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Year 4 Badgers

Welcome to the Badgers class page!




Hello and welcome to the Badgers webpage. This year Miss Priestley will be teaching the Badgers, supported by Miss Valimulla, Mrs Malik and Mrs Hester. Although the children will be working very hard this year, they will also be learning many fun and interesting facts and skills which will stay with them forever.

This webpage is here to help you find out all the information you need to know about what the children in Year 4 Badgers will be learning this term. A good idea is to use this as a reference point to make discussions with your child about what they have been learning at school.



This term our English will be taught through the theme 'Sparks Might Fly!'. As part of our non-fiction unit, we will be looking at explanation texts. We will be using the book 'Until I met Dudley' to understand the purpose and features of explanation texts, and to support us when writing our own explanation texts. For our fiction unit, we will be exploring stories with a fantasy setting through the story 'The Firework-Makers Daughter'. Like with all text types we will begin by identifying the features and unpicking any new vocabulary of the text to then create our own fantasy story. Throughout this term we will focus our reading on exploring the meaning of key vocabulary in the context of the text and will also apply our handwriting skills daily.



In Maths we will be looking closely at Place Value. This unit will cover:

* Roman Numerals to 100

* Rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100,1000

* Comparing and ordering numbers

* Negative numbers

It would be very helpful if children could continue to work on their times tables up to 12 x 12. 



In Science we are learning about ‘Electricity’. Within this topic we will learn about:

* Common appliances that run on electricity.

* Being able to construct a series of simple circuits. 

* Being able to identify common conductors and insulators.

* The dangers of electricity.



In DT we are learning about designing a product with a simple electrical circuit and we will be designing and building nightlights. Within this topic we will learn:

* How to draw and sketch a product.

* How to use electrical systems such as bulbs and switches.

* How to identify strengths and weaknesses in the design. 

* How to choose good materials to build with. 



As part of the wider opportunities programme, year 4 children will be receiving music lessons every Friday.



Children will have P.E. every Wednesday when they will be learning Dance through the theme of ‘Super Heros’.  Please ensure children have their full P.E. kits in school on this day and that jewellery is removed in order for them to participate safely.



Over the course of the year your child will receive weekly spellings based on different spelling strings and rules. Children will receive a new set of spellings based on our spelling lessons every Friday and will be tested on these the following Friday.



In addition to spellings and reading, your children will be given both English and maths homework every week. This will be handed out every Friday and is due the following Friday. Children not handing in all homework on time, will be sent to the homework drop in - during lunch time.


Finally, if you have any questions at all please feel free to speak to me after school or call the office to arrange an appointment.



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