Mr Sibbit’s Year 4 Class

On this web page you can find out about all the exciting things taking place in Year 4!

Year 4      Term: Summer 2

Our Learning this term:

Maths: This half-term, we will be building on our fractions learning from last term to explore decimals. We will start by looking at tenths and hundredths as decimal numbers, then apply this knowledge when calculating to two decimal places.

English: In writing, we will begin by reading the adventure story ‘Journey’ by Aaron Beck. We will use this as the inspiration for our own epic tales! Then, we will create a non-fiction travel brochure for an Italian getaway.

Science: Electricity – What is static electricity and how is it generated?

This term, we will be physicists! We will learn about the forces that generate static electricity, and find out where we might encounter it in our everyday lives.

Geography: The development of Chester and Manchester – Why do cities grow?

Following on from our learning on the impact of the Romans on Britain, and our class trip to Chester, we will examine why and how cities develop. We will compare the histories of Manchester and Chester and explore the similarities and differences between these cities.

DT: European food – what are the similarities and differences between British cuisine and European cuisine?

Linking to our writing work, we will taste, evaluate and create our own British and European dishes.

Computing: Coding – Can I write a computer programme?

This term, we will continue using the coding platform Logo to write our own computer programmes. We will develop more detailed strings of code to make our computers perform complex tasks.

Music: Musical notation.

We will apply our learning of musical notes to read and perform more advanced musical pieces, and explore which emotions different notes inspire in the listener.

RE: Buddhism – What is the best way for a Buddhist to live a good life?

In RE, we will learn about the life and teachings of the Buddha. We will explore what Buddhists think of as a good life, and what followers of this faith do to lead one.

PSHE:

This half-term, our focus will be on our bodies, the things they can do, and how we can look after them!

Spanish:

Our focus this half-term will be the things we encounter every day in school.

General Class Information

Reading: Each week, the children read a range of texts through their learning. They also take part in Whole Class Reading sessions where their decoding and comprehension skills are developed with a different reading skill being focused on each day.

Home reading is to practice and consolidate their fluency, expression and comprehension. Children still being taught phonics will take two books home – 1 decodable book and 1 comprehension book. The decodable book is for the children to practice their fluency and expression. The comprehension book is for the children to show their understanding through questioning. If they are past being taught phonics they will be sent home 1 colour banded book to practise decoding and comprehension. Please can you let us know how your child has got on with their reading books using the reading record. We would like you to write a comment each time you hear your child read.

The children will also be listened to at least once a week on a 1-1 basis with the teacher or teaching assistant. All children will take new books home on the Friday and please return on the Monday. The class teacher or teaching assistant will change your child’s book on the day they are listened to read. We will not change a home reading book unless there is a comment from you in the reading record. If we do not have a comment or a book is not returned on the correct day for two weeks Mrs Collins, our English curriculum leader, will contact you.

One child per half term will be nominated for being the Reading Hero for their class based on their commitment to home reading. The child will be chosen based on the evidence seen in their reading record. If your child is chosen to be the class Reading Hero, they will be given a prize and a certificate and acknowledged in Friday’s good work celebration assembly.

Homework:

Each week your child will set one piece of homework on Google Classroom as well as the expectation they will practise their times tables on Times Table Rock Stars and use the Lexia app/website at home.

We also ask children to use the following websites to practise key skills:

PE: This term, PE is twice a week on a Thursday and Friday. Your child will participate in a dance lesson and a swimming lesson every week. It is normally expected for children to have a full PE kit kept in school at all times.

Children should not be wearing any jewellery including earrings. If your child does wear earrings, please could you ensure they are taken out before school PE days please.