Year 4F 2017 - 2018

Miss Forshaw

Welcome to 4F!

                                     

   Miss Forshaw                Miss Andrew               Mrs Rooney 

        Teacher                         HLTA                 Teaching Assistant               

 

Welcome to Year 4

'Achieve Excellence!' 

 

Our topic for the Summer term is: What happens when there is no more palm oil? Make that change! We will be part of a project to help make Chester become the World's first Sustainable Palm Oil City. We are the future and have a role to play for future generations.

Palm Oil Challenge 

The growing oil palm industry and unsustainable production of palm oil is one of the biggest threats facing the forests and wildlife of Borneo and Sumatra – and demand is increasing.

We can make a big difference in protecting wildlife by tackling the issue of unsustainable palm oil production.

Forest habitats are being lost, animals are losing their homes and carbon is being released into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

 Watch this clip about what palm oil is:

https://youtu.be/dEyLzT2Qds0

As part of our learning, we will be visiting Chester Zoo on Thursday 3rd May and we will also be working alongside the Safari Rangers who will be helping us with our learning, and teaching us about how WE can make that change!

English

In Years 3 and 4, we will be focusing on the following things:

  •  Developing our comprehension skills -  working on word meaning, retrieval and inference questions. We will be improving our vocabulary and understanding, as well as answering questions by using clues in the text.

  • Becoming familiar with features of non-fiction texts.

  • Continuing to develop our love of reading.  4F LOVE reading! 

  • Being introduced to and inspired by different authors – Our author of the month for April - Anne Fine (Bill's New Frock), May - Mary Hoffman (The Colour of Home), June -Shirley Hughes (The Lion and the Unicorn), and July - (The Spider and the Fly).

  • Writing setting descriptions, sequels inspired by books we have read, persuasive texts, discursive texts, formal letters, performing, writing and reciting poetry (Kennings), writing and performing radio advertisements and writing non-chronological reports about animals affected by the unsustainable production of palm oil. 

  • Improving our knowledge of SPaG. We will focus on expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs or prepositions. We will also look at possessive apostrophes with plural nouns.
  • Maths
  • In Maths we will be looking at the 4 mathematical operations and mathematical reasoning. We will be focussing on developing our fluency, problem-solving and reasoning using APE. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it!) We will also be working on fractions, decimals, measurement - money and time, statistics and geometry -shape and position and direction.

    It would be really helpful if you could: 

  • Practise all of the times tables.
     
  • Let your child explain what they have done in Maths that day.

Science

This term we will be exploring Living Things and their Habitats and Light.

We will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys as well as investigating and identifying living things in our local environment and the wider environment. We will look at how and why environments can change and how this can sometimes pose dangers.

Whilst studying Light, we will learn that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. We will learn about the importance of protecting our eyes from the sun because it can be dangerous. We will investigate how shadows are formed and find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

Topic - Make that Change!

Our topic this term is: What happens when there is no more palm oil?  We will be developing our geographical skills, describing and understanding key aspects of physical and human geography.  We will also find out about the history of Chester Zoo. In DT, we will designing and making some tribal jewellery inspired by places we will be learning about in Geography. In Art, we will look at the artist - Andy Goldsworthy and create sculptures using natural and recycled resources.

 

In RE, we will be looking at the religion of Islam and finding out about the Muslim faith.

In Computing, we will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. We will look at branching databases and link this to our Science topic of Living Things and their Habitats. We will also experiment with Animation - using our Literacy texts for inspiration.

We are looking forward to our new challenge and making a difference!

PE Days

We have P.E. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school, (t-shirt, shorts pumps) all earrings must be removed or covered up. If your child needs a new PE kit they are available to buy at the school office. This term we will be going swimming so please ensure your child has swimming trunks and a bathing suit.

 

Spring Term 2018

Our topic this term is ...'On a Journey - Wish You Were Here!' We will learn all about the island of Anglesey and what life is like there. We will learn to speak some Welsh, taste and make some traditional Welsh foods, draw and paint some landscapes and much, much more. 

Our residential to the Conway Centre, Anglesey on 28th February - 2nd March will be a great opportunity to help bring our learning to life.

 

English

In Years 3 and 4, we will be focusing on the following things:

  •  Developing our comprehension skills -  working on word meaning, retrieval and inference questions. We will be improving our vocabulary and understanding, as well as answering questions by using clues in the text.

  • Becoming familiar with features of adventure stories and Welsh legends.

  • Continuing to develop our love of reading.  4F LOVE reading! 

  • Being introduced to and inspired by different authors – Our author of the month for January is Jeff Brown (Flat Stanley), February - Georgia Pritchett (Wilf - the Mighty Worrier) and March - Dick King- Smith (The Sheep Pig).

  • Writing character descriptions, instructional texts, formal and informal letters, writing postcards, performing and reciting poetry, writing and performing radio advertisements and writing non-chronological reports about puffins. (It would be rude not to considering that we're visiting the home of puffins!)

  • Improving our knowledge of SPaG.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be looking at the 4 mathematical operations and mathematical reasoning. We will be focussing on developing our fluency, problem-solving and reasoning using APE. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it!)

It would be really helpful if you could-

  • Practise all of the times tables

  • Let your child explain what they have done in maths that day

Science

This term we will be using our detective skills and investigating ROCKS. We will be comparing and grouping different rocks based on their appearance and physical properties. We will describe how fossils are formed and investigate how soil is made.

 

It's sedimenatry dear Watson!

 

Topic

Our topic this term is 'On a Journey - Wish You Were Here!'  We will be studying the locality of Anglesey and developing our geographical skills. In DT, we will be tasting and making some traditional Welsh foods. In Art, we will look at the artist - David Hockey and create landscapes inspired by him.

In RE we will be looking at Biblical stories and what we can learn from them. In computing we will be continuing to work on emailing and our knowledge of e-saftey. 

It's going to be busy, busy, busy! But we're up for the challenge.

PE Days

Wednesdays and Fridays we have P.E. so please ensure your child has their full pe kit in school, (t-shirt, shorts pumps) all earrings must be removed or covered up. If your child needs a new PE kit they are available to buy at the school office.

 

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Homework

Maths and Literacy Homework is given out on a Friday. Maths is due back on Wednesday and Literacy is due back on the following Friday,

Our big focus this year is reading so we would like to urge all of our children to read for a designated period of time (ideally 20 minutes) each evening at home to support their learning.

Here are some online activities, just click on the links below:

If you have been absent look below for catch up activities you can do at home. Once you do the work, don't forget to bring it in!

Remember - every minute counts. 

 

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