Year 4 – Moon Class has two very talented teachers, Mrs Donohoe, and Mrs Young with two wonderful teaching assistants, Mrs Parsons & Mrs Austin.
We will extend our skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by learning and applying more formal, written methods of calculation for these to a range of reasoning and problem solving tasks.
Our main learning will mostly link to our topic and focus on an award winning trilogy of picture books called The Journey, Quest and Return. Created and illustrated by Aaron Becker they do not contain any text and therefore challenge the children to tell the story in words for themselves using the wonderful, detailed images as their starting point. Within these we will develop our prediction and storytelling skills by exploring story structures and developing writing skills around character and setting, tense and person, direct and reported speech and paragraphs.
This term we are continuing our Transport and travel topic with a focus on world geography. Using a children’s version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, we will learn about continents, oceans, hemispheres and poles, longitude and latitude, time zones and the Greenwich Meridian. We will also compare contrasting regions of the world to the UK.
We are continuing our learning about electricity by building simple circuits including switches. We will investigate making and testing switches from a range of materials and items. At the end of term we will consolidate learning by making a ‘model’ that incorporates a simple electrical circuit powered by a battery.
Learning will focus on aspects of beliefs within the Sikhism faith.
Art and DT
Activities will link to learning in topic and science work and the text, The Journey, used in our English work.
Learning will grow from the picture book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The key focus will be feeling good about ourselves and celebrating our individual skills and achievements.
Please remind your child that he/she should bring their reading book and record to school every day. Also, homework books are given out on Friday and should be returned to school by the following Thursday. Spelling and tables are checked and new ones given on Friday.
Mrs Donohoe, Mrs Young, Mrs Parsons & Mrs Austin