WELCOME TO YEAR 4
Summer term 2017
Year 4 staff
- Mrs Southworth - Teacher
- Mrs Dewhurst - Teacher (Tuesday)
- Mrs Walker - Teaching Assistant
Instructions and explanations using art as a stimulus for writing
Poetry (odes) - children investigate the contrasting styles of ode and insult poetry. A range of poetry is looked at, the most well-known of which is Shelley's To a Skylark. Simile, metaphor and hyperbole are explored, as children read, discuss, role-play and write on topics including food and birds. Grammar comprises dialogue punctuation, nouns and pronouns.
Stories with a Theme
Through Michael Morpurgo's ‘The Butterfly Lion’, children will read fiction with an element of fantasy. Children will think about narrator, setting and the impact of language choice. Listening to the majority of the novel, children read selected extracts, discussing and responding to the text. Activities include letter-writing, role-play, hot-seating. Grammar includes: 1st/3rd person, adverbs and adverbials, and dialogue punctuation.
Using 'The Princess and the Pea' (Lauren Child) and 'The Pea and the Princess' (Mini Grey), children explore, read and write fairytales with a twisted point of view. We will write dialogue, and explore tense and pronouns, before role-playing and writing short playscripts, inspired by 'Beware of the Storybook Wolves'.
Correct spelling and use of homophones and statutory ‘Lower Key Stage Two’ words and common exception words.
- Place value (inc. Roman numerals and negative numbers)
- Measurement and statistics
- Time - read the 24-hour clock, converting times to am and pm, both digital and analogue formats. Find time intervals using 24-hour clock. Read, interpret, draw and describe a time graph. Convert between units of time.
- Fractions (including decimals). Rounding decimal fractions. Hundredths. Adding and subtracting fractions.
- Mental and written addition and subtraction (formal methods). Using inverse operations to check answers.
- Shape and geometry. Complete shapes with respect to a line of symmetry. Recognise and compare acute and obtuse angles and angles of 90 degrees. Compare and classify triangles and quadrilaterals, based on properties including types of angles.
- Mental and written multiplication and division (formal methods). Find factors of numbers less than 50. Use factors to carry out mental multiplication. Find the product of 3 single-digit numbers using commutativity to help. Choose mental or written methods to solve addition, subtraction, division or multiplication word problems and calculations.
Programming and games
Animals including humans (digestion) and living things (linked to Shortenills residential trip pond-dipping, keys and food chains)
Physical Education (PE)*
Games on Monday (Athletics, rounders and cricket)
Swimming on Tuesday
*Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls. All items of uniform must be labelled.
Religious Education (RE)
Special books and texts, and celebrations
‘Autour du Monde’
Completing Anglo Saxons (history) in the first half, and ‘Catalonia’ (geography)
leading on to ‘The Vikings’ (history) and ‘Our Local Area’ (geography) in the
Geography, History, Art & Design Technology (DT)
Will be taught alongside Topic work
Charanga - ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Reflect’
We will be going to the theatre in May to see ‘Gangsta Granny’ and on our residential trip in June to Shortenills where the activities will be linked to Science and Geography and build on confidence, problem solving and working in teams.
As we are trying to encourage healthy eating, please remember that fruit, fruit bars and cheese dips are allowed as a break-time snack. (The Tuck Shop does sell snacks and should be open daily.) We encourage the children to bring a bottle of water into class, which they can drink during lessons.
Keep the learning positive and enjoyable. Have a go! Always try your best.
If there are problems completing the homework, please let your teacher know.
The Homework Diary MUST be brought into school every day, as we will use this to make any reminders and write in any homework tasks set.
Pupils need to read for a short time on a regular basis, both to themselves and to an adult. When sharing the reading with your child be patient and positive to ensure that you both enjoy the text. Encourage your child to:
- decode unfamiliar words themselves
- use expression
- use the punctuation to aid expression and understanding
Also, ask them questions about their reading. Any reading should be recorded in the Homework Diary; parents are encouraged to comment in their child's Diary. On Wednesdays we will check with the children that reading is being completed and recorded appropriately. PLEASE check your child has always got a suitable reader and reads daily.
It is also useful to read books to your children (any age) - modelling expression and asking questions about the book.
English (2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes)
Spellings will be tested in class; at home you may wish to spend time with your child learning and testing individual spellings.
Spellings will be learnt over a two-week cycle. The children will take home spellings to learn on Monday of the first week and will be taught the rule or pattern in school. Children will be tested on these words through a spelling list on Friday of the 1st week. The children will then be tested on the Friday of the 2nd week through a dictation. There will also be words expected to be learnt in Y4 (Statutory Words), and two of your child’s own choice, or from errors during the week. The spelling book MUST be brought into school every Friday for the test, and will be taken home each Monday. The test will be written at the back of the book so you can monitor your child’s progress.
Our Library day is Tuesday this half term, so please can your child bring his/her book in to change every Tuesday, whether it is needed to be changed or not.
Differentiated multiplication tables with related division facts. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 to the twelfth multiple.
Mathletics - up to 3 activities/tasks will be set weekly. Please keep an eye on these, as they can mount up if not regularly worked at.
Children will be given homework linked to a 'topic' or curriculum area as decided by the class teacher. This may, at times, be a longer task or research project. Set at the beginning of each half term, to be completed for the last week of the half term. Completion dates will be given when the project is set.
Children may be given different specific tasks to practise or complete with parents related to their particular needs.
As well as the homework described above, parents can also help children achieve their learning targets. Targets will be shared at termly Parent Conferencing sessions.
Year 4 Long Term Plan: 2016/2017
Animals inc. Humans
States of Matter
Programming and Games
The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
Britain’s Settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots
Vikings and Anglo Saxons – Edward the Confessor (1066)
Biomes and Vegetation
Human Geography – types of settlement/ land use/trade
Human and Physical Characteristics of Counties of UK
Competitive Games and Swimming
Competitive Games and Dance
Competitive Games and Gym
Competitive Games and Gym
Competitive Games /
Athletics and Swimming
Competitive Games / Athletics and Swimming
Art and Design
Rosseau - Forests
Observational Drawing/sketching – animals, etc
Take One Picture
Anglo Saxon Jewellery - clay
Bayeux Tapestry – stitching
Belonging and Worship
Belonging and Sharing
Special Books and Texts
Lean On Me/Reflect, Rewind and Repla