Welcome back to school and I am looking forward to another fun packed but very educational year with YEAR 4. I can’t believe how quick that last year went.
This term though I am really excited to say we are studying“Demon Dentist” by David Walliams. It is funny, intriguing and rich with language but also touches on sensitive issues about family. I am thrilled that we have been bought a class set of books for us to read so there will be plenty of opportunity for children to re-read it. Another aspect of this type of novel is that it uses illustrations to hold the story so although some of the children may be “wow it’s too big to read” it should move children onto thinking of books as a journey and not to be finished as quickly as possible.
This book fits in with our topic which is Burps, Bottoms andBile. We will be looking at the anatomy and physiology of digestion from the eating, to the digestive processes and expulsion of food. I think the children will love this topic. It will lend lots of opportunity to scientific research and writing.
In English will focus on cross curricular writing, as this topic is so scientific based. We will be writing a non-chronological report, instructions and an explanation text. We will have an English day this term to write in the style of David Walliams and create some wonderful characters and settings, once we have read more of our book.
In Mathematics we will commence year 4 looking at place value up to 10,000 and considering how we group to count, order, estimate, create number patterns and discuss much larger numbers. If possible please encourage your children to say the full number such as 54, 376 would be fifty-four thousand three hundred and seventy-six. I can explain more in the welcome meeting.Please encourage children to use the Time table Rock-stars- the children that have committed to it have shown great progress in their multiplication. I have signed up myself if that encourages them We will have the multiplications government led tests in June so the more children practise now the more at ease they will feel then.
Hopefully we will have our launch topic date, a visit fromThackeray museum (it is closed for renovations so they are on tour)- this will be confirmed asap.
It’s going to be an exciting Autumn term.
Mrs D Griffin - Year 4 Class Teacher
Tel: 0113 274 7110
Abbey Multi Academy Trust
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Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
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