Year 4 Chad: Mr Clark & Mrs Taherian
Year 4 Vale: Mrs Wain & Mr Hemmings
This term we will be using ‘Talk for Writing’ as our model for English. Children will learn the features of different text types and then apply these to their very own version. The genres that we will be focusing on during this term will be: horror, fantasy and information texts. Please help your child by selecting books from the library that have the same genre. Also during English, there will be an emphasis on S.P.A.G (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).
In Year 4, your child will take part in daily ‘Reading Time’. The children will be given an opportunity to explore different activities that will enhance their reading. For example: research tasks, retrieving information from key texts, reading for pleasure and word work. During this time, the teacher will be able to focus on groups of children and intensify their understanding of the text that they are reading.
All children have access to the school library. We encourage our children to change their books frequently. The library is open three times a day (8:45—9:00, break times and lunch times). Please do ask your child if they have changed their books.
Please ensure that your children are reading every night.
Reading Diaries - Traditional reading diaries will be replaced with new reading logs. These will require you to record your child’s reading.
Year 4 will be focusing on the difference between the mental and written strategies for all four operations, supported through problem-solving activities. They will continue to practise calculation strategies and apply them to real-life problems.
The early part of the term will focus on the four operations, ensuring that all children have a good understanding of the concepts.
Finally, there will be a keen emphasis on the use of vocabulary and how it is used by the children to explain or articulate their own thoughts and findings. Children will be encouraged to continue practising their times tables in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check in June and develop their confidence using Times Table Rockstars courses within school and at home.
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 mountain ranges around the world, the 8 points of a compass and topographical features of the U.K.
In computing, children will make full use of the laptops and iPads to develop their graphic design and research skills. Computing will be closely linked to their work in Art and History.
On Mondays, all the children will learn how to play either a keyboard or violin. This will continue throughout the term as part of our music partnership with the Music Service.
Children will need a full PE kit every Monday and Friday. Please ensure their kit is suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities.
All children will be given a homework menu. This will detail projects for the term. Children can choose to complete this at their own pace and in no particular order. There will also be termly homework activities on Education City. In addition, children will also receive weekly spellings.
Trips and Visits
Birmingham Gurdwara- Tuesday 14 January 2020
To further enhance our learning of Sikhism next term, we are planning to visit a local Gurdwara. Sessions such as these have proven incredibly valuable in increasing the children’s depth of knowledge, as well as offering vital ‘hands on’ experiences. They are also an important tool to develop community cohesion and further support the Chad Vale ethos of working in partnership with groups from across the wider community.
Year 4 Vale Teacher
Year 4 Chad Teacher