Dear Year 4 parents,
I hope you have all enjoyed a break this summer. It was a pleasure to welcome the children back to school a little bit taller and full of enthusiasm for their year 4 challenge.
Our topic this term is called Fire and Ice. We will study the formation of volcanoes including gaining an understanding of plate tectonics and the location of key volcanoes around the world. The children will have the opportunity to research climate change and present their own ideas about this world-wide problem and how we can each play a part in the solution.
Each morning we will enjoy specific vocabulary-related activities which aim to improve the children’s word consciousness and reading skills. Some children will also revisit previous phonics learning. We will continue to practise handwriting and spelling, particularly focusing on the long-term recall of learned words and use of word families to support our knowledge.
Using The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, the Ice Bear by Jackie Morris and high quality related non-fiction texts, we will be encouraging the children to enjoy reading for pleasure and as a key tool to support all their learning. The children will have lots of opportunities for writing, including a setting description, non-chronological report and poetry inspired by their reading.
To supplement the learning of times tables in school, I would be pleased if you would support your child to practise times tables at home. All the children have access to Times Tables Rockstars and their login details can be found in their Learning Log. Rapid recall of times tables is fundamental to much of their Maths learning.
As previously, the spelling lists will be posted onto the class page every Friday, to be tested in their Spelling Books on the next Friday. Also as previously, the scores will be recorded in their learning log. When practising at home, please encourage them to put the words into context in a sentence, to find synonyms and antonyms for the words and to try some of the spelling activities in the document on our class page.
The children will have brought home a reading book and a reading record book. Please continue to read to your child and to listen to them read as often as possible and complete the Reading Record. Re-reading passages, discussing the text, highlighting interesting or unknown vocabulary, and talking around the subject are all very worthwhile activities.
Homework will continue to be set on a weekly basis, usually on a Thursday. Please ask your child to explain the homework to you – it will be either My Maths or a Learning Log activity. It is important that all children complete the homework. Please email me if your child is experiencing any particular difficulties with the completion of the homework.
Please encourage your children to practise their keyboard skills on the BBC Bitesize website under BBC Dancemat. It is all free and the children can create an account to save their progress.
Thank you for your support.