Year 4


Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year! The children seem rested and ready for the challenges ahead.  We recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team, so thank you in advance for your support.  As always, there is a full curriculum for Year 4 in the Autumn term. This term we will be covering the following:

Subject / Area

Learning intentions

How you can help 

Literacy 

Throughout the term we will be using high quality texts, as recommended by the Cornerstones Curriculum, to inspire the children in developing their writing skills. We will be linking a number of books with our first topic, I am Warrior!, entitled Escape From Pompeii by Christina Balit, The Roman Record by Paul Dowswell and Roman Rampage by Jeremy Strong. We will cover a range of different writing genres including: Soliloquies, Historical narratives, Play Scrips, Instructions and Invitations and Menus. 

After half term, we will continue to use high quality texts, recommended by the Cornerstones Curriculum to continue to inspire the children. We will be reading The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks, which links to our topic, Road Trip USA. We will cover a range of different writing styles including: Postcards, E-mails, Diaries, Biographies, Myths and Legends and Poetry. 

This term in SPAG we will be looking at spelling patterns including prefixes. We will also be learning about noun phrases, clauses fronted adverbials and conjunctions.

Discuss the current topic with your child, and ask them what their writing targets are.  Encourage use of a dictionary during homework. Please support your child in completing their reading journals and by signing off their reading challenges for books read at home. Try to ensure that your child maintains their reading habit (at least 20 minutes every day is advisable for this age group). 

You may wish to explore different areas of Literacy through this link:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

 

 

Maths

Maths will begin with place value, as well as working through investigations and mathematical puzzles, linked to our topics. There will be a strong focus on mental maths this term, with children receiving regular opportunities to practice and develop their mental maths skills. Arithmetic will be practiced daily and children will be given time to refine and develop their calculation strategies in order to become secure and confident in working out sums using all the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). In addition we will be working on Roman Numerals and area. 
A key area of maths that we will be focusing on this year will be times tables as by the end of Year 4 children should be confident with their times tables up to 12 x 12. This year the children will take part in a times table maths assessment. 

Discuss the current topic with your child, and ask them what their maths targets are.  Continue to practice your child’s multiplication tables and support with homework if needed. Please ensure your child has all the necessary mathematical equipment in their pencil cases (pencil, sharpener and ruler).

There are some great maths activities on the following links that you might wish to use to re-enforce any learning:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zpdwxnb

 

Science 

This term we will be studying Sound. The children will be involved in various hands-on practical sessions to develop their investigation skills and increase their use of scientific language. We will be looking at how sound is made and understanding the key vocabulary as well as investigative techniques, 

Discuss the current topic with your child, and ask them what their science targets are.  Your child may also be given homework related to our science topic, please support them if needed.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zgffr82

R.E.

We will be continuing to follow the scheme of work from the London Diocesan Board for Schools. The main concepts are around the beatitudes and the message of peace with an emphasis on learning from the Christian faith. We shall also be exploring the use of symbolism in Christianity and other religions. This half term we will be exploring the Sikh faith.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics, and encouraging additional personal research or practice.
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zsjpyrd/resources/1

Cross Curricular Topic

(History, Geography, Art, D&T, Computing, Literacy, Maths and PSHE.) 

Our Creative Curriculum Topic for the first half term will be based around the Romans and their legacy in Britain. We will link the topic I am Warrior! to a variety of subjects. In art we will create and explore Roman mosaics. In D & T we will create shields and experiment with some Roman food. 
As part of History we will explore the reasons for the invasion in Britain, life in Roman Britain and how the Romans changed life in Britain. 

Our Topic for the second half term is Road Trip USA which will enable us to explore Native American Art and will enable us to expand our understanding of US food. 
As part of history we will explore life in a different period of history and the key historical figures who contribute to nation and international achievements in a variety of eras. 

Throughout this term the children will be developing their map skills and their understanding of human and physical geography. 

As part of our Computing curriculum, the children will learn about keeping safe online. They will also develop their understanding of programming. 

As part of PSHE we will be identifying positive ways to face new challenges as well expressing opinions and stereotypes and discrimination. 

Please support your child as they carry out individual research and project work to develop their understanding.

You may wish to visit these websites to find out more about:

The Romans

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zwmpfg8

http://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-rome.html

Computing

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zvnrq6f

 

PE

PE will be taught by Non-Stop Action sports coaches on a Monday and a Wednesday. 

Please support your child to become independent in remembering their PE kit. Please make sure all items of clothing are clearly labeled with your child’s name. 

Music 

 

Throughout this year, Year 4 pupils will develop their technique on the ukulele.They will develop their confidence and control on the instrument and perform both as part of a group and individually.Pupils will frequently appraise their own and others’ performances, focusing on aspects such as note accuracy and musicality. Pupils will learn to read basic ukulele notation including chord symbols and tab.

You can help your child by encouraging them to listen to a variety of songs and talking with them about how the music changes throughout. 

French

The children will receive a specialist French lesson each week which will link to the Creative Curriculum topic.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics, and encouraging additional personal research or practice.

PE Kits and Uniform

Year 4 will have indoor PE on Monday and outdoor PE on Wednesday. Please ensure they have full PE kit with them. All items need to be clearly labeled with your child’s name. As it gets colder, please stick to plain winter wear in accordance with the school uniform policy. Please ensure that the girls have an extra pair of socks to change into. 

Home Learning

Talk Homework will be set on a Thursdayto prepare for Literacy on a Friday. Home Learning will be set on a Friday and will usually consist of a piece of Maths, Literacy and either a Science, Humanities or Art. It is due in on a Wednesday.  As the year progresses, the amount will increase to help support revision. Encourage your child to get into the routine of returning homework on time and please ensure you sign the folder every week. 

Reading

Your child will continue to benefit from group and guided reading at school.  However the expectations for speed and accuracy in reading in Year 4 increase dramatically.  Please make sure your child reads every night. Currently your child has a reading journal which should be signed every day by an adult at home.

Equipment 

Thank you to all who have organised the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need this year, each item within these needs to be labeled with your child’s name. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your Year 4 child will need are: a pencil case, a pencil, a royal blue writing pen (no biros please), a ruler, a sharpener, a rubber, a glue stick, a purple pen, a yellow highlighter, a whiteboard pen and whiteboard eraser.   

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 4 we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who do well in a variety of ways, including ‘Star of the Day’, postcards home, marbles and positive praise in class.

We look forward to working with you during the terms ahead.

With best wishes, 

Miss Holmes and Ms Bazzoni 

Key Dates

Thursday 11th October 2018 – Nasal Flu Spray

Monday 15thOctober 2018 – Trip to Verulamium 

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – Parents Consultations 

Thursday 18th October 2018 – Parent Consultations

Monday 22nd– Friday 26thOctober 2018 – Half Term

Monday 5thNovember 2018 – Individual Class Photos

Friday 16thNovember 2018 – Year 4 Class Assembly

Friday 21stDecember 2018 – End of Autumn Term

 

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