The Power of Reading book this half for Year 4 is ‘Jimmy Button’ which is a story of a boy from Tierra del Fuego, brought to England to be ‘civilized’.
In Literacy, the focus is ‘fantasy stories’ and how pupils can enhance their writing by using prepositional and noun phrases. Pupils will also study ‘balanced arguments’, where they will focus on the structure of the text and how this can impact the reader’s reading experiences. In addition, pupils will create visual poetry, considering the impact of language and how writing can be improved by adding specific detail. They will also look at planning of writing and how this can influence writing styles.
In Numeracy, pupils will study fractions including learning about hundredths; they will relate this to dividing by tens and hundreds. Further to their previous study of fractions, pupils will add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. To deepen their understanding, pupils will solve word problems throughout the half term, with a focus on fractions and how they can apply their existing knowledge when answering word problems. Towards the end of the half term, pupils will re-visit time, solving word problems to convert from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months and weeks to days.
In Science, the topic of focus is ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. Through this topic, pupils will recognize the different groups in which living things can be organized. Pupils will also explore classification keys, and how they help group, identify and name a variety of living things in the wider environment. Further to this study, pupils will then discuss and investigate how changes to the environment can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
In Humanities, the topic is ‘Mayans and Aztecs’ this half term. Pupils will study the countries located in each continent, concentrating on their key, physical and human characteristics, focusing on the locations of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Pupils will develop their research skills to explore the Mayan civilization and what impact this had on the modern world. They will then go on to explore the reasons why the Mayans did not survive, comparing this civilization to life in Mexico in modern times.
P.E. is on a Tuesday afternoon so please ensure P.E. kits are in school for this day. Parents and carers are encouraged to label all pupil uniform and P.E. kits with the pupil’s name.
Pupils will continue to post photos and information throughout the year of their learning and their excellent work.
If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Year 4 team.