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Elm Wood Primary School

Welcome to Year 4 Class 10

Helping the children on their learning journey this year are:

Class Teacher: Mrs Cantello

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Butterworth, Mr Berry, Miss Hartley, Miss Taylor.

 

Road Trip USA!

 

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This half term we are basing our literacy around our topic Road Trip USA! This topic is based around the different states of the USA and looking at the history of the Native American tribes. We will be covering the following genres of writing:

> postcards 

>Emails

> Diary writing

> Myths and legends

> Poetry 

We are encouraging children to read as much as they can at home. The children can record their reading in their reading diary. This will help them immensely in their writing as well as developing their vocabulary. 

 

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In numeracy this half term we are going to be focusing on the following areas: 

  • Place Value - negative numbers
  • Inverse operations ( addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
  • Solving greater depth problems
  • Time tables

 

Within Maths telling the time can be an area which children can find quite challenging. We would appreciate your help in encouraging your child to tell the time and to question them on differences of times, for example: how many minutes until it is tea time?

 

Topic

Geography and the History of the USA

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Our Topic this term is all about the the USA. This topic is Geography and History based, focusing on different aspects of the USA and the people who live there. To really capture the Geography and history of the USA we will be looking at the following:

  • Identifying the states of America and what their physical features are.
  • Using an Atlas and maps to plan a road trip through America.
  • Looking at cities such as New York City and how this compares to our city. 
  • Researching the history of the Native American tribes. Focusing on their beliefs and traditions.
  • Making totem poles.

 

Science  

Science this half term is going to be based around Electricity. 

Children will be designing and making a Yellow cab using simple and series circuits to make the lights light up. 

 

Spellings and homework

Children are given spellings on Monday every week to learn. Our spelling tests are on Fridays. Please ensure the children's spelling homework books are in class on Friday to check.

A learning challenge homework will be sent home with the children to be completed every two weeks.  Children have a choice of the type of homework they would like to do according to their interests.

Maths at home

Within maths, telling the time can be an area which children can find quite challenging. We would appreciate your help in encouraging your child to tell the time and to question them on differences of times, for example: how many minutes until it is tea time?

In Year 4,  children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12 by the end of the year.  The children are given regular tests and complete times table challenges throughout the week.

A good website to help the children practise their times tables and other number facts is :-

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Thank you for your support. Please feel free to come and view your child's work on Thursday open morning.