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Welcome to Year 4 Shrews

Mrs Akhtar and Miss Gaskell would like to welcome you to our class page. We have lots of super things planned for this year and hope that you will all work hard and enjoy the year.

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Thank you all for making sure that all of our class are beautifully turned out in the correct school uniform this term. Just a quick reminder that this includes socks and hair ribbons, brightly coloured ribbons and socks should not be worn. 



This half term we are going to explore a variety of short stories from different cultures around the world. The children will then use the knowledge they have gained to create their own exciting and fun filled stories. After that, we will be focusing on explanation texts. The children will explore the key features of explanation texts and then attempt writing their own versions using the skills they have gained.



All the children are expected to take a book home everyday and read to an adult each night. Teachers will also try to hear your children read every week. Comprehension and other reading activities form an integral part of learning to read since once children have mastered phonics the next big challenge is understanding!



A new list of spellings will be given each week, please help your child to learn them following the weekly test you will be able to see their score in their planner.



During the first term, we revisited basic number work including ordering, place value and number calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

All children should be practising and learning their times tables so that by the end of Year 4 they know them. In accordance with government guidelines this includes X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, X8, X9, X10, X11 and X12. 

There is a weekly Arithmetic test for all pupils and their scores will be written in to their planners each week.

This term the focus will be on fractions. We will be finding factions of a given number, adding and subtracting fractions and converting fractions into decimals. We will then be moving onto measurement and looking at the different measures we use, comparing and measuring using a range of measures including length, width, mass, capacity in a range of fun and practical and written contexts . 



International Primary Curriculum

This terms main topics are ICT and Computing and How Humans Work.

Our computing topic reinforced all the work that we do in school on internet safety, we learned how to devise secure passwords, stay safe when roaming the world wide web, use different browsers effectively and to become proficient programmers using SCRATCH to draw basic shapes and begin designing basic computer games.

How Humans Work will involve studying the form and function of the human body. We will investigate the skeleton and how the muscles help us to move, the function and care of the teeth, how the heart and circulatory system work, how the lungs and respiratory system function and the effect of exercise and diet on our bodies. We will investigate light and sound discovering how we see and hear. It will be a very exciting topic packed full of investigations and experiments



Art is part of IPC but in Year 4 we are fortunate to have additonal time set aside for art, this will help to improve thier visual literacy which will pay dividends in all their other subjects.

This term we will try to link our art work to the How Humans Work topic, drawing and painting movement, investigating colour and ending with some paper sculpture work on movement.