Year 4 - Emerald Class

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Our topic in Emerald class for the Summer term is going to be Mountains and Rivers around the World. The children will understand and describe the key aspects of physical geography including: rivers, mountains and the water cycle. They will use maps, atlases, globes and digital computer mapping to locate countries and describe the features studied. Use atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features. Extend knowledge to include the location and characteristics of a range of the world's most significant human and physical characteristics.

Throughout the term we will look at the book Firework Makers Daughter. What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend! Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends, Chulak and Hamlet — the King's white elephant — race after her. But can they possibly reach her in time?
Throughout this term we will be looking at editing and improving our work through ambitious vocabulary and use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. . Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to develop the atmosphere in your writing. We will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words.

Throughout the term we will be concentrating on shape. space and measurement as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will deepen our learning through real life multi -step problems and use our reasoning skills to show what methods we could use. We will also carry on developing our understanding of shape and measure and fractions and decimals.

The children will compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. They will investigate that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). They will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Children will create and develop their techniques including their control and their use of materials (collage) with creativity and experimentation which relate to Mountains.
Appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. Select from and use a wide range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, accurately. Select and use a wider range of materials and components, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

P.E. and Visits
In P.E. we will be concentrating on cricket, rounder's and athletics. Making sure we concentrate on the skills of each sport. We will be going on a trip to Lancashire Cricket club to learn new skills this term.

Homework will be set for children on a Friday and I am asking children to return it on or before the following Wednesday. Homework will usually consist of an English and Maths piece. In addition to this, children will be expected to practise key spellings and consolidate times tables knowledge. Reading is a vital part of children's education. All children will have guided sessions in school. If you could try to hear your child read as often as possible and make a note of this in the 'Home/school diary' then this would be much appreciated and of great benefit to your child.

Forest Schools
A book by Anthony Browne called 'Into the Forest' was used to explain the importance of forest schools through fairy tales and especially Hansel and Gretel as they had to survive in the forest.

The children were asked to think about their own survival bag and what they would pack in their bag to survive! We then looked at what would be the only item they would take with them if they had too!!! We decided maybe flint and steel would be essential so we can make a fire.

We then thought about the importance of a shelter and how you could only survive in extreme conditions for 3 hours without a shelter. We built our own shelter in the school grounds just using the materials in our environment.

Hopefully the children should be able to tell you about the rule of 3 to survive.

World Book Day

The children brought in their favourite books and read a part of the story to the class and discussed why they would recommend it to them. We then started to magpie the phrases and sentences that we had read from a variety of books and use these to help create our own short stories.

Book Challenge

As a class we have set ourselves a challenge to try and read 6 books by the end of April and we will record this in our planner using the sheet 'Books I would like to read'.

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