Year 4 Blog

Teacher - Mrs Claire Gawthorpe claire.gawthorpe@turnerschools.com

Teaching Assistant - Mr William Sharp

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End of Year 4 Expectations

Click on the link below to see what your child is expected to achieve by the end of their current school year in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

End of Year Expectations - Year 4

TERM 4

Maths

This term in maths, we will be completing our unit on multiplication and division, looking at efficient ways to multiply and divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. We will then move onto the unit of area, measuring, making shapes and comparing area before moving onto our unit of fractions. Development of the children’s other mathematics skills will be continued such as practising addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

English

This term the children will be reading the text ‘Friend or Foe’ by Micheal Morpurgo.

‘Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the Devon countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace.’

During our English lessons this term the children will have the opportunity to write different genres, including: informal letters and discussion and balanced arguments, based around the text. There will also be a continuation in developing our SPAG skills, such as using the correct tense in writing, the use of capital letters and a variety of punctuation.

Science

Our topic for the terms 3 and 4 in Science is about forces, magnetism and simple machines. We will be carrying out some exciting experiments to find out about forces and magnetism, gravity, friction and air resistance. Our scientific skill for this term is data, and we will be making sure that we record our findings in a variety of different ways including tables and graphs and then forming conclusions about what we have found out.

History

In History this term the children will be learning about ‘Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt’. We will explore what Henry V was like as a leader and how the English won the battle.

Geography

This term is geography, the children will be learning about Europe and using a variety of maps. We will begin to recognise some of the cities and flags and understand the various climates that can be found in Europe. We will also look at a variety of foods that come from Europe.

Music

In music this term, we will be learning about samba sounds and instruments.

TERM 3

Maths

This term in maths, we will be starting to use our knowledge of length from last term and measure the perimeter of shapes. We will then move onto our multiplication and division unit. This unit will start using and applying the children’s knowledge of their 10, 5 and 2 times tables and move onto using our 3s, 6s and 9 times tables. The children will use their times tables to multiply and divide, ensuring that they know that these are inverse operations. We will be working on using our reasoning and problem solving skills and applying our knowledge of using these operations to help us solve and explain our understanding. Development of the childrens arithmetic skills will be continued such as practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

English

This term the children will be reading the text ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

‘Oliver and the Seawigs tells the story of Oliver and his explorer parents. ... But when lots of islands mysteriously appear in Deepwater Bay, and Oliver's parents go missing, he must head off on one more adventure to get them back. Your children will love following Oliver's fast-paced quest to rescue his parents.’

Our English work this term will be based on our guided reading text, ‘Oliver and the Seawigs.’ The children will have the opportunity to write different genres this term, including: character description and news reports. There will also be a continuation of our SPAG skills, such as using the correct tense in writing and the use of capital letters and a variety of punctuation.

Science

Our topic for the next two terms in Science is about forces, magnetism and simple machines. We will be carrying out some exciting experiments to find out about forces and magnetism, gravity, friction and air resistance. Our scientific skill for this term is data, and we will be making sure that we record our findings in a variety of different ways including, tables and graphs and then forming conclusions about what we have found out.

Computing

This term in computing the children are going to be learning about programming and using the computer program ‘Scratch’.

History

In History this term the children will be learning about ‘The Peasants Revolt’, understanding the Feudal System, how the Black Death swept through England and the events that resulted in the peasants revolting.

Geography

This term is geography, the children will be learning about ‘The Southwest Region’. We will ensure that we know counties that make up the Southwest and can use maps to identify capital cities and towns that can be found in each county. We will also be looking at the physical and human features found in the Southwest and understanding the positive and negative impact of tourism in this region.

PSHE

In PSHE this term the children will be learning about our feelings, ways to express our feelings and how to manage our emotions and feelings in different situations.

Music

In music this term, we will be exploring rhythms, pitch and harmony based on the topic of Romans. The children will use their voices and bodies to create music and sounds.

PE

In PE this term the children will continue to develop their skills in playing team games and will be focussing on Netball and the rules and skills involved in this.

TERM 1

Maths

In Maths, year 4 are starting the term learning about Place Value. We are looking at 4 digit numbers, understanding the value that each digit represents. We will practise building these numbers and learn different ways that they can be presented. Following on from this we will be learning our Roman numerals and then moving onto an addition and subtraction unit as well as learning lots of times tables.



