Year 4 2020 - 2021

Welcome to our Year 4 class page.

Our team

Teachers: Mrs L. Kelly and Miss H. Ashley

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Russett, Miss Scott, Mr Landstrom and Mrs Stockton

English

To improve the children's reading and comprehension skills, it is also important for the children to read every night. Could we please ask parents/carers to sign the children's Communication Diaries, so that we can evaluate how often the children read (they earn an extra smilie for reading 5 times each week). Children achieving this, will have a greater chance of gaining their Respect Award. It is important for the children to be asked questions about the text they are reading, to help build their inference and comprehension skills. The children also really enjoy listening to stories.

The children will be given a spelling activity every Friday and are expected to complete it by the following Friday. This activity is to help children learn spelling patterns that they can apply to their everyday writing. New words appropriate to their year group will be taught in spelling sessions in school.

This term the children's English writing will be centred around the book Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. The children will explore and write in a variety of genres that will include: setting descriptions, instructions and Haiku poems.

 

Maths

In the Autumn term the children will focus on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Measurement including perimeter and length and Multiplication and Division.

In the Spring term the children will focus on Multiplication and Division, Measurement including area and perimeter, Fractions and Decimals.

In the Summer term the children will focus on Decimals, Measurement including money, Time, Statistics and Geometry looking at angles, shape, symmetry, position and direction.

In addition to the Maths topics covered above the children will also be focusing on timestables. The children will be supported through the use of timestables games, weekly test and TTRockstars. This is in preparation for the National Check at the end of Year 4 (if completed due to COVID-19).

 

Science

In the Autumn term the children will explore All Living Things. Within this topic they will recognise that living things can be grouped and classified in a variety of ways and understand that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things. The children will also study Animals including Humans where they will be able to describe the basic functions of the digestive system and identify the different types of teeth we have, in addition to constructing and interpreting food chains.

In the Spring term the children will investigate States of Matter (solids, liquids and gases). Throughout this topic the children will compare and group materials, observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). They will also explore the water cycle, evaporation and condensation.

In the Summer term our first topic will be Sound. The children will be able to identify how sounds are made through vibrations and how it travels to the ear. They will also explore how the pitch, volume and distance has an impact on sound. We will also investigate Electricity. Through this the children will explore circuits, common conductors and insulators.

 

CoJo (History and Geography)

In the Autumn term our CoJo character is Levison Wood. We will be learning about his adventures and achievements. We will explore the River Nile and The Himalayas in depth, through map work, research and comparisons to our local area. The children will also investigate earthquakes, looking at how they happen and the damage they can cause.

In the Spring term our CoJo character is Leif Erikson (the first Viking). We will fully immerse ourselves in Viking life, locating Scandinavian countries, plotting routes, finding out about Longboats and Viking settlements. The children will also be given the opportunity to design and make their own Viking helmet and/or shield.

In the Summer term our CoJo character Kira Salak, where the children will follow her on her journey through the Congo, exploring the lakes and mountains of Africa.

 

RE

In Year 4, we build on and deepen our understanding of the Islamic faith and the Jewish faith.  We also develop the idea of Incarnation before exploring the importance of Baptism to Christians.  We are then able to use this learning to look at a multi faith religious unit on People of Faith.  We ask questions and reflect on the decisions that people make based on their beliefs.  The children are able to start making reflective links between their own experiences of people they study.

 

P.E

 

 

Miss H. Ashley

PE

Thursday 1pm-2pm. Outdoor kit.

Friday 1pm-2pm. Outdoor kit.

 

Mrs L. Kelly

PE

Thursday 2pm-3pm. Outdoor kit.

Friday 2pm-3pm. Outdoor kit.

 

Your child will need an outdoor PE kit to include a jumper, jogging bottoms and trainers in addition to their normal PE kit. Please make sure these are named.

Please can we remind you that for all PE sessions long hair must always be tied back and all earrings MUST be removed or covered over with a plaster.

As we are a healthy school, we encourage all children to bring a named bottle into school filled only with water.

Homework

The homework that children are given relates to and embeds what they have been learning about in school. 

Throughout the year projects relating to work covered in class may be sent home.

The children will receive Maths homework on a Friday and it will need to be in by the following Friday.  

The children will receive SPAG homework on a Friday and it will need to be in the following Friday.

The children will receive a Spelling homework on a Friday and it will need to be in the following Friday

Please continue to practice times tables whenever possible. 

 

Homework Book

Pages

Due in

Daily Reading

 

Daily

English and SPAG

96 + 97

9/10/20

Maths

8 + 9

9/10/20

Spelling

Correct the Spelling sheet

9/10/20

 

 

 

Useful websites for the curriculum 

Khans Academy 

https://www.khanacademy.org – especially good for maths and computing for all ages

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Blockly
https://blockly.games 
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch (This link is also on our computing page) 
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

ICT Games ( also see attached some home learning cards)

https://www.ictgames.com/ – A range of online activities linked to subjects for KS1 and KS2

Y1 Learning cards

Y2 learning cards

Y3+ Learningcards

Doorwayonline

https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/ –

Interactive activities covering a whole range of subjects and year groups

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
Activities to try in the garden!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

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