Welcome to the Year 4 area. The Year 4 teachers are Mr Williams, Mrs Verta, Miss Evans and Miss Oxland.
We have an exciting year planned for your child and hope they enjoy their journey with us all.
This half term Year 4 will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks! We will be reading a variety of Greek Myths and using the characters and themes as a stimulus for our own writing.
We will be exploring evidence such as pictures and artefacts to discover more about what life was like for the Ancient Greeks and the Gods and Goddesses they worshipped.
• Make a family tree for the Greek gods. You will need a large piece of paper to fit everyone in!
• Invent a new Olympic event! Draw pictures and describe it. What is the aim? What equipment do you need? How do you win?
• Imagine you are part of the Greek democracy. What would you change? What laws would you introduce?
• Invent your own Greek god/goddess, monster and hero. Can you plan and write a story about them?
In English, we will be using a selection of Greek Myths as the stimulus for our own writing. The children will learn how to use expanded noun phrases to add detail to character and setting descriptions. We will also be looking at different sentence openers to make our writing more interesting for the reader. Children will continue to develop their understanding and use of grammar and punctuation through separate SPAG lessons as well as within English lessons.
Children will continue to develop their reading skills through Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner.
In Maths this half term Year 4 will be focussing on Number and Place Value. We will be investigating and exploring the place value of digits in numbers up to 1000, using lots of practical resources to help us. This will then help us to order and compare numbers and round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000! We will also be looking at Roman numerals and how comparing their number system to our own.
This first half term we will be learning about Electricity. As part of this topic we will be learning about what electricity is and its dangers, as well as creating our own simple circuits!
Children will review online safety rules and how to behave respectfully online & the importance of private passwords.
Children will develop their presentation skills with PowerPoint and Photo Story 3.
PE and swimming
Your child is expected to have appropriate PE and swimming kit with them for every session.
Indoor PE this half term is ‘Healthy, Active Lifestyle’ Children will learn how to warm up and cool down before exercising and create their own games for keeping fit. Outdoor PE is ‘Invasion Games’ and the children will be learning skills to play Basketball.
The timetabled PE and swimming days are as follows:
4KW – Thursday swimming and PE (outdoor)
4EO – Thursday swimming and PE (outdoor)
4AV – Monday (indoor PE) and Thursday (outdoor PE)
Art and Design and Technology
Children will look at artwork from Ancient Greece. They will discover that all of the pictures tell a story and we have learnt lots about the Ancient Greeks from their art including lots about the Olympic games. They will design and create their own Greek vases.
Children will be learning how to introduce themselves and talk about themselves. Why not get your child to introduce themselves in Spanish to you at home!
Children will learn about life in Ancient Greece such as homes, work and leisure activities. They will research the Ancient Greeks through a variety of sources including books and artefacts. They will learn where the Ancient Greece period is on a timeline and will use an atlas to locate where Greece is on a world map.
Children will learn about scales and famous composers this half term.
This year children will expected to practise their times tables and spellings each week for homework and should be reading every night.
Spellings are out on a Thursday and children will be tested on the following Tuesday.
Times tables will be out on Tuesday and tested on the following Monday.
Children are expected to read every night and Reading Records will be checked on a Friday.