In English this half term, we will be using our new class reader, ‘Mary Poppins’, to inspire a range of writing. First, children will writing in role as one of the children explaining to a friend about the new addition to their family. Later in the half term, we will be able to use our imagination to create an oil painting for the children to jump into and go on their own adventure, similar to the events in the classic novel.
Throughout this unit we will develop our understanding of subordinate clauses and how a range of strategies can be used to add these extra pieces of information and detail to their writing.
First we will be applying our inference skills to discover more about the characters in our class reader, ‘ Mary Poppins’. This will also help us further improve on our ability to use evidence from the text to justify out opinions and answers. Not only will we also explore the theme in this classic novel but in other classics as well.
This half term, we will continue to develop our knowledge and understanding around fractions where we can apply our written methods. We have already explored what a fraction is as well as finding equivalent fractions. We will be consolidating this before moving onto fractions greater than a whole as well as fractions of amounts. This will then link in well to the following focus which will be around decimals. Here, we will be able to apply our written methods to solve problems as well as make links between decimals and fractions.
Throughout Year 4, we will be developing our arithmetic skills by carrying out daily activities which will aid with our fluency. This alongside activities which will develop our reasoning skills will ensure a wide range of mathematical skills are developed.
Science – States of Matter
Within this unit, children’s understanding of the different states of matter and how they are incorporated into our daily life will be enhanced. We will exploring whether changes are reversible or not as well as how important different states of matter are to the water cycle. This will help our working scientifically skills as we will be choosing how best to record our findings.
Topic – Village to City
This Geography based topic will be focusing on the local area of Portsmouth and the area surrounding the river Meon. Within this topic, our understanding of human geography will be particularly developed as we will look at how the land has been used. We will be exploring how this, as well as other factors, have changed over time. We will also need to decide what other skills we will need to develop in order to create our end goal of a Guide to Portsmouth for visitors.
Within the topic, we will be using our art skills to sketch local attractions.
Our class based PE this half term will be focused around Gymnstics where we will be learning to change direction, level and skill within our own sequence of movements. Within the second unit of PE, we will further develop our co-ordination and agility through either basketball or fencing.
In PSHE, we will be exploring different relationships that we have and how stereotypes can play a part in every day life. This will then lead onto rules and law when we look into living in a wider world. Furthermore, we will be continuing to develop the skills of resilience, reflectiveness and thinking.
This unit will look at exploring the structure different music can have through our unit called ‘Ancient Worlds’.
Dates for the Diary
Topic Fieldwork (Portsmouth) Trip
4LW – Tuesday 8th May
4GC – Thursday 10th May
4HT – Friday 11th May
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.
Project – Reading
Your homework task this term is all about reading! You will develop your reading skills, have the opportunity to try books by different authors and read some non-fiction books.
Read two books by the following authors (available from the school library):
Michael Morpurgo, Ted Hughes, Philip Ardagh and Malorie Blackman or choose books from the ‘Classic section’ in the library.
After reading, create a book review for each book stating the following information:
- Title and author
- A summary of the book. Do not give away the ending!
- The part you’ve enjoyed the most or the least
- Will you recommend the book? Explain clearly why.
Your book reviews can take any format: a paper review, a poster, a Power Point Presentation etc.
Read non-fiction books or internet articles about an animal and a plant living in the Amazon Rainforest.
Present your information in a fact file, presented in any way you wish. Your information must include the following:
Appearance: size, colour, shape, skin/fur/scales, etc.
How it is adapted to its habitat
Other interesting facts
Appearance: size, colour, shape
How it gets water, warmth and nutrients
Other interesting facts
To summarise, you need to read two books by selected authors this term and complete book reviews on each book. You also need to research about an animal and plant living in the Amazon Rainforest and complete a fact file.
Both tasks are due in on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
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:
though, notice, quarter, length, library, famous, describe, mention, answer, appear, straight, favourite, strength, suppose, surprise, bicycle, business, medicine, natural and naughty
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 for adding suffixes such as ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ to root words.
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. Both will need to be recorded in the same home learning log and handed in to the class teacher on a daily basis.