Welcome to Year 4 2021 - 2022
Holly Teachers: Mrs J. Wicks
Rowan Teachers: Miss H. Morgan
Our Topics this term
In Science this term, we are learning about electricity, identifying common appliances that run on battery and mains electricity, learning the names and functions of simple electrical components including batteries, bulbs, buzzers, wires and switches and constructing simple circuits.
Our Learning Challenge Question this term is 'What was life like for Menes in Ancient Egypt?" We will be finding out where Egypt is and how ancient civilizations have an impact on the world of today. Mrs. Guest will teach music and French every alternate Wednesday afternoon to each class; and Miss Newth will teach French and RE on the other Wednesday afternoon.
In English, the children will be focusing on the story The Fisherman and The Phantom. Their learning will aim to revise skills taught in Year 3, as well as embark on the new Year 4 objectives. The children's reading and writing will go hand in hand to develop the children's comprehension. They will also learn how to include features of setting and atmosphere based on their reading in their writing.
In Maths, the children will be starting the topic of Multiplication and Division. They will be securing the multiplication facts that they leant in Year 3 and developing their knowledge and awareness of the 6, 7 and 9 times tables. We will be finishing off the term with our Addition and Subtraction unit.
For homework in Year 4, children will be expected to:
- Complete their spelling practise 5 times a week. This will be set each week. These spellings will either be based on a spelling pattern taught in class, or common exception words from year 1, 2 and 3.
- Read at home, with an adult, 5 times a week. See more detail below.
- Practise on TT Rockstars at least 3 times a week. See more detail below.
In Year 4, we are expecting children to continue to read at home to an adult 5 times a week. The book your child reads can be a library book from school, a book from the classroom or a book from home. We encourage parents and children to share the book and to discuss the story/text to build the child's comprehension. Reading diaries will be sent home and should be signed or initialled by the child's parent/carer after every read.
In the June of Year 4, the pupils will be completing a Times Table test called the Multiplication Tables Check set out by the government. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. Each child will be tested on 25 multiplication questions up to 12x12. It is essential then, that the children practise on TT Rockstars (where their times tables will be suited to their ability) at least 3 times a week. Having a solid times tables knowledge is paramount for all children for them to successfully access the Maths national curriculum, especially when embarking on Years 4, 5 and 6.
This year Outdoor PE will be on a FRIDAY afternoon. We will aim to do PE no matter what the weather so please ensure your child has correct kit i.e. plain coloured t-shirt and black or blue shorts, trainers are preferred to daps for use on the field, spare pair of socks and warm jumpers/joggers.
Please provide earring tape if your child's earrings cannot be removed.Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in their PE kits, they will stay in them all day.
Year 4 will be going for Swimming lessons every Monday morning until Christmas. Please ensure your child owns the appropriate swimming garments. Goggles can be worn if wanted. Children will need to bring a towel on these days too. Long hair must be tied back, and earrings must be removed. Children may want a plastic bag to put their wet towel and costume in, inside their swimming bag.
Keep in touch:
If you need to get in contact with us, then feel free to email us or see us at the classroom door.
[email protected] (Miss Morgan)
[email protected] (Mrs Wicks)
We look forward to a brilliant year ahead! Thanks in advance for your continued support.
Miss Hannah Morgan and Mrs Jessica Wicks