Year 4 2020 - 2021

Hello and welcome to year 4

We are very excited to meet you. 

The year 4 team have added a video for you to get to know them below. Year 4 welcome video

We have attached a PowerPoint presentation with some useful information for you. Moving from year 3 to year 4

Any questions please contact the school office and we will get back to you. 

If your child is having to self isolate then please go to the self isolation hub on the home page and click on the link to access daily learning. 

 

The Year 4 team are:

4AMiss Berry
4BMrs Saunders
4CMiss Lewis
4DMiss Reil
 Mrs Chambers
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Roberts and Mrs Beven

Mrs Chambers is the Assistant Head Teacher for year 4.  

 

Our Weekly Timetable

Day

Event

PE

Monday

Book bag brought in daily with accelerated reading books 

At the moment book bags with their reading books should only be taken home on a Friday and brought back in on a Monday.

4A

Tuesday

 

4D

 

Wednesday

Homework completed and returned

At the moment homework will be collected each half term. The next due date is the 24th May. 

 

Thursday

 

4C

 

Friday

All homework sent out

4B

RESPECT and Behaviour

During this half term the children will be learning about the word Excellence and what this means to them.  Each week the teachers will nominate one child that they have noticed showing excellence. These children will be known as our ‘Learning Heroes’. They will receive a special certificate in assembly. We will also look at a fantastic role model. This term our special learning hero is the NHS. 

 

Year 4 Curriculum

Our Curriculum Map can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

English

We began this year by exploring the book, 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. We have had discussions about our planet and how special it is. We have written about our favourite place and a letter to our special learning hero.

Moving on we have explored poetry from the wonderful anthology, 'I Don't Like Poetry' by Joshua Seigal. Our focus was on a fantastic poem called, 'Just A Book?' We used this model and write our own poems about dreams and schools. During this we investigated the techniques poets use including a range of figurative language.

During the second half of the Autumn Term we enjoyed an exciting story called, 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' by Joe Todd-Stanton, This inspired us to write our own myths.

Over the Spring Term we enjoyed writing non-chronological reports linked with our science, geography and history learning about living things, volcanoes and the story of Pompeii. We then wrote diaries as if we experienced the tragic events reported in Pompeii. 

As we move forward into the Summer Term, we will be writing our own stories as well as becoming news reporters. Our reading of several beautiful books (TOP Secret at the moment!) will help inspire this work. We also hope to read lots of amazing non-fiction texts located in our MyOn reading resource. 

 

Maths

Within Maths this term we will be going on our CPA journey in Fractions. Within each lesson we continue to practice our counting and keeping up our fluency with our mental maths and number sense. During the week the children will have access to a number of our apps that can also be accessed at home. These are TTRockstars, NumberGym and Mangahigh. 

Science

To start the new year, we looked at the digestive system. We investigated the simple functions and the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. We also identified and named the different types of teeth in humans and some other animals, and their functions. Our key investigation was to explore how teeth could decay and how they could keep teeth healthy by substituting eggshells as a close representation of human teeth and observing the eggshells in different liquids over time. 

In Autumn Two, we worked towards answering the question, ‘How can we make different sounds?’ We identified and described different sounds and we explored how sounds are produced by vibrations and that these vibrations travel from the source of the sound through a variety of materials to the ear. We investigated how sound travels, changing the pitch of sounds and the pattern between the volume of a sound and the strength of vibrations

During the Spring term, the children constructed and interpreted food chains. They investigated the effect of a small change to an environment and considered the impact of larger changes to the environment such as fire and flood. The children then considered how humans can reduce the impact of some environmental changes. Following this, the children looked at different ways of grouping living things and they built up their knowledge of making and using classification keys. The children also took part in a wonderful Science Week all about reducing the use of Plastic! 

Over the first half of the summer term, the children will identify common appliances that run on battery and mains electricity, and name some appliances that do the same job but are operated manually. They will learn the names and functions of simple electrical components and the children will construct simple circuits to light a bulb and make a buzzer buzz. They will then insert a switch into the circuit to turn the bulb/buzzer on. The children will raise questions related to electrical insulation and conductivity. They will apply their knowledge about electrical circuits and conductors to design and make a switch.

In the last half of the Summer term, the children will identify, group and describe different materials as solids, liquids or gases. Children will develop their ideas about states of matter and changes of state which can be reversed. They will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and they will have had the opportunity to measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). Children will then use their knowledge of changes of state to identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and will associate the rate of evaporation of water with temperature.

History

In Summer, we will be exploring the Romans. We will be working towards exploring our key enquiry question: What impact did the Romans have on Britain?  Firstly, we will investigate Ancient Rome and the current location, linking this back to our work on Europe and the Ancient Greeks . We will create a timeline of the periods they have already studied in Autumn term and place the Romans period alongside these. We will explore how they invaded Britain and the battles they had in order to conquer Britain. Next, we will explore what the Romans brought to Britain. Finally, we will answer our enquiry question by gathering all our learning together and creating a class museum of the achievements of the Romans and how they influenced Britain.

Art

This term we will be taking inspiration from Claude Monet's art by creating beautiful landscapes using watercolours. Children will be learning about the life and work of Monet and become familiar with the Impressionist style that he was involed in developing. To start the project, children will take their own photographs of scenery, giving them the opportunity to practise their photography skills. They will then use these images as a reference to sketch from, before using water colours to complete their final piece. 

French

This term in French the children will be recapping their prior learning regarding greetings and introductory conversations. The children will then move on to saying their age and birthday, giving information about their features, and continue building up their conversational skills. The children will have the opportunity to learn songs in french, role play to practise their new language skills and play games to ensure retention of the new phrases they are learning. 

PSHE and RSE

This term in PSHE, the children will be taking part in lessons about e-safety, personal development and personal finance. In e-safety, the children will focus keeping safe online with a focus on privacy settings, and in personal development, they will look at the human life cycle. Personal finance education is new to our curriculum this year and we are really excited to help our pupils become money savvy. The PSHE curriculum is attached below if you would like to see what is being taught and at what time in the year.

Accessing Google Classroom for Home Learning

All your child's homework will now be set on Google Classroom which can be accessed using the email address and password sent home on Log In sheets. All children have been given a spelling book and a maths book, which are to remain at home and these will support the home learning set each week. Below is a link to a step by step guide ('Home Learning Guidance') of how to access Google Classroom and Spelling Shed using your child's log ins.

Files to Download

Year 4: St George's News items

Year 4 AR Winners!, by Mrs Saunders

Year 4 - Let's Count, by Miss Lewis

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