WE WILL BE LEARNING ABOUT…
In Maths over this half term, we will be looking at place value.
We will be looking at recognising how numbers are composed and how they are represented. This will then be used to order and compare numbers before moving onto solving problems using these new skills.
We will also continue to work on our arithmetic skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using the methods taught in school.
Here are some video links to remind you how to complete the methods for column addition and subtraction:
Column addition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdzIfqtzPq0
Column subtraction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrHvbjSk8kk
Or watch this clip for exchanging over two place value columns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGsP1NX78o
We will also be exploring other strategies to use when the written methods aren’t appropriate. This will provide us with a bank of efficient ways to tackle a variety of questions before using these to solve a range of problems.
A variety of TTRS sessions should be completed daily. Garage will help the children practise times tables facts based on their current level of attainment and automatically self adjusts. They are aiming to achieve level 420. Soundcheck always gives 25 random questions with a time limit. This replicates the Government Multiplication check that happens at the end of Year 4. Studio allows children to focus on a range of facts up to 12×12. Children can also challenge their peers and teachers in the Rock Slam section. You can also look at their heatmap to see which areas they need to focus on.
At the start of this half term, we will be reading the picture ‘The Promise’. This will be a whole school focus which will allow us to explore the concepts of hope and promise. This will also give us an opportunity to explore vocabulary and how to use a thesaurus to find more powerful adjectives. We will also be investigating similes and how to create abstract similes to build a more effective description before focusing on sentence structure. As the outcome for this unit, we will produce setting descriptions to describe a forest scene.
During our reading lessons, we will be developing our skills of prediction by looking at the books we will be using throughout the year before exploring summaries of texts. We will then be moving on to the book ‘The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart’ where will be exploring retrieval questions and then inference.
You should be continuing with your daily reading. You may have a library book, your own book from home or you can use MyOn or the SLS website to access Ebooks.
When you finish a book, it will say completed with a green box and then you can complete the linked quizzes. Please check you have linked your MyON account to Accelerated Reader for this to be successful. When you first log in to MyON, if you account is not linked, the option will be as a banner across the top to link with STAR. Your log in details are the same for both AR and MyON.
Just finished a book? Log onto Accelerated Reader using the link to quiz yourself: https://ukhosted105.renlearn.co.uk/6708094/
Don’t forget that you can still complete quizzes at home even if you don’t have the quiz number. Just search for the title of the book to see if it has a quiz.
Another useful website is: https://theday.co.uk/
We love catching up on the latest events through reading age-appropriate, online newspapers via The Day. We will share the username and password on Google Classroom for you to use.
Topic – Village to City
Our first topic this year, Village to City, will develop our geographical skills through exploring the similarities and differences of a village and a city in a variety of ways. We will begin by recapping our skills such as how to use a map and compass before delving further into Ordinance Survey maps. Later, we will examine the many different features the picturesque village of East Meon and a major city of the children’s choosing in order to understand how a village evolves into a city. Our learning will conclude with the children designing and creating their very own village before creating an accurate Ordinance Survey map to describe it.
To kick off science in year 4, we will be focusing on Teeth and Digestion! We will begin by looking closely at teeth, examining how the wide variety of teeth within us have their own particular uses and how our diet has a major impact on the teeth we grow. We will also be comparing our teeth to those of animals to understand how and why they may be different. Afterwards, we will look beyond the mouth to study how the digestive system works and how it turns food into energy before leaving our bodies. This learning will culminate in the children creating their very own podcast that describes the journey of food.
Keeping safe online and being kind to each other in an online world will always be a priority and so links have been shared on Google Classroom for activities you can do at home. This will also form the focus of our learning this half term.
During our lessons, we will be exploring how to be internet kind, brave and alert before going on to look at what makes websites reliable and how we can assess the information they provide. To demonstrate our learning, we will carry out research to using a range of websites which we will evaluate as we go.
In PE, we will continue to use REAL PE to learn to practise new skills, focusing on improving our personal best. Full PE kits should be worn into school on Thursday and Fridays. This includes dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor PE if the weather is cold), a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear (plimsolls or velcro trainers). School jumpers may also be worn if the weather is cold.
Our opening Music unit will explore notation and build upon the children prior understanding of sheet music. We will consider how notes appear on a treble clef stave and the variety of notes such as crotchets, minims and semibreves. To apply their understanding, the children will also explore the glockenspiel and preform, as a class, an original piece of music.
In RE, we will explore the concept of light in both religious and non-religious contexts. We will look at what this concept means to us and other people particularly those who follow the Hindu faith and the celebration of Diwali. Our outcome is to create an interpretive dance that displays some of the ideas covered in the unit.
You can log onto Language Angels – details on how to do this are on Google Classroom.
https://www.todaysparent.com/family/fun-typing-games-for-kids/ typing games that are fun and good for beginners.
Visit Interland and explore each of the 4 kingdoms. Use you e-safety knowledge to navigate your way through!
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/englishbooks.htm lots of different English resources.
We regularly watch Newsround – there are lots to explore on the Newsround website. Use this link to access the website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
Joe Wicks regularly posts 5 minute workouts for children. These make an excellent brain break when working hard.
Both of these websites have a range of different maths activities to complete at home
Dates for the Diary
24/9/21- Walk with Amal Day 1
15/9/21- Times Table Rockstars Day