As we are writing explanation texts, could you please play a game- either card or board game- and challenge your child to explain how it works. We will send them home with a game or two to explain to you.
Mr Hicklin and Miss Higginbotham
Our Topic this half term is "May The Forces Be With You!"
We will investigate how objects move over different surfaces and how magnets work
Mondays will be our PE day. Ensure you have your sports kits for indoor and outside lessons.
Tuesday- the very exciting WCIT in which every member of Year Four will be playing either cornet or clarinet. (Don't forget to leave a pound coin in your case, clarinet players, in case you need a new reed).
Swimming will be on Wednesday afternoons. Please send us a letter if you want your child to wear goggles. It is essential that we have a raincoat or warm coat every Wednesday. It may also be better to leave your jewellery at home for the day.
In English this half term we will be looking at:
Narrative writing and Explanation texts.
In Maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction, length and perimeter and multiplication.
Doing a bit of extra work at home can really help with our work in class.
Try to read every day at home. If your child is good at reading independently, you can ask them for a summary of the plot on the days you don’t hear them read. Talk about what you have read and have a competition to guess what might happen next. It is fine to work as a team - it can be fun to read a sentence or page each if it is a challenging book that they are desperate to read.
Spellings. The children complete a wide variety of spelling tasks in school. They will be given a set of spellings to learn every week, to be tested the following week.
Children each have a Mathletics account. The tasks always compliment class work, and are usually set on a fortnightly basis. If you have a mobile device, there is a free app to download. It is also available through most web browsers. There is a computer club one dinner time a week which will allow your child to practice on school equipment if you are suffering from technological problems.
This year we will be concentrating on counting and tables facts. We will be learning and testing these each week. For a challenge, you can even learn the division facts to match! You might like to try this website for a different way to learn your tables. Update: Try this fab new app! My team of tables novices have been trying this out, and the verdict- it is great! It's called Ten Minutes a day Time Tables from DK- here's a link. You can download it on android link and Ios (link).
Suggested additional learning activities
Card games can be a really good way of practicing counting. Why not try one of our new favourite games? Arrange your cards into a spiral. Take turns to roll a dice, and advance by the number of cards you rolled. To stay there- you need to calculate the value of the card by the value on the dice. If you get it wrong, you need to go back to where you were before you last rolled- or if you like a challenge- to the start! If someone else lands on your card and completes the calculation successfully, you are sent back to the start! Enjoy!
Dice games. There are lots of different variations or dice games. It can be really fun to multiply the scores on two (or even three) dice together. Another favourite in Year Four is to write 0-12 and cross off the numbers as you roll two dice- for example 6 and 2 could make 8 (6+2), 4 (6-2) 12 (6x2) or 3 (6 divided by 2). This one makes a fun two player game as you can see who has crossed off most squares once they have all gone, or you can have a set of numbers each and see who gets all of the numbers first. For advanced players you could also include 4.5, 3.5, 2.5, 1.5 etc for halving odd numbers.
We love throwing three die (or one dice, three times) to produce a three digit number and rounding it to the nearest ten or hundred. For something simpler, try two dice and for a challenge, add a decimal point! We like to use a game board and challenge each other to cover up the rounded numbers as this also lets us practice place value (the digits 2,3,4 could round to 230, 240, 320, 340 420 or 430 if one of the other variants has been taken by our opponent).
Here are some videos you might find useful
Place value- using numberlines
Magnets and their invisible force
How do magnets work in a scrap yard