Hello and welcome back Year 4! I hope that you have had a lovely half term break and are ready to get started with some super learning!
Our English work this term will be based around the text ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’ by Philip Reeve. We will be producing our own non-chronological report, persuasive poster, poetry and character descriptions. During guided reading, we will continue reading ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ by Emma Carroll and using this book to develop our VIPERS skills (vocabulary, inference, predict, retrieve, summarise).
In geography, our topic is rivers. The children will be learning the correct vocabulary to refer to the different parts of a river, locating rivers on maps, learning about the water-cycle and exploring major rivers in the UK and across the world. We’ll also be researching the different ways that rivers are used as well as looking at how human activity can affect them.
Linking in with our geography topic, in design & technology, we will be designing and creating a bridge using pulleys and levers.
In maths, we will focus on area, investigating what area is, counting squares to help us calculate area, making our own shapes, calculating their areas and then comparing areas. After this measurement unit, we will move on to learning about multiplication and division. We will be looking at the 3, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables and the corresponding division facts. We will spend some time looking at arrays to help us with this and will be carrying out a variety of reasoning tasks to deepen our understanding of this area of maths.
Our science topic this half term is Living Things and their Habitats. During our lessons, we will learn about how we can group organisms in different ways and will identify vertebrates and observe their similarities and differences. We’ll also be identifying and classifying invertebrates, creating classification keys, recognising positive and negative changes in the local environment and describing environmental dangers to endangered species.
Tuesdays will be especially fun-packed! The children will have their weekly PE and music lessons every Tuesday morning. In PE, the children will be learning how to play hockey and in music, they will continue to learn how to play the clarinet. On Tuesday afternoons, the children will also continue swimming lessons at Copley Baths. Please ensure that the children have their PE and swimming kits every Tuesday. It would also be greatly appreciated if children could refrain from wearing earrings on this day. Every Thursday morning, the children will also continue to receive Spanish lessons from Mossley Hollins’ teacher, Mrs Chapman. Her lessons are always full of song, drama and fun!
Children should remember to bring a healthy snack, a refillable water bottle and their reading folders every day.
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