Year 4

Spring Term in year 4

A happy new year to everybody! The children will have many opportunities for learning in the classroom and beyond in the next few months running up to Easter. We continue to explore the theme of the year ‘I Am Who I Am’. Children have been sharing who they are by completing the I Am backpack activity, which every child will get a chance to do this year.

In RE, the children’s next topics are ‘Community’, Giving and Receiving’ and ‘Self Discipline’.

Our first English focus is ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The children will be writing their own descriptive pieces inspired by this story. Our next text after half term will be Varjak Paw by SF Said, which we have started as a class read already.

Maths will continue to focus on Multiplication and Division, then Length and Perimeter, and Fractions and Decimals.

In geography, we will investigate rivers in class and in person, on our visit to Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre. In history, we will be learning all about the Vikings, and how they used waterways to travel throughout Britain with the element of surprise. We will ask ourselves whether Vikings deserve the menacing reputation they have today.

In Science, we will be learning all about states of matter. In DT, we will be exploring structures, and building our own Viking Longships. In Art, we will be exploring the colour wheel, printing techniques and pattern techniques, with a focus on the artist Ben Mosley.

In PE, the children have brilliant opportunities this term for varied and beneficial learning. Year 4 will have lessons in fitness, athletics and gymnastics. In French lessons, children will be exploring the units ‘Going Shopping’ and ‘Where in the World?’. Music will focus on film music and sound effects, and country music! Choral music singing is continuing, and hymn practices shall continue ahead of whole school Masses.

Looking forward to a joyful term,

Kind regards,

How you can help:

You can check homework reminders, which will be shared in children’s diaries on a weekly basis, starting soon. Homework will aim to consolidate learning in class and also provide opportunities for project work with a view to display and celebrate creations throughout the year!

The children have logins for Times Tables Rock Stars and NumBots and can use Mathletics alongside this to practise their times tables. Encouraging regular use of these will help your children master recall of their times tables facts up to 12×12. Logins are glued into homework diaries.

Support your children in ensuring they are engaging in their expected daily home reading during the week, and ask them questions about what they are reading. Reading should be signed by an adult every evening or morning throughout the week (depending on when your child reads). Please write a note in your child’s diary if there is a reason this has not happened.

Correct PE kits are needed in school every day (black shorts, white t-shirt and black trainers or plimsolls for indoor – joggers, jumper and trainers for outdoor while the weather is still chilly!). Children can take their kits home on a weekend for washing, to be brought back in on Mondays.

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