This half term our writing units will continue to be based on the book, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This story is about a gigantic iron robot who appears out of no-where, crashing onto the beach and shattering into many parts. He is discovered by a young boy, Hogarth. The Iron Man proceeds to cause trouble to the villagers, devouring their machinery, until they decide to rise against him and entrap him.
We will be studying the features of and writing our own versions of a set of instructions.
This term we will be covering topics including multiplication, place value, rounding, roman numerals, fractions, decimals and time. We will be focusing on learning the 8 and 9 times tables and their related division facts, in addition to recapping prior multiplication and division facts.
We will be working to cover the objectives:
- recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
- recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations
- multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout
- solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects
- recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
- count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.
- round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000
- solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
- read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value
- Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]
- read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks
- solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days
- count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten
- recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredth
- find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths
As a school we use TTRockstars to practise our times tables. We encourage the children to practise regularly at home. Year 4 have a monthly challenge to earn raffle tickets and wow cards for playing regularly at home!
All Around the World
We will be focusing on learning about the wider word in our geography lessons this half term, including:
- Continents, countries and oceans of the world
- Using an atlas to locate countries and research facts
- Identifying polar regions and comparing them to the UK
- Identify and understand lines of latitude and longitude
- Tropical climates
- The Prime Meridian
- Different times zones around the world
Our physics unit on sound will teach us all about how sounds are created and heard. We will be looking at:
- How sounds are made by different instruments
- How we hear sounds via the ear
- How to change to volume of sounds
- How to change the pitch of sounds
We will be learning the vocabulary for our new topic 'Food' this half term. We will be looking at using the vocabulary for different foods in French and building up our conversation skills to ask what people like to eat.
Our unit this half term focuses on developing our musical notation skills. We will be looking at recognising different letter notes and the names and duration for each note. We will be playing glockenspiels to a variety of pieces and begin to compose our own pieces.
We will be learning about different responsibilities that we have and how to keep ourselves safe. This includes school rules, emergency situations, road, water and railway hazards, and how to deal with common and simple injuries.
In this textiles unit we will be exploring different stocking products. We will use these to design, make and evaluate our own Christmas Stockings!