Year 4 2020 - 2021

Miss McCllelan

Welcome to Year 4!

Teacher: Miss McClellan

Teaching Assistant: Miss Hardern

2020-2021

Our topic this term is 'I Am Warrior'

I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare. Invade and attack. Romans versus Celts, the fight is on. Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus, brave fighters of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?

Literacy

In Literacy we will be following ‘Pathways to Write’. Our text this term is ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Grahame Bake Smith & Angela McAllister. We will be focusing on;

  • Use Standard English forms
  • Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause 
  • Indicate possession by using the possessive aposophe with plural nouns
  • Build a varied and rich vocabulary.

Leon and the Place Between: Amazon.co.uk: Mcallister/Grahame Baker-Smith,  Angela, Baker-Smith, Grahame: Books

Reading

As of September, from Y2-Y6 we will be following ‘Pathways to Read’. It is a brand-new programme designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers.

Pathways to Read follows a mastery approach to learning with three categories of skills developed each half term:

  • Ongoing skills - linked to text choices and achieved through selection of teaching activities
  • Core skills - prediction, vocabulary development and retrieval
  • Mastery skills - 2-3 objectives are focused on for pupils to master over the course of the half-term

We highly recommend reading with your child every day, even if it is just for five minutes. It is the perfect opportunity to share your children’s learning and bond together while encouraging reading for pleasure!

There are no right or wrong ways to enjoy a story together, however if you would like any further guidance you can find some useful tips here:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/

 

Maths

Across the Spring term, in Maths we will be covering:

Measurement: Area and Perimeter

Multiplication and division

Fractions 

Decimals

As you may be aware, at the end of Y4, children are required to take the ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ (MTC). A good way to prepare is start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practise children will learn all the questions and gain confidence. Research suggests that practising for 10 to 15 minutes a day will provide optimal results.

 

We will be doing lots of practice in school, however, if you would like your child to have extra practice at home they will have their ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ username and password readily available to use on - https://play.ttrockstars.com/

(We will be setting challenges for the children to complete as homework on here later in the term).

 

Homework

Homework will be set on a Thursday and will need to be completed by Tuesday.

Children will also be given weekly spellings via

https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb

 

Topic homework will be available to view every term on this webpage smiley

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