In English this term Year 4 will be learning about traditional tales. We are starting with the popular tale of the Snow Queen. Our learning will involve creating our own version of the story after we have studied the features within the text.
We will be looking at character description, lengthening sentences and using powerful vocabulary to show a mature style of writing.
We will be learning how to develop the character throughout the story and use the plot features of the original story to create a new and exciting story. We will be taking part in daily spelling and grammar sessions to develop the children’s knowledge of common spelling patterns and types of sentence. This may involve looking at a common spelling, practising spellings we know or learning a new spelling pattern. The children will also take part in a weekly guided reading session where the children will be reading, analysing and answering questions about different books. This will involve a lot of collaboration and the children will gain independence in understanding texts.
In Class 5 we will be looking at report writing and non- fiction books. We will be exploring the layout and structure of these texts and will be improving the organisation of our own work by developing our use of paragraphs. We will also explore how to navigate non-fiction books in order to find relevant information. Later in the term we will be exploring stories from another culture and the children will use the stories that they have read from around the world, to write a story of their own in the style of one of these stories. Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, including looking at tenses and word classes, such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. We will also focus on a few aspects of sentence punctuation.
In Maths this term we will begin by recapping place value of numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We will be using place value and partitioning in our calculation work later in the term. We will then move onto calculating, involving addition and subtraction using formal written methods to show our working out. We will focus on 3 and 4 digit numbers initially. We will then move onto working with decimals and using numbers with up to 2 decimal places. We will be recapping and learning multiplication tables regularly and learning new ways of working them out without starting from “multiplied by 1.” Finally, we will be looking at analogue and digital clocks to convert time from one to the other.
We will be looking to improve our knowledge and application of the multiplication tables. We will also develop our formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will develop our knowledge of place value and will be reading and writing large numbers. Our number work will also be linked to problem-solving and real –life situations. Later in the term, we will be looking at shapes and the vocabulary associated with this topic. We will name, sort and classify shapes and discuss their properties. This will include 3-D shapes and 2-D shapes, such as trapezium, parallelogram and rhombus.
The focus for this term is ‘Forces’. The children will build on their understanding of what forces are and will examine how they affect our daily lives and the transport in the world around us. For example, they will look at how forces affect cars, ships and aeroplanes. They will continue to develop skills in planning, obtaining, presenting and evaluating evidence through various practical science investigations.
Our theme this term is learning about Brazil and, as always, teaching and learning in class will be shaped by the children’s ideas. Here are some examples of future learning experiences that the children have already suggested; the River Amazon and the rainforest; carnivals and city life. Another area of interest was the football and sporting achievements of Brazil, including the up-coming Olympics in 2016.
This term the children will be learning about Judaism and will find out more about Jewish customs and traditions. This also includes learning about birth, marriage, death rituals and Bar and Bat Mitzvah.
PE, this term will be Invasion Games, including football, hockey and tag rugby. One week PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and the next week PE will be on a Thursday afternoon. PE will alternate like this every two weeks, so I should therefore be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills taught alongside an external coach. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. Swimming will also take place for this first term, in addition to the normal PE slots. Swimming for Year 4 children is on a Wednesday every week and for Year 5 children is on a Friday each week. Swimming kits need to be in school on the appropriate day. Thank you.
Mrs E Coade and Mrs H Harrington
Les Framboises (Class 5)