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Year 4 - Larch Class

Welcome to the Larch Class Page

Welcome back, I hope you have all had a great half term and are feeling well rested in our run up to Easter.

Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 27th February - Spring 2 term starts
  • Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day
  • Friday 17th March - Red Nose Day
  • Thursday 23rd March - Larch Class Assembly

A reminder about online safety:

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at Thinkuknow.co.uk 

Please find below some information which you will hopefully find useful during the first half of the autumn term: please look at the curriculum section of our website to view more information about our curriculum.

Year 4 - Larch Class Curriculum

Maths  

We will start this half term by continuing our fractions topic in which the children add and subtract fractions answering as both improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will then be focusing on decimals, we will be writing tenths and hundredths, comparing and ordering decimals, rounding decimals to the nearest whole number, converting decimals to fractions and multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10 and 100. We will then be focusing on money, we will be naming and comparing amounts of money and solving problems which include finding total amounts and change from a given amount. We will also be having an extra times tables lesson per week in the build up the times tables check.

English 

This half term, we will be continuing with our book ‘Varjak Paw' before moving on to ‘Fizzlebert Stump’. The children will use their reading strategies such as making predictions, inferences, retrieving information and understanding language as we delve into the book. The book will be used to inspire writing genres such as diary entries, letters, recounts and adverts as well as visualising our own images and creating freeze frames and role plays.

Spellings

As last half term, there will be a focus on teaching and learning the words on the weekly spelling list in class, rather than sending lists of spellings home. A new list will be given to the children each Monday and they will be tested every Friday. Please look below for each week’s spelling rule and list.

Reading

It is essential that children in Year 4 continue to practise their reading skills every day. Reading books are being sent home and to be changed every Tuesday.

Children take part in Guided Reading sessions three times a week in which whole class strategies are used, using different forms of media including pictures, films and whole class texts and written comprehensions. The children also have time to read independently for pleasure after dinner every day. In addition, children are able to choose a book from the class book corner, which is to stay in school.

Cross-Curricular Topic  

We will be carrying on our Tudors topic. We will be looking at the reasons why Henry VIII broke from Rome, exploring Tudor life as we compare and contrast the lives of the both rich and poor as we look at their food, clothes and houses. We will also be looking at famous people from the Tudor period such as Sir Francis Drake and William Shakespeare. 

Science

This half term our Science topic is ‘Sound’. Children will be able to understand how sounds are made, identify and explain changes in pitch and volume. We will be investigating how sound can be absorbed and how it can travel across a distance.

P.E.

P.E. lessons will take place on Tuesday mornings with a sports coach, there will be a focus on basketball this half term and on Monday afternoons with the Larch teaching team in which there will be a focus on tennis.

Please ensure their kit is weather dependent i.e. tracksuit bottoms/jogging bottoms when the weather is colder.