Although we are still enjoying our book ‘The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart’, we will be focusing our writing around our new class reader which is the picture book ‘Tuesday’. This will help us to deepen our understanding of sentence structure even further as we will be putting words to the pictures in our own narrative piece. During this piece of writing, children will be able to use a range of connectives to show the order of events and explain why things have happened.
Through Reading, we will be looking at non-fiction texts and how we can use the features and layout to find answers more quickly. We will be scanning for questions using these features as well as key words in the question.
Within Spellings this half term, we will be building on our knowledge of suffixes by looking at adding ‘ous’ to various words.
This half term, we will be deepening our understanding of place value as well as addition and subtraction. Firstly, we will be introducing and exploring Roman Numerals before moving onto rounding a range of four digit numbers to varying degrees. Later in the half term, we will be looking to use our place value knowledge to add and subtract.
Throughout Year 4, we will be developing our arithmetic skills by carrying out daily activities which will aid with our fluency. Daily times tables activities will remain an important element of this. This, alongside activities which will develop our reasoning skills, will ensure a wide range of mathematical skills are developed and embedded.
Science – Teeth and Digestion
Within this unit, children’s understanding of the human body and how we use food to gain nutrients to live will be deepened. Firstly, we will explore teeth and their different roles in breaking down food – the first step in the digestive system. Through making observations and spotting patterns we will be exploring whether the shape of teeth vary depending on what animals eat. For example: Do carnivores have bigger teeth than herbivores?
Once we have fully explore the role teeth play, we will be finding out where our food goes next! The key parts of the digestive system will be learnt so that we can share our knowledge in our very own podcast!
Topic – Rockin’ the Ages
Within this historical based topic, we will first be exploring just how long ago the Stone Age was and just how different life was like. We will then explore how life changed for the people as they moved from a nomadic lifestyle in the Paleolithic and Mesolithic Eras before discovering farming in the Neolithic times. As part of the unit, we will also be using a range of sources to find out about the Bronze and Iron Age although as this is during prehistoric times, we will have a limited supply of sources! Children will take part in their own inquiry choosing an area to focus on. As part of this, they will research how their chosen area of focus has changed all the way from the Paleolithic times in the Stone Age to the Iron Age. This may range from housing to fashion.
During this topic, we will be developing our DT skills through weaving and creating our own wall hanging.
We will be sharing all of this in our very own Stone Age museum in the new year.
Our PE this half term will be develop our social skills whilst learning to balance when standing still and on the move.
In this unit, we are investigating the concept of ‘light’ and how it plays a key role in Hinduism. We will exploring what light means to us before representing this in our very own interpretive dance.
In PSHE, we will be exploring relationships. Within this, we will discuss the importance of personal choice and boundaries as well as the different kind of relationships we have. We will also be celebrating the differences between us as these are a part of our identity. To bring together all our learning, we will be creating a guide around relationships for Year 3s.
This unit will explore beat through the unit ‘Building’ where we will develop our understanding of musical notation as we recognise symbols for minim, croquet and semibreve. We will then explore ostinatos before performing our own.
Now that we know how to introduce ourselves, we will be looking to discover how to tell someone all about our family. As part of this, we will be looking at how to change single nouns to plural and how they can vary depending on the gender of the word.
Dates for the Diary
13th November – Stone Age workshop in school
26th November – School council voting
2nd to 6th December – Arts Week
12th December – Christmas Concert to parents (@2pm)
Full PE kits are needed for Mondays and Tuesdays. This includes dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor PE if the weather is cold), a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear.
Project homework – Rockin’ the Ages
If children want to develop and deepen their understanding more around our topic, Rockin’ the Ages, they can choose activities from this half term’s Stone Age themed takeaway homework menu. A copy will parent mailed home but activities range from designing a quiz around the Stone Age to the Iron Age, building your own Stone Age settlement to writing a story set in this time.
If children need support with this, class teachers are happy to help. This may include finding books from the library with them or allocating a discovery suite pass so they can use their own time to research using the ipads.
Project Due Date: Friday 13th December
To start the half term, we have been recapping last half term’s spellings:
Year 4: accident, believe, strange, reign, interest, various, possible and grammar
Year 3: actual, learn, group, heard, arrive, circle, often and build
Now we have moved on to this half term’s spellings which will involve recapping Year 3’s Autumn 2 spellings along with learning strategies for Year 4’s new exception words.
Year 4: woman, women, promise, therefore, opposite, ordinary, perhaps and pressure
Year 3: eight, caught, centre, century, heart, breath, busy and early
These will be assessed both at the beginning and end of the half term and can be practised using a variety of strategies on the Tic-Tac-Toe.
They are expected to not only know the words on the list but be able to spell them if they have a prefix or a suffix attached. For example, complete could be completing or completed.
Within class, we will be focusing on developing our phonics skills and how these can be used to spell unknown words. We will also be looking at the rules throughout the half term so please refer to the English section for more detail.
Reading and Times Tables
A reminder that each week children will be expected to read every day at home for at least 10 minutes. Alongside this, children are to log on to Times Tables Rockstars which will aid to develop children’s fluency within their Maths by taking part in fun Maths games. For this half term, we will be learning our 3s, 4s and 8s. Both will need to be recorded in the same home learning log and handed in to the class teacher on a daily basis.
Please feel free to speak to your class teacher if you have any questions or would like further support or advice with the homework.