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Our teacher is Mr Gosling email@example.com. Our teaching assistant is Mr Lovering and Mrs Butler.
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Spring Term 2024
Welcome to Year 4. We hope you had a lovely break and we are looking forward to a hard-working and fun term with you all.
Below is an outline of the learning that will take place this term.
English Key Text: The Scarab's Secret
- Understand the difference between direct and indirect speech, and use these in our writing
- Use and correctly punctuate direct speech.
- Organise their ideas into themes, and correctly use paragraphs in their writing
- To understand how word families are based on common words
- Use the first two or three letters of a word to check spelling in a dictionary
- To evaluate and edit work and suggest improvements
- To understand fractions.
- To partition, order and compare mixed numbers.
- To understand improper fractions.
- To convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions.
- To recognise equivalent fractions.
- To add and subtract two fractions.
- To add fractions and mixed numbers.
- To subtract from whole amounts and mixed numbers.
- To recognise tenths and hundredths as fractions and as decimals.
- To divide 1 and 2-digit numbers by 10 and 100.
- Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
- Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts.
- Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit.
- Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit.
- Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.
- To know the sequence of events for the ancient Egyptian creation story and the significance of this
- To know that the ancient Egyptians believed in lots of gods, and know how they worshipped their gods
- To know that beliefs changed over the Egyptian dynasties.
- To know which animals were sacred and significant to Egyptians.
- To know why the Egyptians buried their dead.
- To know how and why the Egyptians preserved bodies, and why this was significant.
- To know what the ancient Egyptians believed about the afterlife.
- Know five songs from memory and who sang them or wrote them and the style.
- Choose one song and be able to talk about their style indicators, lyrics, musical dimensions, structure and instruments.
- Confidently identify and move to the pulse.
- Talk about the musical dimensions working together.
- Talk about the music and how it makes them feel.
- Listen carefully and respectfully to other people’s thoughts about the music..
- Generate realistic ideas and their own design criteria through discussion, focusing on the needs of the user.
- Use annotated sketches and prototypes to develop, model and communicate ideas.
- Order the main stages of making.
- Select from and use appropriate tools with some accuracy to cut, shape and join paper and card.
- Select from and use finishing techniques suitable for the product they are creating.
- Investigate and analyse books and, where available, other products with lever and linkage mechanisms.
- Evaluate their own products and ideas against criteria and user needs, as they design and make.
- Understand and use lever and linkage mechanisms.
- Distinguish between fixed and loose pivots.
- To know that the composition of digital images can be changed by using photo editing software and that images can be rotated and cropped
- To know that colours can be changed in digital images and the impact of this.
- To know how cloning can be used in photo editing to add to the composition of an image and to remove parts of an image.
- To know that images can be combined and to identify which tools can be used in order to do this.
- To combine images for a purpose.
- To evaluate how changes can improve an image.
- To use feedback to guide making changes.
- To know that there are leaders and followers in groups.
- To know the facts about smoking and its effects on health.
- To know the facts about alcohol and its effects of health.
- To know ways to resist when people are putting pressure on them.
- To know what they think is right and wrong.
- To know how different friendship groups are formed and how they fit into them.
- To know which friends they value most.
- To know that they can take on different roles according to the situation.
- To recognise how different people and groups they interact with impact on them.
- Why do Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca?
- Why do Christians make a pilgrimage to Canterbury?
- Why do Sikhs make a pilgrimage to Amritsar?
- Which pilgrims travel to Jerusalem?
- How is Easter celebrated around the world?
- To throw a ball in different ways with increasing control and accuracy.
- Intercept and stop moving balls with control and accuracy
- Start to use a range tactics in order to effect and win a game
- To develop understanding of playing games through play and teacher led skill development.
- To learn to score and play by the rules.
- To work well with a partner or team and learn how to behave if winning or losing.
Year 4 have PE on Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure children come in dressed in their PE kits with no earrings in on those days.
- Vocabulary: Pets, ages and names. Wild animals and adjectives.
- Grammar: HFW est, adjective agreements, comparatives
- Phonics: oi/ch/ou/ien/in/ille homonyms est/et, terminal sounds.
- Culture: Easter traditions
For more information on our remote learning offer for those of you learning from home, please click here
As well as accessing our broad curriculum, our pupil offer outlines the additional opportunities your child will have whilst in Year 4
Homework in Year 4
We encourage all children to read at home daily and a note to be written in their reading journal. If the school book has been completed then please read and share any other books/comics you have at home. These can also be recorded in the reading journal and can count towards the number of daily reads.
Spelling will be sent home on a Friday and will tested the following Friday
SPaG activities will be set on Fridays and will need to be completed by the following Friday.
Arithmetic questions will be set on Fridays and will need to be handed in on the following Wednesday.
We suggest working on TT Rockstars for 15 minutes a week; however you can do more should you wish. Specific timestables will be set for your child and this programme aims to increase the fluency of these. This is an online maths game that can be accessed on tablet, ipads and desktops
English in Year Four
Reading in Year Four
During Year 4, children will apply a growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to understand the meaning of new words. They will listen to a discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and reference books and use a dictionary to check the meaning of words. Children will draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justify their inferences with evidence.
By the end of Year 4, children should be able to real aloud a wider range of poetry and books written at an age-appropriate interest level with accuracy and at a reasonable speaking pace. They would of developed strategies to choose and read a wider range of books including authors that they may not have previously chosen.
In non-fiction, the children know what information to look for before beginning and is clear about the task. the children can use contents and indexes to locate relevant information.
Writing and SPaG in Year Four
During year 4, the children will develop their use of paragraphs and in narrative, create settings , characters and plot. They will be able to write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught. They will use standard English forms for verb inflections instead of local spoken forms and be able to use fronted adverbials. Children will be able to choose an appropriate pronoun or noun within and across sentences to aid cohesion and avoid repetition and use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech.
Maths in Year Four
During year 4, the children will develop their understanding of place value through counting in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000. They will be able to count backwards through zero to include negative numbers. They will order and compare numbers beyond 1,000 and round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000. They will continue to solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in context, deciding on which operations to use and explain why. Children will be expected to know all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.
When working with fractions, the children will be able to recognise and show families of common equivalent fractions and count up and down in hundredths. They will round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number and solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions to two decimal places. In measure, children will develop their understanding of converting between different units e.g. kilometre to metre; hour to minute.
In shape work, children ail compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes. they will identify lines of symmetry in two dimensional shapes presented in different orientations. They will specific points and draw sides to complete a given polygon.
Children will solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.