Year 4

We continue our topic focus of ‘Extreme Earth’, this time investigating one of Earth’s last great unexplored regions, Antarctica. Linking to our values of ‘Courage’ and ‘Tolerance’, we will be thinking about the changes we need to make to help us achieve those goals and ensure we embrace and celebrate our local community and its residents. 


Focusing on the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton, we shall be improving our diary writing skills. Through the text, Ice Trap!: Shackleton’s Incredible Expedition, we will be making predictions on what we have read so far and suggesting some possible plot developments. In Grammar, we will look at fine tuning our skills at writing sentences using conjunctions and expanded noun phrases. In non-fiction, we will be writing persuasive letters, identifying the effects of climate change on Antarctica and its wildlife.


This half term we will be focusing our attention on Shape, Fractions & Decimals and Time. Using a protractor we will be improving our accuracy when measuring a variety of angles. We shall also be identifying and completing lines of symmetry. In Fractions & Decimals we will be looking at equivalent fractions and how to express a decimal as its equivalent fraction. Finally, we will be improving our ability to tell the time, focusing on changing digit to analogue and vice-versa.


In French, Madame Ansell shall be expanding our vocabulary and phrases through the exploration of a town “dans ma ville” and the facilities you would normally find within the town centre. As we are approaching the festive season, we shall be learning a new French Christmas song to celebrate “Noël”.


Building on our understanding of Living Things and Their Habitats, we are looking forward to classifying different animals, including those found in the Antarctic, Part of our learning will involve creating a ‘testable’ question. Then in groups, we will plan out a suitable method and recording strategy, keeping in mind the importance of fair testing.


We will take on the role of Antarctic explorers and study the geographical features of this southernmost continent. Thinking about climate change, we will be looking at how this landmass and its inhabitants are being affected. Since 1914, when Ernest Shackleton led a polar expedition, Antartica has been used for scientific study. We will look at why so many scientists still visit this arctic wilderness in order to gain a greater understanding of the world around us.

Year 4 Newsletter - Autumn Term Nov 2017

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Year 4 Homework Letter - Autumn Term Nov 2017