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Year 4 - Larch Class

Welcome to the Larch Class Page

I hope you have all had a lovely half term and a well-deserved rest for the build up to Easter.

Dates for Your Diary

Monday 26th February - Spring 2 term begins

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day 

Monday 25th March -  Science Workshop - Sound (See letter below)

Thursday 28th March - Break up for Easter 

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 
includes finding total amounts and change from a given amount.

In Year 4, the children will be required to perform a times tables assessment at the end of the year. They will be tested on a set of random calculations from the 1-12 x tables. Any extra practice at home would be greatly appreciated. Times Tables Rockstars is a fantastic app to use and passwords will be sent home with the children.

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

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. Please remember to return the book with a signed reading record.

Children take part in Guided Reading sessions twice 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. The children also have the opportunity to go to the school library once every two weeks. Larch's day will be Tuesdays.

Cross-Curricular Topic  

We will be continuing our ‘Why visit South America?’ Geography topic. The children will be creating their own map of a South American city, identifying the physical and human features and the four digit grid references of them. The pupils will also be looking at what life is like in the favelas, exploring the Amazon Rainforest and learning about the Inca Empire. Our music focus will also be themed around the rainforest and body percussion.

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. The children will also get to experience a very exciting day in which they will get to design and create their own instruments using all their learning as part of Science workshop in the final week of the term.

P.E.

P.E. lessons will take place on Thursday mornings with a sports coach, there will be a focus on Jag tag 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. 

Art/DT


There will be a DT focus in Larch Class this half term in which the children will build their own chassis and create their own slingshot car and evaluate its performance.