Year 4

What’s happening this half term?

English

This half term we will be reading ‘The Incredible Boy Eating Boy’ by Oliver Jeffers. This is a great book which links to last terms science topic on digestion. We will be looking at how we can portray feelings and writing a letter to the doctor from Henry’s Mum or Dad. The children will also be given the opportunity to create their own story based on this one. This is a great opportunity for the children to let their imaginations wander as well as showcase their writing talents and creativity. We will be following a comprehensive spelling scheme which will allow the children time to practise some of their KIRF spelling words as well as learn some new spelling patterns.

Maths

Our focus in Maths this half term and next will be consolidating our fraction knowledge and then moving on to decimals. There will be opportunities to catch up with any lost learning during lockdown and we will revisit some of the previous term’s curriculum during starters and morning activities. The children will also continue to work on their times tables, which I am pleased to say is going brilliantly and the children are showing great resilience with this. We will be developing different calculating strategies and finding many ways to solve problems. We will continue to work on daily problems to test our reasoning skills and will be working in pairs to solve open ended problems.

Topic

This half term we are studying Geography and we are asking, ‘Why are most of the world’s cities located near rivers?’ This will give us some great opportunities to look at world Geography using atlases and maps as well as think about our local geography. We will be looking at specific vocabulary associated with rivers and looking at how rivers are made up. We will also be investigating how we use rivers and how this effects the cities near them. The children will finish this topic by writing an acrostic poem about rivers which will give them the opportunity to showcase just how much they have learnt and remembered from this unit.

Science

Our Science investigations for this term and next involve looking at living things and their habitats. We will be learning about classification keys, using purple mash to create our own and then thinking about the way that both humans and animals adapt to their living environments. We will be thinking about how our environment is changing and why and asking what the consequences are of these changes, both good and bad. The children will also be looking at their local area and identifying living things that are common to that area and why.

 

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