Year 4 2019 - 2020

Mrs Williams

Year 4 class teacher

Mrs Milner

Year 4 class teacher

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new term and a new year. We are happy to have all the children back and ready for another exciting term, and as a class we have already made an excellent start to our learning. The children have come back to school focused and excited about the learning opportunities we have in store for them.

This term Mrs Williams and Mrs Milner will share the curriculum, making links where possible and of course constantly sharing the achievements and progress of your children.

We have included a brief overview of this term’s activities below.

Topic: Our History theme for the term is Ancient Egypt. We will be covering all the skills in our curriculum through exciting and relevant activities. Some of the areas the children will be looking at are the way of life of the people in Ancient Egypt, identifying key places in Ancient Egypt, mummies, pharaohs, hieroglyphics, and pyramids. We will also look at why the River Nile was so important for the Ancient Egyptians. We will attempt to make Egyptian bread, and design our own sarcophagus!

Literacy: This term in Literacy with Mrs Williams, we will be reading The Story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck in which children begin by exploring the history of Tutankhamun and writing reports about Ancient Egypt before going on to find out about Howard Carter and exploring the stories and legends about the curse of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The sequence finishes with children writing a diary linked to Howard Carter’s work.

With Mrs Milner, we will be reading and learning with story called Ra’s Adventure. We will adapt this story as well as writing our own version. We will be focusing on using a range of punctuation and conjunctions, fronted adverbials and thinking about the sentence starters we use. We will also look at a range of poetry and create our own poems.

In handwriting we will continue to use the cursive style to practise the correct letter formation to ensure that children correctly join their letters when writing.

 In order to support your child’s learning we ask that your child is heard to read by someone at least 3 times a week and a note made in their reading record books.  Books will be changed once your child has completed their Accelerated Reader quiz.

Maths: This term our main focus for mathematics will be Place Value.  Children will understand how to find 1,000 more or less than a given number, recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number, and order and compare numbers beyond 1,000. They will learn how to round any number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000 and solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers before learning how to count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.

Children need to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year so these will be practised daily.  The children have all been given log ins to access Timestables Rockstars at home. This can be via any device that has access to the internet. It allows children to practise multiplication facts in  fun and engaging way, however, any additional support with this which you can provide to your child at home will be hugely beneficial to them and will help to prepare them for their multiplication tables check, which will be administered nationally at the end of the year.

Science: This term in Science will be looking at animals including humans. We will be generating relevant scientific questions and designing investigations to answer these.  While completing our investigations we will make careful observations, record findings using labelled diagrams and use results to make predictions for new values. We will Identify parts of the digestive system, match the parts of the digestive system with their functions. Also we will match the types and functions of teeth and construct and interpret a food chain.

Computing: In this unit the children learn about the history of the web, before studying HTML (hypertext mark-up language), the language in which web pages are written. They learn to edit and write HTML, and then use this knowledge to create a web page.

R.E: In RE we are looking at the religion of Islam. We will be looking at the 5 pillars of Islam, the 5 main aspects that all Muslims follow in their religious lives. We will be studying family life, celebrations and sacred prayers and rituals as well as Islamic art that originates from the Middle East including geometric patterns. 

P.E: Year 4 will be swimming every Wednesday afternoon and have their PE lesson on a Tuesday .

Spellings will be sent out on a Friday and tested on the following Thursday. Please spend some time each week with your child learning these spellings as they are linked to the work we have been doing in school. It would also be helpful if you could sign the spelling book each week and if needed inform us how your child has found learning the spellings.

Please refer to the additional letter regarding Spelling Shed for more information.

Homework: The children will be given two homework books – one for maths and one for literacy. They will be alternated on a weekly basis so the children will either have maths or English to complete. The books will come home on a Wednesday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday, giving the children a full week to complete their task.

Water bottles: Please could you ensure that your child has a named water bottle every day, particularly while the weather is still so warm.

If you have any questions, please call in to speak to any member of the year 4 teaching staff and we will do our best to help.

Mrs Williams and Mrs Milner

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Contact the School

Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750