I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely half-term. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.

Mathematics

To start the term children will be consolidating learning with fractions. We will practice finding equivalent fractions and breaking a top-heavy fraction into wholes and parts. We will then move onto counting in fractions, adding fractions and subtracting fractions before calculating fractions of quantities. After concluding our fractions unit pupils will move onto the related topic of decimals. This will involve pupils recognising and writing decimal equivalents, finding the effect of dividing a two digit number by 10 or 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths and solving simple money and measure problems. Furthermore, pupils will also convert between different units of measures.  As has been the case throughout the year children will choose whether to answer A, B or C level questions (according to their confidence) before completing challenge questions focusing on their reasoning and problem solving skills.

Year 4 will also be starting a Quick-fire Maths programme, this will involve all pupils consolidating and further developing the mathematical skills we have developed this year. This will take place 3-4 times a week in the afternoons for 15 minutes per session.

The Government has recently announced that all year 4 children should know all of their times tables by the end the year and we will spend class time practicing and reciting our tables. Children will continue to earn table bugs for mastering a particular set of tables.  Children who have already gained all of their bugs are working through a levelled process of rapid times table recall which continues to enhance, stretch and develop their learning. Any support helping your child learn their tables would be greatly appreciated, https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables and https://www.timestables.co.uk/ provide a useful range of games and resources to aid children in learning their tables, some of these games can be accessed in tablet form as well as on the internet.

English

We will begin the term by exploring and writing recounts. Pupils will base their first-person writing around some of the exciting events we have coming up this term (our trip to Samphire Hoe and our Ancient Greece Day). We will begin by exploring the genre through reading a range of recounts and identifying and discussing the key tenets of the genre. Children will also complete a variety of shorter writes linked to this genre such as descriptive pieces, sensual writing and writing in a particular person. After writing, editing and publishing our recounts we will focus upon Myths. This links to our Theme of Ancient Greece. Again, following our Expert Writer learning journey, we will read and explore a range of Greek Myths. Pupils will have the chance to develop and describe a range of mythical beasts and heroes/ heroines, before writing, editing and publishing their own Greek Myths. In Guided Reading we will continue reading our class novel, The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.  Pupils appear to be relishing this text so far.

Children will explore all the genres they write in through discussion and story-telling in order to deepen their understanding of structure and new vocabulary. We become expert writers in each genre, by spending time focusing on the specific aspects of a genre before writing, editing, improving and re-drafting our written work and publishing it. We will also continue to focus on specific grammatical techniques and develop sentence structure through the use of time conjunctions, subordinate clauses, brackets and noun-phrases. Science

This term we will be focusing upon Living Things and their Habitats. This learning will be enriched and supported by our trip to Samphire Hoe. As part of this learning pupils will recognise that Living Things can be grouped in a variety of ways, explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in our local and wider environment and recognise that environments can change and that this can pose dangers to living things. Pupils will complete a range of experimental and written learning with a focus upon developing scientific skills such as carrying out a fair test, evaluating, concluding and answering scientific questions.

Theme

Our theme in Term 4 is Ancient Greece. As well as writing Greek Myths we will be exploring various aspects on Ancient Greek life through our Theme lessons. Children will learn about Greek geography and the division of Greece into city states. We will also identify key events which occurred in Ancient Greece, plot these onto a timeline and discuss how key events affect our lives today. Furthermore, we will study Greek artefacts and archaeological evidence and infer what this tells us about the past and spend time comparing and evaluating Greek city states and the lives of the rich and poor. Finally, we will produce fact files of different Greek Gods.

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on Monday. The focus for Term 3 continues to be ‘Ball Games’, although, with a different focus on Tennis. Pupils will need trainers and clothing suitable for outdoor and indoor PE as we will be outside some weeks weather permitting. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits are in school for PE day each week and are clearly labelled. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  Thank you.

In term 4 the class are also lucky enough to spend one hour a week (on Friday afternoons) with our visiting Dance Coach. The children throughout the school relish this opportunity and I am sure Class 5 will enjoy this opportunity.

RE

This term we will be particularly focusing on Christianity. Children will explore the role of a church vicar as well as spending time learning and thinking about Lent, Temptation and Holy Week. As a final activity we will also explore Easter around the World.

French

In French this term we will continue to focus upon developing spoken and written French. We will consolidate our learning of different French terms for different household pets and parts of our body, while recapping knowledge of days of the week, months of the year and numbers. We will then focus upon learning French school subjects and the names for different rooms in a house. 

Computing

This term we will contine to focus upon spreadsheets. We will be discussing the uses of spreadsheets and why they are useful. Pupils will work with Microsoft Excel to store, retrieve and present information as well as completing calculations using a range of formulae.

Music

Everyone in the class will continue to learn to play the Ukulele this term, this is one of the class’s favourite activities and we will continue to develop this skill.

Homework

Spellings

Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning.  These will, for the most part, consist of the National Curriculum list of words which are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.  On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them and bring them back on Monday.

Mathematics and English

Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by the following Tuesday. The content will enable children to practise what they have learnt in class.  

Reading

Reading plays a crucial role in your child’s learning. In class we have daily guided sessions of reading and actively seek out opportunities to read across the curriculum, but it is essential that children are able to practise this skill at home. Reading can include a range of text-types and media; not just the school reading book that comes home each day.  Children should be reading for around fifteen minutes, five out of seven nights of the week. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information.