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Year 4 Newsletter Term 6

8 June 2021
Year 4 Newsletter Term 6

Summer Term Here’s an overview of the term ahead…


Topic

All this term, we’ll be working hard to answer this big question: ‘What challenges did Oliver Twist face living in the city?’ Each week we’ll be answering smaller, related questions the children have written like:

  • What was life like for children during Victorian times?
  • How did Victorian children spend their leisure time?
  • Why did Victorian children have to work?
  • What was a Victorian school like?

We have our exciting Victorian school day on June 25th where we will be replicating life for Victorian school children in class.

English

In English, we’re studying Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. It’s a story set during Victorian times, which links to our topic. We’ll be writing lots of descriptions, diary entries and narrative inspired by the book. For example, we’ll be writing an account of Oliver’s first time pickpocketing. We will also be thinking about what life was like for Victorian children and creating diary entries from the point of view of poor Victorian children.

Maths

In maths, we’ll be learning lots more about:

  • Addition and Subtraction: Decimals
  • Measurement: Time and Converting Units
  • Measurement: Perimeter and Area
  • Statistics
  • Geometry: Position and Direction

For more information about the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods we use in school, please see our class pages on the school website.

Science

In science, we’ll be learning about changes of state (solids, liquids and gases).

Computing

Our computing unit this term is digital literacy. By the end of this term, we will be able to recognise different parts of a school network, including a server, switch, router, client and WIFI point. We will then be using a wider range of search operators to efficiently find information in a search engine with an understanding of how they work.

As always, we’ll think carefully about how to use computers and the internet safely.

PE

In PE, we’ll be learning lots more about tennis. Please send your child to school in their PE kits on a Wednesday.

Please ensure your child wears the correct kit, i.e. plain t-shirt and black or blue shorts etc. (please provide earring tape if your child’s earrings can’t be removed). We will do outdoor PE in all weathers, so please ensure your child has a waterproof coat.

Please label all of your child’s belongings.

Art & DT

Art and DT are linked to our Victorians topic too. In art we’ll study different Victorian artists, exploring its history and how techniques and styles have developed over time. In DT, we’ll be designing and creating a cross stitch sampler.

Homework

Throughout the academic year, we’ll set homework every Thursday. The homework will be set on Purple Mash and will consist of spellings to learn each week and may also include a relevant activity linked to our learning that particular week. As well as this, we would like for TTRockstars to be accessed regularly throughout the week. Ten minutes 3-4 times a week is recommended.

All logins needed are inside the front page of your child’s reading diary.

TTRockstars - https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/23217

Purple Mash - https://www.purplemash.com/sch/bowerhill

Reading

As ever, do please continue to hear your child read daily and record it in their reading diaries. It is important that your child reads their book as often as possible and that you ask them question about what they have read to ensure they are reading for understanding. There are suggested questions at the back of each book.

We’re all looking forward to a brilliant term ahead!

Yours sincerely,

Miss Dando and Mrs White

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