Hello, and a very warm welcome to Year 4! It has been a long time since some of you have been in school, but we hope that you are as excited to start learning again as we are.
In English this term, we will be reading graphic novels to inspire our creative writing. We will be looking at effective descriptions and letter writing, before writing our own section of the story. For GPS, we will be looking at apostrophes and inverted commas for speech. Our whole class reading text will be Varjak Paw.
In maths, we will be starting with the place value of numbers up to 10,000. We will start by revising 3-digit numbers, before learning about what thousands are and how to count in thousands. We also learn to order and compare 4-digit numbers, as well as how to round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. After this, we will move onto addition and subtraction of 4-digit numbers. Problem solving and reasoning will be taught throughout. The children will be revising multiplication and division facts across the year, in preparation for the new times table test which will be taken in the Summer Term.
For enquiry, we will start Term 1 with an historical enquiry about the Vikings. We will learn about where they came from, how they lived and the effect they had on Britain. This will lead us to decide whether they were explorers or villains. We will then complete an RE enquiry, aiming to answer the question "Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?"
Willow Class had a fantastic first term and are excited for our new learning in Term 2.
Our English writing this term will be based around our enquiries and will have a strong non-fiction theme. We will start by debating our first enquiry question. Although our research will be conducted in enquiry, we will use drama in English to understand the points of view that others may have had at the time. After this, we will be writing a non-chronological report on places across North America. In our writing, we will begin to include fronted adverbials and we will ensure that we use a variety of conjunctions- this will help us to understand what a subordinate clause is.
In maths, we will start by solving word problems involving addition and subtraction. This will lead us into the next short unit on perimeter. By the end of that unit, we will understand how to use facts about rectangles to help us calculate perimeters efficiently. Following this, we will then learn about multiplication and division. We will be looking at multiplication and division facts, including identifying what happens when multiplying and dividing by 1 and 0. This will prepare us for learning formal methods later in the year. We will finish the term by discovering decimals. We must also understand the importance of tenths and hundredths as fractions when writing decimals.
'Whose fight resulted in the biggest change: Rosa Parks or Asquith Xavier?' is our first question this term. We will use our enquiry lessons to research why these two people are significant and how they had an effect on the world we live in. We will then look at the question 'Which of USA's famous destinations would you like to visit and why?' Firstly, we will revise knowledge about continents and oceans, before discussing climate and time zones across North America. Focusing on USA, we will research a number of famous places across the country and discuss why they are popular. Thanksgiving will fall during this time, so we will take some time to discuss its importance. To finish the term, we will answer the RE enquiry 'Why are festivals important to religious communities?'
We are so excited to see everyone again this term. The work that was completed on Seesaw was amazing and we were so proud of the effort that was shown across the weeks. Thank you to all adults or other family members involved with helping the children with the work we had set.
When we return, in the first week, we will be enjoying a whole school STEM week. There will be a range of science, maths, engineering and technological tasks to complete over the week, many of which with practical elements.
After this, we will be working hard to resume our writing stamina and handwriting practice, as writing online has made it hard for many of us to maintain this. We will be remembering our basic sentence structures and the punctuation we have learned so far. We will also be thinking about choosing the best vocabulary; in particular, choosing powerful verbs. As usual, we will use our enquiry to inspire our writing.
In our maths lessons, we will be starting to learn about decimals. We have not learned about these before (except for using money), but by the end of this topic we will realise that they aren't really scary! We will be looking at the place value of tenths and hundredths as well as looking at how multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 can result in a decimal answer. Finally, we will look at comparing, ordering and rounding decimals.
On Seesaw, we started our enquiry about the Egyptians, so we will start the term by finishing our question 'What do Egyptian artefacts really tell us about the ancient Egyptians?' Following this, we will answer a science enquiry question 'How are living things classified?'.
This term will be packed with science! Our enquiry 'What happens when we eat food?' will allow us enjoy lots of practical learning, and inspire some fantastic writing. Keep an eye on the Seesaw blog where some pictures will be uploaded. We will develop a number of our working scientifically skills throughout the term.
This question will also inspire our writing, where our research about the digestion system will help us write some pages worthy of adding to non-fiction books about the human body. We will be looking at ensuring we use different sentence types, a variety of conjunctions and a range of punctuation. We will also learn the term pronoun, and discuss how using pronouns can avoid repetition. At some points of the term, we will look at humorous language, and at other times we will be writing to inform. We must also think about how to group our writing into paragraphs, using suitable subheadings too. In spelling, we are continuing to look at words with prefixes.
In maths, we will finish our learning about decimals, which we have excelled at. The class have worked hard to link their knowledge of place value to help them with this new understanding. After decimals, we will be looking at our formal, short multiplication and division methods. Throughout the term, we will be revising our learning through the year to date, to ensure our more fundamental skills (such as addition and subtraction) are committed to our long term memories.