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Year 4

Autumn

In Year 4, we have read the book ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. Through this book, we explored the rainforest, in geography and science, and discussed current issues such as deforestation. We wrote a letter to Mr Boris Johnson to explain our ideas about this.  We are currently reading ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ by Joe Todd-Stanton.  This is a mythical book, through which we will be learning about Scandinavia, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in geography and history.  We have learnt place value and addition and subtraction in mathematics. We are also very excited about our rock heroes on TT Rockstars to help us practise our times tables.

 

Spring

In Year 4, we have read the book ‘Pebble in my Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper. Through this book, we explored rocks and natural disasters in science and geography. We learnt about volcanoes, mountains, earthquakes and tsunami and even created our own volcanoes in Design Technology. We wrote an explanation leaflet about different types of rocks and will be writing in role about our time-travel. Next half term, we will be reading ‘Libba’ by Laura Veirs.  This is a picture book biography, through which we will link our Geography and compare the UK to the USA.  We continue to focus on arithmetic and problem solving in mathematics and have also learnt how to use written methods of multiplication. We are also very excited about our rock heroes on TT Rockstars to help us practise our times tables.

 

Summer

In Year 4, we are reading the book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Raúf. Through this book, we are exploring refugees and comparing life in the United Kingdom to life in Iraq. In Religious Education, we will be learning about Islam – including the Early Islamic Civilisations, the history of the region and studying faith in action. In science, we are also learning about sound, how it is made and how it changes. We will also learn all about our teeth and their functions, including completing a fair test! Next half term, we will be reading ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ by Phillip Reave and Sarah McIntyre. We will also be exploring our digestive systems, nutrition and food chains. In maths, we are developing our knowledge of fractions and will learn more about time, shape and statistics. We continue to focus on arithmetic and problem solving in mathematics and are still very excited about our rock heroes on TT Rockstars to help us practise our times tables.