Year 4

Summer Term 2018

Year 4 are very excited to learn about our new ICB topic, ‘The World around us’.  Children are interested in and curious about the world around them. Children will have the opportunity to use their senses to develop their powers of observation, to be able to:

  • Sort and classify
  • Explore
  • Predict
  • Experiment
  • Compare
  • Plan
  • Carry out and review their work.

Year 4 will be involved in a travel project with ‘Urbanwise’. We will be looking using the above features to find out about their local environment.

 

Our History topic this term is the ‘Ancient Egyptians’. We will be learning about what life was like 5000 years ago including the jobs people had then. We will be creating our own travel brochure, showcasing what we have learnt during our history topic! We will be linking our new Enterprise Academy focus of: The Enterprise Academy Fashion Show! Looking at ways the Ancient Egyptians dressed and trying to emulate that.

 

In English, we will be focusing on the short film: ‘The Rocketeer’. We will be writing descriptively using our five senses; newspaper reports based on the film and writing an adventure story based on ‘The Rocketeer’.

 

Our Science topic this half term is ‘Electricity’. We will be identifying common appliances that run on electricity; construct a simple series electrical circuit; identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers; identifying whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery; recognising that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit and understanding that some common conductors and insulators.

 

In Maths, we will be focusing on measure. Children will be learning how to solve word problems involving money; how to calculate the perimeter; identify different types of angles and learning about various 2D and 3D shapes!

We have a very exciting and full half term. We look forward to showing you everything we have learnt!

 The Year 4 medium term plan can be downloaded HERE.

Helpful information:

Reading:

Children should be reading for at least half an hour every day. It is extremely important that the children learn to become fluent and independent readers who understand what they have read. The best way to do this at home is for your child to read daily with you and for you to ask questions about what they have read.

 For example:

  • Can you explain why you think a character did that in the story?
  • What does this word/phrase tell you about the character or setting?
  • Fine two ways in which the writer tells you about an event/setting/character/theme?
  • Which words did you like the most? Why?
  • In the story ‘X’ is mentioned a lot. Why?
  • What other words/phrases could the writer have used? • What do you think the writer meant by writing ‘X’?
  • Which words do you think are the most important in this sentence/paragraph/page? Why?

 

Times tables:

It is expected that all children in Year 4 know their times tables by the end of the academic year. Therefore it is important for children to practise them daily. They need to understand the inverse of the times tables as well such as:

4 x 6 = 24

6 x 4 = 24

24 ÷ 4 = 6

24 ÷ 6 = 4

They should learn the times tables so they are able to recite them quickly and accurately. Here is a link to a selection of times tables games. You can also use this website to practise the times tables!

Spelling:

Every Monday, the children will be taught and given the spelling focus for the week. Children are expected to learn their spellings and be ready for the tests on Fridays.

PE/Swimming:

Year 4 have their PE lesson on Mondays. Children are expected to wear dark jogging bottoms or shorts, a light T shirt (no football kits) and bring a pair of trainers with them.

Year 4 have their swimming lesson on Fridays. All children should bring a towel and a plastic bag to put their wet kit in. Boys should wear swimming trunks and girls should wear a one piece swimming costume.

Thank you for all your support!

 

Hima Mistry

Year 4 class teacher.

Vice Principal.