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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more awesome like Captain Resilient. We are going to concentrate on becoming engrossed and enjoying our learning, managing our distractions, not giving up when things are tricky and taking responsibility for myself.

Our topic this half term is, ‘The Best of British’ and we will be focusing on The Stone Age and The Romans.

Important Notices:

  • Year 4 will with their violin lessons once a week. We will take part in these lessons all year and be performing in shows throughout the year.
  • We will be doing PE on a Tuesday – please make sure PE kit is in school EVERY DAY
  • Please make sure that reading books and diaries are in school EVERY DAY.
  • 4B will have their class assembly on Wednesday 17th October

English:

In English this half term, we will be starting with instruction writing based around the book ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’. We will be using our writing toolkits to help us with our writing and always aiming high with our vocabulary choices. We are then going to move onto writing diary entries, fact files, setting descriptions and letter writing.

To help your child at home:

  • Read with them at least 3 times a week
  • You could ask your child about the features of our writing tool kits for the different pieces of writing we do.
  • Practice your child’s spellings at home, asking them about the rules and the meaning of the words.

Maths:

In maths this half term, place value will be a particular focus and we will be looking at numbers over 1000. We will be using our number bond knowledge to help us count forwards and backwards into thousands, hundreds, fifties, tens and ones. We will be looking for number patterns and linking this to our times tables. We will then be moving onto formal written methods of column addition and subtraction.

The children will also be completing weekly Superhero Times-table tests.

To help your child at home:

  • You could practice all of the times tables.
  • You could count in hundreds, tens and ones, from different starting points.
  • You could practice the formal written methods of addition and subtractions.

Science:

In science this half term, we will be looking at sound. In this topic we will be investigating how sound is made, how sound travels and learning about pitch, volume and vibrations. We will be encouraging the children to ask different types of questions and answering these using a range of scientific enquiries to answer these. We will also be completing a Science Crest Award, where the children will take part in challenges throughout the year.

To help your child at home:

  • You could ask your child to explain how sound is made.

Topic:

Throughout the half term, in Music, we will have weekly violin lessons, where the children will begin to develop their string skills and knowledge. In history, we will be learning about the changes in Britain between the Stone Age and the rise of the Roman Empire. In art, the children will be working on their sketching based around Austin’s Butterfly. In PE, the children will be developing their gymnastics skills. In the classroom, we will be doing lots of work around citizenship and learning how to hold a debate, listening and talking in a respectful way. In Design and Technology, we will be researching, designing and building bridges and learning about the history of how bridges were originally made, during the reign of the Roman Empire.