Year 4 2021 - 2022

Mrs Jones

Welcome to Year 4!

Teacher - Mrs Jones

Teaching Assistants - Miss Hardern and Mrs Woods

Potions

 

Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky goo. Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties. Now scientists, beware. There are some powerful and deadly potions out there, dangerous, unpredictable or tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet.) Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class. Feeling sleepy? That orange juice did taste a little strange...

Literacy

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In Literacy we will be following the Pathways to Write units. Our first text this term is The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers. It is linked to the environmental art work that the children will be completing at the beginning of term.

Our second text is Gorilla by Anthony Browne.

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We will be covering these objectives throughout the unit.

Writing composition 
• Plan writing by discussing the structure, vocab and grammar of similar writing
• Discuss and record ideas
• Compose and rehearse sentences orally
• Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
• Build an increasing range of sentence structures
• In narratives, create settings, characters and plot
• Assess the effectiveness of own and others’ writing

 

Reading

Reading Plus.pngMost children will be enrolled onto the reading plus scheme this year. Your child will have login details in their reading record if they are going to be using it. We will be completing a daily lesson in class but they will need to also complete lessons at home in order to move up the levels. 

Y2-Y6 we will be following the Pathways to Read units. It is a 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 encourage a 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 Autumn term, in Maths we will be covering:

Place Value

Recognise place value of each digit of a 4 digit number

Order and compare numbers beyond 100

Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000

Addition and subtraction

Find 1000 more or less than a given number

Add and subtract numbers usinf the formal written method

Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers

Measure

Convert between different units of measure

Measure and calculate perimeters

Multiplication and Division

Multiply and divide mentally

Recall timestables facts up to 12 x 12 

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/

The Mathsframe timestables check is set up in a very similar way to the MTC and can be found by clicking on the link below.

Multiplication Tables Check - Mathsframe

 

Homework

Homework will be set online 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

 

Project homework and knowledge organisers will be available to view every term on this webpage smiley

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