Willow Class

Welcome to Willow Class

Our Class teacher is Mr Wood and our teaching assistants are Mrs Richardson and Mrs Jeary (am only). Mrs Abbott is also a key worker in our classroom. 

For more information about the routines in Year 4, please read our Parents' meeting presentation.

Term 1

Welcome to Year 4. I hope you have had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to the forthcoming academic year!

In English this term we will be focusing on Viking Myths and creating our own Viking sagas. We will be reading a range of texts with a particular focus on expanding our vocabulary and improving the accuracy of punctuation in our writing. We will also be thinking about how we can develop characters and plot in our narrative writing.

In maths, we will focus on building a secure understanding of our place value in numbers up to ten thousand. This will include being able to read, write, order and compare numbers as well as being able to round them. We will also begin to think about negative numbers. Following this, we will be looking at addition and subtraction using 4 digit numbers and then using our adding and subtracting skills to solve two step word problems. We will also be developing our estimation skills and using inverse operations to check our answers. 

Term 2

We have all made a good start to the academic year and we have got lots to look forward to in term 2. 

In English this term, much of our writing will be linked to our enquiry about the Tudors. We will have opportunities for creative writing including writing playscripts and also opportunities for non-fiction writing as we learn about the interesting lives of the Tudor Kings and Queens. We will be working particularly hard to build upon the skills we have learnt from term 1 and ensuring we continue develop our proof-reading skills so that we can improve our sentence structure and use of basic punctuation. We will continue to work on our descriptive writing and learn how to organise our non-fiction writing.

In maths, we will be focusing on our multiplication and division skills. We will explore what happens when we multiply a number by 0 or 1 and understand the commutative law. After this, we will be learning about numbers with decimal places including counting in tenths and hundredths, dividing 1 digit numbers by 10 and 100 and comparing numbers with the same number of decimal places. Just before Christmas, we will be revisiting money and looking at how we can solve word problems involving money.

We will have one main enquiry this term. This will be a historical enquiry about the Tudors where we will be answering the big question- "Who was the greatest Tudor monarch?" This will involve learning about the changes and effects that the Tudor dynasty had on the modern world and how life has changed for British people since the Tudor times. During this, we will of course, learn more about some of the most iconic monarchs in British history. 

At the end of the term, we will be completing an RE enquiry based around the question- "Why are festivals important to religious communities?" During this, we will have the opportunity to learn about different festivals including Diwali and Christmas!

Term 3

We will be looking to get our new year started as we mean to go on using this term’s value of innovation to guide us through our learning.

In English this term, we will have opportunities to develop our non-fiction writing by writing instructions texts and thinking about what features a successful instruction text needs. We will also be writing information texts in the form of brochures which will link to a geographical enquiry where we will be studying the geography of the Caribbean by comparing it to the UK and thinking about how it has changed over time. We will continue to develop our creative writing skills using traditional Caribbean folk tales to inspire our writing. We will also be developing our knowledge of word classes and expanding our use of conjunctions in all of our writing.

Within maths, we will be learning about equivalent fractions where we will build upon our existing knowledge of fractions to recognise families of equivalent fractions. We will then be adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. Following our fractions work, we will be developing our multiplication skills by beginning to multiply 3 numbers together. It is at this point that we will be multiplying 2 digit and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit using a formal written method. Willow class will be working on their times tables on a daily basis as we will be taking a national times tables test in the Summer term. Our multiplication skills will be built upon at the end of this term too when we convert different units of measurements and learn how to calculate the area of squares and rectangles.

We will have three main enquiries this term. The first will be a historical enquiry about Sir Francis Drake where we will be answering the big question- "Why was Sir Francis Drake Knighted?" We will explore why Sir Francis Drake was so famous and evaluate whether he deserved his knighthood. Our second main enquiry will be all about the Caribbean and our big question will be: “Of all the islands that Drake explored, which is your favourite and why?”

At the end of the term, we will be completing an RE enquiry based around the question- "What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?"

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