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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

In our English lessons we have linked our history topic work to our extended creative writing. We have 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 have written information about both World War 1 and 2. During our geography topic about the United Kingdom we have read myths and legends for example 'The Legend of Gelert' from the village of Beddgelert in North Wales.   

During our daily English Skills lessons we will be completing lots of different activities to support our knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation. For example investigating prefixes such as sub and inter, the use of apostrophes for plural possession, adverbial phrases and comma use in sentences.    
In Guided Reading sessions we are reading extracts from different books such as 'Mr Stink' by David Walliams. We also use pictures during guided reading to predict story lines and evoke feelings etc. We have also read lots of non-fiction information, for example, information leaflets from Chester Zoo about our school mascot animals. We complete reading comprehension tasks too looking at different genres such as poetry, instructional writing, recounts and narrative.   

In our Mathematics lessons we have studied the topics of Place Value, Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication. we are now studying the topics of Division, Fractions and Decimals. 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 have investigated the topic of 'Electricity'. We have explored what happens to the brightness of a bulb when more than one bulb is added to a circuit using just one battery. we have also made our own switches using a paper clip and split pins. We enjoyed devising our own electrical investigation questions to explore. We are now learning about the topic of 'Sound'. We had great fun exploring how we use our eyes (yes!) help us to hear.    

In History we have studied the topic of 'The World Wars'. We have used first and second hand evidence and our empathy skills throughout our activities.

In Geography we are studying the topic of The United Kingdom, looking at maps and making comparisons with landscapes. We have researched rivers, e.g The Mersey and mountains, for example, Snowdon and presented 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. We have completed Science investigations outside - testing how sound travels through vibrations 

We use our class set of iPads and lap tops to research different aspects of all our topics.

We have spent some time in our classroom discussing the importance of 'British Values' - Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law, Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and Democracy. 

We had a fantastic time visiting the Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre for a two night stay! We did a tree abseil, a low ropes course and a zip wire. We then walked to Cheshire Ice Cream Farm for an ice cream -yum yum! 

Please read our Year 4 Summer Term 2018 Newsletter, attached, for more curriculum information and other important classroom information!

Miss Chapman
Year 4 Class Teacher


Year 4 Newsletter Summer 2018.pdf (PDF 249.2KB)
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)