Welcome back to the Summer term Year 4!Topics this term Maths: We will be continuing to learn about decimals, and then move on to cover many of the more practical areas of maths, including perimeter and area, angles, shape and symmetry, position and direction and statistics. We will also have daily ‘maths meetings’ where we keep other maths skills ‘on the boil,’ including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. (Rainbow Recall will be a feature of this). English: this term we will be creating information texts linked to our learning about living things and habitats. We will study poetry in various forms, including humorous poetry. We will write our own fantasy stories and continue working on our spelling, punctuation and grammar through dedicated lesson time. History/ Geography: Our topic will be ‘North America’. We will learn to use maps and atlases to locate countries and describe features of a country, including where we live and North America. We will look at some of the key physical characteristics of North America, compared to where we live. We will also learn about the Native American tribes of North America. Science: We will be learning about animals, including humans, and their habitats. We will consider how humans have had a positive and negative effect on the habitats and environments of plants and other animals. Computing: We will be creating power point presentations linked to an area of our learning. We will also recap on some of our previous learning including Scratch, and polish up our word processing skills. Art/ DT: We will be creating our own totem poles and making a friendship quilt. RE: We will be learning about learning about the saints, especially the patron saints of the UK as well as thinking about people who inspire us and why. PE: We will be doing bowls, striking and fielding and athletics. As always, please ensure that P.E kit is kept in school throughout the week and that your child has correct footwear and that every item of your child’s P.E kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name. MFL: We will be learning about shopping, including vocabulary relating to fruits, vegetables and clothing and key phrases needed when shopping. We will also be learning about holidays and hobbies. PSHE: We will be thinking about diversity in our community and how we treat others with respect and the acceptance of all people. Spellings: These will continue to be set and tested on Mondays. Please support your child in learning their spellings. Homework: Lovely to see such care and detail in the childrens’ homework last term. Thank you for your ongoing support. Homework will continue to be sent home on Fridays, and children can bring in their completed homework on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Times tables: As some you may be aware, the National curriculum requires that by the end of year 4 children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. So this is the term to really push this at home and help children to master their multiplication and division facts. Learning by rote is one option (the old fashioned way!) and we use Numberlink boards at school (more information on the school website under the ‘About us’ and then ‘Curriculum’ tab). There are lots of great interactive games/ apps available on the net too. This is a good place to start: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tablesReading: It has been wonderful to see so many of the children develop a love for reading this year and we have some very competent and independent readers out there. Reading must continue to be recorded at home and we would ask that listen to your child read aloud to you on a regular basis. Many children enjoy this and it also gives you the opportunity to check their comprehension, discuss vocabulary, make inferences and develop opinions of their own. These are all important skills that will put them in good stead for SATS. We ask that children read at least three times a week at home and that this is recorded in their Home School Communication Books (and signed weekly by parents weekly). Home School Communication Books will continue to be checked on Mondays. Lost uniform and equipment: Please ensure all clothes, lunch boxes, bottles etc are labelled. There is a box of lost property in the Y4 classroom which is never empty and a cloakroom which is always scattered with lost items. Please encourage children to take responsibility for looking after their belongings, and to check that lunch boxes and bottles in particular are taken home daily. As always, if you have any queries about any aspect of the school day, please feel free to arrange a time to come in and see us!
Year 4 staff
Mrs Jeff (Class teacher): Monday, Thursday, Friday
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