I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely relaxing half-term and are ready for our final term of the year. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.

Mathematics

We will begin the term by continuing our focus upon statistics. All pupils have demonstrated a strong grasp of our statistical learning thus far and I have no doubts this progress will continue. Children will learn to present and interpret continuous data (in line graphs), as well as spending time interpreting discrete data (in bar charts, pictograms and tally charts) and solving problems involving finding the difference, the sum and comparing statistical values. To continue the term children will work with shape, this will involve identifying, measuring, comparing and ordering angles, learning about different types of quadrilateral and triangle and focusing upon symmetry. Finally, we will learn about co-ordinates as well as consolidating the key learning we have carried out over the course of the year. Topics for this consolidation will include rounding, negative numbers, formal methods, fractions and decimals. 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. Units of Maths will also conclude with a dedicated problem-solving lesson, where pupils will be given the chance to apply the techniques and skills to written problems and reasoning questions.

Year 4 will also be continuing our Quickfire 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. To further aid pupils’ learning of their tables we will be spending 10-15 minutes daily (straight after lunch) completing times table puzzles and times-table colouring activities.

English

In Term 6 Year 4 will study two key genres. We will begin the term by writing to persuade. Pupils will become expert writers in this genre by reading and analysing persuasive letters, adverts and persuasive pieces and writing short excerpts from persuasive pieces in relation to encouraging tourists to come to Dover and writing letters to Mr Dexter persuading him to fund a class trip. To conclude pupils will then write a persuasive piece about Dover (linking to our theme this term). The second genre pupils will study is fiction. Pupils will be the given the chance to write fiction about Issues and Dilemmas having developed writing skills by writing short descriptions, an empathetic letter and an adaptation based upon Bill’s New Frock. We will also spend one-week planning and writing a recount of our trip to Wingham Wildlife Park.

In Guided Reading we will finish reading our class novel, Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine, pupils have really enjoyed reading this text and are showing good levels of comprehension through answering written questions, verbal discussions and producing “thought bubbles”. This novel will link to a writing focus later in the term which is Issues and Dilemmas; Bill’s New Frock focuses upon gender and how boys and girls may be treated differently. We will also read a variety of shorter texts from a plethora of genre as a part of our learning. 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, fronted adverbials, subordinate clauses, brackets and noun-phrases. Science

This term we will focus upon States of Matter. Pupils will spend time learning about materials and the different states of solids, liquids and gases. Children will identify and classify materials as well as acting out the three different states to understand how the particles behave differently. We will investigate the different properties of liquids and link this experiment to practising scientific skills by drawing a bar chart and writing a conclusion. Pupils will also investigate ¬how materials change state when they are heated or cooled and identify the part played by evaporation and condensation as a part of the water cycle. This is a very practical and exciting unit and I have no doubt pupils will enjoy it!

Theme

Our theme in Term 6 is Human Dover. This learning will enable pupils to focus on their local town and learn about its human geography and history. Pupils will learn about tourist attractions in the local area, plot the events of Human Dover onto a timeline and learn to use an Ordnance Survey map, with particular foci upon the local area and understanding key features around us. Children will also have the chance to produce artwork based upon the local area, including sketching, using sketching pencils, the spectacular view from our own school playground, and using oil pastels to represent Dover Castle and the White Cliffs. Children will also plan a journey to a place, of their choosing, in the UK and carry out research to find out relevant information about Dover.

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on Monday. The focus for Term 6 is preparing for Sports Day. Pupils will need trainers and clothing suitable for outdoor PE as we will be outside whenever the weather permits, which will hopefully be every week. 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!  Swimming also restarts this term, please see the relevant letter (it is on the school website).

RE

This term we will be finalising our focus upon Islam. Children will explore the Five Pillars of Islam and spend time learning about this religion. There will be individual foci upon donations to charity, fasting and Ramadan and pilgrimages to Mecca. To conclude the year, we will focus upon the Christian Value of Endurance and how we can persevere and be more resilient in our daily lives.

French

In French this term we will continue to focus upon developing spoken and written French. We will learn about different locations and items in our classroom and around a town centre.  

Computing

This term we will conclude our focus upon PowerPoint Presentations. Children will be taught how to use PowerPoint and develop specific skills such as using timings, animations and selecting different fonts, background and images. Working collaboratively with a learning partner, pupils will have the chance to practice and perfect these presentations before giving them to the class. They will have a focus upon Dover through Time, which again links to our Theme this term.

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.

Maths 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.