Year 4 (Yew, Birch & Mulberry)

Year 4 

1066 continued

We will be continuing our work on 1066 and the era of the Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry. We will be recreating parts of the Bayeux tapestry and learning how to cross stitch.

English: 

The children will be learning about the famous English author, William Shakespeare and writing their own biography of this great English writer.  

We will also be developing our narrative skills to include speech dialogue. We will have the opportunity to adapt a playscript into a short story just as Tony Ross has with a variety of Shakespeare’s works. We will be focussing on fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and different sentence types

During daily reading sessions we will be looking at developing our skills as fluent readers by practicing retrieval, vocabulary and inference skills.

Maths: 

Our main focus for the summer term will be shape.

We will be looking at angles, symmetry, position and direction. The children will be able to translate shapes and identify acute and obtuse angles. We will know the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and be able to plot their coordinates on a grid.

Daily Arithmetic will continue to be a major focus and expect all children to have a clear understanding of the basic strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as finding fractions of amounts.

We will continue to learn all the times tables and corresponding division facts.

Who will be the times tables champion each week?

Will a Y4 class win the school PiXL Times tables award for the most points?

Our weekly maths homework will be on My Maths.

 

Science: Sound: 

Following on from work in spring 2 term we will be using our knowledge of sound to plan and carry out an investigation.

How will we protect our ears from the loud music at the rock concert?

We will be developing fair tests, gathering results, making predictions and using scientific enquiries to solve our problem.

 

Art/DT focus

The children will have the opportunity to look closely at examples of the Bayeux Tapestry and the story it tells. They will be recreating a large version for the classroom using different mediums.

They will also have the opportunity to plan, make and evaluate a Norman Helmet looking at function and design elements.

Small groups will also be learning a new skill of sewing and experience how the Tapestry was made.

                        

RE: 

Our key questions this term are: Can you acknowledge the beliefs and teachings of key religious figures? Can you give examples of their teaching?

What makes some books sacred and what influence do sacred books have on believers’ lives (emphasis on the bible and the Guru Granth Sahib)?

 

ICT: 

We will be using computing throughout the curriculum but also learning word processing skills and digital resilience.

In maths we will be using the EV3 LEGO to develop our measuring and shape skills. Learning to write programs and debug to help us calculate perimeter and solve how to travel a certain distance while converting the measurements from cm to mm to m.

 

What can your child do at home?

  • Listen to your child read at least three times per week.
  • Encourage them to complete their ‘My Maths homework every week.
  • Help your child fluently recall all times tables and corresponding division facts
  • Can your child tell the time both analogue and digital? (This is a life skill!! Help them to practice this)
  • Help them learn their weekly spellings.
  • Find out about the types of shields used at the Battle of Hastings.
  • Create a design for a shield. Will you use a kite or a round shape? Which colours and patterns will you use?
  • Visit a castle or fort with your family. Take lots of pictures and tell your class about it on your return.
  • Find out about other plays by William Shakespeare.
  • Research about the life of William Shakespeare.