Buckle up, sunglasses on – we’re going on a road trip across to the good old US of A!
This term prepare yourselves for a virtual flight taking-off from Cardiff Airport and arriving at JFK Airport New York!
We’ll be exploring the sights and sounds of the Big Apple!
Pack your bags and come with us on our USA Road Trip as we use our map skills to navigate our way around some of the most famous landmarks.
We’ll send postcards from our trip asking the question: Do you wish you were here?
We will learn to book a day trip or make a room reservation using email. (Remember those important questions, how much does it cost? Is there a pool?)
We will meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions.
We will plan a bespoke road trip for Mr. Smith and his family of four who wish to spend 3 weeks in the sunshine!
It’s going to be a long ride, so put the roof of the car down and let the wind blow through your hair because……..we’re off!
This term we will explore:
In our number work, we will be using number facts and relationships and calculating using mental and written methods. In our algebra work we will explore number sequences, equations and inequalities, use number facts and relationships and calculate using mental and writte3n methods. We will develop functions and graphs by using 1 or 2 step function machines to generate input and output using all four operations. We will estimate the number of minutes it takes everyday activities to complete in our time work, explore recognising and drawing parallel and perpendicular lines in geometry. We will use money to pay for items up to £10 and calculate the change, order and compare items to £100, then add and subtract totals less than £10 using correct notation. e.g. £6.85 - £2.76. We will compare costs from retailers and determine what can be bought within a given budget. We will learn more about temperature by taking temperature readings using thermometers and interpret readings above and below 0’C. We will explore area and volume and learn to recognise volume in practical contexts. We will learn about angle and position by using an 8 compass points to describe position.
We will be developing our Oracy skills by expressing our opinions about topics and written texts. We will be developing our Listening skills by sharing our views about what the speaker has said and contributing to group discussion, helping everyone to take part. Our Reading skills will be further developed by using different texts to read and find information from. We will compare different texts and learn about the features of continuous and non-continuous texts. In our Writing we will gathering ideas to plan our writing, choosing and using words from our increasing range of vocabulary, using adjectival and adverbial phrases to add interests and precision. We will be producing handwriting which is clear and legible and some of us may use cursive handwriting! Our writing will become more organised and structured with the use of tables and paragraphs. We will write in different ways including on tables, questionnaires and emails.
In Science we will be searching for, accessing and selecting relevant scientific information from a range of sources including ICT. We will make our own predictions using our previous knowledge and understanding. We will decide on our own success criteria for our Scientific investigations and enquiries. We will explore using different apparatus and equipment correctly and safely.
Welcome back Year 4!
I hope everyone is refreshed and looking forward to this terms Topic...
What are we learning about?
Spring 2 Topic: Playlists.
Ssh… what’s that noise?
A rattle or a low, bass hum?
Which do you prefer… an acoustic singer or a booming brass band? A solitary voice singing sweetly and quietly or a magnificent choir lifting the roof?
This term be prepared to take out your ear plugs as we journey through the valley of sound and find out about instruments, the sounds they make and how they are produced! Discover how sounds are made and which sounds travel the furthest!
Be prepared to sing up and compose your own class song for the local talent contest, Class Factor! Can you write a Number One Hit? Be sure to stand up straight, warm up your voice and sing your heart out!
When your performance is done, sit back and listen to calming classical melodies. A soothing lullaby or your favourite boy band ballad!
This term we will explore:
Sound… What is sound?
Identifying and making sounds.
Different sounds made during live musical performances.
Singing and composing.
Music and its link to celebrations.
Please see the homework menu at the bottom of the page for more ideas on what you can do at home to extend your learning.
Maths: We will be developing our data handling and data representing skills by collecting and collating data and sharing it through the methods of; lists, tally charts, tables and diagrams, bar charts and bar lines graphs labelled in 2s, 5s and 10s, pictograms and Venn and Carroll diagrams. We will be continuing to use and select appropriate standards of units when estimating and measuring length, weight/mass and capacity. We will also continue to use our mathematical skills in a variety of contexts and everyday situations. Mental Math’s will be practiced daily during CLIC sessions where the four mathematical operations; addition, subtraction, division and multiplication will be revised and further developed.
Literacy: We will be developing our Oracy skills by contributing positively in group discussions and encouraging each other to be included and take part. We will be developing listening and responding skills by engaging in group discussions and then giving views and opinions on what the speaker has said. We will also be perfecting our organisational talk so that different audiences can follow what is being said through Drama Presentations and ‘Hot Seating’ scenarios. Year 4 will continue to develop their writing skills through writing opportunities that promote writing for a purpose and learning about Playlists using Poetry and Traditional Songs.
Science: In Spring 2, we will be making careful observations and accurately measuring and recording data when investigating the volume of a range of sounds. We will be developing this information by clearly communicating and sharing our findings through speech, writing, drawings, diagrams, charts, tables, bar charts, line graphs, videos and appropriate ICT software using appropriate and relevant scientific vocabulary.
Important things to remember:
We have P.E. every Thursday afternoon. Pupils need to bring their P.E. kit with them. Blue or white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers.
Homework and Reading books are given out every Friday and expected to be returned to school on a Monday morning.
We are often asked how parents can help their children at home. Here are some ideas for you:
* Pupils will have a homework menu each half term, with activities linked to their topic work. They can complete them as little or often as they like but should aim to complete all the tasks by the end of the half term.
* Reading. Your child has an online account with their reading books (as well as some maths games). They need to read the books and answer the questions. This helps us to assess their comprehension skills, which are as important as their ability to read fluently. Listening to your child read means that you can pick up on their mistakes. Reading TO your child helps them to understand what good, fluent reading with expression sounds like.
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