In English this half term, we will be using our new class reader, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, to inspire a range of writing. First, children will be recounting a key event as one of the characters. Later in the term, we will be showing our knowledge of speech in a fiction text. This will be inspired again by our class reader as we will be attempting to continue the story and write our own chapter.
Throughout this unit we will develop our understanding of using a sentence of 3 as well drop in clauses to help us to continue to vary our sentence structure.
First we will be applying our ability to use evidence from the text by answering comprehension questions around our class reader, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’. We will then developing our ability to summarise key events from the story as well as learn to empathise with the characters from the story.
This half term, we will continue to develop our written methods for multiplication and division through a variety of contexts. We will then be moving onto fractions where we can apply our written methods. Our understanding of measure will be developed too as we learn about area.
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 – Teeth
Within this unit, children’s understanding of teeth and their purpose will be enhanced. We will exploring what impacts and colours the enamel of our teeth through different experiments. This will help our working scientifically skills as we will be planning and carrying out our own fair investigations.
Topic – Veni, Vidi, Vici (Romans)
This History based topic will start off with our Roman workshop where we will deepen our knowledge and understanding of this era and where it comes in history. We will also
Within the topic, we will be using our DT skills to make Roman pottery as well as coins and mosaics.
Our class based PE this half term will be focused around Hockey where we will develop our co-ordination skills with equipment. Within the second unit of PE, children will further enhance these skills through cricket.
In PSHE, we will be exploring rights, duties and consequences. Furthermore, we will be continuing to develop the skills of resilience, reflectiveness and thinking.
This unit will look at exploring pitch through listening to music from around the world.
Dates for the Diary
4HT – 1st March
4LW – 8th February
4GC – 22nd February
Roman (Topic) Day
Workshop and activities – 9th January (usual school uniform)
Avon Tyrell – 31st January to 2nd February
Medical forms need to have been returned
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 – Teeth
In Science this half term, we are exploring teeth as part of our Animals including Humans unit. We will be learning about the different teeth and their purposes. The task is to research how teeth vary for different types of animals and their diets. They could explore carnivores, herbivores or omnivores before making a comparison. How do their teeth help them to survive?
They could present their findings in a model of the teeth, a written report or even use Purple Mash to create a leaflet/poster (please speak to their class teacher if they need their logins).
Due date: Tuesday 6th February 2018
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:
continue, decide, island, minute, difficult, earth, consider, enough, particular, calender, popular, position, possess, possession, purpose and potatoes
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 promise could be promised or promising.
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.