During English this half term, we will be using our class reader, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, to inspire our own report on the tragic event of the children losing their parents in the fire. Later in the term, we will be writing our own section of the story. Within these texts, we will be deepening our understanding of clauses and how these can create a variety of sentence structures. Further to this, we will be analysing how both direct and indirect speech can be used.
Through Reading, we will be looking at our class reader, inferring the characters’ feelings and learn how to use a variety of evidence to justify our thoughts.
For our Spellings this half term, we will be looking at prefixes and how these can alter the meaning of words. Later, we will move onto apostrophes.
This half term, we will be deepening our understanding of fractions. As part of this, we will be continuing to find equivalent fractions before looking at how you can represent fractions in both mixed numbers and improper fractions. Later in the half term, we will then explore how to add and subtract fractions before using these skills to solve problems and find fractions of amounts.
Throughout Year 4, we will be developing our arithmetic skills by carrying out daily activities which will aid with our fluency. Daily times tables activities will remain an important element of this. This, alongside activities which will develop our reasoning skills, will ensure a wide range of mathematical skills are developed and embedded.
Science – States of Matter
Within this unit, children’s understanding of states of matter and how this links to the water cycle will be developed. We will be learning about the importance of temperature in changing the state of water from a liquid to both a gas and a solid. This will be one of the many materials we explore change state and we will discover how some of these changes are reversible whilst others are not. This will provide us with plenty of opportunities to work scientifically and develop the ability to measure, record and present our results.
Topic – Village to City
Within this geographical based topic, we will first be exploring what we think the difference between a village and a city is. This will include exploring the local area of Portsmouth and understanding what makes it a city. This unit will also involve learning about both the Physical and Human Geography of our local area. We will be comparing this to the local village of East Meon where we will take place in some field work. Within this, we will be developing our use of maps, including ordinance survey maps. We will be celebrating our learning by creating our own persuasive piece to encourage more visitors to our fantastic city.
Within the topic, we will be using our sketching skills to identify key differences within a city and a village.
Our PE this half term will be focused around athletics where we will get to experience and practice a range of activities from hurdles to javelin.
In this unit, we are investigating the concept of ‘devotion’ and how it plays a key role in both Christianity and Hinduism. We will exploring what devotion means to us and how we show it within our own lives.
In PSHE, we will be exploring our role within the wider world and the responsibilities we have within this. Within this unit, we will also look at the importance of learning to manage money and the possible impacts of borrowing money.
This unit will develop our performing abilities as we will learn to sing from memory with accurate pitch before using this to inspire our own raps.
This unit will be looking at deepening our knowledge of key sounds within the new vocabulary of numbers. Furthermore, we will be looking at the vocabulary for pets and exploring how we can describe which pets we have and/or would like to have.
Dates for the Diary
11.1.19 – Roman Day (Dress up)
13.02.19-15.02.19- Avon Tyrrell Residential Trip
26.02.19 – 4VL Trip to Butser Ancient Farm
28.02.19 4GC Trip to Butser Ancient Farm
1.03.19 4HT Trip to Butser Ancient Farm
14.03.19- 4HT Class Assembly
21.03.19- 4GC Class Assembly
28.03.19- 4VL Class Assembly
Full PE kits are needed for Mondays and Wednesdays. This includes dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor PE if the weather is cold), a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear.
Homework – This half term, to link with our science and topic work, we would like the children to produce a piece of work of their choice linking with rivers or the water cycle. As before we are using the peri-points scheme, where the children should be aiming to earn 5 points for the homework they produce. The children have had some ideas sent home on types of projects that they could produce including: a poem abut a river, some art work, a presentation about the water cycle and more. It is an independent project for them so whatever takes their interest, we would love to see.
Due in on Friday 5th July 2019
Spellings for this half term will be recapping the Year 3’s Summer 1 spellings along with learning strategies for Year 4’s new exception words.
The exception words are:
Year 4: straight, favourite, strength, suppose, surprise, bicycle, business, medicine, natural and naughty
Year 3: though, notice, quarter, length, library, famous, describe, mention, answer and appear
These will be assessed both at the beginning and end of the half term and can be practised using a variety of strategies on the Tic-Tac-Toe.
They are expected to not only know the words on the list but be able to spell them if they have a prefix or a suffix attached. For example, complete could be completing or completed.
Within class, we will be focusing on developing our phonics skills and how these can be used to spell unknown words. We will also be looking at the rules throughout the half term so please refer to the English section for more detail.
Reading and Times Tables
A reminder that each week children will be expected to read every day at home for at least 10 minutes. Alongside this, children are to log on to Times Tables Rockstars which will aid to develop children’s fluency within their Maths by taking part in fun Maths games. For this half term, we will be focusing on our 6, 7 and 9s. Both will need to be recorded in the same home learning log and handed in to the class teacher on a daily basis.
Please feel free to speak to your class teacher if you have any questions or would like further support or advice with the homework.