Welcome to Emerald Class with Miss Morris!
Our topic for the Autumn term will be The Victorians. We will be discovering what life was like in Victorian Britain and how the Industrial Revolution changed society. As a class, we will study what it was like for children growing up and having to work every day in the dangerous mills! Study will also focus on important historical figures such as the scientist Charles Darwin, Brunel and his engineering and Lord Shaftsbury who was instrumental in trying to make sure that children had rights.
In our maths work we will be concentrating on number. This will include looking at place value, 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 use pictorial diagrams to help us visualise solutions and approach problems creatively. We will also be developing our understanding of shape and measure. All of us will be rocking out and competing to get the best guitars and gear on Times Table Rockstars!
We will look at the books 'Gorilla,' by Anthony Brown and, 'Leon and the Place Between,' by Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith. The class will be using drama to help with ideas for our writing. Throughout this term we will be editing and improving our work through ambitious vocabulary and use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. Our writing conference work will form a big part of the editing and re-drafting process. Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to develop atmosphere in writing will be looked at. Additionally, we will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words.
A love for reading is extremely important in year 4 and we will have daily guided reading sessions that focus on deeper skills such as inference and summarising. We will look at a different book each term where we can hone our skills in predicting, retrieval and understanding a vast array of vocabulary. The children will be expected to read every night at home and have the opportunity to choose from a rich variety of texts available.
This term and the class will be looking at sound. How is sound created? How does it travel? What effects pitch and volume? The children will get chance to make their own string telephones inspired by Alexander Graham Bell and also develop their skills in working scientifically to answer questions using experiments and results. Before Christmas, we will also start to look at electricity.
We will be working on rugby, football and gymnastics. Making sure we concentrate on the fundamental movement skills of each sport.
Art, D.T. and Music
In Art the Children will create mixed-media works depicting Victorian buildings. They will focus on drawing skills and learning how to blend using inks and poster paints. For D.T. the class will try out some engineering by building their own suspension bridge models out of cardboard. Each child will also get the chance to make their own Victorian toy! In Music the class will work on basic notation and recognising dynamics in music.