Welcome to Year 4

Class 3 Spring Term

2022

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a lovely, relaxing break and are looking forward to the start of an exciting new year!

Our Week

Mrs King will continue to teach on Monday and Tuesday, and Mrs Dunton will be teaching Wednesday through to Friday.

Reading

Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible and encourage them to talk about what has happened in the story, what they think might happen, discuss the characters and ask them questions about what they have read. Please make sure you record in their yellow ‘Reading Record’ how long they have read for, the page number and any other relevant information. Children must independently change their books as they are completed.

Spellings

Spellings will be set on a Friday and tested the following Friday. These spellings will be a mixture of ‘common exception words’ for their year group as well as a selection of spellings aimed at consolidating spelling strategies and grammar learnt during the week.

Homework

Homework will be given out on a Friday and we ask that it is returned completed the following Friday. All homework is intended to consolidate learning or to prepare children for an upcoming task or topic.

Forest School

During the first half term Year 3 will attend Forest School with Mrs Moore every Wednesday morning and then after half term Year 4 will have their turn. Please come to school in your Forest School clothes and trainers; bring your wellies with you in a separate bag so that you can put them on after lunch before you go. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with nature, spend valuable time outdoors and the children will learn many new skills such as tracking the sun, making natural compasses and using natural materials to paint with.

English

To start the term, we will be using a text by Marc Martin. called ‘A River’. This tells the journey of a river, through different landscapes, in the form of an extended poem. The children will explore the vocabulary choices and grammatical structures used in this text, in order to develop their own skills as writers of expressive poetry. Later In the term we will use the text, ‘Paddington goes to town’, to extend their abilities as story-writers.

Maths

In maths this term we will be focussing predominantly on Number; Multiplication and division, fractions and decimals. They will also cover a short unit on measurement: Area.

Children will learn how to solve problems involving multiplying and adding, dividing and subtracting, counting up and down in hundredths, recognising and using diagrams to show families of common equivalent fractions. To add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and to recognise and record decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.

Science

In science For the first half term we will be looking at solids, liquids and gases and the changes of state.

In the second half of the term, we will be reviewing herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, and will begin to construct and understand food chains.

Geography- Our World ‘Where on Earth are we?’

In this unit, children will begin to understand the Earth better as a sphere, learning to rotate it mentally in 3-D. They will explore its representation in 2-D maps, and learn about the imaginary lines used (Equator, latitude, longitude, tropics and the International Date Line) to pinpoint global locations.

History- The Bronze Age and Iron Age

This term we will be following on from the Stone Age and learning about the Bronze and Iron Age! Children will learn how to locate the Bronze and Iron Age on a timeline, know and understand the key features of these periods, identify similarities and differences between these periods and learn how to support their own opinions with evidence and reliable sources.

RE- Christianity- People of God/ Islam- How do festivals and worship show what matters to Muslims?

The children will begin the term by looking at the Christian faith and learning what life is like for someone who follows God. The second half of the term, children will learn about Islam and Muslims. They will learn about the Qur’an and what it teaches Muslims about God.

Art- Printmaking

This term the children will be finding out about the work of Japanese artist Hokusai. They will explore images and recreate texture using a variety of materials. Children will be able to explain the effectiveness of artistic elements and use tools to create their own print.

DT- Structures

In Design and Technology after half term we will be exploring shell structures, including computer aided design. The children will learn how to be constructive, creative and think strategically about simple structures such as packaging, sculptures and bridges.

Computing- We are presenters/ We are network engineers

Do your children love watching sport or other performances on TV? This unit gives them a chance to make a short, narrated video of themselves practising a sport or other skill, and to use this to help improve their performance. This unit will enable the children to: gain skills in shooting live video, such as framing shots, holding the camera steady, and reviewing edit video, including adding narration and editing clips by setting in/out points.

PE

This term children will take part in Gymnastics and Dance. They will learn how to use movement to explore and communicate ideas and issues, and their own feelings and thoughts. Children will develop an awareness of the historical and cultural origins of different dances.

Music

A rap song, called ‘Stop Bullying’, will be the focus of our musical learning for the first half term; helping the children to recognise and understand key elements of music, including texture, tempo and dynamics.  In the second part of the term they will build their knowledge through learning to sing and accompany the rhythm and blues song, ‘Lean on me’.

PSHE

Children will be learning how to resolve relationship problems; effective listening skills and about non- verbal communication. They will be looking at the impact different relationships have, exploring trust and friendship.

French

During this term we will study 2 units of French. The first one, titled ‘Je peux’, focuses on the use of a range of different verbs for common activities, so that they will be able to create and say their own short sentences about things they can do using ‘Je peux’ and the Infinitive. In the second unit, ‘Les Fruits’, listening, speaking, reading and writing activities will help them to add to the bank of vocabulary they recognise and remember. They will develop their grammatical understanding of French, knowing that nouns have a gender and this affects whether they need to use un/une, le/le/les with each noun.

Additional Information

  • Playtime snacks – Year 3/4 aren’t provided with free fruit, but they do get very hungry by playtime, so it is a good idea to send them to school with a small healthy snack to eat.
  • Class 3 have a weekly library time. During this time the children are able to take out and return library books.  Please remind your child to renew his / her books.
  • E is a regular part of our curriculum.  Therefore, please ensure your child has a suitable kit in school at all times.
  • Please can your child bring acoat every day, as we go outside whenever possible.

How can I help my child?

  • Please read with your child every day… and then read some more!
  • Sign your child’s yellow diary at the end of every week and please use it to communicate with school.
  • Practise times tables as regularly as possible.
  • Label all school uniform and PE kit.
  • Support your child with their learning of statutory spelling lists.

All of the work undertaken will ensure that children are reaching their personal learning goals. We look forward to the many exciting opportunities we hope that each and every child will experience throughout their time in Class Three!

We hope you have found this letter useful.  Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries.

With best wishes,

Mrs Dunton and Mrs King

This Year’s Curriculum

Loddiswell Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.

This Term’s Topics

Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term.  If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Dunton or Mrs King.

Overview Spring Term 2022 Class 4 Topics