WELCOME TO THE YEAR 4 BLOG! This year is our time to …..SHINE!
This term is already looking to be a very exciting (and busy) one. This year will be our ’Time to Shine’ and our first topic will get the ball rolling in great style!
The children’s topic this term is ‘Viking Victories’ and will be focused on the Viking life, raids and legacy. We will learn about Viking life first hand using artefacts from this era and by taking part in a visit to the infamous Jorvik Viking Museum in York later in the term.
In Mathematics we will be working hard learn more about the place value of numbers and we will be conquering addition and subtraction strategies. Also in Year 4 we will be focusing on improving our knowledge and recall of our multiplications facts up to the 12 x table and we will be using Times Tables Rocks Stars on a weekly basis to hone these skills. Feel free to support with this at home using the app. Log-on details will be given to children in the first week.
Our Science sessions will give us the opportunity to learn more about both Sound and Light. We will be investigating how Vikings formed shadows as an early form of Satellite Navigation and how they used horns to transmit sounds and signal warnings.
In our English lessons we will be reading two key texts, The Witches by Roald Dahl and ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis. Both texts will provide the children with opportunity to engage in drama, improve their writing stamina and sentence structure further.
Miss Ferrara will be teaching both RE and Art in Year 4 on Thursdays this term. In RE the children will be learning about important people in the Bible and in our own families. We will also be learning how Christians are called by God, how we prepare for Jesus’ coming during Advent and the faith Judaism.
In Art the children will be studying Colour with a particular focus on the work of Mosely. The children will use their colour mixing skills to help them as they design and make Viking-inspired masterpieces. In D&T, the children will be using their knowledge of Viking longboats to support them crafting their own versions.
In Geography we will be learning about rivers. We will learn what rivers are, their features and facts about the longest rivers in the world. We will also look at the human impact upon river systems.
We will be using class I-pads to update you on work in class (brwacademy.com) and each child will have chance to take home the ‘Kindness Kit’. Watch this space for more details!
This term the children will be starting their Music session with The Becket music team. These will take place on Wednesday mornings and give the children the chance to play a range of instruments. Hymn Practice will also continue on a weekly basis, as will music lessons.
In MFL the children will be learning to ask and answer simple questions in French whilst learning to write some words and phrases in French from memory.
Homework & Reading
Your child will continue to receive homework each week. Homework will be set on a Tuesday/Wednesday and should be brought into school the following week on the Monday. It will be used for class discussions and follow-up work during the lessons that week. A list of spellings will be given out each week and spelling/multiplication fact quiz will take place each Tuesday.
Reading should occur each night at home or as often as possible. Once a few pages have been read, please ask your child questions about the text to check they have understood. Please remind your child to change their reading book when required.
Extra tasks or class projects may be set throughout the term. Details of these will continue to be written in your child’s Homework Diary. The Homework Diary should be brought into school every day and MUST be checked and signed each week after homework is completed.
Please encourage your child to read at home, complete their homework and learn their spellings/timetables. PE kit is due each Monday.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support and co-operation in Year 4. I hope your child finds the final term in Year 4 fun-filled, happy and successful!