Welcome to Year 4!
We are reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney in our English lessons.
We are writing a variety of fiction and non-fiction text types, including: a biography; a description of a haunted house; a diary entry and a play script.
In all of our writing, children follow the process of:
- Writing a first draft
- Editing and Improving
- Presenting a final version
Children have the opportunity to participate in a range of speaking and listening activities, such as role play and performing play scripts.
In addition, children will read their own writing aloud using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume to engage their audience.
We are having a big focus on joined handwriting, spelling and correct grammar in all of our work. The spelling (English Appendix 1) and grammar (English Appendix 2) will be taught in accordance with the Primary National Curriculum 2013.
- Mental calculation
- Written addition and subtraction up to 4-digits
- Multiplication and division using formal written methods
- Decimals and fractions
- Converting between different units of measure
- Problems solving
Some useful websites for you to use at home are:
We are continuing with Fiction Express and your child will read one of the titles above.. This is exciting opportunity to engage your child in reading at home because they get to vote on ideas for the next chapters, which brings reading to life!
It is important that you read the chapter and complete home learning tasks each week in their Home Reading Log.
- Making predications based on primary historical sources.
- Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms, including place names and village life
- Anglo-Saxon art and culture linked to the Staffordshire Hoard
- The importance of Lichfield and Tamworth in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia
- Researching significant people of the period, such as St.Chad
Our art and DT will be linked to our theme of the Staffordshire Hoard.
In art, we are investigating pattern.
In Design Technology, we will be making a purse to hold treasure.
This term we are studying animals, including humans. Children will:
- describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
- identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
- construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
Our science lessons include lots of investigations, giving children the opportunity to bring science to life and test their scientific ideas.
In French this term, our topics are: transport and countries
In French lessons, we focus on correct pronunciation through playing speaking and listening games. We also read and write simple sentences in French.
The children will be able to:
- engage in conversations, speaking in sentences
- develop appropriate pronunciation and intonation
- appreciate songs, poems and rhymes in French
- understand basic grammar, including masculine and feminine
In music this term, we are exploring accompaniments
The children will:
- identify accompaniments within pieces of the music
- explore what effect the accompaniment has on the listener
- play percussion instruments in time to music.
- improvise additional accompaniments
- compose their own instrumental accompaniment
In P.E., we are practising our athletic skills and also our striking and fielding skills in order to play summer games.
Children also have the opportunity to swim every Thursday.
In computing we will be looking at animation. We will complete the following activities:
- Explain what is meant by animation.
- Create a series of linked frames that can be played as a short animation.
- Control and adjust a time slider to locate a different point in a film clip.
- Evaluate and analyse animation software.
Children will cover the following national curriculum aims:
- Analyse, evaluate and present data and information.
- Use a variety of software to design and create content that accomplish given goals.
- Select, use and combine a variety of software including analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
The children will look at pilgrimages and reasons why people undertake pilgrimages.
Children will understand why Jerusalem is a major place of pilgrim for three different faiths.
Their R.E. learning will be brought to life with an educational visit to Lichfield Cathedral.
Five Pillars of Islam
Children will explore the five pillars of Islam and the impact it has on the life of a Muslim. Children then this to their own experiences.