Year 4

Summer Term

Lots of exciting topics lined up for Year 4 this term! We are kicking off with habitats, linking these to information texts. Following this, we shall be constructing dens and making locks for our ‘secret’ diary writing topic. To end the half term, we will be learning about synagogues, as part of our RE learning.

After the half term, we will study stories from other cultures. This is around the world cup starts; a great opportunity to learn about countries of the world. A week of poetry and talking about our feelings follows this, before we learn about nutrition in science.

Trips lined up for this term include a Tudor play from Portsmouth University Students (linking back to our Tudor topic in the Spring term), a ‘beach, hill and wood’ trip in May and a harbour visit in July, where we can practise our orienteering skills.

Alongside all of this, we will cover maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar daily. Please help your child with times tables, number facts and spellings. We are encouraging the children to take ownership of their own learning, so they will be coming home with incorrect spellings from their own work and maths problems. These can be added to their Learning Log to build up a great picture of home learning.

Learning Log club remains on Tuesday after school; simply pick up your child from the office at 4:15 if you want them to come along. PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Make sure your child has the appropriate kit in school (this should be t-shirt, shorts and trainers/plimsolls). ERIC is every Wednesday morning; all parents/carers are welcome to come in and read with children. Thank you to those parents that are regularly signing their child’s home reading diary; this lets us know how much reading they are doing at home.

Year 4 –Spring Term

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The Banquet and so much more!

Our main topic for this half term is ‘The Banquet’. We will be looking at Life in Tudor Britain, including their houses, clothing, cultures, leisure and religion. We will find out about the Tudor Kings and Queens and, as geographers, the explorations made during that period of British History.  Our music is ‘The Truth about the Tudors’ and we will also be learning about Tudor dances. We will link our art and DT to the topic as much as possible, hopefully making a miniature chair for Henry VIII to sit on.

For English, we will start the half term with stories with historic settings and writing our own. Later we will be looking at writing recounts.

In maths, we will be covering a range of themes, including the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, solving puzzles and word problems, understanding shape, handling data, fractions and decimals and measuring weight, capacity and length.

As always any support you can give your child at home is much appreciated.

We have arranged a visit, linked to the Tudors, to The Mary Rose Museum for the 27th (4A) and 31st (4W) of January. More information about the trip will be given out nearer to the time.

Thank you to all of you who help your child with their learning logs. Please continue to do so as we know your child appreciates it.

Can we also remind you that 4A and 4W need PE kits on Tuesdays and Friday!

As always thank you for your continued support, if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us in person or through email (jadams@fbps.co.uk and jway@fbps.co.uk).

Learning Log due 21st October 2013 – Keeping Warm

Here are some of our ideas for things to do at home related to keeping warm:

  • Complete an experiment – e.g. which material will prevent ice from melting, keep something warm
  • Research how a freezer stays cool
  • Create a questionnaire about temperature for friends and family members to answer
  • Investigate negative numbers in the context of temperature

We are practising our times tables in class, with a particular focus on the six times table (and revisiting two, three, four, five, nine and ten). Why not practise these at home? Some of you may want to practise the 60 times table or even the 0.6 times table!

Well done to those children who are getting their home reading diary signed three times a week.

Learning Log due 14th October 2013 – Shapes

As promised, here are some of our ideas for things to do at home related to shapes:

  • Make a shape quiz, based on their properties
  • Design and make a 3D shape ‘monster’ linked to our myths and legends work
  • Create a ‘shape properties’ crossword
  • Take photos of shapes around the house and label them
  • Use a mirror to find lines of symmetry on 2D shapes

Learning Log due 7th October 2013 – Village life

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Also, make sure you are practising your times tables! 6 x 6, 7 x 6, 8 x 6, 9 x 6 - and don’t forget the related division facts!

Invasion at Portchester Castle! (Photos)

Check out the 4W page, where you can see photos from our trip.

Invasion at Portchester Castle!

On Monday (4W) and Tuesday (4A), Year 4 will be invading Portchester Castle as part of our invasions topic! The trip involves being out of school for most of the day so packed lunches will be needed (unless you have a school packed lunch).

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Autumn Term 2013

 Invasion!

Moving and Growing (or How to Avoid Broken Bones) and Christmas Around the World

Y4 at Flying Bull should prepare for an exciting term!  First up, as historians we will be learning about how England coped with invasions from Saxons, Vikings and Normans. We will explore many aspects of their lives, including their houses, clothing, cultures, leisure and beliefs. We will have a particular focus on where they invaded, helping us to improve our mapping skills in role as geographers. Furthermore, we will look at how they kept warm, experimenting with insulators, conductors and reading thermometers. Alongside this, in our English learning we will be crafting poetry describing settings, writing Myths and Legends stories, and creating our own information texts about these invaders. As part of our learning, we will be visiting Portchester Castle (4W on 30th September/4A on 1st October), where we will be treated to a workshop on weapons and defence.

Next, we will study in role as scientists ‘Moving and Growing’, which covers learning about our skeleton, bones, protection of major organs, movement and exercise. Don’t be surprised if we link this to our PE, and how to avoid broken bones!

Last but not least,  to get into the festive spirit, we will be finding out about Christmas around the world. One highlight will be our visit to All Saints Church on 12th December to celebrate the Christingle service. Interestingly, the current Y4s attended our first every Christingle in December 2010 when they were in Y1.  We will also have the opportunity to investigate Christmas in French-speaking countries, thus improving our language skills (added bonus)! Alongside this, we shall be exploring stories that raise dilemmas, to help us understand the significance of Christmas and other religious festivals around the world.

