Welcome to Spring 2! As you are aware, currently school is operating under government guidance and as a result, much of our learning is now delivered via the online platform, J2e, until the return to school on 8th March 2021. Keeping in line with our long term plan, Year 4 will continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, including core and foundation subjects.
This half term, Year 4’s topic focus will be science based, which reflects in our Power of Reading book, ‘Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives’. The book is well linked to our science topics, Sound and Electricity, however, pupils will use the book as part of their learning in reading and writing where they will have the opportunity to learn and practise using the correct form of verbs within their writing. Pupils will then use this understanding of formal English to write a report. Here they will also have the opportunity to practise and embed their understanding of the writing features they have learnt so far in Year 4.
In reading, pupils will be studying our Power Of Reading book whilst using different reading skills. Pupils will ensure the text makes sense to them, including the understanding of how to summarise the meaning of what they have read. In addition, pupils will understand how language and structure contributes to the meaning of the text. Finally, pupils will practise locating particular information within a text, using skimming and scanning skills to do so.
In Maths, pupils will develop their understanding of time but use this to solve problems converting from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months and weeks to days. Here, pupils will have the opportunity to practise their problem solving skills whilst developing their knowledge of time. In addition, pupils will develop their understanding of Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that, over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value.
As part of their Science topics, pupils will be studying sound and electricity this half term. Pupils will firstly study sound, where they will learn how sound is made, how it travels and will find patterns within different pitches of sound.
Secondly, pupils will study electricity. Pupils will have the opportunity to design and create a simple circuit, understanding how electricity is passed through different components.
We strongly encourage all parents to ensure pupils follow the timetable outlined to enable them to maintain their progress while working from home. Pupils who attend school will complete the same work set online as we progress through our long-term plan, which is outlined on our curriculum page.
Online and in school, teachers will continue to review pupils’ work daily and opportunities for feedback will be provided and, each week, all pupils have the opportunity to win the Year 4 Star of the Week!
As usual, the school website will continue to provide regular updates, including the wonderful work pupils complete online and in school. As always, if there are any questions or if school can support with home learning on J2e in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.
We look forward to seeing everyone again soon! When we return, please remember that PE lessons will be every Wednesday so pupils should wear their PE kit to school then.
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