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Are We All Equal?

 

A very warm welcome back to the new Nunsmere Class! We hope you have had a wonderful summer and are excited to start your year 4 journey.

 

This term, we will be looking at the following: 

 

Literacy

During the first half term, we will be exploring the story “The Whale” by Vita Murrow. Pupils will use some of the illustrations from the vehicle text to write their own setting descriptions and create newspaper reports detailing the sighting of a marine mammal.  After half term, we will be looking at the book “Leaf” by Sandra Dieckmann, which is a beautifully written and illustrated story with a positive message about not judging others, whilst also touching on climate change. The children will enjoy studying facts about polar bears and arctic foxes and will in turn write an information report about an arctic animal of their choice. This will also link into their science work on 'Animals including Humans'.

 

Incorporated within Literacy, the children will be developing and building upon previously learnt key high frequency words/spellings and the spelling patterns for Year 4. 

 

Grammar

This term, the children will be focusing on fronted adverbials, conjunctions, punctuating speech and use of apostrophes and we will be focusing on this through independent grammar lessons and application in their writing work.

 

Numeracy

This term we will be focusing on four topics in numeracy: 

 

Number & Place Value (Ma4/2.1)

Ma4/2.1a count in multiples of 6, 7, 9. 25 and 1000

Ma4/2.1b find 1000 more or less than a given number

Ma4/2.1c count backwards through 0 to include negative numbers

Ma4/2.1d recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s)

Ma4/2.1e order and compare numbers beyond 1000

Ma4/2.1f identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations

Ma4/2.1g round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000

Ma4.2.1h solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers

Ma4/2.1i read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value.

 

Addition & Subtraction (Ma4/2.2)

Ma4/2.2a add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate

Ma4/2.2b estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation

Ma4/2.2c solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why

 

Multiplication & Division (Ma4/2.3)

Ma4/2.3a recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12

Ma4/2.3b use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together 3 numbers

Ma4/2.3c recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations

Ma4/2.3d multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout

Ma4/2.3d solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by 1 digit, integar scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n object are connected to m objects.

 

Science

This term we will be focusing on two topics in science:

 

All Living Things (Sc4/2.1)

We will be grouping living things in different ways, exploring and using classification keys to group living things and looking at how climate change is impacting life on our planet.

 

Animals including humans (Sc4/2.2)

We will be describing the simple functions of the digestive system in humans, identifying the different types of human teeth and their functions and constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains.

 

 

Topic

This term the topic is “Are We All Equal?” for which we will be exploring the influence of important people and events across the African diaspora. This will link in with Black History Month, which happens in October, and we will also be exploring the 4 British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect.

 

PE

PE will be taught on a Monday and a Friday, but please ensure kits are in school all week should any session slots change due to trips, competitions etc.

The whole school will go swimming on Thursdays, please make sure your child’s swimming kit is in that day. This will be starting from next week (9th September).

 

R.E and CARE

In RE, will be focusing on Christianity this term; looking at the description of God through language, symbols, stories and songs that describe God. We will also be exploring the ways we understand God through the life of Jesus, through biblical teaching.

In CARE, we will be focusing on creativity and aspirations.

 

Languages

This year the children will begin learning French. (FL2/1.1, FL2/1.2, FL2/1.3, FL2/1.4).

 

Music

Children will have singing lessons with Mr Hartwell-Jones on a Tuesday morning. After half term, Nunsmere will enjoy music lessons with Mr Benson.

 

Homework

Homework will be through a jigsaw of activities. Homework is to be handed in on a Friday. Spelling tests will also take place on a Friday.

Reading - could you please read with your child as frequently as possible (even if they are a free reader, as this is proven to improve a child’s comprehension skills).

 

We hope this information is helpful and we look forward to an exciting year together. Please always speak to us with any queries or concerns. 

 

Miss Bate, Mrs Evans and Mrs Dodd

 

 

What's That I Hear?

 

 

 

Welcome back Nunsmere! We hope that you have had a wonderful Easter break and had chance to enjoy the lovely sunshine we have had. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to class, here’s what we will be looking at this term…

 

Literacy

There will be writing opportunities throughout our Topic sessions including writing an information piece and a biography. During our literacy lessons we will continue to use high quality texts as a stimulus for writing, this term our focus will be writing non-fiction pieces, including newspaper articles and instructions (En4/3.3). The children will continue their learning on various grammar elements, such as using a wider range of conjunctions, the present perfect tense and using paragraphs to organise their writing (En4/3.4).

 

Maths

Measurement – area, money and time (Ma4/3.1).

Properties of shape – comparing shapes, identifying angles and lines of symmetry (Ma4/3.2).

Position and direction -  describing positions on a 2-D grid using coordinates, describing movement between positions and plotting specific points (Ma4/3.3).

Statistics – interpreting and presenting data (Ma4/4.1).

 

Science

Electricity – We will be continuing our learning on electricity by identifying common electrical appliances, conducting simple electrical circuits using light bulbs and switches, identifying conductors and insulators and writing a balanced argument on renewable and non-renewable energy sources (Sc4/4.2).

Sound – Tying in nicely with this terms topic, we will begin our learning on sound, including looking at vibrations and how sound travels (Sc4/4.1).

