Year 4 Newsletter
Summer term 2019
We hope everyone has had a well-earned break over Easter and are now looking forward to the final term of the year. Year 4 have worked very hard in their previous two terms and I am sure this will continue as we work towards Year 5. Our topic this term is Blood, Guts and Gore. This topic focuses on animals and their habitats. It is a wonderful Summer topic as it allows us to really engage in outdoor learning in the sun. The majority of our topic based learning will be through science lessons this term.
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In English, we will be learning to write with a theme of monster tales, for this we are focusing on Roald Dahl’s The Witches and learning about different kinds of monsters from our Monsterology encyclopaedia. Following on from this we will create instructions and a range of poems that are based on our learning in Geography on different biomes. Please continue to read at home and practise spellings. Spelling tests will continue to be on a Friday.
Below are details of the grammar content to be taught during Year 4:
The grammatical difference between plural and possessive; standard English forms for verb inflections, instead of local spoken forms
Noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and preposition phrases
Use of paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme; appropriate choice of pronoun or noun within and across sentences to aid cohesion and avoid repetition
Use of inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech; apostrophes to mark plural possession; use of commas after fronted adverbials
Terminology for pupils
determiner pronoun, possessive pronoun, adverbial
In Maths, we will continue to work weekly on the four operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It would be appreciated if you could continue to practise these at home. Times table Rock Stars seems to be a great success and we hope this can continue. This term we shall be learning about measurement, learning to measure the perimeter and area of shapes, capacity and time. Later in the term we will look at statistics and geometry - properties of shape.
This term we will be looking at E-Safety and how to keep safe online and how to create posters and other media forms.
Music this term will link to our topic.
In RE we will be studying Humanism and personal beliefs, the children will be learning about what they themselves and others believe in and how their beliefs are influenced.
This term we will be focusing on “Healthy Me” this will link with our topic learning all about humans and animals. We will learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices and why these are important. We will also be looking at a balanced diet.
Design and technology
In D&T we will be looking at making an electric car, this will require the teaching of woodwork skills combined with our learning of circuits from last term.
This term our PE lessons will focus on athletics and rounder’s.
Athletics will have a focus on running, throwing and jumping as well as the importance of fitness.
Rounder’s lessons will explore all the different skills needed in order to play a competitive game, which will lead onto games and competitions in school.
Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be unable to participate in PE for health and safety reasons.
Science has a heavy link to our topic this term. Our learning will include: teeth; the digestive system: humans and animals; invertebrates and vertebrates. Our science lessons will include numerous investigations and experiments. During the warmer days we will be using the school grounds in order to undertake bug hunts to help with our research.
Our library time is on Thursday. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.
Homework activities are sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. One week children will have Maths and English activities and the following week Comprehension.
Every child has their own reading book. May we request that you make a comment each time you hear your child read. Your child will be given regular opportunity to change their library books. We recommend that they are encouraged to read a wide range of genres.
Spellings and Times Tables.
Spellings and times table tests will be every Friday, spelling booklets will be sent home to practise every week. Times table practise will be provided in school and your support with learning at home will be appreciated.
Celebration assembly will continue to be held on Thursday afternoons and singing assemblies on alternate Fridays.
Year 4 Teacher