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Year 4

Mrs Williams  - Year 4 class teacher

Mrs Milner  - Year 4 class teacher

Dear Parents, 

Welcome back to a new term.  We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  A big thank you for all the lovely cards and presents we received for Christmas.  They are very much appreciated. We are excited to have all the children back for a busy but fun term.  

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. 

 

English

This term, we will be using the book ‘Until I met Dudley’ to write children write their own explanation texts for everyday objects, inventing their own imaginary responses to the question of how they work, before researching and describing them properly. We will also write letters to the fictional character Dudley, asking his help to get the bottom of how inventions work.  

Our grammar work will look at:

 Extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although

  •  Choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition
  •  Using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause
  •  Using fronted adverbials
  • Using commas after fronted adverbials

We will also be using the book - The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. In this unit, the children arrive to class to discover an advert and, after being given tickets, attend a ‘concert’ of piano music. They then write statements as predictions before going on to use contracted verbs to write letters of advice. After drawing on the author’s use of language to create noun phrases, they write a short news report before briefly bouncing out into a non-fiction piece where they research their chosen member of an ‘Animal Orchestra’. This new character becomes the main protagonist in an own version narrative.

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:

In Maths this term we will be continuing with:

  • Multiplication and division – recalling and using multiplication & division facts up to 12 x 12, solving problems and learning that multiplication of 3 numbers can be done in any order. 
  • Area – finding the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares.
  • Fractions – Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions. Counting up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten. 
  • Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number. 
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.
  • Find the effect of dividing a one or two digit number by 10 or 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths. 

 

Children need to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year so these will be practised daily.  Please continue to use TimesTables Rockstars to practise times tables, this 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. This will help to prepare them for their multiplication tables check, which will be administered nationally at the end of the year.

Science:

Throughout our Science lessons this term, children will be taught to:

• identify common appliances that run on electricity

•  construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers

•  identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery

•  recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

•  recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Please find a knowledge map within the downloads. This gives information on areas covered within our current science unit.

Computing:

Learners will apply their knowledge and understanding of networks, to appreciate the internet as a network of networks which need to be kept secure. They will learn that the World Wide Web is part of the internet, and will be given opportunities to explore the World Wide Web for themselves in order to learn about who owns content and what they can access, add, and create. Finally, they will evaluate online content to decide how honest, accurate, or reliable it is, and understand the consequences of false information. 

Geography:

Our geography theme for this term is contrasting localities focusing on Nantwich/UK and Europe.

R.E:

In RE we are Easter and what can we learn about Easter from the Arts.

P.E & Swimming: Swimming lessons will take place every Wednesday from the 19th January . Please ensure your child has a towel and swimming kit in school each week, along with a waterproof coat... just in case! Our PE lesson will be on a Friday, please ensure children come dressed in their outdoor PE kits on these days as we will be outside for PE lessons. 

Spellings: will be sent out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. 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.

Homework: Please focus on daily reading, practising spellings and Timestables Rockstars.

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 or email us swilliams@millfields.cheshire.sch.uk (Monday to Wednesday)  or lmilner@millfields.cheshire.sch.uk (Wednesday to Friday) and we will do our best to help.

Mrs Williams and  Mrs Milner