Working scientifically throughout all units (Sc4/1).

 

Topic

Our topic for this term is called “What’s That I Hear?”, for which the children will be covering the KS2 music curriculum. We will be focusing on the history of music, music notation and composition, musical genres and music from cultures around the world along with many writing opportunities throughout.

 

RE and CARE

RE – In RE this term we will be exploring Islam, Humanism and Hinduism.

CARE – During our CARE lessons we will be learning about the British Values: mutual respect, tolerance, individual liberty and democracy. We will also be focusing on empathy.

 

Computing

The children will continue to use the MacBooks and tablets to support all areas of the curriculum. We will be using technology during our topic to code music, along with using Microsoft Office, search engines and a range of other software.   

 

PE

PE will be delivered by Mr Freeman on Mondays and Fridays, so please ensure you have your PE kit with you on these days.

 

Languages

Mr Hunt will continue to deliver Italian lessons, this will be on a Wednesday.

 

Homework

The homework jigsaw and summer term spellings have been uploaded to our Google Classroom, please log on to view them. As always, one piece of homework is due in on a Friday along with our spelling test.

 

 

Nunsmere Spring Learning Overview

 

 

 

Nunsmere Spring Term Learning Overview

 

Literacy

This term we will be exploring the wonderful book “Arthur and the Golden Rope” by Joe Todd-Stanton for which the children will have a plethora of writing opportunities including “Myths and Legend” narrative writing.

As part of our topic “What Makes Cheshire Special?” the children will have the opportunity to create information leaflets about a local landmark of their choice.

 

Grammar

This term we will be focusing on: apostrophes for omission and contraction, prefixes and suffixes, subordinating conjunctions, adverbs and verb forms.

 

Maths

This term we will be focusing on fractions and decimals, including:

Ma4/2.4a    recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions

Ma4/2.4b    count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by a 100 and dividing tenths by 10.

Ma4/2.4c    solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number

Ma4/2.4d    add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

Ma4/2.4e    recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths

Ma4/2.4f    recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼; ½; ¾

Ma4/2.4g    find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths

Ma4/2.4h    round decimals with 1 decimal place to the nearest whole number

Ma4/2.4i    compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to 2 decimal places

Ma4/2.4j    solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to 2 decimal places.

 

Science

This term we will be looking at the different states in which matter can exist (solid, liquid, gas) and sound.

 

Sc4/3.1    States of Matter

Sc4/3.1a    compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases

Sc4/3.1b    observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)

Sc4/3.1c    identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

 

Sc4/4.1    Sound

Sc4/4.1a    identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

 

Sc4/4.1b     recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear

Sc4/4.1c    find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

Sc4/4.1d    find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it

Sc4/4.1e    recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases

 

Topic

This term’s topic is “What Makes Cheshire Special?” for which we will be primarily focussing on geographical skills. We will be doing map work of our local area, including looking at the topographical features of Cheshire and also studying how and why land use has changed over time.

 

RE and CARE

This term we will continue to focus on Christianity, looking at the meaning of Easter to Christians. Along with this, we will also explore the religion of Sikhism.
In CARE we will be looking at how to develop resilience along with emotional and physical wellbeing.

 

Languages

The children will continue their learning of Italian with Mr Hunt.

 

 

How Did History Begin?

A very warm welcome back to Nunsmere! We hope you have had a wonderful summer and are excited to start your year 4 journey together.

 

This term, we will be looking at the following: 

 

Literacy

During the first half term, the children will learn about adventure narrative writing by using the wonderful book “Stone Age Boy” by Satoshi Kitamura, which links to our topic work.

After half term, we will be looking at the book “Leaf” by Sandra Dieckmann, which is a beautifully written and illustrated story with a positive message about not judging others, whilst also touching on climate change. The children will enjoy studying facts about polar bears and arctic foxes and will in turn write an information report about an arctic animal of their choice. This will also link into their science work on 'Animals including Humans'.

 

Incorporated within Literacy, the children will be developing and building upon previously learnt key high frequency words/spellings and the spelling patterns for Year 4. 

 

Grammar

This term, the children will be focusing on fronted adverbials, conjunctions, punctuating speech and use of apostrophes and we will be focusing on this through independent grammar lessons and application in their writing work.

 

Numeracy

This term we will be focusing on four topics in numeracy: 

 

Number & Place Value (Ma4/2.1)

Ma4/2.1a count in multiples of 6, 7, 9. 25 and 1000

Ma4/2.1b find 1000 more or less than a given number

Ma4/2.1c count backwards through 0 to include negative numbers

Ma4/2.1d recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s)

Ma4/2.1e order and compare numbers beyond 1000

Ma4/2.1f identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations

Ma4/2.1g round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000

Ma4.2.1h solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers

Ma4/2.1i read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value.

 

Addition & Subtraction (Ma4/2.2)

Ma4/2.2a add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate

Ma4/2.2b estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation

Ma4/2.2c solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why

 

Multiplication & Division (Ma4/2.3)

Ma4/2.3a recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12

Ma4/2.3b use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together 3 numbers

Ma4/2.3c recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations

Ma4/2.3d multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout

Ma4/2.3d solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by 1 digit, integar scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n object are connected to m objects.

