Over this half term, we have been completing some skills lessons linked to punctuating direct speech. We will be writing non-chronological reports about our school which will be displayed in the reception for prospective parents and children. After this, we will be creating some suspense pieces of writing and thinking carefully about the vocabulary choices that we make.
In year 4, pupils will be learning about data handling and producing graphs. We will then be completing our Fractions unit. We will be counting up and down in hundredths and dividing an object by 100 and dividing tenths by 10. The children will be solving problems linked to fractions of quantities and adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. They will be recognising and writing decimal equivalents to 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4. Following this, the children will be learning about decimal numbers and rounding decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number.
Year 3 pupils have completed their learning of units of measure, including volume, mass and length. After this, we will be beginning our fractions unit where the children will learn to compare and order fractions and find equivalent fractions. We will be counting up and down in tenths. In addition to this, we will be adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator within one whole i.e. 5/7 + 1/7 = 6/7.
As always, we will also be looking to build in opportunities to develop our maths fluency skills in calculating using all four operations. Any work at home to support children’s times table and division fact knowledge is always beneficial.
For our science this half term, we will be learning about Sound. Pupils will be taught to identify how sounds are made and associating them with something vibrating. We will be conducting experiments to understand that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear. We will investigate the pitch of a sound using a range of wind, percussion and string instruments. Following this, we will find patterns between the volume of a sound and the vibrations that produced it. We will investigate what happens to a sound source as we get closer or further away.
This half term our Geography focus is the UK and its counties. The children will be recapping their knowledge of the UK and its four countries including their flags and capital cities. We will be labelling English counties on a map and investigating the human and physical features of contrasting counties. We will be looking at how the human and physical features of these areas have changed over time. In addition to this, we will be finding out more about our own county, Yorkshire.
We will be studying the work of Juan Miro, a Spanish abstract painter. We will be viewing and discussing his work and creating our own artist studies imitating his drawing and painting style. We are sure we will create some fantastic art pieces.
Over the course of the half term, we will be learning about “Keeping Safe”. This will include learning about handling emergencies, basic first aid and location safety. We will be learning about keeping ourselves safe online and what it means to be part of a democracy.
We will use Musical Express to guide our Music lessons. The children are going to completing the ‘Environment’ unit this half term. Seasons and the environment will provide the stimuli for compositions throughout this unit. The children will make descriptive accompaniments and discover how the environment has inspired composers throughout history.
All classes over the next half term pupils will be completing a Dance and Fielding and Striking unit. We will be creating dance sequences linked to different weather and natural disasters such as volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes. As part of our fielding and striking, the children will be completing skills lessons and ending the half term with games of Rounders to apply the skills they have obtained.