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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

 

Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.

 

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Autumn 2

In year 4, this half term, the children have been learning all about Word War 1. They have had the opportunity to step into the world of the soldiers and understand the reasons for the war and effects after it ended. Children have been deepening their understanding and have looked at famous people like Florence Cordell, who was the first bus conductor in Britain during WW1. During lessons children have been able to discover and imagine how life is like for them and how different it would have been for a child of similar age during the war.

Our English text this term has been Stay Where You Are and Then Leave,  the children have had the opportunity to write letters as certain characters convincing a father to not join the war. They have also quite incredibly wrote a diary entry from the perspective of the young character Alfie.

 

Half term Projects

Each half term, your child will be given an optional project to complete based on topics they have learnt or will be learning in class. These projects are to be handed in during the first week back after half term. You may present your project in any way you wish, for example, a PowerPoint, a piece of writing, fact sheet, piece of art/photographs etc. 

 

Christmas project: Our exploration topic after the holidays is going to be Japan therefore, children have been given the opportunity to research and find out about some of the traditional buildings in Japan. They may choose from the following: Shrines in Japan, Osaka Castle or the Golden Pavilion. Children must choose just one of these historical buildings. The project may be presented as a fact file, model of the building, power point, a drawing or in any other way you wish to.

 

Project Deadline: 11th January 2019 - End of first week back

 

Year 4 Overview 

English

Autumn 1: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Autumn 2: Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

Spring 1: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Spring 2: Beowulf 

Summer 1: The Explorer 

Summer 2: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

 

During each half term children will have the opportunity to write around their texts, using a range of grammatical features and text types. There will also be a poetry topic covering Flanders Fields and related poetry, during the Spring term.

Useful websites to use from home:

 

https://www.storylineonline.net - online reading provides activities related to the story being read 

 

http://readtomelv.com - popular children's story read by performers free online, provided with hand on activity guides

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/ - provides a variety of online interactive games to help children deepen their understanding in certain areas of learning 

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/reading - tablet friendly games available 

 

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html - a wide variety of SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) games for children to explore 

 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize - covers a wide variety of topics that children and adults can explore with educational videos to support understanding 

Maths

Autumn1: addition and subtraction with four digit numbers, multiplying 2 and 3-digit numbers by 2 digits. 

Autumn 2: Fractions and decimals, including money

Spring 1: Multiplication facts, negative numbers and Roman numerals

Spring 2: Measures including translation and angles

Summer 1: Time and statistics 

Summer 2: Targetted key areas for revision

 

Children also have short arithmetic and time tables sessions during the week to practice their skills. This can also be completed at home on Times Tables Rockstars.

Useful websites to use from home: 

 

https://ttrockstars.com/ - Help with your child's time tables ( your child would have received their login and password)

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths-owl/maths  - a range of top tips, eBooks and activities to help your child with their maths 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/  - wide variety of topics covered with interactive games and revision lessons 

http://www.mathszone.co.uk/  - interactive tablet friendly maths games 

http://www.multiplication.com/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/

http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/  - toolkit designed for parents and adults with a wealth of advice and tips for teaching Numeracy 

Exploration

Autumn 1: The Romans in Britain

Autumn 2: World War 1

Spring 1:Japan

Spring 2: Anglo Saxons

Summer 1: South America

Summer 2: Mountains and Rivers

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Big Question Autumn 1

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

Harvest Festival

 

Big Question Autumn 2

What is the Trinity?

Hanukkah Festival studied

 

Big Question Spring 1

What is it like for Christians to follow God?

 

Big Question Spring 2

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died 'Good Friday?'

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