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Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 4


Our topic this term is 'Rivers and Water'


In Mathematics this term the children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of multiplication and division. They will be using a range of resources and strategies (such as the bar model) to support our understanding of a calculation. The children will then refine their ability to calculate using the standard written method. Later in the term, the children will  look at efficient ways to calculate before moving on to look at ways to measure and calculate perimeter. Finally, we will refine our ability to solve mental maths and learn all  about fractions.


In English this term, children will be exploring a range of non-fiction texts such as non-chronological reports. We will be focusing on the key features and structure of these reports .and use them as inspiration to write our own non-chronological report about rivers which links to our topic work. We will then move onto learning about letter writing and we will base our learning around the humorous book entitled ’Ask Dr K Fisher’. We will continue to work on  and embed spelling, grammar and punctuation within each lesson too.


We will begin our Science learning with the topic of ‘States of Matter’. The children will learn all about gas, liquids and solids. We will look closely at temperature and at the water cycle too. We will then move onto ‘Animals including Humans’ where we will look at the digestive systems of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also identify different types of teeth and investigate the importance of keeping our teeth healthy.


Our geography topic this term is ’Rivers and Waters’.  We will be looking at how rivers form and the different parts to a river. We will then be developing our understand by visiting the River Plym Estuary. In computing, the children will be learning about computer programming language as they use ‘Scratch’ to design an interactive toy. In music, the children will be continuing to learn how to play the keyboard from a specialist teacher as well as having a range of school wide singing opportunities. In Art and DT they will be looking at artists who have been inspired by water In RE, the children will be learning about what it means to belong to a religion. The children learn Spanish weekly and will be continuing to develop their vocabulary and conversational skills. In P.E. the children will be refining their tennis skills, gymnastic skills and enjoy dance sessions. In SMSC, we will look at friendships and relationships.