Year 4 Autumn Term 2 Newsletter
Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing half term and are feeling refreshed and ready for more exciting learning opportunities in Autumn Term 2.
Dates for your diaries:
Monday 16th November - Super Smiles in-school visit (please see attached letter regarding activities)
Friday 18th December – Last day of term
This half term our topic is ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’. Open wide – let’s take a look inside! We will set off on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body! From teeth to the digestive system, we will be learning how to look after this marvellous belching, squelching, mixture-making machine we call our body!
In English, we will begin with a learning journey using the text driver ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith. We will delve deep into the magical mystical world of the carnival and write our own endings to the story. Our second text driver will be ‘The Book of Bones’ by Gabrielle Balkan. Think, book of world records… of bones! We will use this to create fact files. Finally, we will explore ‘Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman as inspiration to write non-chronological reports about these fascinating creatures.
Our focus this half term is multiplication and division. Pupils will learn how to multiply and divide by 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12. They will learn how to calculate multiplication and division equations using the facts that they know, before beginning to use formal written methods to calculate and solve problems. As the children begin to solve increasingly challenging multiplication and division problems, their times table knowledge will become crucial. Please ensure your child is practising their times tables regularly, and remember TT Rockstars is a great way of engaging children with this. If you need another copy of your child’s log in details, please let us know.
Our focus is street dance for indoor PE, and netball for our outdoor lessons. Our PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays. Please ensure that on these days your child is wearing appropriate named school PE kit.
In RE our theme will be Christmas. Our key question is: ‘What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today?’
Our learning focus will be ‘Celebrating Difference’. We will be learning how to: accept that everyone is different, include others when working and playing, know how to help if someone is being bullied, solve problems, use kind words and give and receive compliments.
Home Learning Ideas:
- Keep a food diary and notice what happens as certain foods (like beetroot, sweetcorn, asparagus or blueberries) pass through your body.
- Learn how to boost your immune system. Make a poster or advert for a doctor’s surgery to help people stay healthy over winter.
- Do you have any horrid habits, such as nail biting or nose picking? What habits do you dislike in others? Think of some tips on how to give up a horrid habit.
- What qualifications and training do you need to become a dentist? You could quiz your dentist at your next check up! Ask before you are in the middle of a scale and polish!
- Try a new food or drink that you have never tasted before. What do you like or dislike about its taste and texture?
- Using a small mirror, can you identify the different types of teeth you have in your mouth? As you are eating different foods, think about which teeth are working!
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Koester & Miss Agnès