Welcome to Year 4!
Your teachers are
Mrs Gadbury, Mrs May and Mrs Walker
We hope you have had a great Christmas break and are ready for the exciting things that you will learn in 2020. Read on to find out more...
Geography will take centre stage this half term as we continue with our enquiry based learning. We will be finding out about the formation and location of volcanoes. We will consider the impact that volcanic eruptions have had in the past and may continue to do so in the future.
"The Pebble in My Pocket" by Meredith Hooper is our main text this half term as it links to our theme of volcanoes. The children will develop their ability to use the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation within sentences and will produce a variety of different types of text to show that they can write for different purposes and audiences.
Following on from place value, addition and subtraction, the children will gain knowledge of fractions and decimals and begin to use formal written methods of multiplication and division.
By the end of Year 4, children are expected to be able to recall all multiplication facts to 12 x 12. Regular practice of these makes an enormous difference to your child's ability to know these off by heart and as such the children should be using T.T.Rockstars at home on a daily basis.
The children will continue to investigate the changes of state between about solids, liquids and gases. Linked to our theme of volcanoes, the children will also learn about rocks and soils.
P.E days 2nd half term
Children will need a separate change of clothes for PE. This should consist of a white t-shirt , dark shorts and trainers for outdoor lessons. When the weather gets colder it is also useful to provide a sweater/hoody for extra warmth and longer length joggers/tracksuit bottoms. All earrings must be removed and long hair must be tied back. The children will be developing skills in dance and gymnastics. PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday for 4MW classes and Wednesday for 4G.
The children will extend their vocabulary in relation to food and drink, being able to express their likes,dislikes and requests in short conversations.
The children will develop their ability to read music, compose repeated melodies and perform short tunes on the recorder. Parents will be invited to a winter performance in January and we will also participate in the Macclesfield Music Festival in February.
Homework will be given out on a Friday and is collected in on Wednesday.
Each week children will have an English task, a Maths task and Spellings to learn. The spelling test will take place on the Wednesday and will be done at the back of the homework book so you can see how your child has done. Additionally children are encouraged to read for a short time at least three times a week and spend time learning times table facts using TTRockstars. We love to see what the children are reading outside of school and how they are progressing with their times tables so do record this in the organisers.
How to help at home:
Reading- Try to find time to listen to your child read every night or share bedtime stories together, they are never too old despite what they may say! This is a key year for extending your child's comprehension too, now that they can read more fluently, so do ask questions about the text. This will develop key reading skills such as summarising, predicting and retrieving information. It is also useful to help the children discover the meaning of new vocabulary. We'd also love to have some volunteers to listen to readers in school. Please consider helping us if you can.
Spelling - The key to children becoming good spellers is regular practice. Word searches, hangman, anagrams, speed writing, oral letter by letter recounting can all help make it more fun to learn spellings, but it is also important that children know what each word means. There are also lots of apps to help with this too. We follow the National Curriculum Objectives for Spelling using the No-Nonsense scheme for Year 4 and as such weekly spellings are vital to learn.
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