This term, Year 4 will be learning about Great Britain - striving to answer the question “What makes Britain great?”. We have planned a fantastic term for the children, in which they will learn the counties and cities of Great Britain, our parliamentary system, what parts of Britain look like and will also have the opportunity to try some traditional British foods! Children will become geographers, using maps, globes and atlases to apply their knowledge.
In maths this term, we will continue to prepare children for the multiplication check, which is taking place in June. We expect all children to be able to recall their times tables up to 12 x 12 within six seconds. Our skills focus will also include adding and subtracting 11 mentally and multiplying by 10 and 100. These skills will form the basis of maths homework. In maths lessons, we will be learning about decimals, money, time, statistic and shape.
In English, we will be covering various text types including narratives and leaflets. We will explore the text “Katie in London” to learn more about our great capital city! Children will apply a range of Year 4 writing skills, such as 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 experiences of different authors and genres. We will read books by Elen Caldecott, Jill Murphy and many more.
Our science for the first half term is states of matter. We will be getting in a state learning about solids, liquids and gases. In the second half term, we hope to spark interest in the children as we learn about electricity. We will have an art day in which children will develop drawing and sketching skills and a DT day in which children will apply the skills they have learned in science and become electricians!
* Year 4 will have PE every Monday and Thursday (please make sure kit is named)
* Year 4 will be given homework on a Friday which must be completed and handed in 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!