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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 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, ‘Myths and Legends’ and we will be focusing on The Ancient Greeks, Ancient Egypt, Robin Hood and other familiar myths and legends.

Important Notices:

  • Year 4 will with continue 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.
  • For those children who have signed up, our residential trip to Castleton will begin on Tuesday 29th January until Friday 1st
  • We will also be practicing for our Year 3&4 play, which we will be performing before the Easter holidays.

English:

In English this half term, we will be starting with narrative writing based around the myth ‘The Competition – Athena and Poseidon’ and within this we will be writing character and setting descriptions. 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 and a project on the Egyptians.

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, multiplication and division will be a particular focus and we will be looking at multiplying and dividing 2 and 3-digit numbers. We will be using a range of different methods such as, partitioning, short written methods and long written methods, as well as using these skills to answer word problems and build on our reasoning skills. 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 multiplication and division.

Science:

In science this half term, we will be looking at states of matter. In this topic we will be investigating how solids, liquids and gases are formed, how the particles are different in each state and what makes gas different to a liquid. We will then be carrying out an investigation to find out how to change a solid into a liquid, and a liquid into a gas. Finally, we will be learning all about the water cycle. We will be encouraging the children to ask different types of questions and use a range of scientific enquiry skills 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 what a solid, liquid and gas is.
  • You could experiment with ice and water asking your child to explain what happens to the particles in each state.

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 about the Ancient Greeks and how their lifestyles influenced our lives today. In art, the children will be developing their techniques and their awareness of different types of art using a range of different materials. We will begin by looking at mosaics and Greek pottery. In PE, the children will take part in football sessions led by a coach from Nottingham Forest Football Club. 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.