Year 4 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year 4!
Out of the Ashes
The second topic chosen by Year 4 is all about World War 2 and the history of our school and local area. We will be investigating lots of different sources to help us step back in time and imagine what it would be like to live in Keyham during the war, and especially what life would have been like for children.
Using photographs, real life stories, video footage and walks around the local area, the children will developing their understanding and asking questions like real historians. We would be fascinated to hear any family stories about Plymouth during the war!
All of our writing this term will be linked to this topic, and will help the children to explore aspects of life in the war like evacuation, rationing and the blackout. In science, the children will be investigating sound, which will be linked to their learning about the Blitz.
We will also be getting creative as we produce music and art work linked to our topic.
Maths this term will mainly focus on place value and fractions, with plenty of links to real life problem solving. We will also be revisiting our learning from last term as we apply multiplication, addition and subtraction skills in preparation for the Christmas Fair.
Look out for your invitation to join us towards the end of term as we learn how Christmas was celebrated during World War Two.
Please come and see me at any time if you have any questions.
‘Out Of This World’
Three… Two… One… Blast off! This term, Year 4’s learning will take them on a journey through space. We will be starting this journey with lots of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges, designed to help the children put their learning muscles into practice as they collaborate and reason to solve some exciting space problems. We will then explore our Solar System and find the answers to some big questions about the Sun and Moon before returning to Earth to solve some of the mysteries of our own planet.
In English, the children will have the opportunity to showcase their new scientific knowledge through writing their own information texts. As well as this, they will be using their imagination learning muscle to produce writing inspired by a short film called ‘Reverso’, which follows the adventures of a man unaffected by gravity. ICT will be used throughout the term as Year 4 develop their research skills to support their writing, and use digital mapping to explore planet Earth more closely. Our RE focus this term is all about inspirational people, so we will also discover more about some incredible figures famous for their contributions to space travel. The children will also be developing their Art skills, creating space scenes using different media in the style of some famous artists.
In Maths, the children will be developing their understanding and application of written methods, which will be put to the test when we take over the Peapod in the last week of term. They will also be using their knowledge of shape to solve space-themed problems. Throughout the whole term, we will also be practising times tables as much as possible, since learning these will be so helpful in so many other areas of Maths. Any practice at home will be extremely helpful.
Our busy term will also include weekly ukulele, Mandarin and PE lessons (PE will be on Wednesday afternoons).
If you have any questions, please come and see me.