Mount Stewart Infant and Junior schools are working together in a Hard Federation known as The Mount Stewart Schools.

Year 4 - 2017-2018

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Spring 2017-2018 Termly Review

Literacy

The children will be working on topic based units each lasting 2-3 weeks. These will include work on poetry, newspapers, stories from other cultures and recounts. Grammar will concentrate on powerful verbs and fronted adverbials, homophones, prepositions and punctuation such as apostrophes and inverted commas. We will use a variety of resources to support learning. Throughout the term we will focus on improving speaking and listening skills through performance and drama activities.

 Recommended Reading List – Years 3, 4 and 5

Mathematics

Each class will continue to have five maths lessons each week. Firstly we will complete work on 2D shape and symmetry. Then we will move on to work with decimals involving money. There will also be a greater emphasis on solving one and two step problems, across all topic areas. Next half term fractions will be introduced, this will include work on equivalent fractions and decimal fractions. The children’s attitude and progress will continue to be monitored closely and resources used to support children with their learning.

  Science/DT

In the first half term the children will study ‘States of Matter. ‘In this topic the children will be learning about evaporation, condensation, and the water cycle.

In DT 4J will be producing lamps in a cuboid. The approach will be cross curricular. The children will apply what they have learnt about electrical circuits and build on some of the DT concepts from Year 3. 4M will be producing wind powered vehicles building on ideas around friction and aerodynamics.

Humanities/RE/PE

This term, Year 4 will study Roman Britain. This unit covers research skills, and we use a variety of resources including artefacts and drama. We have linked our art topic on mosaics to humanities.

 Linked to The Romans, the children will be asked to complete their own independent research on two or more aspects of life in Roman Britain, and produce a project/ poster/ 3 D model. We will be sharing the work produced within class and across the school.

In RE pupils will continue to study Christianity.

In PE children will be taking part in hockey, an invasion game to encourage teamwork and dance.

Enrichment Activities

  • Roman workshop
  • All children will continue to enjoy the weekly ‘Music’s Cool’ programme run by Brent Music Service learning how to play ukuleles.
  • St Mary’s Church
  • 4S will attend swimming lessons every Tuesday this term.

 

Helping and Supporting your Children in Year 4

We believe that home and school working together can really help your child. Here are some approaches and ideas that you may find useful. We fully appreciate that time is often in short supply, and all of these ideas can’t be used all of the time.

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Reading

Teachers say that promoting reading at home is the most important way that parents can help their child. Please make sure that your child has regular reading practice and check they understand what they read. Discuss the plots together, what will happen next etc. Discuss the meanings of words in the text etc. Regular practice will help your child with comprehension work in class.

Handwriting and spelling.

It’s easier to get into good handwriting habits early on than to correct poor writing later, when the pressure of schoolwork is greater. The same goes for spelling. Help your child to see writing and spelling skills not only as fun, but as something important and to be proud of:-

Help children that find spelling challenging by writing words and sentences for them to copy. All children will be helped by using the “Look, Say, Copy, Write, and Check.” approach to learning words.

Emphasise the links between drawing and writing, and make sure your child always signs finished artwork. Please try to help your child to make their letters even and not use loops.

Encourage your child to be inspired by examples of beautiful handwriting in museums, galleries and books.

Please help your child by discussing their handwriting when they complete their weekly spelling sentences. How can they improve? Are the letters in the correct position on the line? Are the differences between capital and small letters clearly shown? Is the writing a good size/ and not too dark or light? Regular checks will make a big difference!

Writing

Encourage personal writing such as a journal, diary or even a blog.

Ask them to write letters, shopping lists, write a recount of somewhere they went, a book or film review. It doesn’t have to be difficult or lengthy – Just provide them with a range of opportunities, and make it fun! Let the children type their work from time to time.

Talk through ideas with your children before they write. Get them to try and plan how they are going to approach a subject. Encourage them to read through their work, shaping their sentences, making them clear and effective. Please help them make up interesting sentences for their weekly spellings, and then discuss their punctuation with them. Particularly capital letters and full stops!

Numeracy

Practical every day maths can really benefit your child. Whatever their ability try to involve them in everyday activities where you can. These may include:-Weighing and measuring whilst cooking. Working out prices/ bills whilst shopping. Reading timetables- working out which bus/train to get the length of a journey etc. Timing activities. Puzzles and games involving patterns and logic. Try to help them see that maths is involved in most aspects of life.

Mental arithmetic

Your children will make much faster progress in maths generally if they know their multiplication tables. Please help them to regularly practice. This can be aided by tapes and games. Giving them ‘Quick fire’ mental arithmetic questions can really develop their confidence and speed. In the car on the way to school, in the supermarket where ever is convenient. Your participation is the important thing! Little and often and making it fun can make all the difference.

Thank you for your support. The Year 4 Team.