Our Power of Reading book this half term is, ‘The Village that Vanished‘ , which is a story of how the inhabitants of a West African village thwart capture by slave traders. Through this narrative, pupils will write their own stories with dilemmas. Pupils will focus on punctuation, adding description and thinking about their word choices in order to create an effective atmosphere within their writing. In addition, pupils will study persuasive texts, considering their vocabulary choices to add interest and to introduce opinion or persuasion. Lastly, pupils will write their own structured poems whilst thinking of ways they can improve their writing by evaluating and editing their writing.
In Maths, pupils will begin the half term by comparing and classifying geometric shapes. They will study their properties and size which will progress to looking at lines of symmetry within those shapes. In addition, pupils will investigate angles - acute and obtuse. This knowledge will then be deepened further as the pupils then use this information to classify and compare different 2D shapes such as triangles.
In Science, pupils will study the function of the digestive system within humans which they will go on to compare against other animals. Here, pupils will be able to write scientific reports and review how to present their work in the most effective and efficient way. Pupils will then progress on to learning about human teeth. This includes the purpose of the different teeth, and how teeth can become unhealthy.
In Humanities, pupils will investigate historically Benin and other West African Civilisations in the year 900AD. Pupils will look at the social structures within Benin and how the daily life was different to that of Great Britain. Pupils will then research the fall of the Benin Empire and how Great Britain contributed to the end of this civilisation.
In Art, year 4 will study the body and the different movements the body can take. Pupils will have the opportunity to use materials such as charcoal, pencil and creating a 3D model. Pupils will study different artists such as Julian Opie and Henry Moore to develop their understanding and interest in the art world.
In Music, pupils will develop and understand a history of music, listening to different classic pieces to develop their learning of different ranges of music.
P.E. will continue to be on Tuesday afternoons, so please continue to ensure that your child’s P.E. kit is in school on this day.
If you have any questions, please do speak to a member of the Year 4 team.
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