Hello and welcome to Year 4!
We are delighted to be your new teachers and look forward to working with you and your families this year. I hope you have all had a restful but exciting Summer and you are all excited to be back in school for an action-packed half-term of learning.
Mr. Lawson is the class teacher and Mrs. Hill supports the children within the classroom. Miss Shah supports the children on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon.
The newsletter is attached below which outlines routines and what the children will be learning this half-term.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff. You can get in touch using the class email address firstname.lastname@example.org
In Maths, we will be learning all about place value. We will count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 100. We will be finding 1000 more or less than a given number and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000. We will recognise the place value of each digit in a 4-digit number and order and compare numbers beyond 1000. In our Addition and Subtraction topic, we will use formal methods of columnar addition and subtraction to add and subtract numbers with up to 4-digit numbers. We will also estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation as well as solving two-step problems in contexts.
In English, we are using ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward as our core text. We will read the story whilst pulling apart the key concepts, ideas, characterisation, setting and the relationships of the protagonists. By the end of the half-term, we will use this knowledge to write our own narrative and a diary entry from the protagonist’s point of view.
In Science, we will be learning all about ‘Living things and their habitats’. We will recognise that livings things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. We will also recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
In our History Topic, we will be learning all about ‘The Shang Dynasty’. We will locate China on a map and look at the Earliest life found in China. We will learn how early Chinese society began, comparing it to the learning we did of the Stone Age – Iron Age, and how the Shang Dynasty came into Power. We will learn about the different roles and hierarchy that existed in these times as well as looking and analysing a range of artefacts and sources. We will look at the relationship of the Shang Dynasty and the rise of Bronze and how this impacted daily culture. We will look at warfare and meet people such as the fierce warrior Lady Fu Hao and her tomb.
In our Geography Topic, we will be learning all about ‘What is so great about Manchester?’ We will be learning about the location of Manchester (nearby towns and cities, counties and regions) as well as looking at the difference between Great Britain, The British Isles and the United Kingdom. We will look at human and physical features of Manchester and how it has changed over time (Industrial Revolution). We will also conduct some fieldwork linked to Manchester and use our map skills, compass direction points, and 4-figure grid references.
In our Art Topic, we are developing our art and design skills. We will create an optical illusion print inspired by Luz Perez Ojeda’s ‘lenticular prints’, we will design our own willow pattern style plate, we will carve sculptures out of soap referring to the works of Barbara Hepworth, we will learn how paint and mix colours like Paul Cézanne, we will draw still life artworks like Giorgio Morandi, before learning about the role of a ‘curator’.
Miss York will be teaching French. In the unit of portraits, we will be learning how to describe someone’s appearance, including eye and hair colour, and characteristics such as how happy or serious they are. We will learn about the position of adjectives in a sentence and how the adjective changes to ‘agree’ with the noun it describes (masculine, feminine, singular, plural). Starting with the subject of painting and the Louvre in Paris to build cultural awareness, the children complete the unit by writing a description of one of their friends in French.
In Music and Computing, we will be having lessons taught to us by Mr O’Brien from Technola. We are also beginning to learn how to play the ukulele for the Autumn term on a Tuesday morning.
In RE, we will be looking at God, David and the Psalms. We will learn all about how David is a key figure in God’s plan for His people and learn that some Christians have had to endure great struggles and persevere in difficult circumstances to keep faith in God and follow his way.
In PE, we will be having lessons taught to us by the Sports Coach on a Thursday morning. We will be learning ‘Dance’ this half-term. The children are to come to school in their PE kit with their school jumper. Children will not need to get change during the day.
The children will be given logins for Times Tables Rock Stars. They can access the app/website at home on a laptop or tablet. Please encourage your child to access the website at home as this will give them much needed practice of the Times Tables they are unsure of. Please click below to access the TTRS website
To log in, click student then type in either of the following to find the school (the postcode is the easiest way):
Holy Trinity Primary School, Bury
If there are any issues logging in, please get in contact so we can resolve it.
Reading books and bags are expected to be brought in every day. We will be changing books on a Monday. If your child finishes their book before the changing date, we will endeavour to get them changed. It is important that your child reads every evening for at least 10 minutes. This could be done independently or with the help of an adult or older sibling. Please can you sign the yellow reading record book to evidence that your child has read. Please put any comments if you feel it necessary to inform us of any concerns.