Peacock, Pelican and Puffin
WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?
Spring Term 2019
|Topic title: Viva la Year 4!
Continuing our journey through the continent of America, this term we will be travelling south, looking at Mexico and Central America.
We will write in a range of fiction and non-fiction genres including: poetry, narrative, recounts, explanation, persuasive and information texts.
Within these genres we will continue to develop our use of complex sentence structures, using main and subordinate clauses and a range of coordinating conjunctions. We will be using a range of punctuation including commas, exclamation marks, question marks, inverted commas, hyphens, colons and apostrophes. We will also be focussing on conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause. An emphasis will be put on the children planning, editing and proof reading of their work, enabling them to produce a high quality final version.
The children will continue to learn to spell the year 4 key words. They will also learn appropriate spelling rules for adding suffixes and prefixes; changing from present to past tense, etc.
We will be reading a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books and then discussing: themes, events, characters, feelings. Children will be learning strategies to better engage with texts and explain their opinions using our Destination Reader scheme. They will be developing their language acquisition with higher level and subject specific vocabulary and also developing oracy skills relating to discussing and explaining their ideas, actively listening to others and public speaking. The children will be expected to learn and recite a range of poems by heart.
We will be developing the year 4 maths key skills through the Inspire Maths scheme:
· Number – Counting back through zero using negative numbers and solving problems using fractions and rounding
· Calculation – Addition and subtraction (mental and written methods), Know multiplication and division facts up to 12×12, Multiplication and division (mental and written)
· Fractions, decimals and percentages – Calculate fractions of an amount, writing tenths and hundredths as decimals and ¼. ½ and ¾ as decimals, dividing a one or two digit number by 10 or 100.
· Geometry – Measuring angles, identifying 2D shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles and plotting coordinates on a grid
· Measures – converting between units and comparing, reading and writing time in the 12 and 24hr clock, calculating the perimeters of shapes.
· Data Handling – Using a range of graphs and tables to record, present and analyse data.
This term we will be studying: Changes of state and the water cycle; Teeth and digestion.
We will be learning about the cultural history of Central America including the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas. We will study how the voyages of discovery impacted on these areas and Europe.
We will be studying the geography of Mexico and the Central America area, recognising geographical similarities and differences with the U.K
We will be continuing with logical instruction writing, analysing and debugging instructions to create computer games and applications using the Scratch programming language.
The children will learn the language and conversation associated with greetings, the names of school equipment and classroom instructions and practice the language associated with weather and the seasons.
We will be studying Sikhism in RE this term.
Art / Design Technology
Aztec inspired paintings, clay sculptures and further developing painting and sketching techniques.
Weekly whole class ukulele lessons and whole class singing practise.
Dance and gymnastics
We will ensure that the school values, centred around empathy, are at the core of all our learning in year 4; this term we will be focusing on moral, imagination, self regulation and practicing kindness.
Special events/ enrichment opportunities
We will be visiting the Science Museum, cooking Mexican food and holding a parental involvement event.
How parents can be involved in home learning
We appreciate parental support with basic maths skills, reading and homework. We want to ensure that all children are proficient in their times tables and basic maths facts so these need to be practised regularly. Reading regularly with your child will significantly support their reading progression and engagement with books.
English Key Skills
Speaking and Listening
I can listen and respond appropriately to adults and my peers.
I can ask a range of relevant questions to extend my understanding.
I can answer questions using full sentences and can begin to justify my answers.
I can listen to and remember important points in discussions and stories
I can participate in conversations staying on topic, initiating and responding to comments.
I can use talk to develop understanding through speculating, imagining and exploring ideas.
I have an increasing command of Standard English.
I can participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play and debates.
I can read and understand all key words for Y4.
I can read independently for sustained periods of time.
I can listen to and read a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books.
I can distinguish between fact and opinion and recognise the point of view being presented in a text.
I can use scanning as a tool for summarising a text.
I can read for a range of different purposes.
I can mark extracts of a text by annotating and selecting key headings, words or sentences.
