Welcome to Elm Class!
Year 4 is an exciting year! The children will have the opportunity to develop more independence in their learning and become more skilled in using resources available to them without as much adult support. We will also be focusing on editing and reflecting on our work.
Our Topics this year include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Roman Britain, Anglo Saxons, Vikings and the Norman Conquest for History. In Geography we will study Climate and Weather, Volcanoes and Tectonic Plates and Waterways in the UK. Our Science topics consist of Animals including Humans, Sound, Electricity and States of Matter and Living Things and their Habitats. Other foundation subjects (e.g. Art, Design and Technology and Computing) will be taught alongside these, linking where possible. PE will include a mixture of outdoor sports and indoor activities such as: dance, martial arts, gymnastics, tag rugby and teamwork activities.
In English, there is a focus on using grammar and punctuation to improve our writing. We’ll be making sure we can identify and name different types of words and punctuation and use them correctly in our own writing to add interest. Independent editing is also a key part of our work. The children develop their reading and comprehension skills during our whole class reading sessions. Handwriting continues to be taught and the children have the opportunity to earn their Pen Licence! Speaking confidently is also a key skill and the children are given opportunities to present their ideas in groups and to the whole class during lessons.
In maths we cover place value, statistics, geometry, fractions, measurement as well as mental and written methods in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is important that children develop their abilities to work confidently mentally and having quick recall of multiplication facts is key to this. We concentrate on these in class but also expect the children to spend time learning them at home. Times Table Rock Stars is a valuable resource which will help them practise this.
Please follow the link for the latest Elm Class newsletter: this contains other information relevant to this term. If you have any other questions or concerns not covered please contact me.