It is wonderful to finally open our doors and welcome Oak Class to Year 4. We hope the children are as excited as we are to be returning to school, and are ready and eager to see their friends and take part in the fun learning we have planned for this half term.
Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition back into school life will be an important focus. They will have regular opportunities to discuss their personal experiences during lockdown, reflect on their feelings and learn strategies to cope with these challenging times. Our whole school learning outcome will be a Museum of Hope exhibition at the end of the half term. This will showcase the children’s learning, and will be shared with the school community virtually.
English and Reading
This half term, our core book is ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy.
“Always remember you matter, you're important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.”
In writing, we will use drama and talk for writing to develop emotive and descriptive language for their own character and setting. Children will plan, draft, edit and publish their own narrative chapter based on the core text, ensuring that they include structural and language features. In reading, children will develop learning behaviours such as supporting and actively listening to each other. They will use strategies to develop their vocabulary, reading and comprehension skills. Making predictions, inferring, summarising and clarifying their understanding of words and phrases will be a focus for our whole class reading sessions.
In maths, children will be developing their knowledge of place value and fractions. They will use partitioning to explore the composition of numbers and will learn about negative numbers. They will also order and compare numbers and fractions, and round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. They will also add and subtract fractions with the same denominators and find equivalent fractions and fractions of objects. Children will learn the vocabulary associated with place value and fractions, and apply what they have learnt on a daily basis through reasoning and problem-solving activities.
Children will be learning about states of matter, including identifying similarities and differences between liquids, solids and gases. They will investigate how temperatures change states of matter, and develop their investigation skills by making predictions and recording and presenting data in different ways. They will use technical vocabulary to explain their findings.
Children will research the adversity that people around the world have faced, and how they have overcome these situations. Children will explore different motivational quotes and infer what they mean. They will also discuss what impact these quotes have on themselves and their own personal experiences. They will reflect on their hopes for the future and create their own motivational quotes, which will be recorded as part of our ‘Museum of Hope’ exhibition.