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Year 4 - St Martin de Porres

Welcome to Year 4!

Class teacher: Miss Sweeney. 

Welcome back Year 4! I hope you all had a well-deserved rest over the February half-term and that you managed to spend some quality time with your family. I am looking forward to another great term of online learning and I am hoping things will get back to normal before we know it!

On this class page, you will be able to find information about our learning for the Spring 2 half-term and also see in advance some of the objectives that we will be working towards. At the bottom of the page, I have attached the homework and spelling sheets for this half-term and also some useful links which will help you with your learning.

Seesaw Tips

The links show students how to use seesaw in both app and browser.

 

How to use the Seesaw app for students http://bit.ly/35dQz8J

 

How to use Seesaw in browsers for students http://bit.ly/38dU0xR

Timetable for remote learning 

All learning will be uploaded to Seesaw, following the timetable below.

Activity Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday Friday 

1

 

Maths Maths Maths Maths Maths

2

 

English  English English English

English   

3 Topic Science RE  PSHE

Topic (Week 1)

RE (Week 2)

CHRISTMAS VIDEO

We had so much fun creating this Christmas video and we would love for you to watch it! Just follow the link below and sing-a-long if you know the words!

Homework-  Learning logs and spellings will be given out on a Thursday and brought in to school, after completion, on a Monday where we will have a class walk around to praise and share the good work completed at home. 

These books will be given back the following Thursday to be taken home to complete. Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday.

 

Reading- Reading books will be chosen from our accelerated reader scheme and will also go home on a Thursday and brought in on a Monday. If the book has not been completed in this time then the book can be kept at home until the following Monday to bring in then. The children will take their online quizzes and choose a new book to take home on the Thursday. 

 

PE - PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Children are to come to school in their PE kits for our PE lesson and they will stay in their kit all day.

Swimming -  Swimming will be on a Wednesday afternoon. They will need to bring in their swimming kit which should consist of a suitable swimming costume/trunks and a towel. Please make sure that the children come in appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather conditions.

 

English

To begin our English learning this half-term, we will be focusing on the funny but educational book Interview with a Tiger by Andy Seed. This is a quirky non-fiction book that lets animals speak for themselves. Using the ‘tranimalator’ machine, which tells translates animal sounds into words, author Andy Seed ‘interviews’ a horde or scary animal. He asks interesting questions and we learn lots of things about these endangered species. We are going to be making predictions about the book and then learning to make inferences when reading. We will also be having a zoom interview with the author to find information and ask our own questions. For our main piece of writing during this topic, we are going to create a non-chronological report about an endangered animal that we have researched.  

For our Guided Reading sessions, we will be focusing on applying our growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that we discover. We will also be reading further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word. An important focus of our sessions will be checking that the text makes sense and discussing our understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context.

 

Maths 

For our Maths topic this half-term we will be continuing Fractions. We will use our learning from last half-term to help us find fractions of quantities and sets of objects. After that, we will move on to more complex reasoning and problem solving style questions. Later in the half-term, we will begin to learn about decimals. We will begin our learning, by learning to identify tenths and hundreds by dividing by 10 and 100. We will be using visual representations such as number lines and place value charts to support our learning.  Throughout the topic, we will be learning how to use the methods we are using in context and to solve real life problems.

Throughout the year, we will also be working on our times table knowledge and by the end of Year 4 pupils are expected to know all their tables from the 2s – 12s. In preparation for this, it would be helpful to practice as much as possible at home and play on TT Rockstars.

 

Topic

For the first two weeks of the half-term, our Topic focus will be all about endangered animals. We will begin by learning about what an endangered animal is and where they are found. We will start to understand what makes an animal endangered and how we can work together to prevent animals becoming endangered. After that, we are going to look at palm oil and how the demand is damaging our planet in many ways.

Later in the half-term, we are going to begin our Topic of Ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt was one of the greatest and most powerful civilizations in the history of the world. It lasted for over 3000 years from 3150 BC to 30 BC. We are going to be learning to:

  • I can use words and phrases such as century, decade, before Christ, after, before, during to describe the passing of time.
  • I can talk about some similarities and differences between different periods from the past I have studied.
  • I can describe why an event, people or individual are significant.
  • I can begin to make connections and contrasts, e.g. change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.
  • I can answer and sometimes devise my own historically valid questions.
  • I can use a source of information to help me answer questions about the past in sentences.

Throughout the Topic, we will learn about the Ancient Egyptian way of life by looking at mummification, hieroglyphics and even making Egyptian bread!

 

 

Science

Our Science topic for this half-term is Plants. Throughout the topic we will be learning to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

Throughout the topic, we will be undergoing some investigations to see what plants need to survive and to discover how water is transported through plants.

 

Religion

For our RE topic this half-term, we are going to be learning about listening and sharing through the Eucharist. Over the half-term we are going to:

  • Listen and share with each other.
  • Explore how a community prepares for mass.
  • Pick words from the Gloria that have special meaning to you.
  • Make links between what Jesus said and how Christians should live.
  • Examine the offertory procession.
  • Illustrate the last supper.
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