Autumn 1 welcome message from the class teacher:
Hello and welcome to the 4RA - The Beatles class page!
I am very excited to start this new role as a year 4 teacher at Banks Road Primary School and to have you all in my class. We will explore a range of exciting topics throughout the year and I am looking forward to starting this learning journey together.
Find out all about our class artist on Thursday 16th June 2020 when we perform our class assembly!
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The first Half Term, our class text will be 'Manfish - A Story of Jacques Cousteau'. This story focuses on Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer and 'Champion of the Seas'. It is a biography and narrative that tells the story of Cousteau from a young boy.
Whilst using this book, we will be focusing on creating an 'Invention Narrative' where the children will create an invention which gives us access to 'another world' - much like Jacques Cousteau's invention of the aqualung used in SCUBA diving.
We will also be focusing on a 'Biography' of one of the country's national treasures: David Attenborough. We will be learning the different components needed to create a biography and, then, producing a biography for Jacques Cousteau.
This text will be a driving force for the majority of our first Half Term's work. We will be linking a range of subjects to the story and the themes encountered in the book. Please check back for future work!
Our first topic in Maths is 'Reasoning with 4-digit numbers' where the children will be building on their understanding of number. The skills that we will be focusing on are:
- To recognise the place value of each digit in a 4-digit number.
- To order and compare numbers beyond 1000.
- To find 10, 100 or 1000 more or less than a given number.
- To round any number to the nearest 10.
- To round numbers of up to four digits to the nearest 100.
- To round any number to the nearest 1000.
- To use knowledge of place value and rounding to reason with 4-digit numbers.
Our first Science topic for Year 4 is 'Animals including Humans' which should lend itself to the underwater theme of our learning this Term.
We will focus on Geography for our first Term. Whilst looking at an underwater world in our English text, in Geography, we will focus on 'Climate Change' and 'The Water Cycle'. Across these two topics we will focus on;
- Collecting and accurately measuring information.
- Locating lines of longitude and latitude.
- Locating some of the world’s climate zones on a globe or map, naming examples and having some understanding of them.
- Describing and giving examples of the variety of biomes and vegetation belts.
- Using appropriate geographical vocabulary to describe weather, climate, climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.
- Naming and locating (some of) the UK’s most significant rivers and mountain environments.
- Describing features of a river and a mountain environment in the UK.
- Learning how rivers and mountains are formed.
- Understanding where rivers and mountains ﬁt into the water cycle.
The first Half Term, we will be focusing on the religion of Buddhism. We will be focusing on a specific question throughout this range of lessons, which is;
'Is it possible for everyone to be happy?'
In our PSHE lessons, we will be looking at 'Healthy Me' where we will be focusing on how to stay fit and healthy - both physically and mentally.
This half term's Curriculum Newsletter:
Statutory Multiplication Table Assessment:
This year, our children will complete a mandatory multiplication assessment. This will test the children on their multiplication tables from 1x1 to 12x12.
The purpose of the test is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.
Please be working on these with your children throughout the year. Please find a copy of the multiplication tables and the answers below.
This half term's spellings: