# Year 4

Welcome to Jaguar Class :)

Welcome back to a new half term Jaguars!

English:

This half term you will be studying a range of non-fiction text types and to help us with our work we will be watching and studying a documentary called 'Blackfish' we will also be reading the book 'Big Blue Whale' and 'The Morning I met a Whale'

We will be learning how to write a newspaper article, an information text on whales, an informal letter to humans describing life in captivity, a persuasive speech to SeaWorld encouraging them to set their Orcas free and finally a descriptive free verse poem about whales.

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!

You should read every night and ask your parent/carer to sign once you have read. If you manage to read 5 times within the week you will earn a stamp in your reading record. Once you have earned 10 stamps you will receive a bronze certificate in praise assembly. You will have to earn a further 10 stars for a silver and then gold certificate. Please ensure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading.

Maths:

This half term, we will be focussing on Multiplication & Division and Fractions . By the end of the term you should be able to:

-Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.

-Use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers.

-Recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations

-Multiply two-digit and three-digit by a one- digit number using formal written layout

-Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions

-Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by a hundred and dividing tenths by ten

-Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

-Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths

-Recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4 1/2 and 3/4

-Find the effect of dividing a one or two- digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as units, tenths and hundredths

-Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number

-Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places

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 practise your tables at home too.

Science:

The theme in science this half term is 'Electricity'

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

• Identify common appliances that run on electricity
• Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
• Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
• Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
• Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors

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.

History:

The theme in history this half term is the Medicine. By the end of the topic you should be able to:

-Locate The different periods of medicine we will be studying on a timeline.

-Understand and explain the effects of the Plague.

-Understand and explain the uses of Herbal Remedies used by the Monks.

-Explain how Edward Jenner cured small pox and the introduction of vaccinations.

-Explain the Roman public health system

DT

DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and this half term you will be studying Picture frames which will link nicely into our enterprise project for Christmas. We will be making christmas picture frames for you to buy at the fair so make sure you come and pick 1 or more up to ensure our chance of winning and earning a good profit!

PSHE

You will be studying 'Play Safe' During this topic you will learn:

-Places that are safe and places which are not so safe

-What to do in an emergency situation when you are out and about

-The countryside code.

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.

My Maths:

The children have been given a My Maths login which is glued into maths homework books. If your child has trouble logging in at home, they are more than welcome to complete homework in school with me or go to homework club on a Thursday lunchtime.

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

Mrs Rashid :)

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