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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 4

Spring Term!

In our English lessons this term we will be linking our geography topic work about 'The United Kingdom' to our extended creative writing. Last term we used our historical skills of empathy to think what life would have been like being a soldier living in a World War 1 trench. In our non-fiction work we will be writing information such as tourist information booklets about popular holiday destinations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. During the second half term our history topic is about the Ancient Greeks and we will be reading myths and legends for example 'Theseus and the Minotaur' and 'Arachne the Spinner'.   

During our daily English Skills lessons we will be completing lots of different activities to support our knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation. Last term we investigated the use of prepositions in sentences, similes, metaphors, homophones and homonyms. This term we will be focussing on fronted adverbial phrases, noun phrases, prefixes such as sub and inter and comma use in sentences. 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 Guided Reading sessions we are reading extracts from different fiction books such as 'Billionaire Boy' by David Walliams. We also use pictures during guided reading to predict story lines and evoke feelings etc. We will also be reading non-fiction information, for example, information leaflets about Wales and information about our history and geography topics. We complete reading comprehension tasks too looking at different genres such as poetry, instructional writing, recounts and narrative.   

Last term in our Mathematics lessons we studied the topics of Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. This term we will be studying the topics of Fractions, Decimals, Measures, Area and Perimeter. 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.

Last term in Science we investigated the topic of 'Electricity'. We explored what happened to the brightness of a bulb when more than one bulb was added to a circuit using just one battery. We also made our own switches using a paper clip and split pins. We also had the opportunity to devise our own electrical investigation questions to explore. This term we will be learning about the topic of 'Sound'. We will explore how we use our eyes (yes!) to help us to hear, we will investigate how sounds travel and we will have the opportunity to explore how, on occasion, we need to block out sounds so we will be investigate what materials are effective in doing this by making our own ear defenders. Later on this term we will then be studying the topic of 'Solids, Liquids and Gases - States of Matter' and we will find out what happens with different materials, such as water, at different temeperatures.

Last term in History we studied the topic of 'World War 1 and 2'. This term we will be studying the 'Ancient Greeks' in the second half of the term. We will use first and second hand evidence and our empathy skills throughout our activities.

In Geography this half term we will be studying the topic of 'The United Kingdom', looking at maps and making comparisons with landscapes. We have already researched UK rivers, such as The Mersey and The Thames. We have also researched UK mountains, for example, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. We used our speaking and listening skills to present our facts to each other.   

In our Forest School lessons we are completing lots of cross-curricular activities to support our learning outside the classroom. We have linked the theme of British Values to the outdoor environment and thought about the importance of respecting the environment we live in. 

During our Art lessons we are currently spending 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. Last term in Design Technology we linked 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. This term we will be designing, making and evaluating ear defenders to link with our science topic of 'Sound'.     

We use our class set of iPads and lap tops for our Computing curriculum as well as researching different aspects of the curriculum such as our history and geography topics. We have been using different apps such as, 'Alex' and 'Light Bot' to support our programming skills. We have also spent time discussing the importance of 'Cyber Safety' and one of our homework activities was to teach someone at home about the reasons we need to stay safe online.

In Religious Education last term we reflected on 'Good News' in the Bible. This term we will be thinking about our lives as a journey. 

In PSHE we have spent time in our classroom reflecting on the importance of 'British Values' - Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law, Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and Democracy. 

Last October we visited the Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre for a two night stay! We had an amazing time! We completed a tree abseil, a low ropes course and a zip wire. We also walked to The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm for an ice cream -yum yum! 

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

Miss Chapman
Year 4 Class Teacher


Year 4 Newsletter Spring 2019.pdf (PDF 389.3KB)
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)