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Year 4


Autumn 2:

Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had a great half-term and took the chance to recharge their batteries for another busy time in the run up to Christmas. We have lots of learning to do before then though and lots of fun, challenging work ahead too!

Our topic this half-term is “The Great Plague” and is full of fascinating learning opportunities that the children are really keen to get started with. In our English lessons we are going to be learning about Newspapers, Fairy Tales and Poetry, specifically the stories and poems of the Pied Piper and newspaper recounts of life during the plague. We will reinforce this learning with History lessons wherein we will look at life in London during plague-time, how the plague spread, its origins and how it affected our country at the time.

Additionally we will be looking at the wider world through Geography lessons and how we are impacting on our environment with our lifestyle choices-an important factor in the spread of the plague in 1665. We will also focus on Art and Design more this half term, particularly the study of drawing and colour with regards the human body as well as all of our other lessons such as Maths and Computing.

Home Reading continues to be important in every year group in school. With regard Blue Class we are working towards everyone reading at home but we are not quite there yet! The learning benefits of regular reading are enormous and your help in this at home is invaluable: let’s work together to get everyone reading!

Autumn 1:

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had an amazing Summer break and is ready and recharged for another fantastic year at Willow Lane! Your teachers this year are Mr Miller, Mrs Shepherd and Miss Newton.

Our topic this half-term is “Sparks Might Fly” and is full of fascinating learning opportunities that the children are really keen to get started with. In our English lessons we are going to be learning about Explanations, Narrative and Film-scripts, specifically the incredible novel, “The Firework Maker’s Daughter” which ties together our main themes of invention and creativity beautifully. We will explore circuitry in Science as we create our own, Wallace and Gromit inspired contraptions and use our Design lessons to ensure that their form matches their function. Our theme of electricity continues into Music wherein we will listen to and compose our own pieces of electronic music and also computing, in which we will use the program Scratch to create circuit-based programs.

To support us in all of this learning, reading at home continues to be hugely important. Great readers make great writers and the benefits to vocabulary building, fluency and confidence with language that come from even 10 minutes of reading a night are immense so let’s get everyone on the reading train!