Summer term – The Wild Robot
With its links to both the year 3 and 4 science and geography curriculum, the book The Wild Robot by Peter Brown will allow us to explore the natural world around us. We will be learning about animal habitats, hibernation and migration, developing map skills and exploring different settlements. We will also be thinking about conservation and debating the advantages and disadvantages of the HS2 project. Journeying back to the Stone Age, we will be comparing historical maps to see how our local area has changed over time and where we can find clues to the past. In art, we will be using a variety of painting techniques to create our own book covers.
I would highly recommend getting a copy of The Wild Robot, in the past children have really loved this book and it is very handy to have a copy in class to read from.
In maths we will be moving on through our fractions unit looking at tenths and hundredths and finding their equivalent decimals, before moving onto measuring time and money and completing the term by looking at geometry. In science we will be doing lots of exciting (and messy!) investigations looking at the digestive system and teeth. In ICT we are exploring the world of programming with KODU.
We would like every child to develop a daily reading habit; we ask that you read with your child as much as possible to encourage this. Please make use of the guided reading questions in the pamphlet sent home – to support discussion with an aim to increase a depth of understanding and inference within the text.
One of our key focuses in Year 4 is learning times tables. We will be using ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ in class to help support learning of all the times tables up to 12 X 12. Like My Maths, children can access their accounts at home. We would recommend practising these as much as possible.
With regards to TT rockstars, could all children please do at least one ‘studio’ and one ‘soundcheck’ a week. I know for some, TT rockstars can be a bit busy and distracting and for others they just want to earn coins, however it is incredibly important to do both of these activities to help with our assessment of where they currently are.