The Power of Reading book this half term in Year 4 is ‘Jemmy 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. We will also study ‘balanced arguments’, where we will focus on the structure of the text and how this can impact the reader. In addition, pupils will write visual poetry, considering the impact of their language and how they can improve their writing by adding specific detail. Also, pupils will look at planning and how this can influence their writing styles.
In Numeracy, pupils will study the term ‘hundredths’; including dividing by tens and hundreds. Further to our 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 already learnt 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, our topic 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, our topic is ‘The Mayans and Aztecs. Pupils will study the continents’ countries, 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 research about the Mayan civilization and what impact they had on the modern world. Pupils will then go on to explore the reasons why the Mayans didn’t survive and compare it to the 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. We encourage all pupil uniform and P.E. kits to be labelled with the pupil’s name.
We will continue to post photos and information throughout the year of our pupils’ learning and their excellent work.
If you have any questions please speak to a member of the Year 4 team.
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