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Welcome to Year 4!

The staff in year 4 are:

4CF - Mrs Clarke, Mrs Fawcett-Foster, Mrs Harvey and Miss Roddy

4H - Miss Long

 

Welcome Back to Spring Term 2...

  It's time to spring in to action...lots of hard work ahead ! 

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What's happening this term?

 

Literacy:

Our Literacy unit will focus around The Rain Forest. We will be studying information texts and travel guides looking particularly at formal and informal language. We will also be developing note making skills to help us research The Rain Forest more efficiently. At the end of the uni,t we will have designed and produced a travel brochure relating to The Rain Forest. In addition, children will be researching an animal of their choice (one that lives in the Rain Forest) and writing a non-chronological report based on their findings. 

  

 

Numeracy:

In Numeracy, we will be learning about fractions and decimals.We will be applying what we know to reasoning and problem solving. 

 

Science:

In science we will be learning about sound. Amongst other things,we will be exploring how sounds are created. We will be carrying out a range of investigations exploring patterns between the pitch of a sound and and the features of the object that produced it. We are hoping to visit EUREKA! this half term. This is an interactive learning centre where children can explore different strands of science including sound. 

What can you find out at home?

Geography

 We are going to be researching Jungles and Deserts. In particular, we will be investigating why jungles are so wet and deserts are so dry. Children will be comparing temperature and rainfall data of the two regions, creating climate graphs to reflect their findings. In addition we will be exploring how plants and animals adapt to these very different environments.    

 

P.E:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. SCIENTISTS and INVENTORS is the focus of the project this half term.   

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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 so please practise these at home. There are some fabulous dancing videos on BBC SuperMovers which will really help the children. Please see link below. In addition, we have introduced Rockstar Times Tables in school which the children enjoy in class daily. Children can access this at home using the personal password that has been issued to them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/supermovers

 

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back this week. Please don't hesitate to see your child's class teacher should you need anything.