Year 4

Mrs Mayes

Miss Clarke

Mr Marshall

This term we will be exploring the question ‘What is their Legacy?’. Over the term, we will explore one of the earliest civilisations - The Ancient Egyptians, learning about their beliefs, their written language and how they paved the way for us. As we learn about Ancient Egypt, we will create our own pyramids and Nile flood plains. We will also get wrapped up in the wonders of mummification! To conclude our learning, we hope to host an outcome assembly where we’ll invite you all to watch and learn!

In DT we will be designing, creating and evaluating our own slingshot cars and pavilion structures. We will improve as artists by focusing on our Art & Design skills. As we progress through the Autumn term, we will learn more about our mental wellbeing in PSHE and discover strategies to foster positive mental health.

In maths this term, we will be developing our understanding of place value, manipulating numbers with up to four digits and introducing perimeter. Please help your child practise their x tables up to 12 x 12. This is especially important in Year 4 as we work towards the National Multiplication Check in the Summer term. Their login information for TT Rockstars is in their planner.

In English this term, we will be getting to grips with Year 4 writing skills such as fronted adverbials and subordination. We will focus on the Ancient Egyptian Creation Myth to create poetry and expanded noun phrases, then we will move on to explanation texts, using organisational features such as subheadings and paragraphs to detail the process of mummification. As readers, we will read a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. We encourage children to complete AR quizzes regularly!

  • Year 4 will have PE every Thursday and Friday.

  • At The Oaks, we expect children to read at least four times a week. Children will be rewarded for completing this regular reading, so please make sure it is recorded in planners.

Miss Clarke & Mr Marshall, 4CM

Miss Mayes, 4M

Year 4 will be starting off the year with Ancient Egypt. Our topic will combine both history and geography and will allow us to unearth many aspects of both Ancient and modern Egypt.

In maths this term, our skills focus will be odd and even numbers; number bonds to 20 (including bonds for each number up to and including 20 e.g. 8+6=14, 11+5=16 AND related subtraction facts e.g 14-6=8, 16-5=11); application of number bonds to 10 for multiples of 10, subtracting single digit numbers from a multiples of 10; multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100; recalling 6x table up to 6 x 12, including related division facts; 7x table, including related division facts; 9 x table, including related division facts.This will form the basis of maths homework. We will continue to consolidate our understanding of the four operations of number within maths lessons. We will also be focusing on place value and measuring length and perimeter.

In English, we will be covering various text types and developing our skills as writers. The children will become experts in mummification, creating their own detailed explanation. They will also write poetry about pyramids and write a report about the fantastic pharaohs of Ancient Egypt! Within these text types, they will use a variety of year 4 writing skills, for example: expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses. Reading continues to play an important role in our learning and we hope to broaden the children's experience of authors and genres.

Our science for the first half term is living things and their habitats and after half term we will be learning about animals including humans. We will have a DT day where the children will be creating their own healthy snack and an art day, in which the children will create collage artwork.

*Year 4 will have PE every Thursday and Friday (please make sure kit is named).

*Year 4 will bring homework home on a Friday that will be due back by Wednesday.

*Spelling tests will take place on Wednesdays.

*In Year 4 children are expected to read every day and record this in their planner. Children of this age may well be fluent and competent readers, but still need to read aloud to others regularly. Children will move round the reading reward chart each week.

*Children should be aiming to quiz once a week on Accelerated Reader. This provides them with vital skills and the opportunity to earn in-school rewards!