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Welcome to Year 4

 

Year 4 Chad: Mr Clark

Year 4 Vale: Miss Grosvenor & Mrs Wain


 

Year 4 Spring Term


 

Mathematics

 

The start of the spring term will see us focusing on solving multiplication and division problems. We will be using our prior timetable knowledge to use formal written methods.

For measurement this half term, we will be looking at area and perimeter and solving word problems based on those.

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

 

English

 

Throughout the term, we will also continue to develop the children’s understanding of SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) work and continue to practise handwriting. At Chad Vale, there is an expectation that all children should write using cursive hand script, using a pen. Please support your child with their handwriting.

At Chad Vale, we use Jane Considine’s ‘Write Stuff’ method to support English. This is a highly interactive, enjoyable and dynamic approach to writing that helps the children develop their vocabulary, grammar and understanding of different text types. However, the children will very much be encouraged to develop their independence and think as writers – planning, drafting, editing and publishing their final pieces of work.

 

This term we will be looking at poetry by Roger McGough and creating our own independent poems using ‘The Sound Collector’ as inspiration. Our narrative this term will be the Princess and the Pea.


 

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, retrieval and 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. 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 Year 4 are on a Monday and a Friday. However, with the inclusion of swimming into our timetable please look out for communication each half term regarding which class will be going swimming on a Monday. Areas covered in school include gymnastic balances and volleyball.

 

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

 

Homework is sent home each Wednesday. This includes a spelling sheet and maths work. Spelling tests will then take place in school on either a Wednesday (4C) or a Friday (4V). Children should also read at home each day and practise the times tables up to 12 x 12.

 

Email addresses

 

Year 4 Chad Teacher:

a.clark@chadvale.bham.sch.uk


 

Year 4 Vale Teachers:

k.grosvenor@chadvale.bham.sch.uk (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

r.wain@chadvale.bham.sch.uk (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

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