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Year 4 (Team Rutherford)

 

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Class Teacher: Mr. Charlie Rutherford

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Topic: The Frozen Mountain

Literacy 

Our writing this term will focus on mountain climbers and winter forests. Firstly, we will be writing a report on the first climbers to reach the summit of Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Secondly, we will be writing and performing our own winter poetry based on Peter and the Wolf using Ted Hughes poetry for inspiration. 

Reading

Our core text this term is Ice Palace by Robert Swindles.

We will be looking at how the author creates suspense and uses foreshadowing to portray the evil Starjik. 

In story time we will be reading another book by Robert Swindles called Stone Cold. Told from the perspective of a young homeless boy struggling to survive the cold in London, we will be thinking about how our society cares for our most vulnerable members.

Maths

It will be an exciting term for Year 4 as we welcome Mr Liu from Shanghai in weeks 2 and 3. Mr Liu will be teaching us all about fractions. The rest of the term will be dedicated to multiplication and division. There’ll be lots of times tables challenges and we will be making our own times tables music videos so children will be expected to practice their times tables every night.

Check out this times tables song and see if you can learn the words:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY

 

Topic Weeks

This term Year 4 will be running history, geography, art and science in blocks rather than individual lessons. This will help us build upon each lesson as we move forward and prevent large gaps between them. We will also be able to set more creative weekend challenges based around the current topic.

Week 1: History Week

In history we will be writing a biography on Sir Edmund Hillary (1919 – 2008), the first man to reach the summit of Mt Everest with his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

You can find out more here:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edmund-Hillary

Week 2: Geography Week

This terms focus in geography will be using an atlas to locate mountain ranges and using maps to identify the differences between the UK, Great Briton and the British Isles. We will also be making our own topographic mountain ranges using cardboard and paint.

You can use Google Earth to look at mountain ranges at home here: https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/

Weeks 3 and 4: Science Part 1

We will be beginning our new science topic, states of matter. What are solids, liquids and gases? During these weeks we will be focusing on classifying matter and exploring density, pressure and the properties of the different states.

Here’s a link to a revision site for the topic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/changing_states/read/1/

 

Week 5: Art – Painting

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. We will be using his works as inspiration for our own paintings of frosty mountains and frozen forests.

You can find out more here: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/19/hokusai-japanese-artist-late-blossoming-great-wave-mount-fuji

Weeks 6 and 7: Science Part 2

The second half of this terms science topic will focus how matter changes state. How does something go from solid to liquid or liquid to gas? Do materials change in the same way? Can we see examples in our everyday lives?

Check out this link to the water cycle: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3wpp39

RE

This term we will be looking at Jewish festivals. This includes Passover and the Sukkot and Purim festivals.

You can find out some fun facts here:

http://www.fun-facts.org.uk/holidays/jewish_holidays.htm

Computing

We will be learning how to use search engines effectively and how to be safe online.

PE

This term we will be learning the skills needed to play a full game of netball. We will be practicing our passing,  shooting and positioning.

Not to mention sportsmanship and teamwork!

 

Spellings:

At Nightingale we are using the Nelson Spelling Scheme. Each week, the class will focus on a different spelling pattern and will have a selection of words using that pattern to practice at home.

The list below shows the spelling patterns and example words for this term. It is expected that there will be other words each week that use the same pattern.

Year 4 spellings: Autumn 2017