Welcome to Year 4
‘European Time traveller’
During this History led topic and the children will be finding the answer to lots of key questions and finding out lots of interesting facts about Ancient Greece. These will include:
· Where was Ancient Greece?
· Who were the Ancient Greeks?
· When in history were they important and why?
· How did they influence the world today?
· Who were the major Greek gods?
· When were the Olympic games founded and how have they changed?
As always, the topic focus will provide varied writing opportunities, including: retelling a myth, and writing instructions on how to kill a minotaur.
Our initial focus is to familiarise ourselves with Greek myths and we will be using ‘The Orchard Book of Greek Myths’ by Geraldine Mc Caughrean to do so. As we immerse ourselves in the teachings of Greek myths we will learn that myths are fictional and usually about gods and goddesses, sometimes with fantasy creatures in them. The children will begin to understand that they often explain how the world, animals and people came to be. The children will then retell an exciting myth scene from a different perspective, thinking about dialogue, use of inference and show not tell to create suspense.
Our non-fiction focus will include instructional writing. The children will be looking at a wide variety of instructional texts to help them develop their understanding of what a good set of instructions looks like. They will be following verbal and written instructions to carry out tasks and will be evaluating the instructions provided based upon their outcome. The children will be learning about bossy verbs, adverbs for clarity and time adverbials for order so they can write a set of instructions to inform the reader on how to successfully defeat a minotaur, should they ever encounter one!
After our exciting residential trip to Lineham Farm, the children will be using their experiences from the trip to write an information leaflet for Lineham Farm. They will look at a variety of information leaflets and identify the key features of an information leaflet before planning and creating their own.
We will begin the term working on multiplication and division work, the children will continue to practise recalling and using multiplication tables and related division facts to aid fluency, practise mental methods and continue to develop their fluency in the formal written method of short multiplication and short division. We will then move onto measurement, focusing on length & perimeter, thinking about equivalent lengths (m/cm & mm/cm) as well as adding & subtracting these, perimeter of 2D shapes and of rectilinear shapes (shapes where all sides meet at right angles). We will end the term looking at fractions and decimals. The children will learn to count in fractions, add and subtract in fractions and recognise tenths and hundredths in various representations and be able to write these as a decimal.
Problem solving and reasoning will continue to be an important part of all our maths when the children are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills independently and to persevere when they are stuck.
We need to be secure in all our times tables by the end of year 4. This term we will begin with learning our 7x tables. We will continue to revisit those learnt in year 2 and 3 on a regular basis too. This is part of our daily
routine to practise so that the children are able to instantly recall facts. It would be helpful if you could remind your child to practise these at home too.
During this term, our focus will be on states of matter. We will begin the first half term by familiarising ourselves with some of the key terminology and understanding what is meant by solids, liquids, and gases. We will explore what the molecules in these three states of matter look like and how they move. After the children have secured their knowledge on the molecules of each state, we will move onto exploring how substances change state and what happens to the molecules when they do. The children will then learn about the role that evaporation and condensation has in the water cycle. Throughout this topic, the children will have the opportunity to secure their understanding through working scientifically and undertaking some experiments.