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Year Four

Welcome to Dormice Class!

Our teacher is Mr Chadwick d.chadwick@kings-hill.kent.sch.uk and our teaching assistants are Mrs Gunn and Mrs Dufton.

 

 

Welcome to Bats Class!

Our teacher is Mrs McCarville s.mccarville@kings-hill.kent.sch.uk and our teaching assistant is Mrs Baker.

 

  Summer Term

Our topic work will see pupils comparing a region of the UK with a region in Europe – the Netherlands. This comparison will require analysis of both human and physical features of places in our descriptions. Due to a marked difference in topography, there will be different perspectives when debating an environmental issue and how it may affect both localities. Pupils will be inspired by a famous Dutchman, Vincent van Gogh, and will be replicating his paintings using an impasto style on canvasses.

 Did you know that dishwashers work by cats entering secretly through the back (that’s the clicking sound you hear) and work as a team to lick all plates and cups clean? They receive a free meal and you have clean dishes and cutlery – everyone is a winner! Pupils will be exploring explanation texts further using appropriate language. Linked with our topic work, pupils will be writing poetry for the first time this year, in a variety of styles. Within their own anthologies will be a poem inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s paintings. In term 6, the class text is provocatively called ‘The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas’! This text takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster as we experience the main character’s dilemmas. Pupils will have to search their conscience. We will be visiting the Kent Show during this term to fully immerse in the sights, sounds and smells that mirror the setting of the book.

 Our mathematics work through terms 5 and 6 will focus on measurement (perimeter and length) and extensive work on strands of geometry- namely angles, shape, symmetry, position and direction. The year will finish with statistical work based on data sets generated from sporting activities out on our field.

 Electricity is the scheme of work in Science during term 5. We will look closely at how we use and make electricity whilst producing our own working circuits of increasing complexity. What materials are conductors or insulators? The unit will have a focus on health and safety. Term 6, the focus will turn to sound - identifying how sounds are made and travel. Pupils will learn why sounds alter in strength, pitch and volume and the influence distance from source makes. Pupils will even have a go at making their own telephones, using string and plastic cups.

 In I.C.T the pupils will be getting creative; they will be creating their own compositions and eventually refining their pieces through reflection and discussion. This will be developed through isleoftune.com which is a website pupils can enjoy at home too.

 Pupils will be developing cricket and athletic skills over the summer terms. This is a good mix of team and individual pursuits as well as a healthy range of catching, batting, fielding and cardio vascular disciplines. We will also analyze the effectiveness and outcomes of our ‘Daily Mile’ scheme.

 In R.E. pupils will be studying the Islamic faith over the course of terms 5 and 6, culminating in understanding of the 5 pillars of Islam that are the framework for Muslim life.

We continue our ukulele lessons with Miss Beevis on Wednesday afternoons and look forward to building up our repertoire and toolbox of chords. You will see our progression towards the end of the school year when we look to perform in various school performances and concerts.

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English in Year Four

Reading in Year Four

During Year 4, children will apply a growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to understand the meaning of new words. They will listen to a discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and reference books and use a dictionary to check the meaning of words. Children will draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justify their inferences with evidence. 

By the end of Year 4, children should be able to real aloud a wider range of poetry and books written at an age-appropriate interest level with accuracy and at a reasonable speaking pace. They would of developed strategies to choose and read a wider range of books including authors that they may not have previously chosen.

In non-fiction, the children know what information to look for before beginning and is clear about the task. the children can use contents and indexes to locate relevant information. 

Writing and SPaG in Year Four

During year 4, the children will develop their use of paragraphs and in narrative, create settings , characters and plot. They will be able to write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught. They will use standard English forms for verb inflections instead of local spoken forms and be able to use fronted adverbials. Children will be able to choose an appropriate pronoun or noun within and across sentences to aid cohesion and avoid repetition and use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech. 

Maths in Year Four

 During year 4, the children will develop their understanding of place value through counting in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000. They will be able to count backwards through zero to include negative numbers. They will order and compare numbers beyond 1,000 and round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000. They will continue to solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in context, deciding on which operations to use and explain why. Children will be expected to know all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. 

When working with fractions, the children will be able to recognise and show families of common equivalent fractions and count up and down in hundredths. They will round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number and solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions to two decimal places. In measure, children will develop their understanding of converting between different units e.g. kilometre to metre; hour to minute. 

In shape work, children ail compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes. they will identify lines of symmetry in two dimensional shapes presented in different orientations. They will specific points and draw sides to complete a given polygon.

Children will solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs. 

Have a look at what we have been learning in Year Four!