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Welcome to Year 4 – Emerald Class!

Mrs Bird

Year 4 Athletics practice
Friday 1 December 2023
Singfest rehearsals with Year 4
Friday 1 December 2023

Autumn term – The Victorians

Welcome to the Emerald class page. We are looking forward to starting the Autumn term and getting stuck into some new books and topics.

Our topic this term is The Victorians. We shall be discovering what life was like in Victorian Britain and why Queen Victoria was such a popular monarch. We will find out about how the Industrial Revolution changed society and what benefits came from the introduction of the railways. We will learn about what life was like for children during this period and about important historical figures who worked to improve children's lives. To enrich our learning, we will be visiting Quarry Bank Mill.

Our writing will be based around the books 'Gorilla' and 'Leon and the Place Between' and our reading learning will be based on the book 'A World Full of Animal Stories: 50 Folk Tales and Legends'.

Our Maths learning will focus on understanding place value and developing our skills in calculation. We will also be learning more about measurement and will ensure that we learn all of the multiplication facts to 12 x 12.

This term the class will be looking at two areas: electricity and sound. In the unit about electricity, the children will learn about common electrical appliances and how to construct simple series circuits. The children will learn about cells, wires, bulbs and buzzers and about the different types of switches. The children will also learn about conductors and insulators and know that metals are very good electrical conductors. In the unit on sound, the children will learn about how sounds are made, associating them with something vibrating and understand how they travel to the ear. They will also learn about what affects pitch and volume.

In Computing, the children will learn about how the internet works and who owns the information on it, and about audio production, recording their own podcast.

This term, we will be learning how to play tag rugby on Wednesday afternoons and we will be going to Nantwich pool for our swimming lessons on Tuesday afternoons.

In Art, we shall first learn about how to create light and dark, shades and tints using paint and mixed media. We will then move onto drawing still-life while thinking about composition and proportion.

Design & Technology
In Design & Technology, we will first learn how to make our own torches, linking this to our Science learning. We will then learn about air resistance and kinetic energy so that we can build our own sling-shot cars.

This year, the children will learn how to play the clarinet and to read musical notation by a Music teacher on Monday mornings.

In RE, we shall be exploring some important parables told by Jesus about love and forgiveness and will look at how the Bible is used by Christians today. We shall also look at the Holy Trinity and learn about what different religions believe about God.

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