Welcome to Year 4. 

We are Lilac Class!

The adults in Lilac Class are Miss Drake, Mrs Cowen and Miss Bardon.

What will we be learning about this half term (Spring 1)?

In Maths, we will be applying our timestables knowledge to formal methods of multiplication and division. We will also be completing a measure unit, learning about the different ways we can calculate the perimeter of rectangles, rectilinear shapes and regular polygons.

In English, we will be focusing about the core grammar content within the Year 4 curriculum. We will also be reading the novel, Street Child and creating a persuasive piece of writing linked to the story.

In Geography, we will be building upon our knowledge of the Vikings from last half term and discussing the essential and desirable qualities individuals and groups of people consider when finding a place to settle. 

In Science, we will be finding out about the digestive system and the parts of the body that are involved in the processes of digestion.

In PSHE, we will be understanding our emotions and developing strategies to help regulate our emotions. We will reflect upon our EEWP workshop in which we learnt about various breathing strategies to help with worry and anxiety.

In Music, we will be continuing to learn new songs on the ukulele with Mr Gouldin. 

As part of our work with the linking project, we will be exploring the text Change Sings and creating art and music to send to our linking school Oxenhope Primary. 

Take a look at our Curriculum Year Group Plan below to find out what else we will be learning about in Year 4 this year. Remember, you can find the Knowledge Organisers for each unit on Class Dojo – please share these with your children and discuss the key vocabulary!

 What have we been learning about last half term (Autumn 2)?

In Maths, we learnt about addition and subtraction. We used the formal written methods of column addition and column subtraction. We have also had a huge focus on timestables and have been using Timestables Rockstars to increase our speed and fluency when recalling key facts.

In English, we explored the Viking story 'Beowulf'. Our reciprocal reading lessons linked with our text and we found out about Viking soda bread, myths and long ships. We began our English unit by creating magical mythical monsters like Grendel. We wrote our own historical narrative based on a Viking warrior and a mythical creature.

In Explorers, we developed our historical skills by learning all about the Vikings. We found out who the Vikings were and used our history box to find out about their daily lives. 

In PSHE, we reflected upon how we can treat others with respect making links back to the learning we did as part of our safeguarding curriculum this half term.

In Science, we explored sound. We thought about sound sources, how sound travels and how sound can be absorbed. We created our own musical instruments in which we could change pitch and volume.

In Music, we continued to familiarise ourselves with the ukulele and how to play a range of chords. We even learnt some Christmas tunes!

In RE, we reflected upon religious festivals. We made connections between them and thought about how people celebrate different festivals. 

 What did we learn about in Autumn 1?

In Maths, we learnt about place value and how to represent and partition numbers in different ways. We used different apparatus including base 10, place value counters and numicon.

In English, we explored the story 'The Lost Happy Endings'. Our reciprocal reading lessons linked with this exciting new text.

In Explorers, we developed our geographical skills through investigating the features of a river and the water cycle. We found out about how water is used by humans and its importance in everyday life. 

In PSHE, we reflected upon the qualities, skills and interests that we have and those around us have. We discussed the importance of self esteem and confidence and different types of thinking which can contribute positively to our self image.

In Science, we explored the different states of matter and their properties; solids, liquids and gases. We carried out a number of investigations and made links to our geography topic on the water cycle considering the processes of evaporation and condensation.

In Music, we familiarised ourselves with the ukulele and how to play a range of chords.

In RE, we reflected upon what it is like for people who believe in God and how choices in their lives may reflect these beliefs. 

Important Information:

PE: Tuesday

Library: Wednesday

Spellings: Friday

Reading Books: Friday