Year 4 2020/21
Welcome to Year 4! I hope you all had a relaxing summer and are looking forward to coming back to school. I am excited teach you for the Autumn term.
We will continue to be using Class Dojo this year to reward positive behaviour. I will use class Dojo for pictures of activities the children are taking part in , so please do make sure you are linked to the class.
In English this half term, we will be reading lots of texts based on the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. This is an exciting topic which is one of the new bridging units helping children move from year 3 into year 4 and takes account of the fact that they have missed some school in the last academic year.
We will be writing our own information text in the form of a magazine article. I will be looking for:
There will be 2 sessions a week, the first of which will concentrate on vocabulary, and the second session will give the children a chance to show and discuss their understanding of the texts they read. They will be asked questions using 'VIPERS' strategies.
We will begin the year by practicing and extending our place value skills. We will cover the following objectives:
In the first half term we will concentrate on 'Keeping Fit and Healthy' and this will involve understanding how regular exercise can improve physical and mental well-being. PE lessons will link with other work we do in class to develop a good knowledge of how we can all take responsibility for our health and encourage children to discover different types of exercise.
We will begin the year by carrying out a local study. Year 4 will focus on the history of Preston North End Football Club. We will look at the origins of the club from being one of the founding members of the football league and study the part it plays in the community in the present day. We will find out about some of its most famous players and its achievements and also use the football club to help us look at how life has changed in Preston since it was established.
At Sacred Heart, RE is at centre of everything we do. This half term, we will be exploring 'God's People' and how we can follow their example. We will be thinking about how feelings and beliefs affect behaviour. We will be using Caritas in Action, CAFOD and Come and See to explore this.
In Science, we will study two topics in the Autumn term.
In the first half term we will look at Living Things and Their Habitats, using the following objectives:
In the second half term we will be learning about States of Matter. We will be covering the following objectives:
In computing we will start by looking at software in the unit 'We are software developers'. This will help children to look at how software is developed and understand the science behind computing. We will also use this knowledge to develop our own simple games.