Year 4 Information for Parents - Spring Term
Gwybodaeth Blwyddyn Pedwar i Rieni - Tymor y Gwanwyn
This is the second termly letter to let you know what we are doing in Year 4 this term.
Many of the routine lessons and activities from last term will be continuing as normal:
- Handwriting on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- PE on a Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday afternoon (see below)
- Spelling Test and Lesson on a Friday (please remember red spelling books)
- SEAL/Circle Time on a Wednesday
- Singing Practice on a Friday morning
- PPA time is still covered by Mrs Francis on a Wednesday morning.
Over the next term, we will be studying two different topic areas:-
Castles and Dragons
The Castles and Dragons topic studies aspects of a historical nature. It celebrates Wales and its history, through the exploration of Welsh princes, folk dances and legends. Focussing on the Medieval Period of 1063 and 1283, children will learn about the key provinces of Gwynedd, Powys, Deheubarth and Morgannwg. The project will explore both the poor and the Princes’ lifestyles, their homes and castles and how their roles shaped society. At the heart of this project children read, write and re-tell myths and legends and create their own stories in the same style. We will also look at instruction writing. Children will learn additional skills in presenting and recounting historical information. In the Innovate Stage children play the role of villagers to plan, prepare and present a case for lower taxes to a Welsh Prince of a local castle. Children can extend their knowledge by researching castles and medieval times using the following websites.
Why not have a look at Turner’s paintings of castles and try and copy some at home? Or design a coat of arms for your family?
Bones, Blood and Gory Bits
This project has a science focus and teaches children about the human body including significant organs such as the heart, brain and lungs. At the heart of this project children write explanations to describe biological processes of the human body and develop additional skills using a range of technical and scientific language.
In the Innovate Stage children apply their skills and understanding by creating a friend for Frankenstein’s monster using a range of made body parts.
Swimming for Year 4 will start straight after the half term holiday. Lessons will be every week on a Thursday morning. Parents are advised that children should have a swimming costume (no board shorts are allowed for the boys) and goggles. Later on, they may be asked to bring in a t-shirt and pyjama bottoms to practice swimming in clothes. NB If your child is asthmatic, please ensure they have their inhaler for each swimming lesson packed in their bags. No earrings can be worn in the pool. Children have been refused entry to the pool in the past for not having their inhaler with them or for wearing earrings. The cost is £2 per week for the bus and payment is now being made by ParentPay.
- We will be using the 6, 7 and 8 times tables this term, so it is vital that your child knows the earlier ones. (Please keep up the 10X table and counting in tens – when children add 50 and 90, they can sometimes think the answer is 114, instead of 140.)
- We will be using digital and analogue time, and telling the time to the exact minute, i.e. 13 minutes to 6, 23 minutes after 9, 16:55, 08.59, 11:02am, 2:37pm etc.
- We will be giving change from £10.
- We will be using fractions and decimals, finding ¾ of something, 4/10 of something, 3/5 of something.
- We will be measuring to the nearest millimetre.
Custer Literacy Project
All the Year 4 teachers in the Abergavenny Primary Schools have been working with the King Henry English Department to plan Literacy lessons with the intention of sharing good practice and better preparing the children for their GCSE exams. Our focus is grammar and punctuation. We will be working together in each other’s classrooms over the next few months and supporting each other to teach sentence structure and grammar.
Lead Creative Schools
You will be aware that we were successful in getting a grant to fund a creative project. Ruth Stringer, a theatre set designer from Cardiff, comes in to work with the children every Thursday at the moment. We plan the sessions together to teach lots of Maths skills in a creative way. The children do a lot of group work, problem-solving, riddles and puzzles as well as having fun. As the project continues, the children will be designing and making Maths challenges which we will launch in Thursday 22nd March. You can see our ongoing work on SeeSaw and you are all invited to the Maths Carnival on 22nd March. This year it involves Year 4 but will focus on a different class next year.
We will also be working towards our school Eisteddfod on March 1st by learning a song and poetry, painting and writing a story, and then having World Book Day on March 8th.You are invited in to school for our class assembly on Friday 2nd February and a PACT session after half term. Any queries, then please do come and see me, either before school or afterwards on the playground.
Thank you very much for your cooperation in all these matters. I look forward to another successful term.