Year 4

Hello and welcome to our Autumn 2 review page for both Class 9 and 10!

This half term our topic has been ‘Ancient Egypt’. We have been learning about how Ancient Egyptians lived, including using the River Nile and how they wrote using hieroglyphics. We even had a go at writing our names in hieroglyphs! We learnt lots about Howard Carter and his amazing discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. We completed a fact file about him which helped out with our English writing!

In Maths, we have continued developing our place value knowledge and have used it in learning formal methods of multiplication and division. Children have continued to develop their multiplication and division recall skills. We have used this to help us to learn how to multiply and divide 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number.  Miss Booth’s ‘Superstars’ have been learning about adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers. They have moved onto looking at counting money.

In English, we have retold part of our class text ‘The Time Travelling cat and The Egyptian Goddess’. We have focused on using exciting verbs and a range of adjectives and adverbs to make our writing interesting to the reader. We have looked at punctuating speech and have used this in our writing. We have written a newspaper report about Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun. Howard Carter (Mr Shaw) even came into school for us to interview! We used all our knowledge to write a newspaper report on the discovery. Miss Booth’s ‘Superstars’ have read ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ and have retold part of the story using vocabulary from the text. They have focused on accurately punctuating sentences and using adjectives in their independent writing. The class have also had additional reading lessons looking at reading with expression and applying phonics to their reading and spelling. All children are having lessons to help support their handwriting and spellings. 

In VIPERS, we have looked at both fiction and non-fiction texts based on the Egyptians. We have also looked at texts that link to our Science topic and English work.

We have enjoyed a gardening session, helping maintain the school grounds as well as learning about the importance of worms in our garden!

In Science, Mr Shaw has led our work on states of matter. Children have taken part in investigations about how the temperature can affect how long it takes for things to dry. They have also observed liquids changing into solids and reversible changes.

During PE lessons, we have learnt ball skills related to dodgeball and bench ball. Ms Straker, from The Farnborough Academy, has been in to lead tennis sessions on a Monday afternoon.

Next half term we will be studying ‘Why deserts are dry and why rainforest are wet?’. In Maths, we are looking at measurement, including length and perimeter and fractions. 

How to support your children’s learning…

Please read regularly with your children at home. Try to chose a range of text types (fiction and non-fiction). Ask them retrieval questions about the text and to make predictions based on what they have read. Also, keep logging onto Times Table Rockstars, there might be a few battles to get involved in!

Miss Groves, Mr Dickinson, Mr Shaw and Miss Booth