 

Science

This term we will be focusing on two topics in science:

 

All Living Things (Sc4/2.1)

We will be grouping living things in different ways, exploring and using classification keys to group living things and looking at how climate change is impacting life on our planet.

 

Animals including humans (Sc4/2.2)

We will be describing the simple functions of the digestive system in humans, identifying the different types of human teeth and their functions and constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains.

 

 

Topic

This term the topic is “How Did History Begin?”, during which the children will be exploring what life was like for humans who lived in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. They will create a chronological timeline for the three ages and will look at case studies including Skara Brae and Stonehenge. We will have a local educational visit to Eddisbury Hill Fort, art days based around prehistoric artefacts and we have invited a visitor to deliver a Stone Age workshop. 

 

PE

PE will be taught on a Monday and a Friday, but please ensure kits are in school all week should any session slots change due to trips, competitions etc.

The whole school will go swimming on Thursdays, please make sure your child’s swimming kit is in that day. This will start as soon as possible, and we will inform you of when it will do so. 

R.E and CARE

In RE, will be focusing on Christianity this term; looking at the description of God through language, symbols, stories and songs that describe God. We will also be exploring the ways we understand God through the life of Jesus, through biblical teaching.

In CARE, we will be focusing on creativity and aspirations.

 

Languages

Italian with Mr Hunt will be taught this year (FL2/1.1, FL2/1.2, FL2/1.3, FL2/1.4).

 

Music

Children will have singing lessons with Mr Hartwell-Jones on a Tuesday morning. On a Wednesday we have music lessons through the use of Charanga.

 

Homework

Homework will be through our jigsaw of activities. Homework is to be handed in on a Wednesday. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday.

Reading - could you please read with your child as frequently as possible (even if they are a free reader, as this is proven to improve a child’s comprehension skills).

 

We hope this information is helpful and we look forward to an exciting year together. Please always speak to us with any queries or concerns. 

 

Miss Bate and Mrs Campbell

 

How are things different?

Spring Term Outline and Curriculum Overview 

Literacy

During the first half term, the children will be working from the text 'Leon and the place between' as written by Angela McCallister. The overarching focus of this unit is to study an author’s style and emulate this style in the creation of a new story explaining the journey of characters. (En4/1-3.4).

The children will also be researching a famous australians throughout history and will be creating a persuasive holiday brochure on the country.  (En4/1-3.4)

Grammar

This term, the children will be focusing on determiners, prepositional phrases, the plural and possessive S and expanded noun phrases (En4/3.4). 

 

Numeracy

This term we will be focusing on the following topics in numeracy: 

Ma4/2.4 Fractions (including decimals)

Ma4/2.4a    recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
Ma4/2.4b    count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by a 100 and dividing tenths by 10.
Ma4/2.4c    solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number
Ma4/2.4d    add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
Ma4/2.4e    recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths
Ma4/2.4f    recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼; ½; ¾
Ma4/2.4g    find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths
Ma4/2.4h    round decimals with 1 decimal place to the nearest whole number
Ma4/2.4i    compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to 2 decimal places
Ma4/2.4j    solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to 2 decimal places.

Ma4/3.1    Measurement
Ma4/3.1a     convert between different units of measure 
Ma4/3.1b    measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres
Ma4/3.1c    find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
Ma4/3.1d    estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence
Ma4/3.1e    read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks
Ma4/3.1f    solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months, weeks to days

Ma4/3.2    Properties of Shape

Ma4/3.2a    compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
Ma4/3.2b    identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to 2 right angles by size
Ma4/3.2c    identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations
Ma4/3.2d    complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.

 

Science

This term we will be focusing on two topics in science:

States of Matter (Sc4/3.1)

We will be comparing and grouping materials, based on whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will also be learning about evaporation and condensation.

Sound (Sc4/2.2)

We will be learning about vibration, pitch, strength and volume in terms of sound. 

 

Topic

Our Topic this term is “How are things different?" and will be based around different cultures, art, music and the history of Australia. 

We have lots of exciting things planned, such as a trip to the Liverpool World museum, cultural cooking days, painting and designing. 

 

Computing

We will be using the MacBooks and iPads to support various lessons throughout the Autumn term. We will use Purple Mash to improve on our coding skills learnt in Year 3. We will also be using the internet to support various lessons, particularly the world wide web to research and communicate (Co2/1.4). This term also brings us Safer Internet Day and we will be learning how to stay safe online.

RE

This term we will be focusing on Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism. 

PE

PE will  be taught on a Tuesday and Friday, so please make sure you have your full PE kit (PE2/1.1). 

Swimming will take place on Thursdays (PE2/1.2).

Italian

Italian with Mr Hunt will be taught on Wednesdays (FL2/1.1, FL2/1.2, FL2/1.3, FL2/1.4).

Homework

Homework will continue to be in grid form - please make sure your child hands one piece of homework in every Friday. 

Reading - could you please read with your child as frequently as possible (even if they are a free reader, as this is proven to improve a child’s comprehension skills).

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