Welcome to Year 4

Mr Anderson and Mrs Parkhouse work in Year 4.

Summer Term 2022

Maths
This half term we will be looking at Decimals, with particular reference to: Make a Whole, write and compare decimals, order and round decimals and looking at fractions and decimals.Adding and subtracting decimals and how to approach word problems with one and two steps.
Times tables is an ongoing feature for Year 4. Please encourage your child to continue going on TT Rockstars or Hit The Button. In the second half of the term we will turn our focus to explore time, statistics and geometry as we sort and examine different shapes.

English 
Writing

English
This term Year 4 will be focusing on the book ‘How To Stay Alive’ by Bear Grylls creating our own non-fiction text. Including instructions and newspaper reports. We will continue to look at various aspects of SPAG during our English sessions with a particular focus on inverted commas, using a greater variety of conjunctions and including possessive nouns. In the second half of the term we will be using our class text 'History Hackers' to create our own narratives and a biography.
Reading:
During our reading sessions we will be focusing on various authors and selecting extracts from their books for our ‘Text Interrogation’- with an emphasis on paragraphs.

Spelling continues to be a big focus in Year 4. We will continue to have weekly spelling tests and encourage the children to use taught spellings in their writing. Please continue to support with this at home. Reading and library books will continue to be changed once a week. Please remind your child to bring their book in when they are ready to change it.

Theme
This half term we will be looking at Physical Geography, with a particular focus on volcanoes and earthquakes. We will be 
locating these key features across the world. In the second half of the term we will turn to focus on History. We will explore the Romans and write a response to our enquiry question- what was the impact the Romans had on Britain today?
Science
States of matter – We will be looking at solids, liquids and gases, changes of state, evaporation and condensation. In the second half of the term we will be exploring sound. 
Design Technology- Building shelters, rafts and active volcanoes!!!

Spring Term 2022

English

This half term we will be exploring texts including ‘The Dancing bear’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Writing:

  • To plan and write a narrative
  • To create characters, a setting and plot in a narrative
  • To use and maintain correct tense
  • To use ambitious vocabulary
  • To use Plural and Possessive ‘s’ appropriately.
  • To identify and use main and subordinate clauses.
  • To write a non-fiction recount
  • To proof read and edit writing

Reading:

  • Following our approach to a comprehension- Step by Step.
  • Text interrogation-identifying main ideas drawn from more than 1 paragraph and summarising these
  • Focus on vocabulary, retrieval and inference - VIPERS

Maths

In our Maths work we will be learning Multiplication, Division, Fractions and Decimals. We will be encouraging the children to take ownership of their learning and discuss their own approaches to solving our Maths problems. We like a challenge in Year 4 so we are looking forward to pushing ourselves with our learning, continuing to step out of our comfort zone! We will continue to learn our times tables on a regular basis, it would be great if you could support with this at home.

Theme

In our theme work we will be focusing on Geography, where we will research and record our findings studying Rivers and Mountains. Looking specifically at the impact wolves have on rivers.

Our science this term will be the Human body, looking at and creating working models on the digestive system.

Autumn Term 

English

English this term we will focus on the story ‘Minpins’ and will be writing our own creative version of the text. We will start by looking at the features of the story and enhancing the children’s writing through text interrogation. In the second half of the Autumn term we will be exploring 'The Plague' by Ann Turnbull, creating our own historical narratives. We will focus on using expanded noun phrases and ambitious vocabulary.

The children’s spelling and grammar skills will also be of key focus this year so support with spellings would be extremely appreciated.

Maths

We will start off the term focusing on place value; partitioning numbers, rounding and adding and subtracting up to four digit numbers. We will also focus on times tables and shape. In  the second half of the Autumn term we will be looking at measurement, area and perimeter.

Theme

We begin with our focus on PSHE where the children will be exploring and achieving their aspirations for Year 4 and the future.

Our Geography focus will be comparing and contrasting similarities and differences with inner city life and that of life in a rural environment. In the second half of the autumn term we will turn to our History focus, 'The Plague' looking at the impact the plague had on Britain. 

Science- In Science we will be investigating Electric Circuits.


Useful Websites:
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/
www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/0/
www.topmarks.co.uk
www.ttrockstars.com
www.spag.com
www.readtheory.org
www.spellingframe.co.uk
www.mathsframe.co.uk

 

Year 4