hoopstarz session for each class
- 16th October – Assessment week
- 23rd October – Nasal Flu vaccine for all pupils
- 23rd October – Break up for half term
- 2nd November – Return to school
- 13th November – Children in Need (Wear something spotty!)
- 27th November – Inset day
- 30th November – Inset day
- 1st December – Christmas tree up in school!
- 14th December – Christmas week in school
- 15th December – Treasure Island pantomime (subject to government guidelines)
- 16th December – Christmas dinner
- 17th December – Year 3/4 Bubble Christmas Party
- 18th December – Break up for Christmas
- 5th January – Spring term begins
- 12th February – Pinocchio theatre production (subject to government guidelines)
- 12th February – Break up for half term
- 22nd February – Return to school
- 4th March – World Book Day (Wear your pyjamas and bring in your favourite book!)
- 10th March – Pro-Ride Cycle day (Year 1-Year 6)
- 15th March – Assessment week
- 24th March – Key Stage 2 Talent Show
- 25th March – PTA Easter competition
- 25th March – Break up for Easter
- 26th March – Inset day
- 12th April – Summer term begins
- 28th May – Break up for half term
- 7th June – Return to school
- 30th June – Whole school archery day
- 12th – 13th July – Year 6 Leaver’s Production
- 13th July – End of year reports out
- 14th July – Key Stage 1 Talent Show
- 14th July – Meet the new class teacher
- 19th July – Year 6 Leaver’s Service
- 20th July – Break up for the summer holidays