Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page
AUTUMN TERM NEWSLETTER
I hope you all had a restful summer break and are feeling ready for the new school year.
The children have enjoyed their first few days back in school and we are all gradually getting used to being in school and carrying out our daily routines!
I (Mrs Webb) will be teaching the children throughout the week. Mrs Creed is the Year 4 teaching assistant on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the Year 4 class will also receive support from Mrs Price every day throughout the week. I hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about this term.
In our English sessions this term we will be reading ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean and all of our written English work will be based around it. We shall also be looking at poetry and non-chronological reports.
This term in Maths, the children will:
- Read, write and order numbers to 10,000 and determine the value of each digit
- Explore number patterns using these numbers
- Round numbers
- Develop their ability to add/subtract larger numbers using written methods
- Develop their ability to multiply and divide up to and including 3 and 4 digit numbers
- Work on Maths investigations applying their learning
- Be tested on their times tables, weekly
History / Geography
Our History topic this term is ‘Ancient Egypt’. The children will be finding out the answers to questions such as: Who were the Ancient Egyptians? Can artefacts give us clues about the Ancient Egyptians’ lives, Why is The Nile important? Who was in charge? How do you make a mummy? Can you write like an Egyptian? What powers did Egyptian Gods have?
The second part of the term will be dedicated to Geography and we will be investigating water. (This is also linked to our second Science topic ‘States of Matter’). The children will find out about the different states of water, where water comes from, how rain happens, how to make water safe (pollution etc.) and think about whether too much rain can be a problem.
In Science, the children will be learning about teeth, digestion and food chains, followed by materials and their properties (specifically states of matter – liquid/gas/solid). They will be planning and carrying out fair tests and developing their scientific understanding through enquiry-based investigations.
This term your child will be having PE on a Wednesday (with Sport 4 All) and on a Friday (with Mrs Webb). Your child should come to school dressed in their full PE kit on these days (Black shorts and red t-shirt under black tracksuit). Please note that leggings are not part of the PE uniform. Trainers are essential. Initially, both PE lessons will be outside until the weather changes.
During the Autumn term, Year 4 will initially be studying the topic ‘Do Murtis help Hindus understand God?’ and will then move on to investigate the question ‘Does the Christmas narrative need Mary?’ PSHCE will look at ‘Me and my relationships’ followed by ‘Valuing differences’.
We will start with Coding and move on to looking at E-safety; helping the children to protect themselves and their friends.
The children will be investigating the songs of ABBA followed by learning to play tuned percussion.
Homework will be set online. The children will have a weekly English and Maths homework which will be set on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday. Children will have one day’s grace to complete late homework, after that, they will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 30 mins on each homework task.
Your child will be given 10 words to practise weekly. These will be tested on a Wednesday and will be based on the different spelling rules learnt in class each week.
Here are the spelling lists for the current term:
Given out 4/11/2020 – When do we double consonants?
begin, beginning, garden, gardening, controller, limit, limiting, occur, occurred.
Given out 11/11/2020 – Words from the Y3/4 Spelling List
occasion, occasionally, particular, peculiar, often, perhaps, opposite, popular, ordinary, position.
Given out 18/11/2020 – -sion and -tion
collision, confusion, decision, explosion, persuasion, hesitation, invention, injection, completion, intention.
Given out 25/11/2020 – -ssion
profession, confession, discussion, possession, expression, omission, obsession, impression, admission, progression.
Given out 2/12/2020 – -ation
accusation, consideration, exploration, imagination, limitation, cancellation, preparation, starvation, occupation, inspiration.
Given out 9/12/2020 – -cian
beautician, electrician, magician, mathematician, technician, optician, politician, physician, dietician, clinician.
Some children are practising their key words and they have their own lists which are sent home with them every Wednesday.
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the Maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half-termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.
The children are expected to continue reading at home. I will also be setting online reading with associated tasks.
Remember to read the school’s newsletter and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.
Please email/ call the office if there are any messages. 01280 813066
Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 4, we will continue to have whole school rewards for the children to earn. These are: Proud Cloud (for effort and achievement), Roundwood Rainbow (for kindness and good manners) and Pots of Gold (for going ’above and beyond’ linked to the school values.)
There will also be individual class awards.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. Please make sure all items of clothing are named.