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Dear Year 4 Parents and Children,

Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 4.

Curriculum:

Literacy: This term we will be exploring poetry, drama - Shakespeare (‘Romeo and Juliet’), Michael Morpurgo (‘Why the Whales came’) and Ted Hughes (‘The Iron Man’). The children will read a variety of whole class books asking questions and developing their understanding of inference. They will look at the use of powerful language to capture imagination, including similes and metaphors. They will revise their knowledge of speech marks, composing a conversation and apostrophes to show possession. In writing we will focus on characters’ feelings to write diary entries/letters in role – particularly when studying ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

We expect that children will practise 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 focussing on mental and written strategies for solving problems – especially those involving money. Please encourage children to use mental maths skills in practical situations - shopping, playing games etc. Practise times tables - rapid recall of number facts really helps. We will also be looking at 2D shape – properties, lines of symmetry and comparing angles.

 

Science: We will finish our unit about human nutrition, dentition and digestion. We will then continue with our new chemistry unit ‘Changing State’. In this unit the children will identify, group and describe different materials as solids, liquids or gases.

Geography: We will be studying the environment and climate change.

P.E: Gymnastics and games - we will create, practise and refine complex sequences including a full range of movements, such as: travelling, balancing, and jumping. 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.

 

Teaching Arrangements:

Although I am currently teaching in Year 4 all week, from February I will teach the class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Moody will teach the class on Wednesdays. Ms’ Mullard will be the class Teaching Assistant.

 

Homework:

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

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.

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