Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome back Year 4! I hope that you are looking forward to a very busy Spring term! Our topic this term will be ‘Ancient Egypt’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.
In English, we will study the format of a playscript and write our own based on Rumpelstiltskin. We will look at explanation texts in more detail and write some linked to our topic, Ancient Egypt. After half term, we will explore stories from different cultures and write our own. Whilst looking at non-fiction texts, we will develop our understanding of persuasive techniques used in advertising and we will create our own marketing campaign with a clear message.
We will also be writing our entries for the BBC 500 Words Competition and write letters to accompany our designs for the Young Engineers Competition.
We will also be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
We will continue to develop the use of written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will practise using these methods to solve written problems. We will also have weekly times tables tests in class.
We will learn about perimeter and area and find the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes.
In Year 4, we need to know all of our multiplication facts to 12 x 12. We will have weekly times tables tests in class.
In Science, we will learn living things and their habitats. In this topic, we will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things, as well as learn how animals are split into ‘vertebrates’ and ‘invertebrates’ and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. We will use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. This topic also introduces us to the idea that environments are subject to man-made and natural changes, and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. Throughout the topic, we will work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.
After half-term, we will learn about animals, including humans. This topic focuses on the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth. We will learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and the food chain. In addition, we will extend their understanding of food chains to more complex chains and food webs.
Our final topic will be electricity. We will learn about what electricity is and how it was discovered. We will identify which appliances use electricity in our homes and how to keep ourselves safe. We will create and draw different circuits and investigate how different switches can break and reconnect a circuit.
Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt. During this topic, we will learn about the achievements of this ancient civilisation. We will learn about how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. We will also learn about how Egyptian people used hieroglyphs to communicate and compare the powers of different gods.
For more information, please see the Topic Web below.
In Music, we will be having weekly lessons with the very talented Mrs West and throughout the year we will have the fantastic opportunity to play the clarinet.
Class 4 will continue to create some incredible masterpieces with the very talented Mrs Taylor on a Thursday afternoon linked to our topic, Ancient Egypt.
Year 4 will have PE on a Friday with SuperStars teacher, Mr Penny. We will also have swimming on a Monday morning – don’t forget your swimming kit. PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.
Homework is set on a Thursday and should be returned every Monday. Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class. Remember that you can always upload your homework to Showbie. Your blue Homework Diaries should be in school every day. Please continue to read daily at home and record this in your blue dairy for extra dojos!
In addition to the weekly homework task, Class 4 pupils must also work on their multiplication facts (times tables) and spellings at home. A short list of spellings will also be sent home to learn - and your child should apply the correct spelling of these words during independent writing. Common (high frequency) words should be spelt correctly during class tasks and also during writing assessments (which enable us to assess which writing features your child can use independently).
IMPORTANT DATES SPRING TERM 2019
9th January: First day of Spring Term
24th January: Visit from the teachers from Shanghai, China
30th January: Y3/Y4 Hi-Five Netball @ JKHS
5th February: Safer Internet Day
14th February: KS2 Disco 6:15pm-7:30pm
18th – 22nd February 2019: Half Term holiday
4th – 8th March: Parents’ Evening Week
15th March: Comic Relief Wear What You Like
27th March: Forensic Science Workshop
28th March: Walford Oscars at 5:30pm
12th April: Year 3 and Year 4 Class Assembly at 2:15pm
12th April 2019: Last day of Spring Term
To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of Maths and English activities on Education City. You should also encourage your child to explore www.bbc.co.uk/ks2bitesize.
You can practise your multiplication tables on Times Tables Rockstars
Remember to look in the ‘Gallery’ and the school Twitter to see our latest photographs.
My door is always open and I am happy to chat with parents about our topics and any work that we are covering in class. Please don’t hesitate to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything!