Year 4 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year 4!
For year 4’s final term, they have decided to learn about the mysteries of the world. We have chosen to delve into the mystical secrets of the Loch Ness Monster, the Bermuda Triangle and the lost city of Atlantis. They will be debating on whether the evidence is fake or real and writing from the researcher’s point of view. They will be writing their own Bermuda mystery too. In Maths they will be learning about the properties of quadrilaterals and triangles as well as learning the different angles. For science we are going to be very busy learning about the environment, effects on all living things as well as grouping all living sources. We will also be looking at the changing state of different materials when heated and cooled and we will carry out a fair test. We shall also be looking at our teeth and writing instructions on how to keep our teeth healthy and clean. We may even make our own toothpaste advert!. As well as all this exciting learning, we still have ukuleles on a Monday and PE on a Wednesday. We will continue with our mandarin lessons on a Thursday and the final week we will be learning about the Greeks . This term is extremely busy with sports day (as long as the weather is kind to us) a music day, sports week , summer fair and the music festival. Phew a lot to fit in!
For our term 5 topic, the children have chosen to learn about different sports and its health benefits. We will be writing about how to stay fit and healthy and the effects this has on our energy and our bodies. We will be researching and writing about famous athletes and sports personalities. In maths, we will be looking at different types of data, how to input and read data using various types of graphs. We will also be looking at co-ordinates and tying this in with our geography to read and understand map symbol and co-ordinates for map reading. In science, we will be looking at the human digestive system and how our bodies process food. We will be making a 3D model of the digestive system. Year 4 and 5 will also be attending the Life Centre for swimming lessons during the last 3 weeks of term. PE will also continue to be on a Wednesday afternoon.
This term year 3 and 4 will be performing their play. This year they have chosen Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhyme’s Jack and the Beanstalk. This will also be our topic for the term; we will be looking at using speech marks in our writing and using this skill to transcribe a script into a story. We are mainly concentrating on improving their handwriting using joins they have learnt, presentation as well as improving their grammar and encouraging them to be more adventurous in their use of punctuation. Also in English, they will be writing, in the style of Roald Dahl, their own revolting rhyme.
The children are going to research Roald Dahl’s life, looking at where he has lived in the world, looking at his varied occupations and how he began writing. We will be also tying this into geography and plotting his travels on a map. We will be investigating where he lived in England and how the landscape has changed over the years. In Science, we are continuing with our investigations of musical instruments and sound as well as continuing with our Ukulele lesson. For art, the children are going to be improving their skills of portrait drawing and will be drawing portraits of Roald Dahl.
We also have our class assembly on the 3rd March and our Pea Pod is on the 6th March 2017.
In Term 3 we will be learning about The Anglo-Saxons. We will be looking at their invasion and settlement in England, how they influenced the names of towns and cities. We will learn about village life, artefacts and culture and about their gods. In English we will use this information to help us to write a short story about a Saxon settler. They will be learning how to use description of their characters and village to create an interesting story. In maths we will also link our learning of measurements to Saxon life by solving real life problems involving distance, time and days of the week to which some of these were named by the Saxons. In Art we will be learning how to draw a portrait using scale, perspective and shading for effect. They will be drawing their own Saxon character using their description from their writing.
For science we will be linking this to Ukuleles and other instruments and discovering how sounds are made, associating some them with vibrations. We will continue to learn Mandarin and French and in PE the children are learning dance, they will be using a range of movement patterns to create their own dance.
For our term 2 topic the children have chosen World War 2. We’ll Meet Again
During the term we will be using our empathy to understand how evacuee children felt when they had to leave their homes and families. We also will be learning about the blitz, rationing, air raid shelters, dig for victory as well as looking at how the war affected Plymouth. This will also tie in with our geography where we will be looking at the countries involved in the war as well as the local area.
In English they will be writing an evacuee diary and information leaflets on what to do in an air raid. We also will be producing a wartime recipe book to sell at the Christmas fair.
In maths, we are learning how to add and subtract using decimals, money and will continue with our times tables targets.
In art we are looking at understanding perspective when painting landscape and objects and hopefully we will visit the memorial on Plymouth Hoe and use our noticing and imitation to draw this. For music we are looking at popular singers during war time and learning three songs to sing and dance too. We also are continuing with our ukulele lessons every Tuesday.
Our dig for victory will help us to understand seasonal crops and healthy eating which are our key skills for science.
Welcome back for our Autumn Term. The children were very excited to learn about electricity this term.
During this term we will be learning all about the different genres of poetry. The children will be writing some of their own all about electricity. Some of the genres will be Haiku and shapes poems. The children will be learning how to use similes and metaphors to express feelings and help the reader to see the images.
Maths will be focused around time tables, the children will be using this skill to help them find factors or numbers, use a formal method to solve multiplication, division problems. We will also be using negative numbers, addition and subtraction.
In science the children will be investigating how we use power in our homes/school etc. we will be researching eco power and discuss how we could improve the schools consumption of power. The children will be investigating how to make a simple circuit to make a light bulb light up. They will be also be looking at which materials are the best for conducting electricity. We will also be making sure that the children understand how to stay safe when using electricity.
In art the children will making a series of sketches to design their own electric powered game as well as taking photos and video evidence of building work using power.
PE is on a Wednesday afternoon and the children also will be learning ukulele’s on a Tuesday Morning every week.