During English this half term, we will be using our class reader, ‘Mary Poppins’, to inspire both an imaginative piece of writing as well as a piece of writing in role as one of the children. Within these texts, we will deepening our understanding of subordinate clauses and how we can use these to vary our sentence structure. This will include using conjunctions as well as drop-in-clauses to add extra information.
Through Reading, we will be looking at our class reader and making inferences about the characters and their feelings. As part of this, we will use evidence to support our thinking.
This class reader will also inspire our Design Technology for later in the term as we will be experimenting with materials before making and flying our own kite.
For our Spellings this half term, we will be continuing to look at suffixes and the rules of adding them to the end of our words to change the tense or meaning. These will include the ‘ed’ and how it compares to ‘ing’.
This half term, we will be deepening our understanding of multiplication and division through exploring arrays. We will be experimenting with how partitioning numbers can aid us in multiplying two and three digit numbers by up to two digit numbers. We will be representing this using the bar model as well as the part-part whole model before applying our understanding of multiplication and division to problems.
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.
Science – Teeth and Digestion
Within this unit, children’s understanding of the human body will be developed. We will be learning about the jobs of different teeth as well as how these vary depending on what animals eat. Later in the half term, we will then explore what happens to food once we eat it in the process of digestion. This will provide us with plenty of opportunities to work scientifically and develop the ability to plan and investigate our own questions. We will also be reporting our findings through conclusions.
Topic – Romans
Within this historical based topic, we will first be exploring when in time the Romans were. We will be comparing this to previous units taught. These include the Tudors, Vikings as well as the Egyptians. Within this, we will be developing our understanding of primary and secondary sources so that we can find the answers to our own questions. We will be celebrating our learning by creating our own chapter within a ‘Horrible History’ book.
Our learning will be using our Computing skills which explores the use of search engines. This will help us to find information to answer our questions.
Within the topic, we will be using our DT skills, to collage and create our own Roman inspired mosaics.
Our class based PE this half term will be focused around gymnastics and how we can link movements together across different equipment. We will also be developing our co-ordination through volleyball.
In this unit, we are investigating the concept of temptation and how it plays a key role in the Christianity. We will exploring how choice making is important
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 our rights and the consequences of our choices on others.
This unit will continue to develop our understanding of musical notation.
This unit will be looking at deepening our writing skills through exploring all about our families. Within this unit, we will be looking at masculine and feminine words.
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 – Roman Takeaway project
For homework, choose from a variety of challenges from the takeaway menu. These challenges range from extra mild, which include creating a word search, to extra hot, which includes being a Historian and writing your very own comparison text of Roman life and how it varies to today. There are plenty more ideas on the menu for inspiration which can gain you different points. You can even come up with your own idea to deepen your understanding of the Romans and convince us that it is worth a full 5 points and is an extra hot challenge!
Please ask for another take away menu if needed.
Due in on Friday 15th March
However please bring in what has been completed so far on Wednesday 6th February.
Spellings for this half term will be recapping the Year 3’s Spring 1 spellings along with learning strategies for Year 4’s new exception words.
The exception words are:
Year 4: particular, calendar, popular, position, possess, possession, purpose and potatoes
Year 3: continue, decide, island, minute, difficult, earth, consider and enough
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 recapping our 4s and 8s before moving onto learning our 6s, 11s and 12s. 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.