Year 4 goes interstellar this term as we will be investigating the wonders of the universe in our topic study. This focus will see us designing and creating space-craft in Art and D&T and will inform our explanation writing in Literacy during the second half of the term. Haikus (short Japanese poems) and plays will be our Literacy focus until half term.
In Maths we will be finishing or work on decimals before learning about money, time, statistics and finishing up with geometry – in particular properties of shape, position and direction.
Wednesday afternoons will be a highlight of the week for the children during the first half term as that is when we will be swimming. Our other PE session will be on Friday when the focus will be on athletics and cricket. As this session will, weather permitting, take place on the field, please ensure that your child has training shoes to wear. However, it is essential that indoor kit is also provided. Don’t forget jewelry cannot be worn in PE (please remove earrings before school) and that all long hair must be tied up.
Our science sessions will cover animal classifications and, later, teeth and the digestive system.
RE will focus on Pentecost and its importance in the Christian calendar prior to the Spring break, with a switch in focus to Islam taking place after.
In ICT we will be constructing branching databases and we will be increasing our French vocabulary thorough songs. Be prepared to hear versions of Happy, Uptown Funk and Let It Go being muttered in French by your children!
The week’s spellings will be tested every Friday, as will times tables. If you can help your child with these at home, as well as reading a variety of books, magazines and online articles with them, I would appreciate that. It will greatly enhance their performance at school.