Year 4 @ Mount Street
Welcome to Year 4
To start the year, we have lots of interesting things to explore, discover and enjoy. Our priority will be to focus on regular reading as well as developing the children’s quick recall of the times tables facts to 12 x 12 in preparation for the national multiplication check in June.
Class work: We will provide you with pencils, rulers, rubbers, colouring pencils and handwriting pens for those with a licence. We ask that pencil cases are left at home as there is nowhere to store them safely in class.
Home learning: This will be set at the following times:
Maths – Monday to be handed in on Friday.
English comprehension – Wednesday to be handed in on the following Tuesday.
Reading – 10 minutes reading daily. We ask that an adult signs the reading diary and it is handed in at least once per week. This is a whole school focus this year!
Spellings: There will be weekly tests.
Times Tables: TT Rock Stars daily.
Games and PE:
Children will need their PE kit in school all week however, outdoor PE is on a Tuesday afternoon and indoor PE is on a Wednesday afternoon. Children MUST have P.E. kit to take part for health and safety reasons. Children with long hair must have it tied back for PE lessons and stud earrings must be covered with tape or removed.
Kit: Trainers, white shirt, blue/black shorts, football/trainer socks.
In colder weather, a plain tracksuit may be worn outdoors for games.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary as cloakroom space is limited. Please keep your PE kit in school and we will ensure that it is sent home each half term for washing.
Mrs Hibbert, Mrs Lovejoy and Miss Pooley
Autumn Term 2023
This term we will be looking at explanation texts, dilemma stories, cinquain poems, instructions and adventure stories. We will continue to focus on learning the Year 3/4 spelling words as well as different spelling patterns including prefixes and suffixes. Throughout this term we will be using a wider range of conjunctions and expanded noun phrases to make our writing even more exciting and engaging. We will continue to work on our editing and improving skills too.
Whole class reading activities will be part of each day. The texts we look at will be topic based and include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. During this session, we will further develop our fluency, inference, retrieval, prediction, sequencing and summarising skills.
This term we will start with further developing our knowledge of 4 -digit place value, rounding and Roman numerals. We will then be learning how to add and subtract, estimate, check and solve problems using 4-digit numbers. The next step will then be looking at strategies to solve multiplication and division calculations using larger numbers.
Throughout each week, we will spend time practising the times tables using many resources including TTRockstars. This knowledge will be a huge benefit to understanding many aspects of maths in the future and will also be assessed in a national multiplication test in the Summer.
We will be learning about electricity, circuits and switches. We will learn about sustainable ways to make electricity and make sure we understand electricity safety.
Linking with our Vikings topic, we will be creating dragon's eye sketches, colour wheels and our very own dragon's eye clay amulet.
We will be covering Kapow computing units this term and they will include programming using Scratch and designing a website. We will also be refreshing our understanding of e-safety and what steps to take to keep safe online.
Design and technology
Linking with our Science topic, this term's project is to design, build and evaluate a bedside reading lamp with a working switch to solve this problem.
We will follow the iLanguages programme and initially revise animals and classroom instructions before learning parts of the body and how to use the negative.
After half term, we will learn about colours, different French food and the Goldilocks story.
After half term, we will learn about Natural Resources. We will look at renewable and non-renewable resources and where they are found across the world. We will also consider the impact on the planet of using sustainable resources.
Throughout the Autumn term we will be learning about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons from the period of 793CE- 1066CE. We will look at who these people were, how they lived, why they came here and their impact on the Kingdoms. There are lots of exciting adventures, a few dragons and many longships!
As well as singing and performing this term, we will follow on from the children’s successful mastery of the recorder and we will begin clarinet tuition, using the school's clarinets, under the brillinat instruction of Mr Norman.
The first half of term we will focus on swimming, with daily swimming lessons from week 3 onwards.
After half term, we will be working on balance, rolls and sequences in our indoor sessions and looking at a variety of skills and tasks to further develop skills in agility and speed in outdoor PE.
Following the Jigsaw programme, we will be looking at Being Me and Celebrating Difference through a variety of discussion tasks and activities.
The first half term we will look at the Christian Trinity through baptism, artwork and the bible.
After half term, we will be finding out about some of the significant beliefs and celebrations in the Hindu faith.
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