Look out for further information regarding Parental Engagement workshops and class events.
Swimming will continue to be on Thursday mornings this half term.
Our text this half term is Oliver and the Seawigs.
We will also be using our reading skills to find out about the layers of the ocean and writing persuasively about the damage that plastic is doing to the oceans.
We are starting the term with a Maths Investigation Week. We are going to be developing our problem solving techniques.
Other Maths learning this half term will include fractions and decimals.
Please encourage your child to discuss their Maths work at home.
Times table test is on Monday - please see your child's reading log for which times table they should be practising. Division facts are also tested.
Spelling Test is on Friday - please check logs for spelling scores.
Spelling lists for this half term:
Planners and Year 4 Information
Filling our Learning Rucksack
This half term we are working on filling our learning rucksacks with information all about the oceans. We have been using our new non-fiction books to find out about the ocean layers and the creatures which live there. The information station has been a popular choice for independent learning time.
Welcome to Year 4!
In Spring 1 PE is on Monday. Please ensure PE kits are in school everyday please.
Please ensure logs are signed at least 5 times a week and that reading folders are in school every day.
Maths Investigation Week
During Maths Investigation week we have been looking at growing shapes. We had to look at how patterns changed and work out the formula for the next patterns in the sequence.
Our DT work in the Autumn Term involved making catapults. We had to research, design, make, test and evaluate them.
Meet our Team:
Mrs Pollard - Teacher
Miss Abbott - Teacher
Mrs Goy - HLTA
Mrs Smith - TA
Miss Farish - TA
Ms Darker - TA
Mrs Tetley - Brass/Music teacher
Project ideas linked to this topic:
What will you choose to do?
Why is the ocean blue? Go on… find out!
How many amazing shark facts can you find? Build them into a PowerPoint presentation to show the rest of the class. Remember to include images and perhaps some video clips too.
Write a ‘true or false’ quiz with fascinating facts about creatures and plants under the sea.
Create fact cards about the creatures of the Great Barrier Reef in a Top Trumps style.
Create a picture dictionary of plants and creatures of the ocean.
Visit your local library and find non-fiction books about the oceans and seas. Use them to find out about the sea creatures of the world. Look for information using contents pages, glossaries and index pages. Write down any new facts you have learnt, and share them with your class.
Use the web with an adult to find out about famous undersea explorers, such as Robert Ballard, Sylvia Earle, William Beebe and James Cameron. Record your information to share with the class.
Draw the view of the ocean you might see if looking through the window of a submersible.
Design an ‘under the sea’ board game. What creatures might your counters represent?
Write a story about a diver’s exploration of a coral reef.
Learn The Beatles’ song, Yellow Submarine, and write a new verse of your own.
Write a poem about the creatures living in the blue abyss. It might be an acrostic, shape, haiku, cinquain or free verse poem.
Research how to scuba dive and write a set of instructions for a new diver.
Make a tourist leaflet for people visiting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
As part of our topic on potions we visited Grimm and Co in Rotherham. We took part in a story writing workshop and we all published our own story.
During this topic we also designed and made potions. They weren't quite as gruesome as Shakepeare's potions but they definitely bubbled in our cauldrons!