Welcome to Year 4
Class Teacher: Miss Elverson
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Marshall
The following information might be useful to you if you would like to help your child who is in our class. Please actively talk to your child about what they are doing in school and encourage them to do their own research around the topics they are learning about.
In literacy we will be looking at a range of fiction text types, writing our own quest and adventure stories as well as creating our own poems. We will be working on developing our vocabulary in order to describe in more detail, varying our sentence structure by using clauses and we will be using a variety of punctuation including commas and inverted commas. Our non-fiction work will include newspaper reports, non-chronological reports and instructions. We will look at planning texts, organising information, using subheadings and writing introductions and conclusions. We will continue to work on spelling rules and strategies, handwriting and speaking and listening skills.
During the Autumn term, we will be focusing on a very inspirational story called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind which is based on true events about a young boy, William Kamkwamba, using very basic materials to build a windmill that produces electricity for his village in Malawi. While focusing on this book, we will further develop our skills in descriptive writing about a setting and will write letter recounts. After half term, we will move on to read Deamon Dentist by David Walliams where we will focus on character descriptions and instructions. This is followed by Matilda by Roald Dhal, which we will use to produce some persuasive writing and, and at the end of term, we will do some poetry writing.
In our maths lessons we will be learning efficient written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be recalling the multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 and the corresponding division facts. Other maths work will include ordering numbers to 2 decimal places,rounding numbers and continuing sequences, converting measures, e.g. kg to g, m to cm, area and perimeter, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, symmetry, fractions and equivalent fractions, decimal numbers and multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100.
Some key indicators for success are:
- solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations to use and why
- recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
- convert between different units of measure e.g, kg to g; m to cm; litres to mls
describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant.
We have launched a new curriculum this academic year meaning that all of our topics are 'new'. During the Autumn term, our topics will be Brainwave, Bright Sparks, How Humans Work and They made a difference. Each topic has a parent/carer information letter with detailed information that includes what will be taught and these will be added to Class Dojo as well as here, on our class page.
Please find below the information letter for Bright Sparks, the topic we are currently teaching in class.
|homework||Homework is now handed out on Class Dojo and can only be found on your child's login. Homework will be given out weekly (unless otherwise stated) on a Friday and will be due in by no later than the following Wednesday.|
|spellings||Spellings are given out and tested on Mondays. It is important that your child takes time throughout the week to learn and practise them.|
|reading||We recommend that reading should happen daily at home for at least 20 minutes.
We are now using the Accelerated Reader programme across KS2. Please look out for more details about this in the comings weeks.
|PE||We take part in PE on Monday and Thursdays. During lessons, children are expected to wear a full PE kit (including suitable footwear), have hair tied back if needed and any jewellery removed.|