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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 4

Spring Term!

In our English lessons this Spring term we will be studying books by the authors Sandra Dieckmann and Joe Todd-Stanton. We will be writing different genres through reading these texts  - a narrative myth, instructional guide, information report and outsider narrative. Last term we used 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. This term we will also use geographical skills to write non fiction information linked to our United Kingdom topic. Last term we enjoyed our writing units using the theme of 'Migrants' and 'Refugees'. We used the text 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna and 'Wisp - A Story of Hope' by Zana Fraillon to write a third person narrative, a diary entry and a first person narrative.     

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 studied the use of noun phrases, fronted adverbial phrases and the use of prepositions in sentences. This Spring term we will be looking at speech use, similes, metaphors, homophones, homonyms 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 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. In our shared reading sessions we will also be reading non-fiction information, for example, information leaflets about the environment, conservation 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 studied the topics of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. During the Spring term we will be working on the topics of fractions, decimals and measure. We always work towards sharing reasoning skills within our answers and using different methods of calculation including mental and formal written using the mastery approach. 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 Spring term we are studying 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 Spring term our activities in Science will have great links with Forest School outdoor learning opportunities. 

During the Autumn term in History we studyied aspects of British history through the topic of 'World War 1 and 2'. We used first and second hand evidence and our empathy skills throughout our activities. This Spring term we will be studying the 'Ancient Greeks'. We are going to have the opportunity to cook greek food using authentic ingredients.  

In Geography we will be studying the topic of 'The United Kingdom', by looking at maps and making comparisons with European landscapes. Last term we researched UK rivers, such as The Mersey and The Thames. We also researched 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 an artist biography for David Hockney. This 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 ear defenders to block out sound.      

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 be using different algorithm programming apps such as 'Alex' and 'Light Bot' to support our programming skills. During Autumn term we 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 our Religious Education lessons during Autumn term we reflected on 'The Trinity' and 'Good News' in the Bible. We also reflected on our lives as a journey. In Spring term we will be reflecting on our school values - Respect, Perseverance, Service, Compassion and Creation. We will also be working towards performing our 'Easter Experience' with Year 3 in church.  

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. 

To support our mental wellbeing we will be using 'My Happy Mind'. Every week we complete a module and record our reflections in our 'My Happy Mind' journals. We use techniques such as 'Happy Breathing' to support our wellbeing.  

We visited the Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre for a two night stay in October. Our activities included a tree abseil, a low ropes course and a zip wire. We also walked to The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm for an ice cream - delicious! 

Please read our Year 4 Spring Term 2020 Newsletter, attached, for more curriculum information and other important classroom information!

Miss Chapman
Year 4 Class Teacher


Home-Learning-Year-4-Mar-2020.pdf (PDF 492.9KB)
Home Learning Map Year 4 (Office).pdf (PDF 49.7KB)
Year 4 Newsletter Spring 2020.pdf (PDF 422.6KB)
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)