Welcome to Year 4 with Mr Filby.
Here is some information about the upcoming term and ways you can help accelerate your children’s learning!
|Subject Area||Learning||How you can help at home|
|The bulk of our writing will be focussed on our two topics: Potions and Playlist. The children will be writing descriptive letters, non-chronological reports, persuasive adverts, stories and diary entries.There will also be daily Spelling, Grammar or Handwriting lessons so their writing should become more technically skilled.||Talk about the topics. Any additional conversation or research will give them a more secure grounding in it, making their writing more imaginative with richer ideas!Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference! Discuss any new words they’ve heard at school. Talking about these in another context will help strengthen connections between the word and it’s meaning.Spellings for this term will be sent home, but a copy of the Year 3/4 spellings will be stuck in the children’s homework books as well as a term by term explanation of what sounds we will be covering. Tests will take place on a Thursday.Make sure that anything they write at home is written in joined up handwriting (except for capitals), the spelling is correct and their sentences make sense. Taking pride in their own writing is an important step towards amazing progress.|
|Maths||We will start by focusing on place value, the move on to carrying out calculations with addition and subtraction, using estimation, mental methods and written methods for numbers with 3 digits or over. We will also be rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and comparing their sizes, as well as counting past 0 through to negative numbers.||This term please focus on times tables. They are essential especially when working with more complex fractions, later this term. The children will need to know their times tables inside out and back to front.For example:7 x 8 = 568 x 7 = 5656 ÷ 8 = 756 ÷ 7 = 8http://tablestest.com
To move up to the next test, the children must attain a 100% mark.
I will use www.mymaths.co.uk to set homework sometimes, however the children can use it anytime to practise something we have learnt or test to make sure they that they can remember.
|Creative Curriculum||In Autumn 1 our topic is called Potions, which focusses on the physical sciences and the use of science, alchemy and magic in literature.Our second topic is called Playlist, a topic which covers the magic of music, the science of sound and music related events such as musicals, concerts and festivals.||The topics we cover are the foundations with which all our writing and creative curriculum is based on. The more the children discuss the topic and new things they’ve discovered the deeper their understanding and appreciation of the concepts will become. Overall this will give them more confidence and ownership of their learning in class.|
|PE||Our PE lessons will take place on Thursdays and Fridays.In the Spring and Summer term our Friday PE session will be replaced with swimming lessons.||Please make sure that all kits are in on the right days and taken home at the end of each term for a wash.|
|SpanishMusic||Spanish is taught by a specialist teacher on ThursdaysI will be doing some music with the class occasionally (especially in the upcoming ‘Playlist’ topic) but the bulk of the curriculum will be taught by a specialist teacher on Thursdays.||Asking your child if they’ve learned any Spanish phrases, e.g. greetings, days of the week or other language basics will help strengthen their memories of these lessons. Musical games or singing with your child can be extremely beneficial. Not only does it activate and exercise many areas of the brain, it shows them that singing and musical engagement is something to be proud of and not hidden!|
As Year 4 progresses your child will be reading progressively more complex books in their guided reading sessions, which they must bring in every day in their book bag. Children will also be reading a book from the class library of their choosing. Talking to your child about their book and reading with them is proven to be extremely beneficial for their learning.
This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday. It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and then either grammar or something related to our topic.