Year 4 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 4!
We are looking forward to a fun and productive year!
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 encourage you to read regularly with your child, ensuring you are focusing on the comprehension of the text. The 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 fronted adverbials. Then, we will move onto looking at instructions making Greek salads and pots.
In the second half of the term, we will write non-chronological reports about countries in Europe focusing on the layout and language features.
Times tables remain a vital component of the Year Four curriculum and a new national assessment will become mandatory beginning this year in 2020.
Try the links 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?
This year will begin with the study of states of matter. We will explore the changing states of a variety of materials and the processes in which this happens. For example, freezing, condensation, evaporation,
Electricity will be our Science topic for this half term. We will begin the unit by studing the famous scientist Thomas Edison (the creator of the lightbulb). Following this, we will be looking at the components of a circuit (bulb, battery) and then use this knowledge to make our own circuits.
This term, we will travel from Ancient Greece to a variety of other countries in Europe, developing our research skills and learning about life in the past and present, near and far. We look forward to seeing families at our Greek exhibition 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.
This term we will be thinking about God; descriptions of God, poems about God using metaphors and art in Christianity which features God. We will also enjoy sharing the parables and exploring their meanings.
Games and PE will take place on a different days for the two classes:
Hawking- Tuesday and Friday
Ferdinand Magellan- Monday and Thursday
Throughout the term, we will also enjoy Art, Drama, Music, DT, French and PSHE. Please ask your children about what they have learnt.
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.
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