Alongside these gripping topics, we will also have daily maths, spelling and reading lessons. In maths we will be solving puzzles and word problems, improving our mental arithmetic skills as well as learning a host of other skills such as fractions and decimals and measuring weight, capacity and length. In spelling, we will cover homophones (the two teachers plan to use them in other lessons too!) and plurals. In reading, we will continue to hone our inference skills so we can comprehend shades of meaning in the text.

As ever, we will be asking the children to complete their Learning Log tasks, read plenty at home, practise their spellings and come prepared with PE kits. Now Year 4, they are beginning to grasp the importance of this hard work; any further reminders from you should help reinforce this. Thanks in advance for your continued support with this. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us in person or via email (jway@fbps.co.uk / jadams@fbps.co.uk).

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Summer Term 2013 Overview – Extreme Environments

Our main topic for this term is ‘Extreme Environments’. We will be looking at life in India to include their houses, clothing, cultures, leisure and religion. We will find out about the various habitats and animals that occur in India.

In English we will be looking at stories with dilemma and also be looking at writing and keeping diaries, recounts and information texts.

In maths we will be covering a range of themes, including the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, solving puzzles and word problems, understanding shape, handling data, fractions and decimals and measuring weight, capacity and length. As always any support you can give your child at home is much appreciated.

This term we will be covering two science topics. We will begin with ‘habitats’. Through this unit children will begin to understand the concept of a habitat, how it provides organisms found there with conditions for life and how animals depend on plants or other animals which eat plants for food.  Throughout the unit ways in which organisms are suited to the habitat should be emphasised. The second topic is ‘circuits’. This unit builds on children’s previous practical experience of making circuits and extends their understanding of circuits, conductors and insulators and the need for a complete circuit in order for a device to work.  Children will be introduced to ways in which they can vary the current in a circuit.

The trips for this term are based on our habitat work in science. The first is a comparison between two habitats of Southsea Beach and Hundred Acre Wood. The second is a trip to Chichester Harbour with a boat trip and a visit to a sandy beach.

Thank you to all of you who help your child with their learning logs. Please continue to do so as we know your child appreciates it. Can we also remind you that both classes need PE kits on Tuesdays and Thursdays and swimming kits on Wednesdays.

As always thank you for your continued support, if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us in person or through email.

 Spring Term 2013 Overview

The Banquet

Our main topic for this term is “The Banquet” We will be looking at Life in Tudor Britain to include their houses, clothing, cultures, leisure and religion. We will find out about the Tudor Kings and Queens and the explorations made during that period of British History.  Our music is linked to the Tudors and is called “The Truth about the Tudors” and in dance we will be learning about Tudor dances. We will link our art and DT to the topic as much as possible.

For English, we will start the term with stories with imaginary settings and writing our own and later we will be looking at writing persuasively. After half term we will be looking at stories from other cultures, more persuasive writing and how to write recounts i.e.as in newspapers and magazines.

In maths we will be covering a range of themes, including the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, solving puzzles and word problems, understanding shape, handling data, fractions and decimals and measuring weight, capacity and length.

As always any support you can give your child at home is much appreciated.

This term we will be covering two science topics. We will begin with “Separating solids and liquids”. In this unit children learn about the differences between solids and liquids and recognise that the same material can exist as both solid and liquid. They will be identifying changes that occur when solids and liquids are mixed and how to separate undissolved solids from a liquid. The second topic is “Forces and Friction”. In this unit children build on their existing knowledge of forces and learn that forces can be measured and compared. The unit focuses on friction as a force which exists between objects moving across solid surfaces and opposes motion, and the forces of air resistance and water resistance which oppose the motion of objects moving through air and water.

We have arranged a visit, linked to the Tudors, to The Weald and Downland Museum for 13th and 20th of March and have invited in a Tudor Expert in, to share a Tudor day with us. More information about both activities will be given out nearer to the time.

Thank you to all of you who help your child with their learning logs. Please continue to do so as we know your child appreciates it.

 Can we also remind you that 4A and 4G need PE kits on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As always thank you for your continued support, if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us in person or through email.

Autumn Term 2012

Buried Treasure

Our main topic for this term is “Buried Treasure” We will be looking at the invasion of Britain by the Saxons and Vikings and how they lived, including their houses, clothing, cultures,leisure and beliefs. We will link our art and DT to the topic as much as possible.

We plan to link our English with our topic work as much as possible as well so we will be looking at Myths and Legends and writing our own. We will start the term with a short poetry unit on creating images. After half term we will studying stories that raise dilemmas and information texts.

In maths we will be covering a range of themes, including the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, solving puzzles and word problems, understanding shape, handling data, fractions and decimals and measuring weight, capacity and length. As always any support you can give your child at home is much appreciated.

This term we will be covering two science topics. We will begin with “Keeping Warm” and the children will learn about reading thermometers, keeping liquids hot and cold (insulators and conductors). The second topic is “Moving and Growing” which covers learning about our skeleton, bones, protection of major organs, movement and exercise. Your child will be coming home with a learning log this term, this will contain work to be done at home. Some pieces have to be completed while others are optional; these allow the child to chose and plan their work in their own style. Please ensure the learning log is completed.

Can we also remind you that both 4A and 4G need PE kits for PE on Tuesdays and Games on Thursdays. As always thank you for your continued support, if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us in person or through email.