Year 4 Chad: Miss Latham & Mrs Taherian

Year 4 Vale: Mr Clark & Mr Hemmings

Spring Term

 

Mathematics

 

For the majority of the term, we will focus on fractions. Initially, the children will learn about equivalent fractions, before moving on to counting up and down in tenths and hundredths.  Subsequent work will include learning about decimals and the addition and subtraction of fractions.

Creating a greater depth of understanding is a key aspect of the curriculum. With this in mind, we aim to involve children in problem-solving and investigative activities, where they will expected to explain fully how they have tackled a mathematical problem.

 

English

 

This term we will be using ‘Talk for Writing’ as our model for writing. Children will learn the features of different text types and then apply these to their very own version. We will be focusing on defeating the monster stories, newspaper articles, fairy tales and persuasive writing.  You can support this by helping your child select books of the same genre from readingeggspress.com.

Also during English, there will be an emphasis on S.P.A.G (Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation).

 

Reading

 

In Year 4, your child will take part in daily ‘Whole Class Reading.’ During this, a wide variety of text extracts and whole texts will be read, with a different focus each day, such as prediction or inference.

 

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading. Research shows that children who read well, write well.  Please ensure that your children read every evening.

 

Topic

 

This term, Year 4 will be studying the Anglo-Saxons. Children will have the opportunity to develop their independent learning through a research project on this topic, they will be learning about how they invaded and settled in England, how places got their names, the Anglo-Saxon gods and their way of life.

 

For the art element of our topic, we shall be looking at a variety of methods of colouring fabric including; tie dye, fabric painting, and batik.

 

Our science study this term will be states of matter. During this unit, the children will be observing how some materials change state when they are heated or cooled. We will also study the processes of evaporation and condensation and how these processes are relevant to our everyday lives.

 

In geography lessons this term, the children will be learning about mountains around the world and geographical features of the U.K.

 

PE, Music and Computing

 

In computing, children will make full use of the laptops and iPads to develop their

designing and controlling skills to create their own html codes. This term includes E-safety Week, where we will be discussing with the children how to stay safe online.

 

PE lessons for 4 Chad will continue to be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. PE lessons for 4 Vale will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Areas covered include gymnastic balances and fitness circuits.

 

On Mondays, all the children will continue to learn how to play either a keyboard or violin. This will continue throughout the term, as part of our partnership with the Music Service.

 

Homework

 

A homework menu has been set for the term, though children will continue to receive spellings on a Friday. The expectation is that the children hand in their work by the end of the term. We aim to set homework that will consolidate learning that has taken place in class or set new and engaging research activities, so that the children are in charge of their own learning. Children should read at home each day and practise the times tables up to 12 x 12.

 

Year 4 Chad Teacher

n.latham@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

Year 4 Vale Teacher

a.clark@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

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