Year Groups

Year 4

Spring Termly Letter

English

In English this term, we will be reading The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb. When Irina sees a tatty toy horse in a junk-shop window, she thinks it looks sad and lonely. Irina is an only child and wants nothing more than to take care of this horse. Little does she know how special it is, or that magical journeys like in wait for them! We will begin by exploring the character of Irina and write about discovering Bella from her point of view. We will then build up to retelling parts of the narrative in our own words. 

Next, we will be moving on to study Gregory Cool by Caroline Binch. A story about a boy from the UK going to stay with relatives in Tobago and the difficulties he has in adjusting to the change of culture. The children will write a letter home focusing on character development and a discussion text. We will continue the term by reading Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley. This is a wonderfully quirky children’s book which all classes will enjoy. We will be doing lots of writing based on the text, particularly focusing on diary writing, letters, description and narrative. Within this, we will focus on grammatical aspects including inverted commas, fronted adverbials, word classes, as well as reinforcing the importance of accurate basic punctuation such as capital letters and full stops.

Maths

To begin this term, Year 4 will be studying the formal methods of multiplication and division.

We will then be moving onto fractions. We will learn to recognise and represent different fractions using diagrams. We will learn to count up and down in tenths and hundredths and learn to add and subtract fractions with the same denominators. Pupils will review telling time and converting between different measurements of time such as minutes to hours and from a 12 to 24-hour clock.

The children will then be moving on to focus on decimals in relation to money. We will focus on the value of the British currency to estimate, compare and solve problems involving money. We will also learn to convert between decimals and fractions and to round decimals to the nearest whole number. Children will be applying their knowledge of tenths and hundredths to be able to read and write any decimal number with tenths and hundredths. They will also recognise and write the decimal equivalents of ¼, ½ and ¾. Children will learn the effects of dividing a number by 10 and 100 in order to make a decimal number. Finally, we will learn to compare and round decimal numbers to the nearest whole number.

Science

In science, we will begin by completing our electricity topic; we will be learning how to create and represent circuits, the use of switches and the identification of complete and incomplete circuits before moving onto states of matter. Here we will be focusing on solids, liquids and gases and the relationships between them with investigations into changing the state of matter for water with freezing and evaporation.

Computing

In computing, we will be learning how to create an online survey. Pupils will learn how to create surveys using Google Forms, complete each other’s surveys and learn to analyse the data produced. Later in the term we would like you to try and replicate the new learning by creating your own Google surveys on a subject which interests you. We will create a ‘Wonderful Computing Work’ folder where prints/copies of any work done will be kept.

The children will then be developing coding skills through a variety of games and activities on the Purple Mash programme.

Topic

This term, we shall be studying India. Our question for the term will be ‘How significant is Indian culture in Britain today?’ We will learn about the geographical features of the country, including climate. We will move on to make comparisons between the British Empire in India and last term’s work on the Roman Empire. The children will learn about the industrial and cultural aspects of different regions of India. Later, we will do a focused study on Gandhi and his influence on the world.

Art/DT

In art, we will be focusing on Indian architecture and learn to use perspective to create accurate drawings. We will then be learning about Indian food and making some our own! Next term, we will be designing and making our own henna patterns on our hands.

PSHE

This half term, we will be learning to identify and appropriately address our feelings and how we should react or not react in certain situations. We will still be promoting positive relationships with our peers through the sharing of compliments. As always, any other issues which may arise will be addressed as and when is necessary.

Spanish

During this term the children will work on sounds and spellings.  They will also continue with manipulating numbers and using some common adjectives.  They will then move on to learn names for some sports and food and drinks associated with healthy and unhealthy lifestyles.  We will revise the days of the week and learn to say what activities they do on particular days.

Music

After a very successful term participating in the vocal project and performing excellently in the  virtual Winter Sounds concert, we will now be extending these skills using the music software, Charanga. We will continue to teach children about beat, rhythm and genres of music, whilst singing and playing tuned instruments to particular songs.

PE

This term, Year 4 will be practising their ball skills with lessons in hockey and basketball or netball. We will also develop our ability in both indoor athletics and gymnastics.

RE

In RE this term, we will be focusing on Sikhism. We will be studying key aspects of Sikhism with one particular question in mind: ‘Who were the Gurus?’ Here, we will learn about Guru Nanak and the story of the beginning of Sikhism. We will also study the use of the kirpan and its place in Sikh symbolism and rituals.

Trips and Special Events

There are currently no trips planned.

Reminders

Please ensure your child completes their Mathletics each week. They will be set each Monday.

We will carry out our speed tables tests and spelling tests each Friday so please encourage your children to learn those too.

Finally, please do your best to support your child with their reading at home. We look forward to handing out lots of certificates Winter Reading Challenge this term!