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Year 4

Miss McMahon

 Autumn 2017                                                                                          Year group - 4     

Our topic for the Autumn term is Ancient Greece.                                

Religion: our topic is ‘Beginning with the Church’. In this topic, your child will learn how to recognise and describe religious signs, symbols, words and phrases linked to the Sacraments of Initiation. We will study the Sacraments of Initiation and start to describe and explain the meaning and purpose of a variety of forms of worship.

English: we will be studying Ancient Greece and myths. We will be using books and visual resources to stimulate imagination and creativity in speaking and writing. We will use this prompt to write in a variety of genres, including descriptive, narrative, persuasive and recount. At this stage we are focusing on building up a more ambitious vocabulary and writing in extended sentences, with quality detail to create interest in the audience. Please encourage your child to write at home and to tell you what they are writing or learning about.  Your child will also be reading to a teacher at least once a week.  Please could you ensure that you hear your child read and sign their reading record every week. 

Handwriting: we will continue to work on joining up our writing and writing clearly in a legible style. Please make sure that children have a quiet space to practise handwriting at home and that they use their finger spaces, capitals and punctuation when they write. Encourage them to read it back to you and edit their work if necessary.

Grammar: we are studying the main parts of speech and collecting examples of how words change (e.g. singular to plural, verb tenses). We will use prefixes and suffixes to extend our vocabulary and develop better understanding of pronouns in linking sentences.

Maths: children are expected to know their times tables up to x12 , therefore it would be a great help if you could help your child learn their tables at home, or simply practise these on your way to and from school. We will also work on Place Value, focusing on comparing, ordering and rounding numbers up to 4 digits, problem solving and shape and measure. Mental Maths is a big focus this term so please ask children quick questions whenever you go shopping or are measuring something around the house.  Encourage them to estimate and work out total costs and use addition and subtraction to calculate the total cost and the change.

Topic: please support your child by getting library books on the topic, reading and discussing these with them.  You can also help them research facts on the Internet or encourage them to keep an ”Ancient Greek  journal” at home, where they can jot down their favourite things about Ancient Greece, write a story set in that period or simply do a piece of Greek-inspired art. The best prompt for your child is to see that you are interested in their learning so please do ask them questions about what they have studied so far.

Science: our topic is Humans and other Animals. We will be looking at the digestive system and the function of teeth. You can help by researching and discussing with your child how our digestive system works.  We will also be constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. Encourage your children to think about what types of animals might be in a food chain and see if you can spot any out and about this Autumn!

Spanish: we will continue to extend and consolidate our vocabulary through conversation and Topic study, with a focus on spoken language and fluency. Encourage children to look for similarities and differences from other languages and to tell you what they have learned.

PE Days - Thursday- swimming;  Wednesday  - PE. On these days, your child will need their PE or swimming kits. We will need a parent helper every Thursday (leaving at 10.30am and returning by 12noon) to walk to and from the swimming pool with Year 4. Please let Miss McMahon know if you are available. 

Spelling day – Monday:  Please ensure your child has their spelling journal on this day.

Homework days:             English – Thursday, to be returned on Monday

                                                Maths – Monday, to be returned on Thursday