Year 4 – Autumn 2 Newsletter

Welcome to Autumn 2

It is lovely to see everyone back after the October half term. We hope you had a lovely break. This is a very exciting term; we are going on a journey to a Lost, Lost Property Office and exploring ‘A place between’. Along with making Christingles and finding out how Christmas is celebrated around the world. You are so lucky Year 4 because 4B and 4A have the best decorated Christmas classrooms (in our opinion). So look out for the magic to arrive.

English
We will be continuing with our new curriculum resources. Our topic for this half term is still ’Into the Unknown’ our key texts are: Leon and the Place Between by Graham Baker Smith and The Lost Lost-Property Office by Roger McCough. We will be writing a group list poem and performing it. The focus will be on extending vocabulary using words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination. Nouns, adjectives, verbs, alliteration and hyperbole will be used when creating poetry. The children will be writing a recount in the form of a diary. We are also going to be working hard to improve our handwriting and written presentation. Weekly spelling tests will continue this half term. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home regularly.

Maths
During this half term we will continue to build on the children’s knowledge of number, place value addition and subtraction. The children need to keep learning all their multiplication tables at home. This should be done little and often rather than spending hours on the process. We are regularly updating Timetables Rockstar (TTRS) online games. If you have a problem accessing this programme please let us know. The children will be learning to use column addition and column subtraction of 2-3 digit numbers. We will be finding perimeters and areas of regular and irregular shapes. Year 4 will be learning to convert grams, kilograms centimetres and millimetres.

Topic
Our topic is still, ‘Into the Unknown’,

Geography– We will be learning about rivers and the effects they have on the landscape.

R.E-How is Christmas celebrated in other countries? We will also be continuing worship across the six main religions.

ScienceSound– good vibrations.

Art – observational drawing, collage and printing;

D.T – designing and making a musical instrument.

Physical Education
Our focus for this half term is Gymnastics. We have P.E. on Wednesday afternoon. Remember children need to come into school with appropriate P.E. clothing for physical activity e.g. joggers and a t-shirt. No football kits are allowed.

Brass
Brass lessons will take place every Wednesday morning. Violin lessons will also be taking place on Wednesday. Please remember to bring in your violins on Monday so they can be left in school before your lesson.

The weather is changing and we will be going outside as often as possible no matter what the weather. So please ensure your child has a coat in school.

Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Agis, Ms Bennett, Mrs Hobson, Miss Mitchell and Ms Basson