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Welcome to Year 4!

Mr Carson, Miss Lynch, Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Freeman
Welcome back to a new term and a new year!
2019 - 20 is going to be a blast!!!

The year starts with Year 4 developing and consolidating the written methods for subtraction and addition as well as multiplication and division. Division will be  a particularly important area of study but with all the hard work that both classes have put in towards learning their times tables should not prove too difficult to master.
Throughout the year, we will revisit and hopefully extend our knowledge of these important skills.
We will also be revisiting fractions where we will focus on equivalent fraction before extending the work into decimals.  
Acute right and obtuse should be terms you become familiar with, if you are not already, when we continue to develop our understanding and knowledge of shape.

In Year 4 we have some amazing texts which we use as our focus. We will be reading Christophe's Story, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and The Iron Man as the basis of our fiction units In non fiction we will be looking at biographies using Neil Armstrong's story, non chronological reports will centre on the Shang Dynasty and to write newspaper reports we will have Incredible Sports as our starting point.. In our poetry we will study the collected poems of  Grace Nichols and James Carter.

Added to this will be a healthy dose of spellings and grammar, doesn't that sound fun!


Each half term brings a different area to investigate, Sound, Electricity, Grouping Living Things, Dangers to Living Things, Human Nutrition and Changes of State. Each lesson  there will be a scientist of the week award for someone, in each class, who has worked particularly well.

Humanities (Geography, History, RE, PSHE)

History is really enjoyable in Year 4 as we look at World War 2, the Ancient Greeks and Crime and Punishment Throughout the Ages. If you have enjoyed Horrible Histories (either the books or television series) there are elements in each of these subjects that should appeal to you alongside some important life lessons.

Linking closely to our history lessons is Geography. We look at the geography of the United Kingdom and Europe, Settlement patterns and map reading.

In R.E. we will try to answer question such as, 'What is the most important part of the Nativity?' and and 'Is forgiveness always possible?' We will also complete a week long project on Buddhism  (including visiting a local temple) during interfaith week.


For PSHE we start the year with New Beginnings and later look at British Values.

 Arts (Art and Design Technology)
Both art and design technology are generally linked to our topics of study.

So alongside WWII we make model gas masks, research and design our own propaganda posters and make model Anderson shelters. As part of our Remembrance work we will making a poppy wreath to lay at the cenotaph in Victoria Park, as well as making clay poppies inspired by the artwork which appeared at The Tower of London in 2014.

Closer to Christmas we will be making a variety of pop-up cards in our Art and Design lessons.

When we look at British Values, in PSHE, we sketch the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament).

 When we look at the Ancient Greeks we will study artefacts from this time  and use this as a stimulus.

Both classes will continue to learn guitar on a weekly basis.  In previous years the children have performed in front of KS2 a mix of whole class and solo pieces.

We will complete a unit called ‚Äč'We are Music Makers' which links nicely with sound in our science unit. We will be looking how to sequence sounds and how ICT can be used to make music. We also  look at the skills needed for developing software and games.
We have PE twice a week on  Wednesdays and Thursdays
In Indoor P.E. we will undertake some gymnastics floor work, dance units in which we explore expression, presence and improvisation skills and table tennis.
For Outdoor P.E. both classes will  have a go at  hockey, boccia, table tennis and athletics.

Both classes will have a 2 week block of swimming lessons in 2019.
As the weather turns colder, please ensure Children have the correct P.E. kit in school (both for indoor and outdoor P.E.) and that they leave it in school for the entire half term.


Forest School

During the year each class should have an opportunity to take part in Forest School activities with Mr Carson.

Children will be given homework for Literacy and Maths every Monday, to be returned to school, on the following Friday. As we are trying to improve spelling across the school the children may also have spellings to learn.
On-going homework, for all children, will be reading every night and learning their times tables.
Some children may be given additional homework to support and consolidate their learning. Your support with all homework is greatly appreciated.

We have lots of educational visits planned.   Each half term we will be making a visit to Ditton Library. We will be visiting the cinema to watch The Giant Pear  and then completing film review and book comparisons. Taking a trip by train to Victoria Park to  pay our respects for Remembrance Day at the cenotaph.  Our visit to the Buddhist Temple has been booked for early November which coincides with our Interfaith week.  The at the end of the year we have a residential visit to Beeston Outdoor Education Centre which is always a highlight of the Year 4 year.

Monday - Homework sent out.
Wednesday / Thursday - P.E.

Tuesday - Guitar
Friday- Homework returned


Chris Hadfield: Astronaut

(Research links for biography writing.)

Space Oddity

David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station. Composition: "SPACE ODDITY" Written by David Bowie Published by Onward Music Limited (Note: This video cannot be reproduced and is licensed for online music use only.)

The Five Senses in Space: Hearing

In space, no one can hear you scream, but inside the International Space Station it's a whole other story. CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes what he hears every day, and shares a few sweet strands of his own sounds as well.

The Five Senses in Space: Sight

Flattened eyeballs? Random flashes of light? CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield explains how vision is altered during spaceflight. Part 2 of 5 videos on how the main senses are affected in space.

The Five Senses in Space: Taste

In space, fluid distribution to the head can cause congestion, dulling the sense of taste. CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us his personal favourite food that has a little extra kick to stir the taste buds.

The Five Senses in Space: Smell

Burnt steak and gunpowder in the airlock? CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes how the sense of smell is hampered in orbit.

The Five Senses in Space: Touch

The fifth and final instalment of our 'Senses in Space' series. CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes how feet adapt to the near-weightless environment of the International Space Station.

Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space

Canadian astronaut and Commander of Expedition 35 answers a question about how astronauts brush their teeth in space. You might be surprised by what he reveals!

Sleeping in Space

It's bedtime on the ISS. CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us how astronauts sleep in space.

Chris Hadfield Returns to Earth

After five months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield and his Expedition 34/35 crewmates Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko made a successful undocking from the ISS and a triumphant return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks Space Myths | WIRED

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield helps debunk (and confirm!) some common myths about space. Is there any sound in space? Does space smell like burnt steak? Is NASA working on warp speed?



Humanities: History, Geography, RE and PSHE