Hello and a warm welcome to our Year 4 class page. We have so much to look forward to this term and I can’t wait to get started!
Our English work this term will be based around the text ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol Ann Duffy. We will be writing our own narrative, a class poem, a persuasive letter and an explanation. We will continue using James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl for our guided reading text this term as well as looking at some non-fiction texts and poetry. We will also spend lots of time looking at how we can read with prosody (expression), spending weekly sessions thinking about rhythm, emphasis, pitch, tone and when to pause.
During this term, the children will continue to develop their understanding and grasp of the building blocks of maths. They will have several times table tests a week and a weekly arithmetic test will also be completed. Within lessons, work will focus on fractions and decimals. We will regularly work to solve problems and explain answers using our knowledge of the subject. Please remember to log on to Times Table Rock Stars at home and also complete the My Maths set homework each week. For this half term, homework will be set via Seesaw on Wednesday and will also include spellings and reading.
In geography, the children will describe what a mountain is and locate the world’s ‘Seven Summits’ on a map. They will describe the key features of mountains and how they are formed. Throughout the topic, the children will explore and locate the UK’s highest mountains and recognise the importance of the Himalayas for people living in the region.
In design & technology this half term and linking in with our geography focus on the Himalayas, we will design and create a Kantha purse. We will learn about the centuries-old, North-Indian tradition of stitching patchwork cloth from rags and have a go at our own Kantha inspired up-cycled purses. The children will use needlework skills to complete their projects.
We will be exploring electricity this half term. We will consider and sort appliances into mains and battery powered groups, as well as investigating materials which insulate and conduct electricity. The children will create a working circuit, incorporating switches as well as developing their understanding of how to make a bulb brighter. When we carry out our scientific enquiries, we will make predictions and record our findings, using the scientific symbols for the various components of a circuit.
Every Tuesday, the children will have their music lesson, where they will continue learning to play the recorder. On Tuesday mornings, the children will also have their PE session with Hayley. The children will learn volleyball during this PE session. Every Thursday morning, the children will also continue to receive Spanish lessons from one of the Mossley Hollins language teachers.
Children should remember to bring a healthy snack, a refillable water bottle and their reading folders every day.
If you have any concerns or information you want to share with me, please send a message on Seesaw or Dojo and I will reply as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support.