Year 4 have got off to incredible start to 2018, thoroughly enjoying learning about our new ICB topic, ‘The Environment’. We are focusing on The United Kingdom, the natural and man-made landscape of the UK and our place in Europe and the world! We will be learning about how changes in the environment has had an impact on the UK, and what we are doing to combat such things as pollution.
In English, we will be writing a setting description , a non-chronological report and a story based on the short film ‘Marshmallow’. Click here to watch it! Our focus this half term in Maths is ‘Fractions’. We will be learning about equivalent fractions, how to find a fraction of an amount, solving problems and conducting lots of investigations! Click here to learn more and play some fraction games! Our new topic in Science is ‘Changes of State’. We will be learning about solids, liquids and gases, evaporation and condensation and how this ties into the water cycle. There will be lots of opportunities to conduct science experiments and investigations to test our scientific knowledge and understanding. Below are some pictures of us learning about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Click here to find out more about solids, liquids and gases, here to find out about the water cycle, and here to find out about evaporation and condensation.
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.
- 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?
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!
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.
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.
The Year 4 medium term plan can be downloaded HERE.
Thank you for all your support!
Year 4 class teacher.