I can use a dictionary, index, glossary and thesaurus.
I can read with understanding, a range of texts and discuss: themes, events, characters, feelings.
I can predict, infer, and deduce a given text.
I can explain characters’ actions.
I can identify and summarise evidence from a text to support a hypothesis.
I can ask questions to improve my understanding of a text.
I can discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
I can analyse and evaluate texts, looking at language, structure and presentation.
I can select and discuss a favourite author.
I can learn a range of poems by heart.
Writing (composition and grammar)
I can write a t least 2 sides of A4.
I can experiment with a wide range of punctuation including apostrophes, inverted comma, commas to mark clauses, colons and hyphens.
I can plan what I want to write in a variety of different ways.
I can compose sentences orally building on varied and rich vocabulary.
I can increase the range of sentence structure I include in my writing.
I can use interesting, varied and ambitious words choices.
I can use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
I can vary the way I start my sentences (similes, -ed clause, expanded -ing clauses, fronted adverbials) e.g. Grinning menacingly, he slipped the treasure into his rucksack.
I can compose compound sentences using coordinating conjunctions (and, or, but, so, for, nor, yet)
I can write complex sentences with a main and subordinate clause. (The tornado swept across the city, destroying the houses.)
I can complete a whole piece of writing in a range of styles (playscripts, poetry, stories, reports, information text, explanations, persuasive writing)
I can identify and use collective nouns (e.g. The bundles of clothes were thrown on the bed.)
I can use paragraphs with increasing accuracy to organise and sequence my work.
I can plan, edit, proof read and produce a final version.
I can spell accurately all key words for Y4.
I can use a range of spelling strategies (rhymes, mnemonics, and kinaesthetic strategies)
I can apply spelling rules for adding suffixes –sion, -ssion, -cian (as well as consolidating suffix list from Y3)
I can begin to use and apply spelling rules for adding prefixes sub-, inter-, super-, anti-, auto- (as well as consolidating suffix list from Y3)
I can spell homophones and near homophones (accept/except, affect/effect, ball/bawl…)
I can apply a range of spelling rules to unfamiliar words.
I can write from memory sentences dictated to me by my teacher containing spellings and punctuation learnt.
I can hold a pencil correctly; sit with good posture, steadying my work.
I can form all letters and break letters consistently and fluently.
I can use lined paper and be able to use guidelines in writing.
I can work towards presenting writing using a handwriting pen.
I can use correctly formed cursive script in all areas of the curriculum.
Consolidate-finger spaces, letter, word, sentence, statement, question, exclamation, command, full stops, capital letter, question mark, exclamation mark, speech bubble, speech marks, direct speech, inverted commas, bullet points, apostrophe, colon –instruction, singular/plural, suffix/prefix, word family, consonant/vowel, adjective, noun, noun phrase, adverb, imperative verbs, tense, connective, conjunction, prepostition, determiner, generalise, clause, subordinate clause, relative clause, relative pronoun, alliteration, simile, synonyms.
Introduce – Pronoun, possessive pronoun, adverbial, fronted adverbial, apostrophe – plural/possession
Maths Key Skills
Maths Key Skills Year 4
Number and Counting
- I can count, order and compare numbers to 100,000 and understand the place value of the digits.
- I can round numbers to the nearest ten, hundreds and thousands.
- I can round numbers to help me estimate and i can use this skill to help check my answers.
- I understand that factors are whole numbers and that the smallest factor of a number is 1 and the greatest factor is the number itself.
- I understand that the concept of factors and multiples are related e.g. 2 is a factor of 8 and 8 is a multiple of 2.
Multiplication and Division
- I can use the formal written method to multiply 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit number.
- I can use the formal written method to multiply 3 digit numbers by a 2 digit numbers.
- I can use the formal written method to divide a 4 digit number by a 1 digit whole number.
- I can use regrouping in multiplication and division.
- I can apply concepts in the 4 operations to solve word problems up to 3 steps..
