Orange 2021 - 2022

Miss Bell

We are a Year 4 class taught by Miss Bell.

The aim of this leaflet is to give you an overview of the curriculum areas that will be covered during the coming term and to provide you with other important information. I hope that you find the information useful.

We will continue to use Class Dojo to upload, provide links to or signpost the children’s homework tasks. As parents, you will be able to see all your child’s homework and teachers will be able to provide feedback. Home and school will also use it to communicate with each other for other purposes and teachers will use it to post reminders or whole class messages.

 

Various learning platforms are used to support your child’s education. These login details will be sent home at the start of the term.

 

Welcome back to Weston!

 

You are welcome to contact me if you need any further information.  sbell@weston.cheshire.sch.uk

 

This is what we will be learning about in the Autumn term:

Maths: This term we will cover the following

Number—Place Value for 4-digit numbers- Number—Addition and Subtraction; Measurement—Perimeter- Multiplication and Division; Statistics.

English:

In English we will be looking at the text ‘The Whale’ by Vita Murrow, as well as the text ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckmann.

We will be using these texts to create our own pieces of writing e.g. narration, newspaper report.

History: Anglo-Saxons and Scots

In this unit, we will be learning about the invasions in the 5th century. We will be investigating and reviewing artefacts to understand how they lived. As well as thinking about the legacy they have left behind for us.

Geography: Rainforests

In this unit, children take a closer look at the mysteries of tropical rainforests. From the layers of the forest and its animal inhabitants, to the unique climate found in the tropics. They compare a British forest with the Amazon rainforest, and begin to explore some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats.

Art: Autumn

In this unit we will learn how to use pencil, colour, paint, print, collage and paper to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of several paintings of Autumn scenes, also works by Matisse and by Cezanne.

DT: Battery Operated Lights

This unit gives children opportunities to enhance their knowledge and understanding of electrical systems. In this unit children will develop understanding about series and parallel circuits and different types switches. They will then be given the chance to apply their knowledge about electric circuits in a purposeful way by designing and making a battery operated light which will be controlled by a homemade switch. Children will decide upon the design criteria for the light by considering who will use it, where it will be used and what for. Finally, children will complete a detailed evaluation of their final product.

Computing: Online Safety

In this unit, children learn about preventing and dealing with cyberbullying; how to use search engines efficiently; how to avoid plagiarism online; and how to be a good digital citizen.

Computing: Scratch Questions and Quizzes

This unit follows up the earlier units on programming Scratch on a computer/tablet or Pyonkee with iPads. In this unit the children write quizzes by combining questions. While specific skills in Scratch are taught, the unit aims to teach children the wider programming skills of solving problems, testing, debugging, improving and evaluating.

Science: Electricity

This unit children will learn about what electricity is and how it was discovered. They will identify which appliances use electricity in their homes and how to keep themselves safe. Children will construct circuits, start to create pictorial circuits and conduct an investigation into how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit.

Science: Living Things and Their Habitats

In this unit children explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. They learn how animals are split into 'vertebrates' and 'invertebrates' and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. They use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond.

RE: Judaism

We will be answering the questions:

What are the significant points in a Jew’s life and how are they celebrated?

Why do Jews have Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

What can we find about Judaism by exploring a synagogue?

RE: Christianity

We will be answering the questions:

What can we find out about Christianity through the creative arts?

How important are symbols and artefacts to Christians as an expression of faith?

 

Music:

In Music we will be completing the units; Poetry and Environment, and Sounds and Recycling.

Homework:

This will usually be set on a Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  Home work this year will be set  on the platform Class Dojo. Please check the site on a Friday for homework.

Please remember to access Times Tables Rockstars and Bug Club on a regular basis. Bug Club is of even greater importance this year; reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school.

PE:

We are asking this year for children to come into school in their PE kit on the days they have PE.

Outdoor games lessons, which include invasion games and target games, will be delivered on a Thursday, depending upon weekly weather conditions. 

Indoor sessions will take place on a Monday and will include dance and gymnastics.

The children will need to wear their school PE kit: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt or school tracksuit

 

 

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