William Levick Primary School

William Levick
Primary School

Year 4

Summer 2022

It is wonderful to welcome back our class team as we start our exciting and very busy Summer term. Full details of the learning taking place in Year 4 this term can be found here.

In Topic, we are learning about the fascinating Ancient Egyptians. We will be looking at past and present Egyptian life, Egypt's magnificent landmarks and the important historical figures, including their unusual gods and goddesses. Linking in with our Topic, in Art we will be learning how to print intricate Egyptian patterns and we will also be developing our sketching skills to draw 3D images of pyramids and historical monuments.

In English, we are currently reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis, which we will later use as inspiration to create our own magical worlds and mythical creatures. We have also started a new writing unit based on a short film called 'Once in a Lifetime'. We will be writing non-chronological reports to educate others about fascinating and unusual creatures. We will also be creating other informative texts, including missing posters, job adverts and news reports.

In Maths, we are continuing with our 'Decimals' topic, where we will be using place value charts to help us order, compare and round decimal numbers. We will then be moving on to the key life skills of calculating money and reading time. Throughout the term, we will also continue to practise our times tables using group games, quizzes and whole class activities. It's important for children to also be regularly practising at home. Please use the link below to help them:

https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/

In Science, we are continuing with our 'Animals, including humans' topic, where we will be moving on to looking at the teeth of different animals and the sequencing of food chains. Our second topic is 'Electricity', focusing on the components of a working electrical circuit.

Spring 2022

It has been a lovely start to the New Year as we enter our exciting Spring term! Full details of the learning taking place in Year 4 this term can be found here.

In Topic, we our learning about 'raging' rivers and their very important role in the water cycle. We will be looking closely at river features, and we will be exploring the globe to learn some fascinating facts about our amazing natural landscapes. Rivers do not only provide a home to some of our planet's most interesting creatures, but they are also vital in our everyday lives and daily routines. This also links nicely to our new Art topic, where we will be creating our own landscape art to represent the movement of water.

In English, we are currently reading 'Oliver and the Seawigs' by Philip Reeve, which we will later use as inspiration to create our own fantastical adventure story involving mythical creatures. We have also started a new writing unit based on a short film called 'The Windmill Farmer'. We will be exploring diary and letter writing to express our thoughts and feeling as the farmer and as the local residents of the countryside town of Blusterville.

In Maths, we are continuing with our multiplication and division topic which focuses on larger number calculations and the use of different written methods. We will then be moving on to fractions and decimals, where we will be using diagrams to represent equivalent fractions and to add and subtract a given amount. Throughout the year, we will also continue to practise our times tables in our Friday activity sessions and morning starters. In Science, we are investigating how sounds are made, how they travel and how sounds can be described and classified. 

Autumn 2021

A big welcome back to our new Y4 class as we start an exciting school year together! The children have settled in really well, and I look forward to sharing our fantastic artwork and achievements as we move through our Autumn term. An outline of what we are learning in the autumn term can be found here.

                                                 

In Topic, we are learning about the fascinating settlers known as the Anglo-Saxons and 'vicious' Vikings. We will be discovering why they decided to invade and settle in Britain, how they lived their everyday lives and what happened during the Lindisfarne raid. This links nicely with our Art topic, where we will be designing and creating our own Anglo-Saxon crosses.

                               

In English, we are currently reading 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne, which we are using to inspire us when writing our own descriptive adventure stories. This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the tale of a young brother and sister, who learn an important lesson after discovering a mysterious new realm beyond a dark and gloomy tunnel. We will then be transporting ourselves to the Isle of Berk, where we will follow the adventures of the unlikely hero Hiccup and his unruly group of Hairy Hooligans as they try to train their troublesome dragons...

In Maths, we have started our place value topic, focusing on our base ten and how we can use pictorial resources to help us represent larger numbers. Throughout the year, we will also be practising our times tables using games, quizzes and whole class activities. In Science, we are learning about living things and their habitats. We will be focusing on the similarities and differences between different types of plants and animals and how we can organise them to make sense of the world.