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Year 4

 

 

 

Welcome to Year 4! 

 

 

 

Mrs. Davis - Class Teacher  

Mrs. Jones - Teaching Assistant 

Independent Writing Projects - Please read the attached letter, which explains in detail what these are about.

Parents' Information Evening Tuesday 21-9-21 PowerPoint - for your reference

Our class saint is: 

 

Saint Genesius

 

Saint Genesius is considered to be the patron saint of actors, lawyers, barristers, clowns, comedians, converts, dancers, people with epilepsy, musicians and victims of torture.

 

His feast day is August 25th.

 

Genesius was once an actor who had performed in plays, which mocked Christiainty.

According to legend, while performing in a play that mocked baptism, he fell ill on stage.  Claiming he could see angels, he asked to be baptised there and then, which converted him.

He proclaimed his new belief, and he steadfastly refused to renounce it, even when the emperor Diocletian ordered him to do so.

He was sentenced to death for his beliefs.

Prayer Pebbles - We have created some fabulous Prayer Pebbles to use in our Class Collective Worships.

Y4 Time Table 2021-22

Year Vehicle

Autumn 2021

 

'Go with the Flow'

This term we are learning about electricity and rivers, hence the title! 

Our end outcome is to make a moving book each about creation for children in Reception Class.

 

English:  We are starting with poetry and will be using a new book called, 'On the Move' written by Michael Rosen.  It is all about migration and Michael has written an introduction to the book to explain what migration is and why people migrate.  We will also be learning about persuasive writing and adverts; writing an information and explanation text; creating a news report and finally learning about imaginary worlds in stories.

 

Meet a migrant - Our online meeting to understand why a migrant might wish to relocate. Can you remember what type(s) of migrant Gilda is?

We have written poetry from the perspective of a refugee and created persuasive posters too.

How do you practise your spellings? Make it fun and email me your photos to share ideas with everyone.

Maths this term is all about Number, Place Value, Measure and Multiplication and Division.

Place Value is a pivotal unit because a solid understanding of place value using 4-digit numbers is fundamental to success in other areas of learning, particularly the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Equally, children who struggle to represent, round and count with 4-digit numbers may struggle when they are asked to apply these skills in future learning. It is important to ensure that enough time is spent on this unit of work so that children have a solid understanding of place value both now and for the future.

Children will also look at 4-digit numbers on a number line up to 10,000 and use their understanding of the number line to help compare and order numbers as well as round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000. Children will learn to confidently count forwards and backwards on number lines, including backwards through zero and into negative numbers.

In the addition and subtraction unit, children will be learning a range of strategies, in particular the
column method. Mastering this will lead to confidence in many other areas of mathematics, especially when children apply their strategies to word problems and puzzles.

The measure unit provides valuable opportunities for children to develop problem-solving skills, including working backwards to derive dimensions of rectangles when the perimeter is given and using reasoning
to find perimeters when not all sides are labelled.

Children explore multiplication and division, looking first at multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10 and 100, and then at multiplying and dividing by 0 and 1, the understanding of which is key to children’s
mastery of this unit. This unit encourages children to use visual representations to tackle multiplication and division questions, and to understand concepts such as grouping and sharing. Mastering this unit will certainly have a positive impact on other areas of mathematics such as fractions, decimals and  percentages.

 

 

K.I.R.F. (Key Instant Recall Facts) Number bonds to 100

R.E. 

We Follow a scheme called, 'Learning and Growing as the people of God'.

Unit 1:  CREATION & THE STORY OF ABRAHAM TO JOSEPH
A B O U T T H E U N I T
In this unit the children will hear and learn about some important stories from the Book of Genesis. They will
explore some important images of God found in these stories and consider what it mean for human.

Unit 2:  JESUS TEACHES US HOW TO PRAY
A B O U T T H E U N I T
In this unit the children will learn about the prayer life of Jesus as he grew up in the Jewish faith. The children will be introduced to some prayers from the Old Testament and they will consider the importance Jesus attached to prayer. The children will study the Our Father, the prayer of the Rosary and some other forms of prayer as part of this unit.

ADVENT
A B O U T T H E U N I T
In this unit of work the children will learn about the ancestors of Jesus and that he was descended from the
House of David. Through this work the children will be able to place the story of the first coming of Jesus into an historical context.

SCIENCE

Science features well in our Vehicle, 'Go with the Flow'  this term.  The 2 units that we will be studying are:

1.  Electricity

 

 

 

2.  States of Matter

Will these circuits work? If not tell me why?

Geography:

During the first half term, we start by looking at Migration and the push and pull factors which influence why people migrate.

The second half term is all about Rivers and we are looking forward to lots of fieldwork to enhance and make our learning fun.

HISTORY:

The whole term will be spent looking closely at the Anglo-Saxons and developing and answering enquiry skills to gain an understanding of why they came (pull factors of migration) and developing our own interpretation of them from historical evidence.

 

 

Take a look at our Anglo-Saxon brooches. Can you tell which ones would have belonged to rich or poor Anglo-Saxons?

ART

Claude Monet is our artist this term and we will be looking at the Impressionist movement and how they painted 'en plein air' using quick brushstrokes in order to represent the light at that moment.  Children will be sketching and painting their own masterpiece by the end of the term incorporating their own interpretations of the techniques used by Monet.

Quick brushstrokes, hashing, cross-hashing and layering for effect, in the style of Monet. What do you think?

We have been sketching foliage while learning about Monet.

D&T

The unit of work we are studying is 'Mechanisms: Levers and Linkages.

Children will be learning a range of new terms and exploring how to make pictures move in a story using a variety of mechanisms to create interest.  Movements will include:  Levers, Pivots, sliders and popups.

The end product is to design and make a prototype of a 'Creation' Moving Book for children in Reception and Year 1.

Birthday Books. I am so pleased that parents are providing new release books for our book corner. I am sure this will help develop our 'Love of Reading'. Thank you in advance, your generosity is very welcomed by all of our class.

Inspiring creative ways to practise your spellings. How do you practise yours?

 

 

 

Helpful homework hints:

 

 

  • Maths

Times tables need to be practised consistently throughout the year. Below are some websites to support you with this.

This website has a nice friendly breakdown of what the new times tables check means. You can also sign up for a free resource pack which includes some great paper based activities. 

Here's a link to the government website and their full framework on the checks in June. 

 

Below are some resources to support you at home. 

 

 

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