Year Four

Autumn Term 2019

 

Welcome Back! We are so excited to be your teachers this year, and are looking forward to all the adventures we will have together! The children in year four are exercising their minds and bodies this year as in addition to their academic topics they have swimming lessons! On Monday mornings our year four students attend the super swimming facilities at Uxbridge where swimming coaches support children of all abilities as they work to become happy and competent in the water. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn many life skills as well as improve fitness and mobility.

Our novel this term will be Groosham Grange – a modern children’s classic written by Anthony Horowitz. Our main character, David, is expelled from school, and his new school is anything but normal! We can’t say anymore, as we don’t want to give it away, but the book will definitely keep us in suspense! We encourage you to discuss the book at home, and even read the book yourselves! We will use Groosham Grange to develop our reading comprehension skills of – Retrieval, Explore, Analyse and Detect. We will have a special focus on using quotes from the text to support our answers. Our Literacy units will include writing a persuasive letter, an information text and a narrative text, which will be our own version of Groosham Grange. We will emphasise our Year 4 “Non-Negotiables”, which include using capital letters and full stops correctly, as well as reflecting on our own work and making improvements. The children will be also be encouraged to improve their writing using various descriptive techniques, such as “Show, Don’t tell” and figurative language.

Numeracy will focus on the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will begin to use expanded formal methods for solving problems, and apply our arithmetic skills to two step word problems. This year will also introduce negative and decimal numbers to the children, and we will focus on ordering and comparing numbers using place value. There will be a large focus on mental recall of our times tables, and we would encourage you to help your child practise these at home. Times Table Rockstars is a great resource for improving recall speed and each child has their own login. They can even compete against each other!

Our Creative Curriculum topic this term is exploring the world of the Anglo-Saxons and their lasting impact on England today. We will be learning about their journey to England, daily lives, Sutton Hoo and what was needed to create a thriving settlement.

Science will focus on states of matter – solids, liquids, and gases. We will put on our lab coats and conduct different experiments to learn how matter changes states, and the effect of temperature. We will also apply this knowledge to learning about the water cycle.

We have many other things to look forward to this term, such as our trip to St. Paul’s in December, where we will learn about aspects of a Sacred Space, and our exciting theme days, such as Celebrating Ourselves Day and Anti-Bullying Day. We hope your children are as excited for the year as us!

Miss Hutchings and Mr Strating