Autumn Term 2020
Welcome to Year 4! We have an exciting term ahead of us! We are also particularly pleased with the way the children are settling into new routines, and have risen to new challenges.
The staff in Year 4 are Mrs Legg/Mrs Hillier teaching 4A, and Mrs Jones teaching 4B. We will be supported by Mrs Pryce, Mrs Grant and Mrs Rooney on a regular basis, as well as Mrs Pilgrim who will also teach Year 4 during planning time.
This term we return to our Talk For Writing scheme in order to further develop skills to create a portal story with a time-slip, as well as a magazine article and a tale of adventure.
We will conduct whole class guided reading sessions each week which are temporarily replacing our usual guided reading groups. Our first novel is The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
Reading regularly is vital for success. We expect the children to read a wide variety of genres and authors during the year. Please use the online reading log to record all incidents of reading so that we can monitor the number of minutes read, and award a class Reader of the Week. It is also important to encourage your child to complete a quiz on Accelerated Reader regularly, this ensures that they have a good understanding of what they have read.
Reading to and with your child at home will also support the development of their reading skills. Daily reading of at least 20 minutes should be encouraged, as reading is key to accessing all areas of the curriculum.
Spelling lessons follow a scheme called Rising Stars. We will practise spelling new words and rules before sending a test home to learn. All children will be involved in learning statutory spelling words too.
We will continue to use the Inspire Maths scheme, beginning with place value before moving on to develop calculation skills: rounding, estimating, multiplication and division. We will also work on measurement of angles, fractions, parallel and perpendicular lines and reading information from tables and line graphs.
By the end of Year 4, children are expected to be able to recall all times tables facts up to 12 x 12. Towards the end of Year 4 the children will participate in a Statutory Times Tables Test, so regular practise at home is essential. Please continue to use Times Tables Rock Stars and Hit the Button as a useful practise tool at home.
We will begin by studying Electricity, looking at where we use it, how it is generated and how to build circuits. With this knowledge we will test materials to see which are conductors and practice our scientific recording. We will also ensure an understanding of how to use it safely. Our second topic will be about Animals, including Humans .
Mrs Legg will be teaching a wide range of computing skills. This will include reinforcement of how to access and use Google Classroom. There will also be regular sessions dedicated to e-safety.
In History, we are studying the Mayan civilisation: who they were, how they lived, their beliefs, how their society was structured and why this civilisation declined.
Our first topic is Volcanoes. We will learn about how they form, where they are located in the world and the pros and cons of living close to one.
RE lessons will focus on identity and belonging, thinking very carefully about British values and how they can be applied to Christianity and other religions.
Our Art work will be following a new scheme – KAPOW. Children will continue to develop their artistic skills in the formal elements of art such as texture, pattern and printing.
French will continue to build on their knowledge gained in Year 3, focussing on oral work with the initial stages of written French as the year progresses.
PE will be on a Wednesday; the class teachers will teach a second PE lesson on Tuesdays (4A) and Thursdays (4B). Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school which includes appropriate footwear.
Homework will be set weekly on Google Classroom, alternating between Maths and English. It will be set every Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday. If this is a difficulty for you, then please make use of our Homework Club after school every Monday. Spellings will be sent home roughly every fortnight – once we have taught and practised the spelling pattern and rule in school.
We look forward to having a fantastic year with your children!
The Year 4 Team