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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 4

Autumn Term!

In our English lessons we will be linking 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 will be writing information about both World War 1 and 2. During the second half term our geography topic is about the United Kingdom and we will be reading 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 prepositions, 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 fiction books such as 'Demon Dentist' 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 from Chester Zoo about our school mascot animals 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.   

In our Mathematics lessons we will be studying the topics of Place Value, Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication. This will lead onto 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 will be investigating the topic of 'Electricity'. We will explore what happens to the brightness of a bulb when more than one bulb is added to a circuit using just one battery. We will be making our own switches using a paper clip and split pins. We ewill also have the opportunity to devise our own electrical investigation questions to explore. Next half term we will be learning about the topic of 'Sound'. We will explore how we use our eyes (yes!) help us to hear.    

In History we are studying the topic of 'World War 1 and 2'. We use first and second hand evidence and our empathy skills throughout our activities.

In Geography we will be studying the topic of 'The United Kingdom', looking at maps and making comparisons with landscapes. We will be researching rivers, e.g The Mersey and mountains, for example, Snowdon and presenting 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 use our class set of iPads and lap tops for our Computing curriculum as well as researching 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. 

At the end of October we will be visiting the Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre for a two night stay! We are going to complete a tree abseil, a low ropes course and a zip wire. We also walk to The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm for an ice cream -yum yum! 

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

Miss Chapman
Year 4 Class Teacher


Year 4 Newsletter Autumn 2018.pdf (PDF 296.6KB)
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)