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Topics covered in Year 4 Autumn Term 2018
For the first half of the term we will be focusing on sentence structure and punctuation. The children will practice answering retrieval and inference questions. The children will be expected to read, share and discuss different styles of poetry, fantasy or explanation texts and include the key elements of the genres in their writing.
Please ensure that your child reads every night.
Children will be learning about ‘place value’, including 4 digit numbers, ‘multiplication’ and ‘division’ facts. They will be adding and subtracting whole numbers, adding numbers with decimals using inverse operation. They will be learning about the properties of ‘2D shapes’, ‘length’ and ‘areas’ of shapes. They will be learning about frequency tables, pictograms, reading the time and fractions of a whole shape. They should revise their times tables every night (the children will need to know their 2 to 12 times tables this year).
We will be studying the topic ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and ‘Animals including Humans’, where children will be learning about our digestive system.
During the first half of the term children will be introduced to computer programming. They will plan and design a geometric pattern using computer programming language. In the second half of term the children will create and develop a musical composition, using a computer programme to edit music.
Out topic this term is ‘Islam’. We will be studying the importance of the ‘Five Pillars’ of Islam for Muslims. We will be learning about the Muslim places of worship and how Muslims behave in a place of worship.
Children will have two days of P.E. This term they will be taking part in ‘Invasion Games’. They will need to have the correct school P.E. kit (t-shirt, shorts or jogging bottoms (navy) and trainers). Please ensure that your child brings their correct P.E. kit regularly to school. PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.
This term the children will study ‘Ancient Egypt’ and as part of this topic we will be visiting The British Museum this year to understand how mummies are a source of evidence about Ancient Egypt.
This term the children will be learning about the physical make-up of the Earth, in particular how volcanoes and earthquakes are formed.
This term the children will learn to name classroom objects and they will extend their knowledge of numbers in French.
Art/Design and Technology
In Art we will be looking at paintings from different viewpoints. The children will be making drawings and adding their own dramatic effect by using distinctive colours.
The children will be learning to read musical notation as well as playing the recorder.
The children will be working on a new topic ‘Me in My World’. This involves discussions, workshops and activities based on the children’s environments, at school and at home, relationships and how to seek help and assistance.
Children will have numeracy and literacy homework regularly. They will also have a list of spellings to learn during the week. They will be asked to revise their times-tables daily. Occasionally they will be set extra pieces of homework from other subject areas, such as research or projects they need to visit the library for and have access to internet and a word-processing package. Reading every night is also a very important part of their homework.
Homework will be sent home on Friday and will be due the following Wednesday. Could you please check your child’s homework and sign the diary each Friday.
Daily reading and Reading Journal
Please ensure your child reads on daily basis (including the weekend) for 20-30 minutes. Try to encourage them to read to you, even though they might think they are too old for it! Your child is given a reading journal and we encourage you to write him/her a question based on their reading. The question could be about what happened in the story or could be a creative activity such as designing a poster to promote the book; writing a short poem or creating a cartoon strip. We are looking forward to your support and co-operation.
The children will have access to the ‘Bug Club’ online reading resource and they have been provided with logins and usernames. Please work through the books that are allocated to your child.