Year 4 - Mr Lancaster, Mrs Awan & Mrs Bancroft
Wow! Well what a fantastic Autumn term we’ve had. We’ve really enjoyed our topic ‘I Am Warrior’ and learned so much about the Romans. We had a very successful assessment week and enjoyed sharing these results with you on learner review day. In this newsletter you will find out all about our new topic ‘MISTY MOUNTAINS!’ We know year 4 will enjoy this as much as our last topic!
English and Topic - MISTY MOUNTAINS
This half term, Year 4 will discover how mountains are formed and discover where they are located across the world. We will invent our own rucksacks and write descriptions of a hike up a mountain. We will recap the water cycle’s course from peak to valley and meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas. But beware, look out! What’s that by that tree? Its footprints are huge! Have we found the Yeti?
During our topic, we will also be going on our very own mountain expedition.
This half term we will begin by looking at fractions and graphs in year 4. Reviews and worksheets for our previous topics can be found on this class webpage. It would be extremely useful for the children to revisit this learning as often as possible.
Please practice your times tables at home as well. In year 4 children should know the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 25 and 100 times tables, upto times 12
Science - ELECTRICITY
We are going to be learning all about electrical circuits and will be testing materials’ ability to conduct electricity. We will also investigate the difference in mains power and battery power and look where electricity comes from. Once we know this we will also be looking at different types of energy and looking at how our energy usage has changed.
Our RE topic for Spring 1 is ‘What is Prayer?’. We will be learning about the act of prayer, exploring what it means for Christians when they pray, why Christians pray and we will look at some of the prayers used in church.
PE will take place on Wednesday and swimming will take place on Monday. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school every day and that all items are clearly labelled. The PE kit is compulsory and pupils will need: A pair of pumps, a white plain t-shirt and black shorts. Grey or black jogging bottoms are also allowed in the cold weather. PE kits are compulsory for Health and Safety purposes.
Year 4 will begin swimming lessons on 10th September 2018. Lessons will continue on Each Monday afternoon. Letters with further details have been sent out. Children bring a complete kit as detailed on the swimming letter. Unfortunately, if your child does not have the correct kit the school is unable to provide a replacement so your child will have to miss that swimming session.
Children are expected to bring their books in everyday so they can be heard read at any time. Children also take part in weekly guided reading sessions with the teacher or LSA. We appreciate that it is not always possible to read every night with your child, but do ask that you make every effort to read at least 3 times per week with them, and make a comment and sign their reading records.
Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle into school every day which is clearly labelled with their name. Children are expected to take their water bottle home at the end of each day to wash at home and return the next day. We have noticed that a large number of our children have not been bringing water bottles in, meaning that they are sharing cups with other children and potentially passing on bugs and germs.