Class Teacher- Miss Lewis
Teaching Assistants- Mrs Row
Summer Term 2023
We had a fantastic spring term learning about 'The Romans' and all about the legacies they left behind!
This term our history and geography lessons are centred around 'North and South America'. Our enquired based learning approach will focus on two questions:
How are the regions similar and different?
How are Britain and Brazil similar and different?
All our lessons will focus on us answering these questions by using our geographical skills. We will begin answering our questions by exploring where in the world North and South America is in comparison to Shrewsbury. We will look at the geographical similarities and differences between locations in the UK (Shropshire) and a region in North and South America. We will name and locate some countries in North and South America and begin to identify physical and human features on a map of North and South America. Following on from this, we will explore the climate, attractions, trade and economic activity.
Our English lessons are always linked to a specific genre. You will learn how to write using that genre at year four level. By the end of that block of learning you will complete an independent piece of writing whereby you put together everything you have learnt into one piece of work.
The genres we will be covering this term are diary entry, non- chronological report, historical narrative, biography, persuasion advert and debate. We will be using these high quality texts to support our writing - 'The Lion and the Unicorn and Fifty adventures in the states'.
Don’t forget to look at the English section of our Newsletter to see if you have featured on the ‘Writer of the Week’ page!
In Maths this term, we will be learning about fractions, decimals, money, time and statistics. We will be using the white rose planning to inform our learning. Children will explore place value through concrete, pictorial and abstract. Children will have the opportunity to work with physical objects/concrete resources, in order to bring the maths to life and to build understanding of what they are doing. Pictorial Alongside concrete resources, children will work with pictorial representations, making links to the concrete. Visualising a problem in this way can help children to reason and to solve problems. Abstract with the support of both the concrete and pictorial representations, children can develop their understanding of abstract methods.
The children will frequently be presented with a challenge or a problem solving activity, linked to the lesson that aims to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. These problems will link to the seven important problem solving skills; trial and improvement, working systematically, pattern spotting, working backwards, reasoning logically, visualising and conjecturing.
I know how hard all of you have been working on learning your tables so well done! But we still need one last big push with learning your multiplication tables this summer term! Please use TT Rockstars as often as you can this will really help! Here are some useful websites that can be fun for learning your multiplication tables and practicing your Year 4 times tables test.
Year 4 Multiplication Check
The Year 4 Times Tables Test is an online test with 25 questions; children must answer each question within a 6 seconds time limit so the whole test will take less than 5 minutes. Up to 12 x 12 by heart. In fact, by the end of Year 4, children will be expected to have mastered all their times tables.
Year 4 Spellings
· spell words with /shuhn/ endings spelt with ‘sion’ (if the root word ends
· in ‘se’, ‘de’ or ‘d’, e.g. division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision, television).
· spell words with a /shuhn/ sound spelt with ‘ssion’ (if the root word
· ends in ‘ss’ or ‘mit’, e.g. expression, discussion, confession, permission, admission).
· spell words with a /shuhn/ sound spelt with ‘tion’ (if the root word
· ends in ‘te’ or ‘t’ or has no definite root, e.g. invention, injection, action, hesitation,
· spell words with a /shuhn/ sound spelt with ‘cian’ (if the root word ends in ‘c’ or ‘cs’, e.g.
musician, electrician, magician, politician, mathematician).
· spell words with the /s/ sound spelt with ‘sc’ (e.g. sound spelt with ‘sc’(e.g. science, scene,
discipline, fascinate, crescent).
· correctly spell most words with the prefixes in-, il-, im-, ir-, sub-, super-, anti-, auto-, inter-,
ex- and non- (e.g. incorrect, illegal, impossible,
· irrelevant, substandard, superhero, autograph, antisocial, intercity, exchange, nonsense).
· form nouns with the suffix -ation (e.g. information, adoration, sensation, preparation, admiration). · spell words with the suffix -ous with no change to root words, no definitive root word, words ending in ‘y’, ‘our’ or ‘e’ and the exceptions · to the rule (e.g. joyous, fabulous, mysterious, rigorous, famous, advantageous). · spell all of the Y3 and Y4 statutory spelling words correctly · spell words that use the possessive apostrophe with plural words, · including irregular plurals (e.g. girls’, boys’, babies’, children’s, men’s, mice’s).
· use their spelling knowledge to use a dictionary more efficiently
- Reading book and home link book (every day).
- TT Rockstars and Spelling shed
- PE is on Monday and Tuesday - children will need to bring in their full PE kit at the beginning of term. It must then stay in school until the end of term. A full PE kit includes; a white t-shirt, black or blue shorts or trousers and trainers or pumps.
WEBSITES FOR LEARNING:
https://www.ncetm.org.uk/in-the-classroom/teaching-maths-through-the-pandemic/primary-video-lessons/ (note these lessons may not be in line with our planned work but can be used for consolidation of fractions)