During English this half term, we will be using our class reader, ‘Tuesday’, to inspire a report of the key events within the story. We will also use it to develop our summarising skills as we learn to pick out the key events within the text.
Within writing, we will analyse the text to help develop our understanding of different sentence types and the components that can go within them. Once this becomes secure, we will choose what type of report we would like to write. This may range from a newspaper to a police report of the event.
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 ‘shun’ sound (tion, sion, ssion and cian) as well as ‘ed’.
This half term, we will be deepening our understanding of addition and subtraction which will act to build on our knowledge of place value from last half term. As part of the unit, we will be using resources to help understand exchanging when adding and subtracting four digit numbers before applying this to a range of problems which will include word 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 – Living Things
Within this unit, children’s understanding of how we can classify living things will be developed. We will be learning about living things in the local environment and then using our understanding of living things to group or classify them. This may range from grouping them into vertebrates and invertebrates to mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and bird – the choice is ours! This will provide us with plenty of opportunities to work scientifically and develop the ability to make decisions as to how best to answer our questions. We will also be using evidence to support or refute ideas.
Topic – Blue Abyss
Within this geographical based topic, we will be studying the physical geography of oceans and coastlines. We will be using our map skills to locate the different oceans as well as identify features such as the equator and the hemispheres. Using our trip to the Aquarium as inspiration, we will then learn more about the layers of the ocean before creating our own questions to research further. Our learning will be celebrating using our Computing skills to create a website for others in the school.
Within the topic, we will be using our DT skills, to collage as well as mix paints to create under the sea themed artwork.
Our class based PE this half term will be focused around dance where we will learn about combining a sequence of movements in time to the music. We will also be learning to throw and catch balls accurately. We will be applying these skills to games such as Netball and Basketball.
In this unit, we are investigating the concept of ‘holy’ and how it plays a key role in the Christianity. We will exploring the different ways Mary is holy within Christianity.
In PSHE, we will be exploring what it means to stay healthy. This will include a healthy diet as well as looking at medicines and drugs. Within this unit, we will also look at hygiene skills through cooking and following a recipe.
This unit will look at deepening our ability to describe sounds using a variety of vocabulary in our unit called ‘Sounds’.
This unit will be looking at deepening our phonics skills through learning the colours in French. This will then aid us in reading new French words.
Dates for the Diary
30.10.18 – 4HT Aquarium Trip
30.10.18 – French Day for 4VL and 4GC
1.11.18 – 4GC Aquarium Trip
1.11.18 – French Day for 4HT
2.11.18 – 4VL Aquarium Trip
13.02.19-15.02.19- Avon Tyrrell Residential Trip
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 – Blue Abyss Research
To continue to develop and deepen your understanding around our topic this half term, Blue Abyss, you can carry out further research around the topic. Using our learning from class, you will need to choose an ocean to focus on before carrying our you own research. The work could range from the creatures that live in the oceans to the impact humans have on it (negative or positive). This could be presented in a variety of ways: from artwork to fact file.
If you need support with this, class teachers are happy to help. This may include finding books in the library or allocating a discovery suite pass so they can use their own time in school to research using the ipads and books.
Due in on Friday 7th December
Spellings for this half term will be recapping the Year 3’s Autumn 2 spellings along with learning strategies for Year 4’s new exception words.
The exception words are:
Year 4: woman, women, promise, therefore, opposite, ordinary, perhaps and pressure
Year 3: eight, caught, centre, century, heart, breath, busy and early
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.