Spring Term in Year 4 - Half termly letter
In English this half-term, we will be reading Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley. This is a wonderfully quirky children’s book which both classes will really 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 punctuation such as capital letters and full-stops.
This half term, Year 4 will be studying 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. We will also learn to convert between decimals and fractions and how to round to the decimals to the closest whole number. Finally, the children will review solving problems involving money, as well as continuing to focus on improving pupils’ reasoning skills.
In science, pupils will complete our electricity topic, 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, focusing on solids, liquids and gases and the relationships between them.
In computing this half term, 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. Over the half term, we would like you to try and replicate the new learning by creating your own Google surveys on a subject which interests them. Please print a copy of any work created to include in our new ‘Wonderful Computing Work’ folder.
This term, we shall be studying India. Our half term question will be, ‘What is India’s role in the world?’ We will learn about the geographical features of the country, including climate. The children will learn about the industrial and cultural aspects of different regions of India. We will also compare rural and urban Indian culture to notice the differences in life styles. The children will design and create Rangoli art and taste, design and create Indian snacks.
In art, we will create Rangoli patterns using oil pastels and learning to draw Indian buildings to scale. Next term, we will be completing a DT project based on Indian food.
This half term, we will be learning to identify and appropriately address our feelings as well as thinking about the law and what to do in an emergency. As always, any other issues which may arise will be addressed as and when is necessary.
During the half term children will work on sounds and spellings. They will also continue with manipulating numbers and using some common adjectives.
This half term, 4B will be learning how to play hockey with Mr Clack and 4G will be improving their indoor athletics and gymnastics skills with Mr Haughton.
In music, we will be returning to using Charanga to explore new musical knowledge. The children will use their voices and instruments such as glockenspiels to learn how to read music and alter their performance of a piece. This half term, we will learn a rap on anti-bullying.
This term we will be studying Judaism, looking at religious practice and comparing and contrasting it with other religions studied. We will look at materials important to Jewish people.
Trips and Special Events
In terms of events and trips, we will let you know when these have been booked in due course. As always, we strive to produce a rounded education with a range of interesting experiences and will continue to do so.
Please note that the children should have their PE kits in school at all times as we may have extra lessons on different days.