PE
Our PE sessions will be on a Tuesday. All children will need a PE kit in school. Gymnastics and outdoor adventure games will be the activities studied in this unit.

Maths
This term we will be learning about equivalence, understanding that 1/2 is the same as 3/6, or 8/10 is the same as 4/5. We will start to learn about equivalence with the help of diagrams, but then need to move onto recognising equivalent fractions without having to see or draw a pictorial representation. You can help your child with equivalence by using a fraction wall. You can ask your child questions such as: What fractions are the same as 1/4? By looking at the wall, they should be able to tell you that 2/8 and 4/16 are the same as 1/4.

English
In the first half of the term we will be studying a text called ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. This is an amazing picture book and the children will be writing some wonderful descriptions and writing a diary extract describing the events in the story.

Following on from this we will turn to non-fiction and writing recounts. Year 4 will use specific terminology and master the use of first and third person.

Science
This half term, we will learn about the states of matter. We will Study the properties of solids, liquids and gases

Topic
Year 4 will be learning all about mountains and rivers. The amazing formation of mountains and the water cycle will be explored in this unit.
The children will investigate famous mountaineers and study the Great Everest climb of 1953. They will write descriptions and recounts and use measuring and conversion skills.

Art
In art children will use charcoal, pastel, ink etc. to exploring media. They will learn to develop their sketching skills and will study different techniques to create amazing artwork.

Computing
This term, we will be doing something called ‘Scratch’ which is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Their work in computing will help develop their skills to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century

Religious Education
In RE this term our topic is ‘How and why do Christians follow Jesus?’ We will study why some places are special and what makes them special to the children such as home or school. We will learn how and why Christians choose to follow Jesus and how his miracles inspire us.

Music
We will be having weekly guitar lessons on Wednesday afternoons and will also explore and share regional music – songs of the desert and mountains.

French
This term we will be learning a French song all about greetings.

Reading:
Thank you for your support in listening to your child read. Along with listening to them read aloud, we ask parents to sign the reading log every night when you have heard your child read. We would be grateful if you could encourage them to use independent strategies to read unknown words and check their understanding by asking them questions about the book we ask parents to sign the reading log every night when you have heard your child read.

Other Projects
This year we are continuing to work with our highly skilled gardener Steve Thorpe who will be helping us to turn the allotment area into a reading/chill-out haven for children during break time. This will be fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons.

How to help at home…
• Revise spelling lists
• Learning rapid recall of all tables up to 12×12
• Applying mathematical operations in real life/everyday contexts
• Helping children complete termly homework projects