Autumn term 2021
Welcome back and welcome to Year 4.
I am really excited to be moving up to Year 4 with you, this year. We have some fantastic new topics to learn all about this year and I cannot wait to get stuck into them with you.
Sparks Might Fly
This is our first topic in Year 4.
To start our term in Year 4, we will be using the text ‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough.
This term, we will be exploring electricity. In this unit children will be able to;
- Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
- Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
- Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.
- Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.
In this unit, children will be using their learning of circuits to create their own light up box. Within this unit children will understand and use electrical systems in products.
Every Monday new spelling rules will be learnt. These spellings will then be upload to Seesaw for children to learn at home. Children will have the opportunity in school to learn these but they are also expected to learn them at home, too. On Friday mornings, children will be tested on their spellings. If the children get any wrong, they will bring the incorrect spelling/s home to relearn over the weekend and retested on the Monday morning.
Children will have a designated day to change their book in school. This gives them the opportunity to have quality time with an adult to change their book if needed, read to adult and have a good discussion about their book. Please read with your child at home.
Times Table Rockstar
Children in Year 4 are expected to know all of their times tables up to x12. Part of childrens’ homework is to go on TT Rockstar at least 3 times a week at home. There will be opportunity for them to go on this at school also.
Our PE days this term will be on;
- Thursday ( Mr Archer)
Please remember to come to school in your PE kit on these days.
2020 – 2021
P.E. and sport is an integral part of the curriculum. We have two timetabled sessions of P.E./games, one on a Thursday and one on a Friday. However, we sometimes have impromptu sessions on other days. Your child needs to bring their kit to school on Mondays and take it home for a wash on Fridays.
Kit should comprise of a white T-shirt, black shorts or leggings and pumps. Trainers will be needed for games sessions when we work on the playground or the school field.
Times Tables Rock Stars is Back!
Please be on the lookout for new password and username stickers that will appear in your child’s homework folder for Times Table Rockstars. There is another Maths website that your child can use called Numbots. This will require the same password and username.
Times tables are an important part of Class 4. There is a test at the end of the year to check if your child knows up to 12 x 12.
Immersing yourself in a good book is one of the best things in the world! We aim to instil a passion for reading in our literacy and guided reading sessions. However, we also believe it is vital that children read often at home especially to an audience. Ten minutes every other day would be perfect. You could also take turns to read with your child to make it more fun. Asking questions during and after reading will ensure that your child has understood what they have read.
Homework will be given out on a Friday. It is not designed to be difficult and should be following on from something we have studied in class. Spellings will be given on a Monday for your child to practise. We will also learn them in school on a daily basis. There will be more emphasis on English this term including handwriting. However, children will be expected to use Times Tables Rock Stars, Numbots and IDL frequently.
Homework – to be handed in Mon-Thurs.
Spellings to be tested on Fridays.
Numbots is another Maths based App that focusses on key skills and concepts from ages five to eleven. Activities grow in difficulty as children work through the different levels.
Home Learning 2021 – This week’s links are blue
See some of your Lockdown 2021 work here.
We have focussed on written methods for multiplication and division. We are
now ensuring that written methods for addition and subtraction are mastered.
Cornwall was the setting for the story that we have been studying in
The children really enjoyed reading and listening to ‘The Mousehole Cat’. Within the unit of work, we looked at different sentence starters, apostrophes and expanded noun phrases. The children re-wrote the story using their own characters.
We have now started a new unit of work titled ‘Explanations’. We are using the book ‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough
The children have looked at living things and their habitats in Science. This has
involved working outside to find organisms living on the school grounds and using
classification keys to identify animals. The children researched how environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
We have been studying the North American continent. The children used an atlas to find the names of the countries and have found human and physical features of it. We also looked at how Pocahontas was pivotal in keeping the peace between Native Americans and the British who colonised America in 1607. We are in the middle of a virtual run from Washington DC to Ottawa; the capital cities of the US and Canada.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS
During the school closure, the Government is providing vouchers for families of children who are eligible for Free School Meals. To check if you are eligible, please visit Lancashire’s Free School Meals web page by clicking on the link button below.
If you think you meet the criteria, fill in the online form and let Mrs Fox know by emailing her, firstname.lastname@example.org