- I know all my x tables up to 12 x12.
- I can visualise and measure in compound units cm and m.
- I can visualise and measure in compound units Km and m.
- I can visualise and measure in compound units Kg and g.
- I can visualise and measure in compound units Kg and g.
- I can visualise and measure in compound units ml and l.
- I can use all concepts in all four operations to solve 2 step word problems.
Tables and Line Graphs
- I can present and interpret data in a table and in a line graph.
- I know a mixed number is made up of a whole number and a proper fraction e.g. 1¼
- I know a proper fraction is part of a whole and is a number between 0 and 1.
- I know that in an improper fraction the numerator is greater than or equal to the denominator. The value of an improper fraction is greater than 1.
- I can represent the same number with an improper fraction and a mixed number
- I can convert two or more related fractions related fractions to fractions with the same denominator and add or subtract them.
- I know that an angle is the amount of turning.
- I can accurately draw angles up to 180° and classify them as acute, obtuse or a right angle.
- I know that a right angle (a quarter turn) is 90°, 2 right angles (a half turn) is 180°, 3 right angles (a three-quarter turn) is 270° and 4 right angles (a complete turn) is 360°.
- I know the directions on an 8 point copmpas: north (N), south (S), east (E), west (W), north-east (NE),
north-west (NW), south-east (SE), south-west (SW).
Perpendicular and Parallel Lines
- I can draw a pair of Perpendicular lines that meet or intersect at right angles.
- I can accurately draw a pair of Parallel lines and know that they will never meet.
- I know that the perpendicular distance between a pair of parallel lines is equal at every point on the lines.
Squares and Rectangles
- I know that a square is a four-sided shape in which all the sides are equal and all the angles are right angles.
- I know that a rectangle is a four-sided shape in which the opposite sides are equal and all the angles are right angles.
- I can describe the properties of squares (all the sides are equal and each angle = 90°) and rectangles (opposite sides are equal and each angle = 90°).
- I understand that the first decimal place represents tenths and that 10 tenths = 1 one.
- I understand that the second decimal place represents hundredths and that 10 hundredths = 1 tenth.
- I understand that the third decimal place represents thousandths and that 10 thousandths = 1 hundredth.
- I can use this knowledge to compare decimal numbers.
- I can round decimals to the nearest tenth, hundredth and thousandth.
- I know that decimals up to 3 decimal places are equivalent to fractions with denominators 10, 100 and 1000.
- I can add and subtract, multiply and divide decimals and solve word problems involving decimals.
- I can convert between minutes and seconds, using 1 minute = 60 seconds.
- I can express time using 12 hour or 24 hour notation.
- I can make a bar graph with scales to present data.
- I can read and interpret bar graphs.
Area and Perimeter
- I know and can calculate the perimeter of a rectangle using the formula 2 × (Length + Width) and a square, using the formula 4 × length of side.
- I can calculate the area of a rectangle, using the formula of Length × Width (Ll x W) and a square, using the formula of it is Side × Side (S x S).
- I know that the distance of a composite shape is called the total distance around it.
- I know that the area of a composite shape is the sum of all the areas of all the individual rectangles and squares that make up the composite shape.
- I can solve word problems involving area and perimeter.
Symmetry and Tessellations
- I can identify a symmetrical shape because I can divide a shape into two equal parts with a line of symmetry, recognising that the two parts fit exactly when folded along the line of symmetry.
- I recognise that a shape can be tessellated if any number of them can be fitted together to cover a surface without any gaps or overlapping. If necessary, the shape can be rotated, but not flipped over.
Learn at Home
Slugs in Scratch
If you want to try the slug scratch game at home, below is a link to Scratch online, and the Youtube tutorial that tells you how to make it. PLEASE REMEMBER to switch Youtube to Restricted mode to keep you safe online!
SCRATCH – https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=home
SLUG VIDEO – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYPOkSWa9Ak
Here are some pictures of a science experiment Puffin Class did linked to our topic lesson on volcanoes.
Year Team Leader