ST WINIFRED’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
AUTUMN TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER YEAR 4

September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m delighted to let you know that the children have settled in very well during their first full week back at school.  Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with general routines for school. I hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

Returning to school

We are spending the first few weeks focusing on helping the children to settle in class. They have been away from a school environment and in the class dynamic for several months, so this is a time of adjustment. If you have concerns or worries about your child, please get in touch via my email tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org  or phone the school. I’m happy to speak to you by phone.

Main Topic and Literacy

This term, we will be studying World War 2.  This will include history and geography. We will also explore a range of fictional picture books about aspects of Word War 2 as well as factual texts. In English, children will work on recounts, character study, poetry, letter writing, book reviews and non-chronological reports.  Children will be encouraged to read with understanding and compare texts, plays and films.  They will learn key spelling rules and apply them. The core English texts are ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers and ‘Westlandia’ by Paul Fleischman, plus short stories, poetry and comprehension.  We will use all of these texts for guided reading too.

Maths

Times tables revision, so that your child has a rigorous knowledge and application of multiplication facts. So, for example not just knowing that 3 x 5 = 15, but 15 ÷ 3 = 5. This knowledge can be applied to find 30 x 5, for example. It is now a national requirement that all children know their times tables up to 12s by the end of Year 4.

Place value. Looking at the value of each digit within a 4-digit number, counting up and down in multiples of 10s and 100s. Placing a number on a number line and using that to help round a number to the nearest 10,100 and 1000. We will be counting using different formats, such as Roman numerals.

Measure. Know and convert between cm, m and km. Be able to measure the area and perimeter of a rectangle and other similar shapes.

Addition and subtraction. Adding and subtracting 3 then 4-digit numbers, initially using informal methods, so that they fully understand the mechanics behind the process before moving onto more formal methods. See the school calculation policy for more details. https://www.swcps.lewisham.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Calculation-policy.pdf

Multiplication and division of 4-digit numbers by 10 and 100. Understanding the concept of multiplying by 1 and 0.

Apply and explain methods to solve multi-step problems, such as the bar model method. https://www.splashlearn.com/math-vocabulary/geometry/bar-model

Science

Electricity

The children will be taught to:

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Sound

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
  • Recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear.
  • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
  • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life Series:

First half term: The Bible.

Second half term: Trust in God

Homework 

Our main focus this term will be reading, spelling and maths.

Reading:                   Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes AT LEAST five nights a week. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment in their reading record once they have finished their book – this should be a reflection on what they like/dislike about the text, including plot and characters. 

Spellings:                 These will be given out on Fridays, to be tested the following Thursday.

Maths Homework:   This will be set through MyMaths and TT Rockstars. Work will be set each Friday.

This information is correct at the moment but the situation could change over the coming months. In any event, I will let you know promptly.

Best wishes,         

Teresa Fitzgerald

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