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Walliams and Wiesner Class - Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

 

Our classes are called Walliams Class and Wiesner Class - both are named after fantastic and inspiring authors.

In Year 4 we enjoy learning about new topics in exciting and fun ways. We all work together to achieve our aspirations and ensure we put 100% effort into everything we do.

 

 

 

 

Important Information and Dates:

PE and Games

PE and Games for Walliams class is on a Monday and Tuesday.

PE and Games for Wiesner class is on a Monday and Friday.

Please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school at all times for PE and extra opportunities for us to enjoy getting active!

 

We always like to hear about and celebrate the children's sporting achievements outside of school as well. Bring in your recent sporting achievements to share with your class!

Our learning in Term 5:

 

Here are different activities to help you with your learning this term.

 

Maths

 

In Maths we will be learning about bar charts and line graphs and answering questions about them such as:

  • What is the difference between ... and ...?
  • What is the most/least popular?
  • How many more/less did ... have than ...?
  • What is the total number of ...?

 

Can you find any graphs at home? What information can you find from them?

 

Keep practising your times tables. The children are expected to rapidly recall all of their times tables (up to 12 x 12) by the end of year 4. Check your child can recall them in any order e.g. asking 4 x 7 then 8 x 9 etc. If they are confident with this ask them to practise the corresponding division facts e.g. 28 ÷ 7.

 

At the bottom of our class pages are different times tables board games that you can print off and play at home!

The following websites are excellent for practising the recall of these facts:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths/ma13time/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find/timestables_2.swf

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=loopcardsv6 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

There are also many apps that you can download on to iPads and iPhones.

 

Here is a reminder of the calculation methods we use in our learning that apply to many other areas of maths. It is great to practise these different methods at home in any real life context e.g. finding the total of the shopping list.

 

 

English

 

In English we will be reading a range of short texts and looking at their similarities and differences. We will be focusing on the themes of the books e.g. identifying a theme of recycling or a particular feeling. This will also include the conventions of different books e.g. knowing the features of a myth or play script. You can support your child at home by ensuring they read a range of different texts, comparing them and identifying the text type and how they know this. Questions you could ask when reading at home could be:

  • What type of text is this? How do you know?
  • What else have you read that is similar/different to this?
  • What makes this story a fantasy story? Give two examples from the book that show this.
  • What is the purpose of this paragraph?
  • How is the text organised? Why?
  • Where would you normally find this type of text?

 

Reading lots at home also has a really positive impact on the children's writing as they can learn different writing techniques from other authors.

 

We are really focusing on accurate spelling in our writing at the moment. We encourage the children to review their own writing and identify spelling errors, using patterns and spellings they have previously learnt.

At the bottom of our class page is a document that explains the spelling patterns your child should know for each year group. You can refer to this to see what they should know by the end of year 4. We have also included the first 300 high frequency words from Key Stage 1 which can be regularly misspelt.

 

 

Science - Electricity

 

In science we will be learning all about electricity! We use electricity all the time - could you challenge yourself to a certain period of time without electricity? How would life be different?

Below is some of the key vocabulary we will be learning in school.

We will be learning this vocabulary in lots of fun ways as well as making our own electrical circuits.

 

    

 

Below is a website with fun games and useful information about electricity to support your child:

http://www.switchedonkids.org.uk/ 

 

Topic - What did the Anglo-Saxons do for us?

 

 

This term we will be exploring the question What did the Anglo-Saxons do for us?  This topic will include developing our historical knowledge and the following websites have lots of information that you can read up on at home to support our classroom discussions:

http://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/anglo-saxons/

http://www.ducksters.com/history/middle_ages/anglo_saxons.php

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons/anglo-saxon_life/

 

We will be developing our computing skills to create and present our own Power Point Presentations based on what we have learnt about the Anglo-Saxons. We will develop our typing skills, practise inserting images and using transitions and animations to make the text in our presentations move.

 

In art we will also get to explore Anglo-Saxon art with clay Runes, stain glass windows and building an Anglo-Saxon village. What can you find that is Anglo-Saxon related in our local area?

 


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Below are lists of some great books for year 4 children:

Year 3 and 4 Statutory Word List - Your child should be able to spell all of these words by the end of year 4

Year 3 and 4 Statutory Word List - Your child should be able to spell all of these words by the end of year 4 1

Term 5 Home Learning - Can you complete the home learning puzzle?

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