Year 4 have well and truly settled back into class and it is brilliant to be back with you all!
After finishing the final points for our “Earth and Beyond” topic (which includes exploring the water cycle, the solar system, climate change and coastal erosion), Year 4 will be looking at the Stone Age to the Iron Age for the final part of this academic year. We will build on our chronological understanding of this fascinating section of history, as well as use our new knowledge to interpret and enquire about aspects of the past.
In maths, we will continue to ensure that our knowledge of place value and arithmetic skills are secure, as well as practise a variety of approaches to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Times table facts up to 12 x 12 will continue to be a major focus this term, which will assist the children in their class work this year and beyond. If you would like to find the time table songs from class, follow this link to the BBC “supermovers” website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-maths-collection/z7frpg8
In English, we will begin by investigating the features of biographies before writing our own, based on our author study. Additionally, we will explore explanation texts, stories in unfamiliar settings and persuasive texts.
In science, we will complete our work on the water cycle, before moving on to the topic of “sound”, which will see pupils learning how to plan, obtain and present evidence and evaluating a scientific investigation. In the second half of the term, pupils will explore a biology based topic “Animals including humans”, where they will learn about the importance of a nutritional diet, teeth, the digestive system and the skeleton.
What should you bring to school?
Please do not bring your own pencil cases and stationary. We will be using school equipment only.
Depending on the weather, suitable P.E. clothes include:
- plain white polo or t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls/trainers for indoors.
- additional hat, gloves, extra socks and dark coloured jumper and joggers (unbranded) for outdoors.
Homework will be given out each half term. Tasks can be completed and handed in, or alternatively all tasks can be handed in at the end of the half term.
Ongoing tasks include practising times tables and spellings, AND most importantly, reading each evening for at least 10 minutes. Each time you read, record it in your reading record books, and show me to be entered into our weekly Class 4 Reader Raffle!
Everything that you practise at home will help your learning in class! If you are unsure of any tasks or need some help, please do come and see me for explanations, examples and resources J I will be only too happy to do what I can to help.