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Year 4

Dear Year 4 Parents and Children,

Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 4.

Curriculum:

Literacy: This term we will be exploring Newspapers, debate and fiction. We will be exploring the origins of democracy in the UK, discussing political issues arising because of the General Election and debating various motions. We will be looking at the features of journalistic writing and producing various newspaper reports in a journalistic style. In fiction, we will read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - making links with our history unit - Ancient Greece.

We expect that children will practice spellings and times tables at home. Spellings will be sent home weekly and will be tested every Monday morning.

Children will continue to bring a reading book home. Please continue to listen to your child read and enjoy books with them, as we want to encourage a love of reading. We expect them to be reading each day (minimum 30 minutes) and to record it in their reading diary.

 

Maths: We are focusing on mental and written strategies for solving problems – especially those involving decimals and fractions. Please encourage children to use mental maths skills in practical situations - shopping, playing games etc. Practice times tables - rapid recall of number facts really helps. We will also be looking at co-ordinates and negative number.

 

Science: We will be looking at ecosystems and dangers to living things within ecosystems. Food chains and classification. We will also study forensic science techniques.

History: We will be studying Ancient Greece - democracy, gods/goddesses, ancient civilizations, Alexander the Great, the Olympics etc.

P.E: Swimming will continue every Tuesday afternoon and games every Thursday afternoon. Could I ask that parents please make sure your child has the correct kit (including trainers for outdoor work) and that the kit stays in school all week in case the P.E day changes for any reason.

French and Spanish - Miss Hayes (MFL specialist) will be delivering various sessions over the term. 

Teaching Arrangements:

I will teach the class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Moody will teach the class on Wednesdays. Mrs Lister will be the class Teaching Assistant.

Homework:

Children will be expected to read every day and learn their weekly spellings.

The Ancient Greece project is due for completion 16/06//2017. I will be setting further home learning projects, along with a variety of weekly homework tasks on ‘My Maths’. Please can you continue to provide support by ensuring that children have a quiet time put aside for their homework, and an opportunity to share their learning with you. If children are finding any piece of homework too difficult or they are taking more than 45 minutes to complete it, please do not persist. Simply write me a note to let me know.

Multicultural week commencing 26/06/17 - We will be studying Judaism.

Visit to Alton Castle Tuesday 04/07/2017

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns please pop into class before or after school.

 

Mrs Evans

Year 4 Class Teacher