Year 4 (Avocets)

Class Teacher – Miss Mann

Spring Term 2021

Happy New Year and I hope you had a relaxing break over the holidays!

Here is an outline of the Spring Term curriculum.

Reading

Please continue to read with your child/children. At this stage of their education, understanding what they are reading is incredibly important as well as looking up (in a dictionary/online) or asking about unfamiliar words to learn the meaning of them. When I hear children books-thumbreading aloud at school, they regularly gloss over words they have misread and it takes an adult asking them to go back and read it again to ensure they have read the right words and have the right meaning. Reading a singular word wrong can change the context/meaning of the whole sentence. If you are able to, please ask questions about what they are reading whether the questions are about settings, characters, plots, predictions etc.

Ancient Egypt

Out overarching topic this term is on Ancient Egypt. It is a fantastic topic and the children will become expert Egyptologists by the end!

Literacy
We will start by looking at the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb as a newspaper report.

Following this, we will be looking at poetry. The original poem is called ‘How to be  Pirate’ but this will be adapted to include characters from Ancient Egypt.

We will finish off with some fictional writing with a book called ‘Jack and the Dreamsack.’ This is a great story that involves the children using their imagination to write creative setting descriptions using a range of Literacy skills.

we will also be recapping on all the grammatical terms that come under Year 4 (as well as the previous years) and will be working on spelling constantly. (Please also see homework section).

Maths

Maths – This subject tends to be more discrete. We will start with a recap on Place Value as this underpins many parts of maths before moving onto additive and multiplicative reasoning, which includes fractions, measures and statistics. Finally this term, we will look at geometric reasoning, which includes shapes and their properties.

At year 4, times tables knowledge is vital. This will assist maths in so many ways. Please support your child with their times tables learning as well as their division. They have access to Times Tables Rock Stars online. We will be having a ‘Football Times Tables’ test weekly, where children get promoted up the divisions!

 Science

This term we will be looking at States of Matter: solids, liquids and gases.

History

As aforementioned, our history will be Ancient Egypt topic.

Art

Art will be linked to Ancient Egypt. We cover many of the Year 4 Art objectives during this topic.

Geography

Our Geography focus will be learning some geographical terms to explain where places are as well as using the 8 point compass. We will also look at map skills using an atlas to find out where countries are with a focus on Egypt. We will also be looking at trade and trade routes in Ancient Egypt.

French

We will be focusing on counting and pocket money.

Music

This will be with Mrs Wilson who is a music specialist.

PE

In the first part of term, we will be looking at gymnastics and dance as indoor activities, then we will continue with gymnastics and have football.

Homework

Homework is more independent in Year 4 and is outlined below.

Weekly homework expectations are:
Doodle Maths 50 stars weekly. This is being set for some children to target gaps from Year 3 and below as well as the Year 4 objectives.

Times tables and division fact learning. This needs to be for rapid recall as in can answer the questions within 5 seconds. I have set some children up on TTRS with specific times tables to learn. Please encourage the children to log on and to practise their tables. At least 300 coins is expected weekly on TTRS.

Spellings from spellings lists – around 3-4 words weekly but going back over older spellings to remember them. The KS1 spellings are an absolute must to know by Year 4. Children are also being set spellings on Spelling Frame, an online tool to practise spellings. I will review their tests weekly.

Reading daily. The children have 15 minutes to read at school daily but the recommended amount is 25 minutes, so an extra 10 minutes with an adult or older sibling would be great. Obviously, the more children read, the more they understand and the wider choice of words they have for speech and writing.

The expectation for homework is that it is completed every week!

Please also check out ‘Avocets News’ as information/photos and videos about what is going on in class are regularly published there.

Any questions/concerns, please remember my door is always open. I would rather any concerns were ironed out sooner rather than later.

Thank you!

Miss T Mann