Yellow 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Yellow Class
We are a Year 4 class and are taught by Mrs Whittaker, supported by Mrs Inskip.
Here is all of the exciting learning that we will be doing in the Autumn term:
Place Value: Numbers up to 10,000; Partitioning numbers including flexible partitioning; Multiples of a 1000, Number lines; 1, 10, 100, 1000 more or less and Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
Addition, Subtraction: Add and subtract 1s,10s, 100s, 1000s using exchange; Adding and Subtracting 1s, 10s and 100s using exchanging; Estimation and Problem solving and reasoning.
Area: Measure area using squares and Compare area.
Multiplication and Division: Multiplying and dividing 3, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 and Multiplying three numbers.
We will develop our reading and writing skills across a range of genres and text types using high quality texts.
The children will write a narrative of an approaching threat and an explanation on how to capture the Iron Man inspired by book, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
Then we will be creating a narrative of a fable and creating a persuasion text. These will be inspired by the book Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks.
We will be focusing on prepositions, subordinate clauses, direct speech and the use of inverted commas.
Humans Including Animals
The children will be learning about how animals survive and stay healthy. They learn about the nutrients that different foods provide and how these nutrients help our bodies. The children will also explore how different animals eat different types of foods and need different proportions of nutrients. We will learn about food labels on food packaging show and gather information from food labels to help them consider balanced diets. We will explore the different types of skeletons that animals have and compare these. The children will learn some names of bones in the human body and carry out an investigation and plan a fair test and measure and record accurately.
The children will learn sbout light, reflections and shadows, about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will investigate reflective materials, in the context of designing a new book bag. Additionally, the children will learn that the sun’s light can be dangerous, and will create an advert for a pair of sunglasses or a sun hat that they have designed. The children will find out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes.
Vikings and Anglo Saxons
The children will about the raids and invasions by Vikings in Anglo-Saxon Britain, who the Vikings were as well as when and where they raided and settled. They will learn about significant events from the period and order these chronologically on a timeline. The children will find out about the Anglo-Saxon kings who ruled during the 'Viking Age' and examine their influence and significance in British history. In addition to this, they will learn about the Anglo-Saxon justice system, explore everyday Viking life, houses, clothes and food they ate.
The children will about the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. They will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment.
Drawing and Desktop Publishing
The children will be developing graphic and presentation skills by introducing drawing as opposed to painting. We will look at understanding layouts, draw, order, group and manipulate objects to make a picture.
The children will develop their use of presentation software, learning slide transitions, animating objects and creating hyperlinks. They will learn how to add pictures and videos clips.
The children will learn about broken buildings, paint on ceilings, and create shape houses. They will also have the opportunity to explore works by European artists Anselm Kiefer, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, Le Corbusier and Coco Chanel.
Design and Technology:
The children will develop their understanding of mechanical systems. They will follow instructions on how to make different types of lever and linkage mechanisms before developing
their own ideas, making a prototype, and then creating their own ‘Lever and Linkage Poster’.
We will be learning about the Amrit Ceremony and answering the question, does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh?
The children will be learning about incarnation and whether Christmas has lost its true meaning.
Poetry, Environment and Sounds
We develop performance and rhythm of poems. We will look at composition using the seasons as a stimulus, then moving on to how sounds are produced and classified.
M.F.L. - French:
Where in the World?
The children will learn key vocabulary related to countries/continents and animals. Your class will learn specific vocabulary of countries of the United Kingdom, continents and animals from different continents and a country’s position related to the equator.
The children will explore the idea that it is important to have confidence to be yourself. We will encourage children to identify their strengths and achievements as well as help them to recognise different emotions they experience.
The children will learn about a case study of a fictional girl called Chiwa, who lives in Malawi. They will explore different aspects of her life in each lesson exploring the idea that people’s life experiences and opportunities differ throughout the world and that our actions can have both positive and harmful effects on people living in different countries.
Indoor P.E. days are on Monday and outdoor P.E. is on a Thursday.
Gymnastics - The children will learn straight jump full turns, cat leap half turns, straddle rolls, lunges into cartwheels and the straddle on vault while developing their understanding of the necessary flexibility, strength and control needed to perform the movements successfully. Children will have the opportunity to choreograph their own sequences and routines, performing individually and as part of a small group.
Cricket - The children will take part in cricket sessions delivered by a coach from the local cricket club.
On these days, the children will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt; navy tracksuit and light blue t-shirt. No logos or football kits. Trainers should be plain black or plain white. All long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed.
Maths: Maths homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. It is so important to practise Times Tables Rockstars as this will really help your child with later Maths topics of Fractions, Perimeter, Money and Time. Our aim is to improve instant recall of key multiplication and related division facts.
English: English homework will be set via Class Dojo on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask that the children also engage frequently with Spelling Shed to practise their spellings.
Reading: At Weston, we encourage children to develop a lifelong love for reading. We ask for children to read regularly at home to adults and to themselves. 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. Children will be provided with quality texts appropriate for their age and ability. Furthermore, Bug Club will regularly be updated with ebooks and accompanying comprehension tasks to help extend learning and reading skills further.
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