Welcome to Year 4
Meet the Team
Mrs Booth (Class Teacher) Mrs Naylor (Class Teacher) Mrs Pridmore (LSA)
Welcome back to school, we hope that you had a lovely half term holiday.
Read on to find out more about what your children will be doing during their last half term in Year 4!
Our English work will continue to link to our History theme of the Romans and we will be studying the arrival of Julius Caesar to Britain, producing newspaper reports of his invasion. The children will be reporting accounts from witnesses, ensuring that they are correctly punctuating speech.
In Maths we will be recovering the topics of place value, statistics, addition and subtraction, fractions, decimals and geometry. Although we have already covered these topics earlier in the year, this term will make sure that we have a solid understanding of all the concepts before we move in to Year 5.
Year 4 will be studying the Romans this term and finding out about the expansion of the Roman Empire. In Science we will be looking closely at solids, liquids and gases and finding out more about evaporation and condensation. We will link our findings to the water cycle. In PE the children will work with Active One to improve our ball skills and ability to work as a team. On a Friday afternoon we will be practising our cricket skills, striking and fielding.
The Year 4 team are very excited about this term's novel study of 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo.
This half term Y4 will be learning about;
- Division using the bus stop method
- Mental multiplication
- Multiplication of three numbers
-Finding 1000 more or less
-Column addition and subtraction
- 2D shapes and lines of symmetry
- Multiplying and dividing decimals by 10 and 100
The first two weeks back will involve writing explanations linked to our whole school theme of inventions. The children will be designing a variety of inventions to solve various problems and then writing about how their inventions work. After this we will be completing some work linked to poetry where the children will begin to identify similes, metaphors and alliteration. They will have the opportunity to read a range of poetry as well as writing their own.
This term we will continue our study of 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo. The children are really enjoying this text and can't wait to find out what happens next. We will be looking at the issue of animals in captivity and producing some discussion texts outlining the pros and cons to each side of the argument, (this will also link to our trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park).
We will be returning to our work on habitats and the children will learn about a range of different habitats such as polar, desert and rainforest. They will find out about the animals that live there and how they are adapted to their surroundings. In addition we will be looking at food chains and webs.
This half term we will expand on the whole school invention topic which began last half term. As a class we have begun to research Leonardo Da Vinci as an inventor and an artist. The children will be creating sketch books, designing their own inventions and presenting their ideas to the class before the end of term. In Spanish the children will consolidate their learning of numbers 1-30 and basic greetings. They will learn more Spanish phonics including the different sounds for G and C as well as how to ask and answer ‘do you have…?’ questions.
In music lessons children will learn about pulse, rhythm and pitch through a series of lessons based around the song Mamma Mia by ABBA. Our RE topic is about Christian and Humanist values with a focus on right and wrong. In computing the children will become software developers and use Purple Mash to develop simple educational games for younger children.
Year 4 were very excited to win the Lunchtime Trophy this week for their excellent manners and attitude at lunchtimes - well done year 4!