English

This term we are reading ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’

by Kate Dicamillo. We have started by thinking about a journey on a ship that doesn’t go as planned. We will focus on diary and letter writing, imagining we are on a journey away from home. We will be focussing on using the correct punctuation, checking we have capital letters in the correct places (beginning of sentences and for names of people and places) and focussing on using the past tense.

History

This term, we will be looking at ‘Edward I and the Conquest of Wales’. Edward was know as Edward the first, even though there had been kings called Edward before him. He was a ruthless and determined king and a fearless soldier. In 1283 Edward’s conquest of Wales was complete. Edward built a chain of castles to consolidate his conquest and his castles still stand today!



Geography

In Geography, we are looking at the ‘Spatial Sense in our local area’ We will use maps of the local area and learn and explain how land use, trade and transport have changed over time.



Science

In Year 4, we will be starting an exciting unit on Living Things and Habitats which will see us explore how seeds change as plants grow, effects of landfill, microorganisms and learning what an independent variable is. We will also be working on our recording of an experiment and making sure we understand the importance of health and safety when carrying out a scientific experiment.


Art

This term we will be looking at different elements used in art. We have started this by looking at the use of space in artwork and trying to recreate this in our own drawings. We will also learn about how artists use light and shadows to focus attention and create mood.

English

This term we are reading ‘The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton. We have started by looking at the world from the point of view of a Borrower - only 3 ½ inches tall! We will focus on narrative (story) writing and using all our tools for writing, from expanded noun phrases to conjunctions. Further on in the term, we will look closely at the characters and learn how to punctuate speech in our writing. Drama will be used to explore the story in more depth.


Here is a link to the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&time_continue=311&v=85_vcCNjvwE&feature=emb_logo

Guided Reading

In Guided Reading, we are going to look at the vocabulary in the text. We will be using our comprehension skills to answer questions about the story and practise our retrieval skills as we race to find information from the story!

Spelling

We will learn how to add suffixes (-ness, -ful) and prefixes (un-, dis-) to root words. Click on the link below for the spelling list for year 4.

Maths

In Maths, we are looking at collecting data and creating bar charts. Following on from this we will be looking at how to create line graphs. After this, we will look shape, space and measures.

Catch up

Maths – recall times tables and division facts.

English – spelling, punctuation and grammar.

History

This term, we will be looking at the reign of Elizabeth 1 and how she defeated the Spanish Armada. The Spanish Armada was the name of the fleet of warships belonging to King Phillip II of Spain. It had 130 ships with 30,000 troops and 2,500 guns. In 1588, during the reign of Elizabeth I, the Spanish Armada attacked Britain. It then went on to suffer a famous defeat at the hands of Sir Francis Drake.

Geography

In Geography, we are looking at the Geographical features of Northern Ireland. We will explore the Giant’s Causeway and how volcanoes formed it many years ago.

Science

Irreversible changes - Science this term explores chemical and physical changes. Through different experiments, we will look at how materials change when we heat, freeze and apply a force to them. The data from our experiments will be used to evaluate what happened and we will be writing our own conclusions.

Computing

Image Editing

This term we are using Pixlr editor to change and adapt photos and images. We will learn to: edit an image, save images, retrieve saved work confidently and use photo editing software (Pixlr) to combine images and create an end result.

RE

Judaism: Passover

Passover is an important festival for Judaism because it marks the moment when Jews became a free people in their own right. It commemorates the night when the angel of death visited Egypt and killed the firstborn (oldest) in every family, human and animal. The Israelites (Jews) had shown their faith in G-D by smearing sacrificial blood on their doorposts. These households were untouched. This event led to the Pharaoh (king) allowing the Jews to leave. Passover (Pesach) is celebrated with a special symbolic meal called a Seder. Jesus was in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover when he was arrested. We will be exploring the story of passover and taking part in our own mini-festival of passover.



PSHE

How do we keep safe in our local area?

We will be learning the terms, ‘risk’, ‘danger’ and ‘hazard’ and using them to look at risks in different situations. We will look at how to be responsible in our local area; thinking about sensible road use and risks in their local environment. As the children have more independence, we will talk about how to keep themselves and others safe. Also helping to recognise when they need help and to develop the skills to ask for help; to use basic techniques for resisting pressure to do something dangerous, unhealthy or that they think is wrong

Art

This term the whole Trust will be taking part in ‘Bounce Back’ art work, where we will be celebrating key workers and how they have helped us during the pandemic. In Year 4, we will be looking at local heroes and using Pop Art to represent them as superheroes!