Year 4 (Crispin) 2022 - 2023
Year 4 (Crispin) 2022 – 2023
Welcome to Spring Term 2023!
In guided reading we will be looking at King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo and Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. We will continue to develop our reading skills including learning and understanding new vocabulary in the context of the text, practising our retrieval skills and making predictions and inferences about the text.
In writing we will be looking at some additional texts including a traditional story, The Children of the Water God and the book Tales Told in Tents that also includes some beautiful illustrations. In our writing work we will be writing some information reports about rivers and mountains as well as writing our own traditional story. Our grammar work will focus on singular and plural nouns, plural ‘s’ and possessive ‘s’, apostrophes for plural possession and writing in standard English.
We will continue learning spellings from the Year 3/4 curriculum list along with other words with associated spelling patterns.
We begin the spring term by looking at multiplication and division and calculating the area and perimeter of shapes. Later in the term we move onto learning about fractions and decimals, when we will learn about whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions. We will learn about equivalent fractions and fraction families. Throughout our learning we will continually apply our mathematics learning with reasoning and problem-solving activities. We will continue to practise our times tables (multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12) in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check towards the end of Year 4.
This term we will be looking at States of Matter. In this topic children will learn about the human digestive system. They explore the main parts, starting with the mouth and teeth, identifying teeth types and their functions. This is then linked to learning about animals' diets and constructing food chains to show the flow of energy. The second half of the term will focus on Grouping and Classifying. Children will learn about grouping living things, known as classification. They study the animal and plant kingdoms and use and create classification keys to identify living things.
This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them.
We will be looking at e-safety in some of our computing lessons and we will be using the internet to research our humanities topics. We will also be looking at photo editing, where children will develop their understanding of how digital images can be changed and edited, and how they can then be resaved and reused. They will consider the impact that editing images can have, and evaluate the effectiveness of their choices.
Art, DT and Music
In art children will be looking at the techniques that artists use when composing landscape images, such as colour and atmosphere. In DT the children will be learning about functional and fancy fabrics. Children will learn about home furnishings and the significant designer William Morris. They learn techniques for decorating fabric, including block printing, hemming and embroidery and use them to design and make a fabric sample. In music children will be learning about changes in the pitch, tempo and dynamics of music. This will link to our geography learning as children represent the different stages of a river through vocal and percussive ostinatos.
Zones of Regulation
We will be using the Zones of Regulation to help us manage our feelings.
Self-regulation skills develop over time; adults support with this by helping children to identify their emotions and how to deal with them. There are four self-regulation zones and each zone is linked to a colour. Children learn to notice how the feelings in our bodies and our minds are linked. This will help them to recognise and control their emotions using agreed strategies. One of the key messages with Zones of Regulation is that all feelings are okay and we are going to learn to make good choices to manage our feelings.
- PE will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit on these days. Please ensure earrings are removed for PE.
- Homework will be given out on a Friday, to be returned by the following Wednesday.
- Children are expected to read every night for 15–20 minutes. This should be recorded in their reading record books. Reading records will be checked on a weekly on a basis. The number of times children read will be counted as part of our reading challenge.
- Spelling rules will be taught and revisited throughout the week. The spelling rule will be tested on Fridays.
Thank you for all your support as your child continues their learning journey at Pippins. If you have any questions or queries please come and speak to me or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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