I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely relaxing Easter Break. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.
We will begin the term by continuing our focus upon decimals. Everyone has demonstrated a strong grasp of our decimal learning thus far and I have no doubts this progress will continue. Children will learn to make a whole number with decimals, compare and order decimals as well as rounding decimals and writing halves and quarters as decimals. To conclude the term children will work with money, time and commence a focus upon statistics. 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 continuing our 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. To further aid pupils’ learning of their tables we will be spending 10-15 minutes daily (straight after lunch) completing times table puzzles and colouring activities.
In Term 5 Year 4 will study two key genres. We will begin the term by writing balanced arguments. Pupils will become expert writers in this genre by reading and analysing balanced arguments and writing short excerpts from balanced arguments in relation to healthy eating and wearing school uniform. To conclude pupils will then write a balanced argument about Classical Music (linking to our theme this term). The second genre pupils will study is novels. Pupils will be the given the chance to write an extended story having developed writing skills by writing short descriptions, an empathetic letter and an adaptation to The Butterfly Lion.
In Guided Reading we will finish reading our class novel, The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. Pupils have really enjoyed reading this text and are showing good levels of comprehension through answering written questions, verbal discussions and producing “thought bubbles”. After finishing The Butterfly Lion, we will begin reading Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine. This novel will link to a writing focus next term which is Issues and Dilemmas; Bill’s New Frock focuses upon gender and how boys and girls may be treated differently.
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.
This term we will continue our focus upon Living Things and their Habitats. 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. Hopefully, the weather will improve to allow pupils to spend time in the Forest School and in the school grounds carrying out experiments in relation to this topic.
Our theme in Term 5 is Musical Mayhem Goes Classical! Pupils will spend time listening to and reflecting upon an assortment of classical music. We will respond to music through art as well as listening carefully and critically to allow pupils to evaluate music and identify key instruments and changes in pitch and tone. We will also study classical composers, the instruments used and the nature and influence of the classical period. Our theme topic will also permeate into other areas of the curriculum; we will write balanced arguments in English for and against listening to classical music and will make posters about conventional musical notation in Computing.
PE will take place each week on Monday. The focus for Term 5 is Team Sports and Outdoor and Adventurous activities. As part of these topics pupils will practice the skills they have developed in football and basketball and have the chance to play extended matches focusing upon tactics, teamwork and communication. Pupils will also spent time completing outdoor activities, such as orienteering, with a focus upon map skills. Pupils will need trainers and clothing suitable for outdoor PE as we will be outside whenever possible now that the weather is improving. 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!
This term we will be particularly focusing on 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.
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.
This term we will conclude our 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. Midway through the term we will explore producing posters on Microsoft Words, pupils will be given opportunities to research instruments linked to Musical Mayhem Goes Classical! And produce interesting and well-designed posters about conventional music notation.
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.
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 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.