June & July 2021
The children have been getting stuck into their final project in Year 4: Unearthing Angle-Land. This history-led topic will lead them on a journey to discover what life was like in the Anglo-Saxon times as well as being able to compare this era to that of Roman Britain. Please find our Topic Web and Knowledge Organiser below for more information about the learning for this half term.
Year 4 had an exciting start during their first week back with a ‘Hook’ to introduce their next project which is called ‘Quivers, Quakes, Eruptions and Shakes’. The children began by taking part in an interactive seismic version of ‘minesweeper’ by using their skills of reading coordinates to choose a square and attempt to avoid volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Following this, the children went outside and observed an eruption as the teachers demonstrated a volcanic science experience (one we’ve suggested you try at home on our Knowledge Organiser!)
Later in the week, the children started to learn about the different layers of the Earth and used their learning behaviour of ‘Creativity’ to present the information they had learned about in their books. Take a peek at Kayla’s Earth flip book to learn about the crust, mantle, outer and inner core of our Earth.
In English, the children will be writing an explanation text over the coming weeks called ‘Beneath our Feet’ which will explain all the different finds below the surface we walk upon – from animal burrows, to electricity wires, dinosaur fossils and even as deep down as molten magma! To immerse the children in their English work, they had a go at ordering some layers of the Earth and made notes on their findings.
What an interesting week we’ve had already and there’s so much more to come! Below you will find the Knowledge Organiser and Topic Web for our current project. We will also be sending home a paper copy of the Knowledge Organiser.
The children have settled back into their normal routines and our homework systems are back in place. Here are a few reminders about our expectations for homework. Each week, your child is expected to complete:
- English 10 minute tests. We will set one ‘Workout’ a week which should take around ten minutes.
- Maths 10 minute tests. We will set one ‘Workout’ a week which should take around ten minutes.
- Weekly Spellings. Our weekly spellings are set every Friday on Google Classroom. The children need to practise these using the LSCWC or Spelling Shed. They will be tested the following Friday.
- TTRockStars. It’s very important that children know all their tables, and can recall them quickly. Please dedicate at least 20 minutes to practising these each week. We recommend using ‘Soundcheck’ or the new ‘Jamming’ section on Rockstars.
- Frequent Reading. To continue to become more fluent, and enhance comprehension skills, aim for your child to read at least 4 times per week. This can be a mix of reading independently or with a parent or carer.
We are looking forward to meeting with you during Parents’ Evening next month but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us for any support in the meantime.
Year 4 Team
As the Easter holidays are here, we wanted to end the term by saying just how lovely it has been being back together as classes. The children have come back to school with their hard working, enthusiastic attitudes – we wouldn’t expect any less of them of course!
We are looking forward to sharing their recent stories they have written with you based on the narrative of ‘Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp’. The children will be publishing these stories after Easter to make a brand new Year 4 display, so we’ll make sure we take some photos and share them with you.
Usually at Easter time, the pupils of St Mark’s would put on a performance of the Easter story filled with acting and singing. Although this hasn’t been possible this year, the children have still been able to apply their knowledge of Holy Week to create stop-motion animations using their computing skills. Each Year 4 class has produced their own stop-motion film, and used their creativity in different ways. We thought it would be a perfect end to the term to share these with you…
For half term homework, we ask that the children continue to read frequently at home, either a book or on Bug Club. Additionally, it would be hugely beneficial for the children to practise their times tables, especially if they haven’t received their ‘Diamond Award’ yet. It is becoming increasingly evident in Maths lessons that not knowing their times tables facts creates barriers in their learning, so log onto RockStars now and again over the half term holiday to embed these important facts.
Have a wonderful Easter from the Year 4 Team.