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St. James' CE Primary School

Welcome to Year 4

Our Year 4 classes this year are 4 Egypt, 4 Ghana, 4 Kenya and 4 Tanzania.

Spring Term 1

Reading: Children will read a variety of genres of text centred around our topic. In English children will read ‘Mama Miti’. Key texts will be:

Week 2: Bush Fire (Poetry)
Week 3: Anansi and the Yam Hills (Fiction)
Week 4: Egyptian Pyramids (Fiction)
Week 5: Nigeria and its land (Non-Fiction)
Week 6: African Folktale
Week 7: Sometimes when it rains (Poetry)

Writing:  Write an information booklet and learn how to use ambitious vocabulary as well as modal verbs; visualise from a text and represent this through drawing to inspire them to write poetry. They will include figurative language such as similes, metaphors and personification; develop on their knowledge of punctuation to punctuate a play script; explore the use of time connectives and past progressive tense to write letters; cover learning strategies to write a persuasive letter such as openers that help to support an argument; write a biography based on the life of Wangari Maathai (who was the founder of the Green belt movement)


Maths -
Fractions - Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions; count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten; solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number; add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.

Time - Convert between different units of measure eg hour to minute. Read, write & convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 14 hour clocks. Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days

Decimals - recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths. Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼, ½, ¾ Find the effect of dividing a 1 or 2-digit number by 10 or 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number. Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places.

R.E. -  Look at the Miracles of Jesus and what they teach us, including:

What constitutes a miracle?
Some of the miracles that Jesus performed.
Magic versus miracles – what is the difference?
Who performs miracles?
Consideration of personal response to the miracles of Jesus.
Specific places where people believe miracles happen.     
The importance of faith for miracles.
Links with Salvation – Jesus’ miracle of the resurrection.
What the miracles of Jesus’ ministry teach Christians about being the people of God.

P.E. -

 4 Ghana, 4 Tanzania and 4 have their P.E. on Monday afternoons.
4 Kenya have their P.E. on Tuesday mornings.

Please ensure your child is reading every day at home and please ask them comprehension questions (summarising main events), they will be rewarded for showing this in their home-school books) and regularly practising their times-tables up to 12x12.