Welcome to Year 4’s page. Here you will find information about what we do in Year 4. You will be able to see photographs of some of our wonderful work and see some of our displays.
Year 4 Team
In English, Year 4 will begin by looking at fiction through Charlotte’s Web. We will use the book as a tool to engage the children and discover the author’s writing style. We will be discussing the book in great detail and analysing the thoughts and feelings of the different characters. This will help us to write diary entries in the role of Wilbur in which we will be carefully drafting and editing our work to make sure it is the best it can be. After this, we will use Charlotte’s Web to explore the features of non-fiction texts and we will write our own books about spiders.
We will also use the book during our daily guided read sessions in which we will focus on developing our inference skills, making predictions and discussing words or phrases that capture our attention.
During the first half term we will be learning the key aspects of place value and addition and subtraction. We will be rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 as well as learning about negative numbers and Roman Numerals. This will move on to multiplication and division after half term. We will use a wide range of puzzles and problems to deepen the children’s understanding of numbers.
Our topic this half term is ‘Animals as well as humans’. We will be learning about our digestive system and the function of each part. We will also be learning how to identify the different types of teeth in humans and know their simple functions. We will also be working scientifically to carry out different investigations to see the impact different drinks have on our teeth.
Our topic this term is all about the Egyptians and we will be investigating all about how the Egyptians used mummification to preserve the dead, the Egyptian Gods, how the tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered and how the decoding of the Rosetta Stone led to Hieroglyphics being translated.
Our topic for the Spring term is Rivers. We will be learning all the different parts of a river system and how rivers are formed. We will also discover famous rivers from around the world and use maps of the world to find their locations. We will look in detail at the rivers of the UK and how to find their locations using an atlas.
During the Summer term we will be learning about The Romans. We will be learning about life during the Roman times and how different classes lived very different lives. We will use world maps to discover to extent of the Roman Empire and the tactics they used during battle to build their empire. The children will also learn about the effect the Roam Empire had on Britain and how it helped shape the world will live in today.
Reading and Homework
All children are expected to read at home at least 5 times a week. Even if your child is a fluent reader, it is still important for them to have someone listen to them read so they can have any unfamiliar words or phrases explained to them. It’s also nice for them to have someone to discuss the book they are enjoying with.
Spellings will be sent home each Friday. Please keep the spelling sheet at home so your child can practice right up until the following Friday. We will have a spelling test each Friday.
Times tables will be sent home each Friday for your child to practice. This is a big focus in year 4 and we aim to be fluent with all our multiplication and division facts by the end of year 4. We will be tested on these each Wednesday.
In our art lessons we have been creating watercolour skies using watercolour bleeds and splashes. We decorated our watercolours with things we see in the sky including helicopters, hot air balloons, birds and many more.
People in Motion
Year 4 designed, planned and created sculptures of people in motion. The sculptures were created using pipe cleaners and finished with tinfoil. Year 4 thought creatively about positioning, with some of their sculptures even doing the famous floss dance!
We looked at the artist Van Gough and focused on his Starry Night painting. We then created our own version using oil pastels and black card to create a city silhouette. We were pretty impressed with our finished pieces of work.
In science we have been looking at how our digestion system works. To help us gain a better understanding we created our own stomachs using bread as food, water as saliva and fresh orange juice as stomach acid. The results were pretty disgusting!
Which liquid causes the most damage to teeth?
We carried out an investigation to see which liquids cause the most damage to our teeth. We came up with a list of things we drink and used them in our investigation.
As you can see in the pictures, Coca-Cola and Vinegar caused a lot of damage to the egg shells, it even turned them black! We concluded that the best drink for our teeth is water.