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Term 1

Year 4 - Term 1

Welcome to the start of year 4!
Please have a read of the information below to find out more about what we will be learning and focusing on this half-term!

Term 1 - Writing and Reading (Destination Reader)


This term, we are studying the book 'Krindlekrax' by Phillip Ridley. This book is about a young boy called Ruskin Splinter and his journey to become the hero he always wanted to be! 


In reading, we will focus on the important learning behaviours which allow us to work with a partner and discuss the text effectively. We will be working through reading skills such as prediction and inference. 


We will also be using this book to support our written work, starting off by writing a letter to a hero of our own. We will then write a description for a character who lives on Lizard Street. 


Our class story this term is 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Rauf. 


We encourage the children to read regularly at home and when their books are finished they can take a quiz on Accelerated Reader to check their understanding. AR points are awarded for passing quizzes and these are celebrated in class every week.

Term 1 - Maths


This term we will be working on our place value, number and calculations knowledge. We will be checking how to set out these calculations and will be using equipment and resources to help us. We will also be continuing to work on our times table recall by completing a weekly times tables challenge. Please use Times Table Rock Star at home to help your child improve their fluency! 

Term 1 Science


In Science we will be finding out about teeth, the digestive system and food chains. Our concept question is 'Why is each part of the digestive system so important?' 

Term 1 - PE

This term's focus is on team building. We will then be moving onto invasion games. Invasion games are sports where you have to reach the other team’s end of the pitch/court to score. These sports include elements of handball, hockey, rugby, basketball, netball and football.


We have P.E on Mondays and Thursdays. Please can children remember to wear their P.E kit on those days and make sure they have a bottle of water. 

Term 1 - History 'Walk like an Egyptian'


In History this term we will be learning about Ancient Egypt. Our concept question is 'Many people think of Ancient Egypt as fascinating. Why?' Our key concepts are explain how and why civilisations can exist at the same time in history and explain how leadership impacts on people's everyday lives.

Term 1 - Art


In Art this term our media focus is printing - block printing (built up and relief). Our element of Art focus is colour and pattern. Our artist is Henri Matisse.

Term 1 - Music


In Music this year we will learn recorders with Miss Dalton. The instruments will be provided by the school and will remain in school.