Welcome to Year 4

 

Year 4 Chad: Mrs Gaines (formerly Miss Pajic), Miss Patel, Mrs Taherian and Mrs Saliah

Year 4 Vale: Miss Latham, Mr Fenech, Miss Sweet and Mrs Solanki

 

Summer Term
English

 

This term, we will continue to use ‘The Write Stuff’ as the 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 newspaper articles, classic stories, and explanation texts. 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).

Mathematics

 

For the majority of the term, we will focus on revising certain areas of maths that the children have found more difficult than other areas. These areas will include fractions (especially fractions greater than a whole), multiplication and division.

The children will then move on to calculations involving money and converting between different units of measure.

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 be expected to explain fully how they have tackled a mathematical problem.

PE, Music and Computing

In computing, children will make full use of the laptops and iPads to create their own podcasts and art.

 

PE lessons will follow the same pattern as was intended in autumn. 4 Vale will swim first, after half term, Chad will continue.

 

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.

Reading

 

The children will take part in daily whole class reading lessons. Different various skills will be covered each day, such as making predictions, inferences and links to other texts and the wider world. A wide variety of text extracts and whole texts will be read, including poetry.

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, we will study our final history topic — The Second World War. Children will learn about various aspects of WW2, primarily focussing on the Home Front, evacuation and life for children during this time.

If you have any artefacts, family stories or photos, we would love to see or hear them!

 

For the art element of our topic, we will be looking at drawing landscapes and cityscapes.  

 

Our science study this term will be sound. We will learn about how it travels and how we receive sound. We will be looking at pitch and volume and how sounds can be changed.

In the second half term, we will be looking at electricity and circuits and using these to create alarms. We will then be able to use our knowledge to make working torches for our DT project!

 

In geography, Year 4 will be learning the human and physical features of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. We will also find out about the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

 

Homework

All children will be given a homework every week with a maths page and some spellings to learn. We may send some resources home to assist with times tables. You may either keep homework at home or choose to submit to teacher any time of the week.

 

​We are hoping to reinstate some of the lovely Y4 trips this year. Watch this space for more information!

 

The Year 4 Team

 

Year 4 Chad Teacher

s.gaines@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

Year 4 Vale Teacher

n.latham@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

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