Welcome to Year 4!
Mrs Vickers, Miss Jones and Mrs Harbour
Geography is the main focus of our new theme of Rivers. The children will have a good understanding of rivers and the features of rivers. They will learn the features of the river from the source to the mouth and all that is inbetween. They will learn new vocabulary so they can explain clearly to others. They will then use their D and T skills to make a 3D model of the river showing all these features. They will find out why a river is not in a straight line and will use the terms erosion and deposition. They will learn about the watercycle and will find out how rain is create. They will study cloud formations and will learn how to spot the different types of clouds. They will find out about the major rivers around the world and will find out why cities are built next to rivers. They then will consider the impact of flooding and the use of dams. They will find out the impact water pollution and how we can reduce it. Finally, we will then look at paintings of rivers and waters by great artists in some art sessions. We will be learning how to use watercolours and be creating our very own painting.
In Maths We will also be learning about fractions this half term. We will recognise fractions in different representation and will be able to find equivalent fractions. Towards the end of our unit we will be adding and subtracting fractions.
We will be looking at changing states in our science lessons this half term. We will be figuring out what solids, liquids and gases are and will be able to describe them and give examples of each. We will be doing lots of different experiments to show the properties of each state. Finally, we will be looking at how we can change states by evaporation, melting and freezing.
Autumn 1 Learning - Italy
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer and managed to do some lovely activities and see some amazing places. We have an exciting and challenging year ahead of us!
This half term our theme is all about Italy. We will be looking closely at the country and will be learning how to use maps to focus on Europe and Italy. We will compare the physical and human geography of Italy and the UK. On Monday 9th September we will be having a day devoted to Italy. We will be making a tower of Pisa (hopefully not leaning), finding out about the story of Pinocchio, learning some Italian phrases and also making and eating some cheese and tomato pizzas. Towards the end of our Theme we will be making a short TV programme about what we have found out about Italy.
In English this half term we will start by reading an Italian fairy tale called The Frog. We will be using this to gain some ideas when we write our own Italian tale. We will also be reading a book called ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ which we will use to show how a character feels and to describe a setting. We will also be using a range of non fiction books about Italy to find lots of interesting information about the country and the culture.
In Maths we will be focussing on reasoning with 4 digit numbers. We will be finding more or less than a number and will be doing activities to explore place value. We will be ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000 and will be rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and a 1000.
In Guided Reading we will be reading fluently and accurately out loud, as well as summarise the main ideas from the text. We will learn to answer questions about the text in detail by retrieving the information from a text.
Our Core Skills area is ‘Learning With Others’. We have three targets which we will be focusing on during our lessons. In RE we will be finding out more about Buddhism and how Buddhists live their lives.
A few reminders!
PE – Lessons will be on a Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Children will need to have a full PE kit in school during the week. This includes:
House colour T-shirt Black Shorts/joggers
Earrings to be taken out or taped up
Reading – we encourage daily reading and discussions. Please record in the reading log and bring into school every day. Also, reading activities in the homework books.
Spellings – Weekly spelling rules and words to be learnt at home. We will have a ‘speed spell’ activity during one of our lessons on these. The rules and words will be put on the weekly letter. Please can log books be in school every day.
Maths homework. We will be using the homework activities that link with our Maths Mastery lessons in school. Please see the weekly letter to know which activity you will need to complete during the week. If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask.
Please check here for weekly letters and other information.
If you have any questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see us.