During English this half term, we will be using our class reader, ‘The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart’, to inspire our own descriptive pieces of writing. Within these texts, we will be deepening our understanding of clauses and how we can use a connective to turn a simple sentence into a compound sentence. Further to this, we will be learning to create expanded noun phrases and use these to describe both characters and settings.
Through Reading, we will be looking at our class reader, as well as others from throughout the year, and using clues from the front cover and blurb to predict what the book will be about. We will then be diving into the book and making inferences about the characters and their feelings.
Within Spellings this half term, we will be building on our Year 3 knowledge of suffixes by looking at adding ‘ing’ to different words.
This half term, we will be deepening our understanding of shapes and their properties. Firstly, we will be introducing and exploring what an angle is before recognising the different types that there are. This will be one of the features we identify when investigating different shapes and their properties. Later in the half term, we will be looking at place value and using this 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.
Within this unit, children’s understanding of living things and the various groups in which they can be classified in will be explored. Through carrying out field work, children will learn to master using classification keys to identify a range of living things, such as birds living on our coastline. Throughout the unit, we will be developing our working scientifically skills through making observations and recording results.
Topic – Village to City
Within this geographical based topic, we will first be exploring what we think the difference between a village and a city is. This will include exploring the local area of Portsmouth and understanding what makes it a city. This unit will also involve learning about both the Physical and Human Geography of our local area. We will be comparing this to the local village of East Meon, amongst other local villages, where we will take place in some field work. Within this, we will be developing our use of maps, including ordinance survey maps. We will be celebrating our learning by creating our very own map of a fictional city.
Within the topic, we will be using our sketching skills to identify key differences within a city and a village.
Our PE this half term will be focused around developing the key skills of agility, balance and co-ordination so that these can be applied to a range of games.
In this unit, we are investigating the concept of ‘guardianship’ and how it plays a key role in Christianity. We will exploring what guardianship means to us and whether we have any experience of it within our own lives.
In PSHE, we will be exploring relationships. Within this, we will discuss the importance of personal choice and boundaries.
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 creating and performing our own.
This unit will be looking at deepening our knowledge of key sounds within the new vocabulary of months of the year. Furthermore, we will be learning how to tell others about ourselves. This will result in our first letter to our French pen pals.
Dates for the Diary
Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower trip (packed lunches needed) to further explore the city of Portsmouth :
Wednesday 18th September – 4HT
Thursday 19th September – 4GC
Friday 20th September – 4SB
East Meon and village trip (packed lunches needed) to gain insight into village life:
Wednesday 2nd October – 4HT
Thursday 3rd October – 4GC
Friday 4th October – 4SB
Baffins Pond visit to explore living things in our local environment:
Week beginning 23rd September (pm only)
Hayling Island visit to explore living things in a coastal environment:
Tuesday 8th October – 4GC
Wednesday 9th October – 4HT
Thursday 10th October – 4SB
School uniform will be worn for all of the above trips. The majority of them are based outside so please ensure appropriate clothing is brought.
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 – From Village to City
If children want to develop and deepen their understanding more around our topic, From Village to City, they can carry out this half term’s city themed project. As we are finding out about Portsmouth, children will need to choose a different city from around the world to focus on before carrying out their own research. This could be presented in a variety of ways: from artwork to a fact file.
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 18th October
Spellings for this half term will be recapping the Year 3’s Autumn 1 spellings along with learning strategies for Year 4’s new exception words.
The exception words are:
Year 4: accident, believe, strange, reign, interest, various, possible and grammar
Year 3: actual, learn, group, heard, arrive, circle, often and build
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 consolidating our 2s, 5s and 10s. 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.