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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 May half-term break and that you managed to spend some quality time with your family. I can't believe that this will be our last half-term of the school year!

On this class page, you will be able to find information about our learning for the Summer 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.

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 are going to be reading The Flower by John Light. The beautiful picture book tells the story of Brigg who lives in a small, grey room in a large, grey city. When he finds a book in the library labelled, ‘Do Not Read’, he cannot resist taking it home. In it, he comes upon pictures of bright, vibrant objects called flowers. He cannot find flowers anywhere in the city but stumbles instead on a packet of seeds. This sets off a chain of events which bring about unexpected results, continuing to grow and bloom even after we have turned the last page. We will be using the book to help us write a descriptive opening to the story. We will be make predictions and inferences about the story as well as using descriptive language to improve out writing. Later on in the half-term, we will be looking at biographies. We will be focusing on the Rosa Parks: Little person, big dream and using this to help us write our own biographies.

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 are going to start by learning to tell the time and then moving onto statistics, shape and position and direction. 

We will be learning to:

  • Convert between different units of measure [for example, hour to minute]
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres
  • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks
  • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days.
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
  • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations
  • Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.
  • Describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant
  • Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down
  • Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon
  • Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs.
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.

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

To begin the half-term, we are going to be starting our Topic of Manchester Music where we will focus on Music and Computing objectives. During our Manchester Music topic, we will begin to learn about the Manchester music culture and how it has evolved over the past 50 years. We will also look at how the way we listen to music has changed and research for ourselves how streaming and YouTube has changed the music industry.

During the topic, we will also learn to use search engines efficiently and present information that we have found through various software. After that, we will use Garage Band to create repetition, selection and sequence to create a backing track to our own lyrics.  

 

 

Science

Our Science topic for this half-term is Rocks. In this topic we will be learning to:

 

  • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
  • Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter

 

Religion

For our RE topic this half-term, we are going to be learning about special places through the teaching of the Universal Church.

In this topic we will:

  • Identify special places and how they make us feel.
  • Understand that Jesus had special places
  • Design a special place for people in our school
  • Take action to respect our world as a special place.
  • Understand we have a special place in our heart where God dwells.
  • Reflect on our understanding of special places.
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