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Welcome to Year 4!

The staff in Year 4 are:

4K - Mr Khan

4L - Miss Long & Miss Mahmood 

We  are also supported by members of our amazing EAL and SEN teams 

What's happening this term?

Take a look at some of the exciting things we will be doing this half term. Remember that any extra research or practice that you can give your child at home on these subjects will give them an advantage when they are learning in class.

Literacy

In Year 4 we follow the highly successful Talk for Writing approach. This scheme enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

For more information about Talk for Writing please click on the link below:

https://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/

This half term using the Talk for Writing approach we will be looking at the legend of Robin Hood. Robin Hood is a legendary heroic outlaw originally depicted in English folklore and subsequently featured in literature and film. We will be writing character descriptions about him, writing setting descriptions as well as writing our own adventure story based on Robin Hood saving Maid Marian from the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

Debate

Following on from what we have learnt in Year 3 will also be continuing to develop how to structure arguments and debates, using PEEL to help us compose stronger and more persuasive arguments.

PEEL Paragaphs: https://www.virtuallibrary.info/peel-paragraph-writing.html 

Maths

Our focus this half term will be place value where will be learning about the following things:

  • Find 1000 more or less than a given number.
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones).
  • Order and compare numbers beyond 1000.
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.
  • Learn Roman numerals to 100.
  • Solve number and practical problems that involve all the above and with increasingly large numbers.             

   Follow the links below to help with your developing understanding and for revision of place value:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/place-value 

Science

This half term our topic is All living things.

We will look at the use of classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things. We will learn about the 7 characteristics of a living thing using the MRS GREN acronym. Then we will look at living things’ habitats and recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

 

Working scientifically:

  • Planning different types of scientific enquiry to answer questions
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment
  • Recording data and results
  • Using test results to make predictions
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

Romans

In our History topic this half term we will be studying the Romans. We will be looking in depth about their invasion of Britain, thinking about why they invaded, how the invaded and how the Romans changed Britain. We will also be going on a school trip later in the half term to the Dewa Roman experience in Chester. We will be going on a fully guided tour of the reconstructions, excavations, museum. This trip is highly educational and so much fun!

For more information please visit https://dewaromanexperience.co.uk/

 

PE

Both classes will have PE 3 times a week (gymnastics, dance and outdoor games). It is important that your child always has his/her kit in school. Our PE kit is a white t-shirt, black shorts or to-the-knee leggings with pumps or trainers.

 

 

 

ICT:

We use 'Purple Mash' in our ICT lessons and all children have their own username and password so they can also access this at home. Please encourage them to go on Purple Mash at home where they can extend their learning.

Swimming:

Swimming is also part of the year 4 curriculum and is a Government requirement. All children will therefore be going swimming every Thursday morning. Please ensure that your child has the correct swimwear:

Girls must wear one-piece swimming costume (not a two-piece “bikini” style one) for the lesson.

  Boys must have regular speedo-style fitted trunks. Shorts and underwear are not appropriate.

 If your child has long hair, please provide a swimming cap for them.

They will also need a clean towel.

 

Homework:

Literacy and Numeracy homework will be given out every Friday and must be returned to school the following Monday. Detentions will be given out if homework is not given in on time. If you are unsure about homework that has been given, please speak to your child's class teacher and we will be more than happy to go through it with you. It is also important that children complete the home/school project set by their teachers.

Weekly spellings will be given out every Monday and children must learn them for a test on Friday.

There will be a big push with reading and times tables this year. Please read at home daily with your child and sign their reading record. Children will need to know all of their times tables for a new times tables test that the Government will be introducing this year so please practise these at home. At St Luke’s we use Times Table Rockstars in school which the children enjoy in class daily. Children should be accessing this at home using the personal password that has been issued to them.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUs_lKZWrM5E6LyDFnlPVg 

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