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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 Reflective. We are going to concentrate on learning from our experiences, understanding what we are trying to achieve and thinking about the best ways we learn and talking about it.

Our topic this half term will have a focus on a whole school reading project called ‘Hoodwinked’.

Important Notices:

  • Year 4 will continue 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.
  • Drayton Manor trip – Wednesday 6th June 2018 – PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS AT SCHOOL FOR 8AM.
  • Parents maths workshop – 14th June 2018 – 9AM and 3.30PM
  • Relationship and Sex Education parents workshop – 2nd and 4th July 2018

English:

Our writing this half term will be based on a whole school project, called ‘Hoodwinked’. We will look at different texts and then using the ideas from these books, to create our own settings, descriptions, instructions and newspaper reports. We will use the writing toolkits to help us with our writing, making sure we include all the appropriate grammar features in our writing. This half term, we will make sure we aim high with the vocabulary we use, using dictionaries and thesaurus’ to help us do this.

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 Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around decimals, measure and shape. We will then be applying what we have learnt by solving word problems and using reasoning to help us explain our answers. We will also be learning about position and translation of an object. We will also continue to be completing the times tables Super Heroes tests, which one will your child complete next?

To help your child at home:

  • You could practice all of the times tables.
  • You could get your child to measure using different measurement tools (e.g. scales, jugs etc)
  • You could get them to round any decimal place number.

Science:

In Science this half term, we will be focusing on the topic of solids, liquids and gases. We will be finding out the difference between the different states, and creating our own experiments based on questions we would like to find out about.

To help your child at home:

  • You could ask your child to name different solids, liquids and gases.
  • You could investigate how to change states from a solid to a liquid, and back again.

Topic:

Throughout the half term, in Music, we will have weekly violin lessons, where the children will continue to develop their string skills and knowledge. In history, we will be learning all about how medicine has changed throughout time, including key developments and people. The children will be creating a piece of art based on the book we are looking at as a whole school project. In PE, the children will continue to develop their tennis skills and in computing, the children will be learning all about coding, eventually writing their own codes. We will also be covering internet safety and Relationship and Sex Education.