Year 4 Chad: Miss Latham & Mrs Taherian

Year 4 Vale: Mr Clark & Mr Hemmings

Autumn Term

 

English

 

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

Reading

 

In Year 4, reading will take form of Whole Class Reading. Children will read an extract from a book, a short story or information piece and they will learn how to use key reading skills. They will have opportunity to predict, summarise, question and clarify in these sessions, but will work collaboratively as part of a whole class or group. They will also choose a reading book to have on their desks and a story will be read to them by a teacher regularly.

 

We are working towards re-opening the library for use by children and parents. Please check Teams for further information throughout the term.

It is vital that children read as often as possible when they are at home. We recommend approximately 15 minutes per day with an adult. Please talk to your child about what they are reading, as this will ensure that they really do understand what is happening in the book.

Maths

 

Initially, we will go over any remaining Year 3 skills. The children will then 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.

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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 the times tables and develop their confidence using Education City activities both at school and at home.

 

Topic

This term, Year 4 will be studying the Ancient Egyptians. Children will be encouraged to examine various artefacts in order to determine what life was really like. They will also have the opportunity to develop their independent learning through a research project. Year 4 children will also use hieroglyphics to decipher and write their own messages.  Furthermore, the children will learn about the daily lives of Ancient Egyptians and their beliefs, by using evidence uncovered by archaeologists.

During the latter part of the term, children will make a ‘Shaduf’ (a mechanism that was used to retrieve water from a river or well). Children will be able to use levers and pulleys to make their own Shaduf. Will their Shaduf pass the test? Will their device withstand water? An in-depth analysis of their product will take place at the end of the unit.

​During Science, the children will be studying teeth, the human digestive system and feeding relationships within environments. This leads on to the second part of the term, when we will learn about habitats and the classification of animals.

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. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow children to swap instruments due to COVID restrictions.​

4 Chad children will need to wear a full PE kit every Tuesday and Wednesday. 4 Vale children will need a wear full PE kit every Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure their kit is suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities.

 

Homework

 

All children will be given a homework menu. This will detail projects for the term. Children can complete this at their own pace and in no particular order. Please see Teams for further information.

Trips and Visits

 

Due to COVID, we are unable to attend visits.  However, we hope to resume this as the year progresses, when information about this will be shared via Teams.

Year 4 Chad Teacher

n.latham@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

Year 4 Vale Teacher

a.clark@chadvale.bham.sch.uk

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