Year 4

Welcome to Year 4
This half-term, our topic is Mountains!

 

This half-term is always a busy but fun one. Our topic is mountains and we link a lot of our writing to this theme. In Science we study living things and their habitats and reinforce this with a visit to a local chalk stream to investigate the creatures that live within it and in the meadow habitat surrounding the stream. 

We are always willing to talk to parents and carers, however we would ask that if you wish to discuss aspects of school life with us then please email the Office in the first instance so that an appointment can be made to talk with you.

Homework

Homework continues to be set on Google Classroom and Edshed. Typically, this will be reading (which should be recorded by the parent or carer in the reading record), spelling or grammar, and maths every day. Google Classroom can be found by typing it into any search engine (Google, Safari etc) and then selecting the page to open from the results. All children have logins and passwords for both on the inside cover of their reading record. 

As part of Google Classroom, children have their own Castlefield email address. Children are only able to use these addresses to communicate with other children at Castlefield. These addresses should not work for general email with the ‘outside world’, meaning that children are kept safe. We shall be monitoring threads between children to ensure that all contact is necessary and appropriate.

For any homework, if there is a good reason why your child has not been able to complete the task, then please email the office so that the class teacher is made aware.

As we approach the Government times table check, we recommend Times Tables Rock Stars as a fun and interactive way for children to learn their multiplication tables. All children have login details.

Maths

This term in Maths, we move on to statistics, shape and position.

Some children struggle with shape and symmetry in particular. The web resource given below provides some help in understanding the concept:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrhp34j

 

As mentioned, it is vitally important that children continue to learn and practise their times tables. It is a fact that children who can instantly recall their tables facts find multiplication, division and fractions much easier when compared to those who cannot! Times Table Rock Stars is a great tool to help, but the real test is to get children to take the Multiplication Tables Check on Mathsframe (see link below). If children truly know their tables then they will get 25 out of 25 correct (without changing any of the settings to make it easier)! This is also great preparation for the Year 4 Government Multiplication Tables Check which all children will undertake on the week commencing 20th June 2022!

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

 

White Rose Maths have excellent home learning resources for parents wishing to give their children a little extra help: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

English

Writing

In writing, we draw on our mountains topic. Diary writing is our first focus and we link this to the volcanic eruption at Pompeii. After that, we move on to explanation texts, again using mountains and how they are formed as our stimulus. Help in writing diaries can be found at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z2yycdm/articles/zmmj7nb 

 

Reading

Our class reading book this half-term is The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Vol. 1 by Lemony Snicket. The book is a very entertaining read and proves that not all stories end happily ever-after! It is also a good example of why we should read books rather than wait for the movie - this book is better than the movie. 

 

Science

Living Things and their Habitats. Living things are classified or grouped by identifying common characteristics and we will examine how this is done. We also explore how animals are adapted to live in different habitats while also considering man’s impact on other living things. Our trip with Chiltern Rangers will reinforce our learning as we will be investigating the rare chalk stream habitat and what creatures live within it and in the surrounding area.

More information on what the children learn on classifying living things can be found at:

https://school-learningzone.co.uk/key_stage_two/ks2_science/the_living_world/animal_classification/animal_classification.html

 
More information on the River Wye is available on the Chiltern Rangers' website:

PE

Children have PE on Tuesday and Friday each week which will be rounders and athletics.  May we please request that children have their PE kits in school every day and that all items (PE kit and school uniform) are labelled with the child’s name?

Learning for Life

This half-term we focus on the vibrant nation that is Brazil! Children will learn about the geography, the culture (including sport, music and dance), the language, the food and identify some famous Brazilians. We look forward to some sizzling samba! 

Geography

This half-term our topic is Mountains and Climate Zones. Children will learn how mountains and climate zones are shown on maps, where the major global mountain ranges are located and what it is like to live in a mountainous region.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z849q6f/articles/z4g3qp3

Computing

Computing this half term sees us focus on how to work collaboratively – promoting teamwork and the rules for working with other people remotely. This will be achieved using Google Workspace meaning the children learn skills that can be used in the world outside of school.

Design and Technology

We will be making pencil cases this half-term. To achieve this we will need to research the features of pencils cases and use this information to design one. We will learn specific skills and build on the sewing we learnt in Learning for Life in the Autumn term. Finally, we will make and evaluate our products. 

 

Experiences

In addition to our Chiltern Rangers day, we have Sports Day, KS2 Spanish afternoon and our Brazilian experiences to look forward to!

Parents' Meeting
 

The virtual Meet the Teachers presentation was held on 17th September. If you were unable to attend then the slides from the meeting are attached below for you to read at your leisure.

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