Welcome to Class 4
Mr J. Huson
Autumn Term 2021- Y4 with Mr Huson
I hope you’ve all had wonderful summers and have been able to make the most of the excellent sunshine and the opportunity to see family and friends freely again. On the same note, I also hope the children are as excited as I am to get learning again! I am looking forward to getting to know all of the children and having the most fun possible during this Autumn Term.
We will begin Year 4 by learning about place value (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones) and looking at the various models we can use to help us understand large numbers. During this unit of work, the children will also look at negative numbers, rounding numbers, estimating, counting in 25s and much more.
Afterwards, the children will learn formal and mental methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Feel free to look through our calculation policy on the maths page for more information on this. As with everything in mathematics, the children will need good, quick knowledge of multiplication facts in order to successfully complete this unit of work. We will be using Times Tables Rockstars in order to help the children with their quick recollection of times tables.
Year 4’s PE day is Wednesday, where the children will have their full 2 hours all afternoon. The children will be expected to arrive in the morning in their full PE kit, thus eliminating any wasted change time at school. I’m particularly excited to be delivering Year 4’s PE lessons this year as it is a real passion of mine. For the first half of the Autumn Term, children will be working on their ball chasing and static balance skills, eventually leading into some tag-rugby. After the October break, Year 4 will be having their first block of swimming lessons (necessary information will be provided closer to the time).
Throughout this term’s study of the Anglo-Saxons, the children will be answering the following questions through historical enquiry:
- Why did the Anglo-Saxons invade and how can we possibly know where they settled?
- What does the mystery of the empty grave tell us about Saxon Britain?
- How did people’s lives change when Christianity came to Britain and how can we be sure?
- How were the Saxons able to see off the Viking threat?
- Just how great was King Alfred, really?
- Just how effective was Saxon justice?
In the Autumn term, Year 4 will be looking at biomes; understanding that a biome is a large region of Earth that has a certain climate and certain types of living things. The main types are: Tundra, Desert, Grassland, Tropical RainForest. With this secure knowledge, the children will then:
Use and explain the term ‘climate zone’.
Identify the different climate zones.
Ask questions and find out what affects the climate.
Use maps to identify different climate zones.
Discuss and compare the climate zones of the UK and relate this knowledge to the weather in the local area.
Ask questions about global warming.
Discover the cause of global warming and research the implications.
Reach reasoned and informed solutions and discuss the consequences for the future.
Identify changes to be made in our own lives in response to this.
Electricity- Learn all about electrical circuits and test materials' ability to conduct electricity. Put your knowledge of circuits on display by building your own circuit to create a buzz-wire game. Then, use your game to try to defeat a challenger. Who can remain ‘disconnected’ from the game? You will need to impress with your electrical knowhow.
States of Matter- Become experts in States of Matter! Develop and showcase an understanding of all areas of states of matter, including how materials can change from one state to another, through a large range of simple practical enquiries. Take on the challenge to demonstrate your knowledge to visitors of a Science Fair.
In this unit, there is a focus on water colour painting. The focus is Georgia O’keeffe for the basis of the children’s research as they use watercolour to create and use different tones of one colour, lightening and darkening by using different colours. Eventually, the children will plan and create their own final piece based on techniques and inspiration from previous lessons.
The children will complete their computing work on our exciting new ChromeBooks! As a school, we use Purple Mash to teach the children and they, in turn, submit their work using the program’s secure and simple system. Throughout Autumn, the children will be coding in order to debug and create their own games; learn how to stay safe online in an increasingly virtual world; and finally, use spreadsheets to record and show data, resulting in planning a party for 100 guests!
Each week, the children will be expected to complete their TT Rockstars allocated work, and the revision work set on Century Tech. I will also always set some optional homework from other areas of the curriculum, giving the children opportunities to learn in lots of different ways, namely away from screens. Homework is set each Friday and will be checked the following Wednesday. Reading diaries are expected to be kept up to date each day (a sentence summarising what the children have just read) and will be signed by myself each Friday.
- Please ensure your child comes with a water bottle into school every day. Water bottles will go home each evening and need to be washed before returning to school the next day.
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