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Year 4: Jasper and Emerald

Year 4


For the upcoming half term, Year 4’s Power Of Reading book will be ‘The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest’. This picture book is about a young man who decides to stop cutting down trees and let the animals enjoy their habitat.


In Science, pupils will learn about animals and how they can group them using classification keys. They will also be looking at animal habitats, which they will get to research during our trip to visit London Zoo. Pupils will learn to recognise how animal environments change and the various dangers there are to living things. They will then research and investigate the impact of changes to environment and what dangers this can have on living things within the rainforest before using this knowledge to create a persuasive text. 


Pupils will describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left or right and up or down.  They will apply this in the context of translating different shapes and using their properties to do this accurately.  In addition, pupils will solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts and in time graphs.


As part of their English lessons, pupils will further their understanding of persuasive texts.  They will also extend the range of sentences with more than one clause in their writing by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because and although.  Pupils will study how to select and justify their choice of pronoun or noun within and across sentences to aid cohesion and avoid repetition within their writing.


Pupils will study the work of Leonardo Da Vinci before giving an artistic opinion on his work. They will develop the skill of drawing by experimenting with showing line, tone, and texture with different hardness of pencils. Pupils will also learn to develop the skill of drawing by showing an awareness of space. They will then implement these skills to create a sketch of a rainforest using Leonardo Da Vinci’s techniques as inspiration.


During PSHE lessons, pupils will learn about how to manage risks in different situations.  They will study different aspects of their lives, and notice how risks are managed and identified. Pupils will then study the different choices adults make and the decisions they have to make, even if there is a risk involved.


In Spanish, pupils will learn to talk about the different weather we experience.  They will progress onto describe the weather in different seasons of the year, giving simple phrases to provide the weather forecast.


P.E. continues to be on a Wednesday, so please ensure your child wears their P.E. kit on that day. Pupils who are attending swimming lessons will need to bring their swimming kit on Wednesdays although they will still wear PE kit.


We look forward to a warmer term ahead!


In Spanish, pupils will revisit the parts of the body before moving on to learning ‘los animales’. They will learn different adjectives to describe jungle animals and progress to writing a sentence using a noun, a verb and adjectives to describe animals. Pupils will then use what they have learned to write their own jungle explorer story.


PE will continue to take place on Wednesdays so pupils should come to school wearing the correct PE kit on this day! Jasper Class will continue with swimming lessons so must have their kit with them.


We are looking forward to a warmer term ahead!

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

All Year 4 pupils will sit the Multiplication Tables Check which will be administered in the two week period from 5th June 2023.

There will be a workshop for parents and carers in the Spring Term to give information about the Multiplication Tables Check, however if you would like further information in advance of this, please see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1116420/2023_Information_for_parents_Multiplication_tables_check_Nov_22_PDFA.pdf