Blue Bell Hill

Primary School

0115 915 1161

admin@bluebellhill.org.uk •

Gordon Road • Nottingham •
• Nottinghamshire • NG3 2LE •

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Throughout the term, we are continuing to try to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more fantastic like Captain Resourceful. We are going to concentrate on becoming more independent with our learning, using the things around us to support our understanding and produce some fantastic work.

Our topic this half term is ‘Magnificent Media’ and we will be focusing on how media has changed throughout the years and learning all about the history behind it.

Important Notices:

  • We will be doing PE on a Tuesday – please make sure PE kit is in school EVERY DAY
  • We will also be doing violins every Tuesday every morning

Please make sure that reading books and diaries are in school EVERY DAY

 English:

In English this half term, we will be starting with writing a play script based around a Disney animation ‘Steam Boat Willie’. Within this, we will write character and setting descriptions. We will also be writing a non-chronological report about different film studios and poetry linked to our topic. We will be using our writing toolkits to help us with our writing and always aiming high with our vocabulary choices.

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, we will be starting with Multiplication and Division. Within this, we will be learning how to multiply 3-digit numbers by single digit numbers and dividing by 2 and 3-digit numbers. We will then be moving onto fractions, where we will be finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. 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 practice using formal methods of multiplication and division
  • You could practice finding fractions of amounts and adding them together

Science:

In science this half term, we will be looking at sound. We will be learning how sounds are made through vibrations, looking at patterns and pitch of a sound and also looking at the link between the volume of the sound and the strength of the vibration.

To help your child at home:

  • You could ask your child to listen to different sounds and see if they can notice the pitch
  • You could ask your child to think about how different sounds are made.
  • You could ask your child to look out for vibrations when listening to music

Topic:

Throughout the half term, in art we will be looking at and creating, using a range of artistic skills, a flip book of a Disney animation. In computing, we will be making a stop animation video and learning the history behind them. We will also research different film studios, in order to help use write our non-chronological report. In music, we will be improvising and composing a range of music to use in our topic lessons.