Welcome to Year 4!
Your teachers are
Mrs Gadbury, Mrs May and Mrs Walker
We hope you have had a great Summer holiday and are ready for the exciting things that you will learn this year. Read on to find out more.
The main focus of our topic this term is history. We will be learning about The Romans. We will use our enquiry skills we will discover information about their invasion of Great Britain and the lasting impact that this had on our life today. We will also conduct a local history study about the soldiers from Macclesfield who were involved in WW1. Some of our work in the wider curriculum will link to this focus.
Linked to our local history theme, the children will improve their observational painting and drawing skills by studying poppies. We will also create mosaic patterns and designs that were popularised by The Romans.
Our first block of work will be centred around The Black Hat by Maia Walczak. Through a range of drama activities, the children will explore ideas and develop short pieces of creative and imaginative writing. There will be a strong focus on the grammatical accuracy of sentences, spelling and punctuation within this work. The children will then be introduced to the IPEELL structure and become familiar with how to write a non-fiction text about The Romans.
The children will be extending their knowledge of place value including Roman Numerals. We will also further our skills with addition and subtraction, solving problems with these operations in a range of contexts.
By the end of Year 4, children are expected to be able to recall all multiplication facts to 12 x 12 and again regular practice of these, makes an enormous difference to your child's ability to know these off by heart. We will continue our subscription to T T Rockstars so that you can still use this at home to help with this.
There will be two topics studied during the Autumn Term. The first relates to teeth, digestion and healthy eating. The second is about solids, liquids and gases and the changes of state between them. The children will develop their skills and knowledge through practical activities.
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 lacrosse and invasion games. PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday for both classes.
In RE, the children will learn more about Christianity and Islam. They will find out about the parables Jesus used and discover why prophets are important messengers.
The overall theme this term is Living in the Wider World and within this the children will learn how more about their rights and responsibilities.
Focusing on e safety, the children will learn how to stay safe online, how to use search engines efficiently and how to be a good digital citizen.
The children will continue to develop their vocabulary and pronunciation in relation to pets and animals.
As part of the music curriculum, the children will begin learning to play the recorder. These are provided by school though children are welcome to bring their own in they prefer.
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.
How to stay safe online: