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Welcome To Year 4

Autumn Term!

In our English lessons this Autumn term we will be studying books by the authors Francesca Sanna and Sandra Dieckmann. We will be writing different genres through reading these texts such as narratives, information reports and diary entries.We will also use our historical skills of empathy writing using a cross curricular approach to report using first and second hand evidence on what life would be like being a soldier living in a World War 1 trench. We will also use geographical skills to write non fiction information linked to our United Kingdom topic.   

During our daily English skills lessons we will be completing lots of different activities to support our knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation. This Autumn term we will be investigating the use of prepositions in sentences, similes, metaphors, homophones and homonyms, fronted adverbial phrases, noun phrases and prefixes such as sub and inter. Through our reading to writing we will be focussing on comma and apostrophe use in sentences and drafting, editing and evaluating our written work. We will also be encouraged to extending our vocabulary by learning some new words each week which we will investigate, explore and use in our writing.   
In our guided and shared reading sessions we will be reading extracts from different fiction books. We will also use pictures during guided reading to predict story lines and evoke feelings of characters and settings. We will also be reading non-fiction information, for example, information leaflets about conservation and the environment and information around our history and geography topics. We are also going to be completing reading comprehension tasks looking at different genres such as poetry, instructional writing, recounts and narrative.   

Over the Autumn term in our Mathematics lessons we will be studying the topics of Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. We always work towards sharing reasoning skills within our answers and using different methods of calculation including mental and formal written. Black Belt Challenges within our maths activities give us the chance to extend our thinking to include extra challenge.

In Science we will be investigating the topic of 'Electricity'. We will be exploring what happens to the brightness of a bulb when more than one bulb is added to a circuit using just one battery. We will also make our own switches using a paper clip and split pins. We will then have the opportunity to devise our own electrical investigation questions to explore. After we have finished studying electricity we are going to move on to the topic of 'Sound'. We are going to explore how we use our eyes (yes!) to help us to hear, investigate how sounds travel and explore how, on occasion, we need to block out sounds so we will investigate what materials are effective in doing this by making our own ear defenders and link this with a cross curricular approach to the subject of Design Technology. During the Autumn term our activities in Science will have great links with Forest School outdoor learning opportunities. 

In History we will be studying aspects of British history through the topic of 'World War 1 and 2'. We will be using first and second hand evidence and our empathy skills throughout our activities.

In Geography we will be studying the topic of 'The United Kingdom', by looking at maps and making comparisons with landscapes. We will be researching UK rivers, such as The Mersey and The Thames. We will also be researching UK mountains, for example, Snowdon and Ben Nevis.    

In our Forest School lessons we will complete lots of cross-curricular activities to support our learning outside the classroom. We also regularly link the theme of British Values to the outdoor environment and think about the importance of respecting the environment we live in. 

During our Art lessons we are going to spend the year completing activities, such as artist biographies, which will contribute towards our 'Arts Award Discover' which is a national accreditation and qualification awarded by Trinity College London. In Design Technology we will be linking our geography and science work by designing, making and evaluating a head torch with working bulb which could be used for safety during a climb up Snowdon.      

We will use our class set of iPads for our Computing curriculum as well as researching different aspects of the curriculum such as our history and geography topics. We will begin by using different algorithm programming apps such as 'Code Studio' and other apps such as, 'Alex' and 'Light Bot' to support our programming skills. We will be spending time discussing the importance of 'Cyber Safety' and one of our homework activities will be to teach someone at home about the reasons we need to stay safe online.

In Religious Education we will be reflecting on 'Incarnation' and 'Good News' in the Bible. We will also reflect about about our lives as a journey. 

In PSHE we will be thinking about ways to keep ourselves safe. We will also reflect and understand how important the values are of individual liberty, mutual respect, rule of law, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and democracy. 

We are going to be visiting the Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre for a two night stay. Our activities will include a tree abseil, a low ropes course and a zip wire. We will also be walking to The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm for an ice cream - delicious! 

Please read our Year 4 Autumn Term 2019 Newsletter, attached, for more curriculum information and other important classroom information!

Miss Chapman
Year 4 Class Teacher


Year 4 Newsletter Autumn 2019.pdf (PDF 426.8KB)
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (1).pdf (PDF 90.9KB)
Curriculum Overview.pdf (PDF 144.0KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 3 and 4, including word lists.pdf (PDF 69.2KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 4.pdf (PDF 63.6KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 4.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)