Year 4

Welcome to Year 4! Year 4 will be in Herons and taught by Mr Feaster with Miss Thomas as TA. We will also work with lots of other adults. This year pupils will be enjoying all sorts of learning; current topics such as coding and human impact on the environment as well as classics such as Ancient Egypt and The Victorians.

How can I help at home?

 

Children will be given homework to complete most Fridays that will normally be expected back on the following Wednesdays. Homework will normally follow the theme of the week’s lessons, normally with an example for you to help. Please also practice spellings and times tables (Children will be given words from the y4 curriculum for spellings and are expected to know up to 12x12 by the end of the year). Children should read three times a week to earn their reading star. Children can borrow books from school but we also encourage reading a variety of texts such as newspapers and poems.

 

As part of children’s health and wellbeing it is also important that they have their PE kits in school. PE lessons will be on Monday and either Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

English


As a class, at the start of term we read Street Child, a book about a Victorian child who escapes the workhouse. We do lots of great writing based on this book (letter writing, diary entries and descriptive writing). During the term we have also look at persuasive writing, newspaper reports, stories from imaginary worlds and poetry.

During terms 3 and 4 we look at explanation texts, adverts, dilemma stories and adverts and will have the opportunity to produce lots of great writing based on these. We will also be reading stories from other cultures including traditional African folk tales and some traditional stories from India.

In term 5 History we will be studying the Ancient Egyptians and we will start off Term 5’s English by doing some cross-curricula writing about Howard Carter and the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Later on in the term, we will be learning to write and perform poetry. During term 6 we will be learning to write film narratives and bibliographical texts including one about the life of Nelson Mandela.
 

Maths


In maths we will be revising old skills as well as learning new ones such as; the four operations (x, ÷, + and -) and how they link together, shape and measure, negative number, Roman Numerals and fractions.

A big push in year 4 is on times tables up to 12x12.

In terms 3 and 4 we had a visit from Bristol Rugby who carried out the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme. We had great fun learning all the different ways that maths can be used in rugby. These include calculating scores, designing stadiums and collecting data on players.

History


In term 1 we learn about Victorians and in particular the lives of children during this era. A trip to Hooke Court Camp allows children to experience this first hand! As well as this, we have compared Victorian homes, looked how the Industrial Revolution impacted towns and cities and studied the life of Queen Victoria.


In term 4 we will be studying the Ancient Egyptians, specifically looking at hieroglyphics, the mummification process and how the Egyptians believed in an afterlife. 


Our history topic from term 5 will be based on the life of Nelson Mandela. Year 4 will learn about the apartheid and the effect Mandela had on this in South Africa. They will also celebrate Mandela day by helping out other members of staff or children in the school.

Geography

 

In geography during term 2 we look at schools around the world. We will study all the continents and find them on a map. It is interesting to compare schools from so many different places to our own.

 

In term 3 we look at the topic: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We will be looking at how waste products can be used again and how we can reduce the amount of waste we produce. As well as that we will be going on a trip to Carymoor landfill!

In term 5 Geography, year 4 will be studying rivers, particularly focussing on the River Severn and the River Nile and comparing these. We will be using Google maps, atlases and the internet to understand more about rivers and their specific location and length.

Science


Our first science topic is Classification where we learnt different ways to classify plants and animals. A lot of our lessons were spent outside in the school grounds and it was a really hands on topic! Electricity was our next topic; we have created our own circuits with a switch in order to make a Christmas decoration.

Our science topic for term 3 is Human Impact on the Environment which links extremely well to the geography topic. We at the impact humans are having on different mountain ranges and the coral reef and how natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes can have an impact on the environment. We look at Sound in science for term 4 where we learn how we hear sound, investigate how to soundproof and finally we will make our own instruments. 

During term 5 science, year 4 will firstly learn about solids, liquids and gasses. They will be able to define each term and explain differences and similarities between each one. As well as this, they will learn about condensation, evaporation and the water cycle. During the topic Teeth and Digestion, the children will learn the different names of the teeth and their particular purpose and begin to know how our bodies digest food and name the organs that are in this process.

Other topics

We will also look at lots of other subjects; RE, PSHE, PE, Computing, French, Art and Design. We do lots of different learning ranging from Hinduism to making Modroc Canopic Jars.

To see what we have been doing visit our blog page!

https://woodlandsacademyblogs.net/year42016/