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Year 4

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Autumn 2.  We hope that you have all had a relaxing half term break, and the children are ready for another exciting term ahead.  We look forward to showing you our  ‘Museum of Hope’ to see our exciting learning outcomes from Autumn 1 inspired by our whole school core text The Boy, The Horse, the Fox and The Mole.

English and Reading
This half term, our core book is ‘Christophe’s Story’ by Nicki Cornwell.

“Christophe had a story inside him – and this story wants to be told. He wants to tell people why he had to leave his home in Rwanda, how he got his scar and what happened to his baby brother.”

In writing, children will be looking at the emotions and relationships between Christophe and other characters within the text using drama and talk for writing.  They will look at the key features of inspirational speeches, and use this to plan, draft, edit and deliver their own inspirational speech.   In reading, we will continue to focus on learning behaviours and use strategies to develop their vocabulary, reading and comprehension of different genres of text. Clarifying, evaluating, inferring, making connections, summarising and questioning will be the focus for our whole class reading sessions.

Maths 
In maths, children will be developing their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and measurement.  There will be a focus on using and applying this knowledge to solve problems in real life contexts.  They will also continue to develop their knowledge of times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12 through daily practise.

Science
This half term children will be learning about electricity.  They will create simple electrical circuits and will develop their investigation skills by making predictions and carrying out investigations based on what materials make the best conductors and insulators.  They will also evaluate the risk and safety requirements related to electrical appliances.

Global
Children will learn how social justice and equity was viewed and addressed in Ancient Greece. As debate was a crucial tool used by poorer sections of society in ancient Greece, children will study the concept of activism and the role that protests have in society. They will make comparisons between the UK and Greece and make connections between the geography and the legacy the Ancient Greeks have had on the modern world. They will learn the untold story of the female Greek philosopher Aspasia.  They will explore the uprising of those classes within the city states and uncover how it led to the weakening of the Greek empire. They will work towards supporting junior leadership teams within school to create a mediation team that will lead on settling disputes within and beyond school.

RE
Children will be learning about Judaism, including their place of worship, lifestyle, celebrations, and important texts and scriptures.

Art/Design Technology
Children will be creating a piece of inspirational artwork in the style of the British artist, Sam Canon.  They will create observational drawings of hands and experiment with different styles of typography.

PE
PE will be on a Monday and Tuesday this term.  Outdoor PE will be taught by the sports coach, who will be developing children’s skills of passing, moving and travelling with a ball.  Indoor PE will be gymnastics led by a qualified gymnastic coach, who will be developing children’s strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and body control.

Music
Children will be learning to sing, play, improvise, appraise, and compose based on Abba’s Mamma Mia song.

Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE every Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child wears their kit to school on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.

Reading Records and Passports
Please ensure your child’s reading record is signed each day and returned every morning. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box. When you have reached the end of each line in the Reading Passport, please bring it into school.

Water Bottles/Clothing
As water fountains are still out of use, please send in a named water bottle for your child to access in the classroom during the day. So we can help return any clothing your child may have misplaced, please ensure all clothing has their name in. 

Homework/Spellings/Times Tables
Spellings and times tables will be tested and sent home each Tuesday. Please help ensure your child can recall all the times tables up to 12 x 12.  Children will also receive either an English or maths homework sheet to complete each week. They can also choose two activities from the curriculum map to complete over the half term period.  These will be due back at the end of half term, where they will be shared and celebrated in class. Homework will be stuck in children’s home learning books and also posted in Google Classroom each week.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November – Parent consultations

Friday 4th December 2020 – INSET day-school closed to children

Friday 18th December 2020 – Last day of  autumn term

Monday 4th January 2021- First day of spring term