Year 4 (Avocets)

Class Teacher – Miss Mann

Autumn Term 2019

I hope you had a fantastic Summer holiday!

 

Reading

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 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.

Mini Topic on Robots
This links with our learning in Science and electricity. Please see below. Our Literacy and ICT will also link to this.

The Tudors

Following robots, we will be looking into significant events during the Tudor dynasty.

Literacy
We will be looking at an animation of ‘The Lonely Robot’ and using this to write a story to. We will be focusing on setting and character description as well as building suspense and tension through a variety of Literacy skills.

Following this, we will be doing some non-fiction writing creating a biography of one of the Tudor kings/queens.

We will then look at poetry and the ‘Paint me a Poem’ book.

If we have time after all this Literacy, we will look at some Shakespeare.

Maths

Maths – This subject tends to be more discrete. We will start with a topic on place value before moving into additive and 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!

 Science

This term we will be looking at Electricity and Sound.

History

As aforementioned, our history will be our Tudors topic.

Art

Art will be linked to the Tudors as well as our abstract art portraits. They will be on display in the hall once completed.

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 Europe with our Tudors topic. We will also be looking at trade and trade routes.

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 adventurous activities, which include problem solving and gymnastics. We will then move to netball and dance after half term.

Homework

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. There may also be some extra Maths sheets coming home this term based on what we are doing in class, especially if the children are finding it more challenging.
Times tables and division fact learning. This needs to be for rapid recall.
Spellings from spellings lists – around 3-4 words weekly but going back over older spellings to remember them.
Reading daily.

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