Jaguar Class Year 4

Welcome to Jaguar Class :)

Welcome back Jaguars! I can’t believe it’s our last half term together. I have had such a wonderful year getting to know you all and having so much fun in our lessons and on our trips! Thank you for such a great year and I will miss each of you dearly!

Conservation project:

This half term, each of our topics will have the theme of conservation incorporated into it. In year 4 we will focus on the effects of deforestation on animals and indigenous people. We will be raising awareness in and around Parkgate – so look out for us! We will also be helping local charities who support this theme.

English:

This half term you will be studying a range of non fiction texts about Rainforests and indigenous people which will help you to write the following:

• To write a diary entry in the role of Ramaema.

• To write an information leaflet about the importance of the rainforest to animals, tribes people and the world and the effects of deforestation.

• To write a formal letter from a company to an activist explaining how the company supports rainforests.

• To write a poetry book on ‘The Lost Animals’

• To write a persuasive speech on deforestation.

The Reading challenge is going really well in year 4 and the children are always excited to come and show me their reading records each morning. Please keep it up year 4. There will be prizes towards the end of the year if you reach beyond the gold level!

Maths:

This half term, we will be focusing on Measure and Properties of Shape and Statistics with Mrs. Rashid:

By the end of the term you should be able to:

• Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
• Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations.
• Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.
• Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs.
• Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.

On a Wednesday, Mrs. Gregg will be teaching Maths and you will focus on:

• Describe positions on a 2D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant
• Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down
• Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon

Times Tables

Times tables are really important and by the end of year 4 it is expected that you should be able to recall your times tables up to 12 x 12. In school we will be playing daily times tables games and there will be a weekly times table challenge called Rainbow times tables (This is a timed test. You will progress through the colours once you achieve full marks on each colour) To help you achieve full marks ensure you practice your tables at home too.

Science:

The theme in science this half term is ‘Living things and their habitats (saving our habitats)’

By the end of the unit you should be able to:

• To begin to consider how the local environment has changed and why these changes may have happened.
• To consider some of the natural changes that could happen to an environment and to understand what some living things can do to survive such changes.
• To draw a graph of temperatures recorded over time.
• To recognise that changes to an environment can be dangerous to living things and to begin to understand what can be done to reverse some of the changes.
• To plan positive changes to a local environment and use evidence to answer questions about why they are making the changes.
• To know that if an environment changes it can be dangerous to living things and to explain why.

PE:

Mr Hall and I will be teaching PE on a Tuesday and Mr Kelly will be teaching PE on a Wednesday. Please ensure children have their full kit in school on these days with their names in.

Geography:

The theme in Geography this half term is Rainforests which links nicely with our conservation theme.

By the end of the topic you should be able to:

• To fond out what a rainforest is and where they are found.
• To explore the layers of vegetation in a rainforest.
• To investigate the climate of the rainforest
• To find out about the people and settlements of the rainforest
• To explore why the rainforest is under threat and the measure taken to protect it.

Art

DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and the topic for this half term is Weaving:

The children will:

• Experiment with and combine materials and processes to design and make 3D form.
• To create a sketchbook on a theme
• To weave on a variety of meshes
• Choose materials to create a weaving

PSHE

You will be looking at a topic called ‘Fairtrade’

During this topic you will learn:

-How do fruits from the rainforest end up at our supermarkets?

-How does Fairtrade affect farmers and communities?

-What can we do to help and support Fairtrade?

Homework and spellings:

Maths and English homework will be given out every Wednesday and expected back the following Monday.

There is a star Icon at the bottom of our Year 4 Page called Homework and Spellings - here I will upload a copy of the homework and spellings for the current week.

If your child is finding the homework difficult then please encourage them to come to homework club on a Wednesday and Thursday Lunchtime.

Spellings will be given out every Tuesday and children will be tested the following Tuesday. You can help your child by testing them and asking them to put the spelling into a sentence to check their understanding of the words.

Maths homework:

A slight change for this half term, there will be no my maths homework. I will be sending home mental arithmetic tests each week for the children to practise. If you click on the homework icon, I have attached the weekly tests along with the marking scheme which is located at the end of each test sheet. This does not mean you have to mark them! It means if you would like the answers they are there.

Feel free to come and speak to me about any concerns or queries!

Mrs Rashid :)

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