Hello! Welcome to the Year 4 class webpage.
English – we are beginning the year looking at adventure stories. It is really important that children read at home as often as possible as their understanding and breadth of language will significantly improve. We will be using ambitious language and a wider range of sentence structures within our writing and we hope to then transfer these skills to writing diary entries later on in the term.
Children will also be bringing home weekly spellings and we kindly ask that they practise these at homes and that parents support them in this as well.
Maths – we start off by looking at place value and children in Year 4 have a lots of new concepts to understand. They look at numbers up to four digits and even get to spend some time looking at tricky Roman numerals. We will be examining size of numbers and the value of individual digits, whilst also learning how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100 or to round to the nearest 10 and 100. Children will also learn about key calculation strategies as well and will be using increasingly large numbers in these calculations.
We would greatly appreciate parents taking the time to work with children on recalling their times tables and also addition and subtraction facts e.g. what is 43 + 9… At the beginning of Year 4, children should know at speed their 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x tables. Children are expected to know all times tables up to their 12x tables by the end of Year 4 so they have a lot to do. Daily practise at home would benefit children enormously. Also, please do talk to children about the world around them – days in a week, months in a year and telling the time are just a few of the bits of knowledge or vital skills children need for their futures.
Science – we will be learning about Living Things and their habitats. Children will be exploring the school grounds and beyond to find where animals might live and why. We will be considering food chains and also how animals are suited to their environment as well.
PE – our PE sessions will be taking place on Wednesdays. This half term we will be learning gymnastics and improving our skills of movement.
RE – during our lessons, we will be considering why Church is a special place, key parts of the church itself and what makes it such an important building to people within the Christian faith.
Topic – our topic this term is called ‘To Boldly Go’ and children will be learning about the world, particularly focusing on terms like continents, countries, seas, oceans and other physical features. Later on in the term, we will be finding out about famous explorers who were key in finding new places.
Circle time (PHSCE) – we will focus on being positive, independent and motivated when thinking about important learning behaviours. Our key Christian values this term include hope, endurance and friendship – all of which are vital at the start of a new school year.
Computing – this term, we will learn to be software developers.
French – in our lessons we will learn how to describe people, places, things and actions in French, both orally and in writing. We will also explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes.
Art / DT – this half term we will develop our confidence in using sketching to produce line, tone and shade when replicating artwork from around the world.. The children will then use these skills to produce patterns from other cultures such as China and India. They will get further opportunity to do this in our shared area time as well.
Music – well if we’re doing about explorers, we had better learn a sea shanty or two!