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Year 4

Welcome to 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 Resourceful. We want to become better at being curious and asking questions, using our skills of assertiveness, choosing the best resources for a task and making links in our learning.

Our topic for this term is Heroes and Villains.

Important Notices:

  • This term year 4 will begin 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 twice a week – Please make sure PE kits are in school EVERY DAY.
  • Please make sure that reading books and diaries are in school EVERY DAY.

English:

This half term we will begin by reading “The Day the Crayons Came Home”. As well as learning about how the characters in the story are like Captain Resourceful, we will also be writing postcards as a character from the story.

Then, we will be moving onto creating our own stories based on a fairy tale. We will be making our own characters, settings and plots. We will use all of the grammar techniques we know to make our stories exciting to read.

To help your child at home:

  • You could with them at least 3 times a week
  • You could through Newspapers and having a look at the key features
  • You could find out about the story of Romulus and Remus

Maths:

In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around numbers, up to 1000, and addition and subtraction. We will be learning about place value and how many hundreds, tens and ones make up a number. When looking at addition and subtraction, we will be looking at counting in 25’s, 50’s, 100’s and 1000’s before moving onto look at the formal written methods.

To help your child at home:

  • You could practice the 3,6 and 9 times tables (to start with)
  • You could ask your child all of their number bonds up to 100.
  • You can ask your child to prove any answer they get – eg. 10+10 = 20 – prove why your answer is correct.

Science:

Our science topic this term is sound. We will be learning all about different sounds and how the vibrations make the sounds. We will then be thinking about the pitch of sound and looking at the different patterns different pitches make. We will be using our knowledge of the human body to think about how we understand sound and learning about the different parts of the ear.

To help your child at home:

  • You could ask your child all about the different sounds they can hear and how far away they might be.
  • You could talk about the different parts of the ear.

Topic:

Our topic for this half term is ‘Heroes and Villains’. In Art, we will be looking at the different types of pop art and linking this to the way comic books are illustrated. In History, we will be learning about the Ancient Greeks, finding out about who they were and the different cities that they ruled. This will link to our Geography learning and we will be locating these using an atlas. We will also look at other countries around the world, different rivers and the effects of some natural disasters. Year 4 have a two week cooking block this half term where we will make some Greek food in our D&T lessons, to link in with our History learning. In P.E we will be doing gymnastics and dance.