Curriculum - Year 4 – Spring Term 1
We cannot believe that we are halfway through the year! We hope you had a restful and enjoyable half-term holiday. We have another term of interesting learning to enjoy, including more music and swimming. This term will end with another series of fantastic concerts for guitar, trumpet, clarinet and violin, where you will see all the brilliant progress the children have made. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement, both at home and school; we look forward to seeing you at parents’ evening at the end of the term. See what other learning will be taking place below!
Reading this term will focus on stories by Charles Dickens and a science non-fiction text. Each week, children will use a different strategy to comprehend and enjoy the text, beginning with predicting. In writing we will be explaining animal teeth, linking with our science topic and then starting a new text to write narratives. We are looking forward to children showcasing all the writing strategies they have learnt!
This term we are all about fractions! We have started already with recapping recognising parts and wholes. Children will learn about adding and subtracting fractions, equivalent fractions, counting in tenths and they will complete problem-solving activities based on their learning.
Our topic this half term is animals, including humans. Our science lessons will be biology based where the children will work on constructing and interpreting food chains, learning about teeth and their functions as well as the basic parts of the digestive system.
This term we will continue our learning of ancient civilisations with an in-depth focus on the Ancient Egyptians. We had a very enjoyable and interesting trip to the British Museum to start us off, so now we will go deeper into achievements and life of the civilisation.
In R.E, we will be answering the big question, ‘How should we live and who can inspire us?’ linking to Judaism and Christianity. We will learn about Jewish practices and beliefs and Moses.
Our new PSHE topic will be about Health where the children will learn about medicines and safety with these.
This term, children will be learning about data. We will collect, record and interpret data using different data collection techniques.
Our D&T topic will be based on structures and the children will design, make and evaluate a structure of a bridge using cardboard inspired by the work of architect, Zaha Hadid.
PE lessons will continue on the following days:
Bangladesh: Tuesday (swimming) morning and Thursday (OAA) afternoon.
Cambodia: Tuesday (swimming) morning and Thursday (OAA) afternoon.
Mongolia: Tuesday (swimming) morning and Friday (OAA) afternoon.
Please ensure children come to school in appropriate clothing for lessons on that day. Swimming kits need to be brought to school on Tuesday – costume, hat and towel.
Suggestions for parents
Maths – We are encouraging daily practise of times tables both in school and at home.
Useful websites are:
– Times Table Rockstars (Soundcheck section)
– Top Marks – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
English – Please try to read with your child as often as you can and ask them questions about the text they are reading. Share stories and poetry at home. Don’t forget to include reading non-fiction and information texts e.g., signs, maps, catalogues and cereal packets.
Computing – Discuss online safety with your children to reinforce the safety messages we give at school, and those shared at our Bring a Parent to School morning. Discussing what is appropriate behaviour online and what to do if something happens will support conversations in school.
Geography – Take a trip to the Thames in central London as we will be learning about it this term. There are lots of fun things to do in the area, including visiting the Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre or taking a trip on the Thames Clipper!
All children have made fantastic progress in learning the violin, guitar, trumpet or clarinet, as well as their musical knowledge. They performed really well in the concerts at the end of term. Bangladesh will continue to learn violins on Fridays, Cambodia guitars on Fridays and Mongolia trumpets and clarinets on Wednesday. Please ensure instruments are brought in on the correct day, or day before, to ensure children can get the most from their lessons. Another concert will be held at the end of the spring term. More details to following.
Homework will continue to be set via Google Classroom on a Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday. Children will still be using Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars for maths homework. The children will receive spellings each week which they will be tested on the following Friday and an assignment will be set for them on Spelling Shed. In addition, the children will also have a written or alternative task linked to what they have been learning about during the week – this term this will focus on rivers.
If your child requires any support with their homework, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Children are expected to read every day (15 minutes minimum) and to keep a record in their home reading journal. The children can complete this independently but we would welcome your support in ensuring this is done on a daily basis. Reading records must be brought into school every day as they are checked once a week by their class teacher and the children should also have their book-banded reading book with them each day.
12th – 16th February 2024 – Half term
8th March 2024 – World Book Day dress up (more information to follow)
26th – 27th March 2024 – Parents evening
28th March 2024 – Last day of term
Rokesly Junior School
London, N8 8NH
Phone: 020 8348 0290
Headteacher: Bola Soneye-Thomas