Year 4 @ Mount Street
Welcome to the Autumn Term
During the Autumn term , we have lots of interesting things to explore, discover and enjoy. You can find out in more detail about this term below. We will be focusing on regular reading and developing quick recall of the times tables facts to 12 x 12 in preparation for the national multiplication check in June.
To start our term, we will begin by looking at life in Britain from the late 700 CE. My favourite period in History and I hope it soon will be yours too. We will also be learning about Natural Resources and further developing our understanding of electricity and circuits. This is a busy and exciting term with lots to learn.
This term we will be looking at many different writing types and these are 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 fluency, inference, retrieval, prediction, sequencing and summarising skills.
This term we will start with further developing 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 number. 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 TTrockstar. 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.
After half term, 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
Throughout the Autumn term we will be learning about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxon from the period of 793CE- 1066CE. We will look at who these people were, how they lived and why they came here and their impact on the Kingdoms. There are lots of exciting adventures, a few dragons and many longships!
Our topic for this term is 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 of using sustainable resources on the planet.
This term begins by looking 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.
Linking with our Vikings topic, we will be creating dragon's eye sketches, colour wheels and our very own dragon's eye clay amulet.
Design and technology
Miss Price loves reading before she goes to sleep but the problem is it is getting too dark to see the text. This term's project is to design, build and evaluate a bedside reading lamp with a working switch to solve this problem.
This term we will be working on balance, rolls and sequences in our indoor sessions and looking at a variety of skills and task to further develop skills in agility and speed in outdoor PE. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school on Monday to keep in school each week.
As well as singing and performing this term, we will also begin guitar tuition using the school's guitars following the Charanga instrument teaching sequence.
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.
Following the Jigsaw programme, we will be looking at Being Me and Celebrating Difference through a variety of discussion tasks and activities.
With Miss Pooley, the children will continue to follow the ilanguages programme learning French through games, songs, conversation and activities.
Maths and English – Set on a Monday to be handed in on Friday.
A Homework club will be running to support any child with completing the tasks on a Friday lunch time.
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!
Times Tables: TT Rock Stars daily.
Games and PE
Children will need their PE kit in school all week as children MUST have P.E. kit to take part for health and safety reasons.
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. Earrings should not be worn and long hair will need to be tied back.
As so many of us are spending more and more time online, it is important that the children have a secure knowledge of how to be safe. We will discuss various issues regarding this each week. If your child or yourself have any questions linked to their online world, then please do not hesitate to get in touch or have a look at some of the links below.