# Year 4

## Welcome to Year 4

We have two year 4 classes at Tudor School. 4U’s class teacher is Miss Hunt who is assisted by Mrs Stokes.  4V’s class teacher is Miss Grundy who is assisted by Mrs Benjamin and Mrs Parke.

B​​oth classes also enjoy a weekly sports session with Mr Higgins (our sports coach) and swimming at Sports Space leisure centre.  Please do ensure pupils have the correct kit in school for these sessions.

Ms Smith is our phase leader for Lower Key Stage 2.

## Our thematic learning - Autumn term 2021

Our Autumn term topic is ‘Buried Treasure’. As part of this topic, we will be learning about the prehistoric periods and the Smashing Saxons.

For English, the children will be exploring a range of texts which include:  story writing, recounts, reports on the findings of Skara Brae, poems and many more. They will learn to embed new sentence types into their writing, continue to use adjectives, conjunctions and fronted adverbials.

For Maths, we will start by looking at place value, still focusing on three digit numbers but also introducing four digit numbers. This will then be followed by rounding and through to addition and subtraction mental fluency. The children will start to learn new times tables which will be the 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000’s and use their new learnt skills to further their multiplication and division problem solving and multiplying by 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using appropriate methods. Towards the end of the Autumn term they will learn how to convert measurements and use this skill to help them answer worded and reasoning problems. This will then be followed by statistics, in which the children will create their own bar graphs and line graphs. Finally, we will look at working out the perimeter of various shapes. Embedded in the Maths will be reasoning and problem solving activities, so that children have an in depth understanding.

For our Science learning this term, we will be covering two topics – Teeth and digestion and sound. We will be exploring a variety of national curriculum statements for both topics over the term. In teeth and digestion, we will develop our understanding on the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. We will also use our observation skills and set up enquiries to discover how the digestion system works. During the second half term, we will focus on sound which will include identifying how sounds are made, recognizing that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear and finding patterns between pitch and volume. As always, we will be incorporating our working scientifically skills into our lessons, for example making systematic and careful observations, taking accurate measurements and using results to draw conclusions.

For topic this term, we will be focusing on both History and Geography. We will begin the term, by placing historical events in a chronological order. We will become archaeologists and discover how archaeologists do find out about the past, which will also help us understand how the people of the Stone-Age period survived. We will learn about key historic places such as Skara Brae and Stonehenge and look at the changes between different prehistoric periods. We will look into different living conditions and consider where might be an appropriate place to design a new settlement in Hemel Hempstead.

In Art this term, we are going to be learning printing techniques. We will explore Keith Haring’s graffiti art as inspiration. We will then practice creating our own print blocks and look at the use of different colour tones. We will then use the skills learnt to plan and create our very own cave paintings.

For our DT learning this term, we will be focusing on textiles. We will be developing our understanding of the difference between functional and aesthetic qualities of different fabrics, whilst learning how to sew.  We will then use our knowledge, to create suitable clothing for Stig in the Dump during these cold winter nights.

In computing, we will be follow our rising stars scheme, in which will become software developers where they will learn how to code and decode, musicians and make their very own piece of Christmas music using technology along with learning about how to be safe online.