Class Teacher – Miss Mann
Autumn Term 2018
Welcome to a new year of Year 4!
Please read with your 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 reading 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.
We will be starting with the an animation of a character called the Lonely Robot. We write the story that accompanies the animation, focusing on the language we are using to help paint a picture for the reader. Linked with this will be our Science learning on electricity and our D+T project of making a friend for the Lonely Robot.
In R.E, we will be looking at inspirational people with a focus on inventors and scientists.
In ICT, we will be using the programming and coding resource called Lightbot where children need to programme a robot to do various tasks.
This topic will start with our school trip to go and see Horrible Histories, Terrible Tudors at the Northcott.
It will be a comprehensive study where lots of the subjects at school all combine to make one topic.
Our Literacy will be looking at chronological reports to start with, where we will focus on the different monarchs during the Tudor reign. We will also focus on the Reformation as a significant event that helped to change the country as it was then and whose influence is still visible today. Following this, we shall looking at Shakespeare and The Tempest as a play as well as some poetry looking at a Tudor Court.
On the computers for ICT, we will be researching various Tudor Kings, using Publisher to form a fact sheet. We will also be writing some Tudor quizzes to test our knowledge.
Maths – This subject tends to be more discrete. We will start with a topic on place value before moving into additive reasoning. Following this, we will look at multiplicative reasoning which will include fractions and measures. 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. We will be having a ‘Football Times Tables’ test weekly, where children get promoted up the divisions!
After electricity for Science, we will be moving onto Sound.
As aforementioned, our History will be on the Tudors.
Art will be linked to the Tudors too. We will be drawing and designing our own Tudor roses as well as Tudor gardens. We will be sketching some Tudor houses too and looking at portraits.
For portrait day though, we will be completely different and look at Kandinsky and abstract art.
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 some Tudor trade links.
We will be focusing on greetings, weather and numbers initially.
This will be with Mrs Wilson who is a music specialist.
In the first part of term, we will be looking at netball and gymnastics and in the second part of term outdoor adventurous activities, which includes problem solving and dance indoors.
Homework is more independent in Year 4. A letter was written and given to children that explained the expectations for homework. If you do not have a copy, please come and ask me as I have spares.
Weekly homework expectations are:
Doodle Maths 50 stars weekly.
Times tables and division fact learning.
Spellings from spellings lists – around 3-4 words weekly but going back over older spellings to remember them.
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.
Miss T Mann