Welcome to Year 4
We begin the new term with our topic ‘Staying Alive’. This gives us the opportunity to investigate all manner of aspects relating to plants such as seed dispersal, the conditions they need to grow and pollination.
We will be pushing on with our focus on Maths Passports to ensure the foundation maths knowledge is firmly embedded. Helping your child to practise their particular targets at home will really help their maths work in school.
Between now and Easter we will be covering all the key maths areas: - division, multiplication, addition and subtraction, as we build on the progression made last term. Ensuring we relate our maths to real life is an ongoing focus as we encourage the children to understand that maths is out there in everyday life. Our work on fractions and money can be brought into many aspects of everyday life.
In English, we will be exploring the key aspects of a range of writing genres. We will begin the year with an emphasis on ensuring we are all remembering to apply the key aspects of accurate punctuation. As the term moves on we will be exploring instructions, play scripts and preparing narrative stories for the BBC 500 word story competition. Using a selection of different sentence types continues to be one of our main focuses as we develop the children’s ability to use a combination of simple, compound and complex sentences in their writing.
Super presentation and accurate spelling will be coming through as we regularly emphasise taking a pride in your work as we cover several key spelling rules. Work at school with additional practice at home will again greatly help.
This term also sees Year 4 building on their musical skills as they play the djembe drum with a visiting music specialist, along with continuing to develop their command of the French language.
We are also welcoming back the University of Leeds students who work with us for philosophy and have special days planned for maths and geography. All of which will ensure the children will have developed their skills and knowledge in all manner of curriculum areas by the time Easter comes around.
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To keep up to date with what we are doing in Year 4, visit our class blog: Year 4 Blog