Year 4 2018 - 2019
Welcome to Year 4!
We are looking forward to a fun and productive year full of achievements!
All children will be read with each week, with some children receiving additional reading support. A guided reading book is used for 'group reads' and remains in class. Reading journals are for children, parents and staff to respond to the child's reading. We would encourage you to read regularly with your child, ensuring you are focusing on the comprehension of the text. The new reading journals have suggestions for how to support your child and ideas for reading follow up activities, which could prove useful. Please continue to record in your child's reading journal at least three times per week.
Children will start the year by looking at Greek myths. We will focus on enriching the content of our writing by generating expanded noun phrases and starting our sentences with a variety of adverbs (fronted adverbials). Later this half term we will move onto looking at instructions when we have our first of three visits from The Crowne Plaza hotel who will be running cookery workshops with our year group this year. We also hope to have a look at poetic form, describing mythical beasts.
Times tables remain a vital component of the Year Four curriculum and a new national assessment will be trialled throughout the country this Summer (June 10 - 28th 2019). This will become mandatory in 2020.
Try the link above to go to a really fun way to learn times tables, number bonds, division facts and halves and doubles.
By the end of Year Four, all children should be able to tell the time on an analogue clock. This is something that parents can become really involved in too, setting problems for children like: What time will it be when we arrive if the journey takes 45 minutes?
Animals, inlcuding humans, forms our Science topic for this half term. We will be looking at food chains and more complex food webs, identifying preditors and prey, looking at teeth and investigating which drinks are good for our teeth and those that contribute to decay.
Learning about the Groovy Greeks will be our historical focus. We will plot Ancient Greece on a timeline, understanding chronology, use and evaluate a range of sources of evidence and create an exhibition to share learning about Ancient Greece. We look forward to seeing families at our Greek day in school when you can admire our work and learn alongside us! If you have any resources linked to this topic, please feel free to bring them to school to share with us.
Linked to our History work, children will describe and compare the geographical features of Ancient and Modern Greece.
This half term we will be thinking about God; descriptions of God, poems about God using metaphors and art in christianity which features God.
Games and PE will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that you have a full PE kit including footwear on both days every week.
Homework will be issued on a Friday and must be returned, completed, by the following Wednesday. Spellings, reading response and maths will be a part of each week's homework. Extension tasks are an essential part of the homework and are designed to build on the work that we do in class. We would like to trial sending the instructions for the homework out via this website. This would be better for the environment as less paper and glue would be used and would save time in class too for other work.
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