Welcome back! For those parents/guardians who I have not had the opportunity to meet I would like to introduce myself as your child’s year 4 teacher and Mrs Bayliss as our learning support practitioner. I hope you had a lovely summer holiday and you are ready to begin working hard in year 4. We have some exciting learning coming up during this term, below is the key curriculum information for this term.
We will be exploring a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts during the autumn term. Fiction texts will include Myths and Legends and stories with familiar settings focusing on Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon. Children will be exploring non-fictional instructions and explanations as well as non-chronological reports. Exploring these texts will allow children to develop a range of English skills.
Each week children will do an extended piece of writing to practise the process of planning, drafting and making improvements to their own work. Writing will also be developed through the curriculum.
Guided reading will continue to take place each week and home reading books will be allocated to each pupil. Children will have a weekly reading comprehension session in order to develop their understanding of texts. Please remember to record any reading in your child’s reading record where possible.
Children will also continue with weekly SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) sessions.
The topics that will be covered in maths during the autumn term are:
ü Place value
ü Addition and Subtraction
ü Multiplication and division
ü Measurement – time
Our autumn term topic will be Ancient Greeks. Children will learn about the Greek legacy and its impact on the modern world. Children will explore Greek architecture, how Ancient Greece was governed, Ancient Greek paintings and sculpture and the Olympic Games.
Children will learn to pronounce, write and read French vocabulary based around the themes playtime and my home. Children will engage with language through catchy songs and illustrated stories.
Living things and their habitats - Children will be studying the characteristics of living things and the basic needs their habitats supply. Children will recognise that environments change and will understand classification of plants and animals.
Animals including humans –Children will be studying food groups and balanced diets, the human digestive system and how food is transported around the body, teeth, diets of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores as well as looking at food chains and webs.
PE will be led by myself and our PE coach Nathan. The first lesson of the week will take place on a Wednesday morning and the second on a Friday afternoon. It would be appreciated if you could ensure that your child has their PE kits in school on these days as PE is a compulsory part of the curriculum. We will also be going swimming on Thursday afternoons for the second half term once the Smethwick baths has been refurbished. If your child wears earrings, please ensure that they are removed on PE and swimming days.
Children will be learning a new instrument this year with specialist music teachers. We are very lucky to have been provided with a class set of clarinets allowing all children to participate in year 4 lessons.
In RE this term we will be exploring places of worship for a number of different religions, identifying religious traditions in places of worship and looking at similarities and differences across religions. Children will then explore in more detail what it is like to be a Hindu.
To begin the new term the focus in PSHE will be based about the theme of ‘Being me in my world’. This will support children in settling back into school after the summer as well as supporting children to adapt to year 4.
In Computing this term, the children will be designing their own computer programmable toy. They will be creating their prototypes on Scratch (which is also available as a free download at home). Once the children have completed their design, they will be pitching their toy in a Dragons’ Den style presentation.
Homework will be handed out on Fridays and should be returned by the following Wednesday. Children will be given a spelling test every Thursday and new spellings will be sent home every Friday with their homework.
Please ensure that your child brings a drinks bottle to school with them.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your co-operation,
Mr Sharratt and Mrs Bayliss