I hope everyone had a restful summer break and are excited to
get stuck into year 4!
This term we will be looking at the topic of ancient China, focusing in on the Shang Dynasty. Below is a brief week by week summary.
Week 1- Asking historical questions and researching key facts.
Week 2-The organisation and structure of Shang cities.
Week 3-Shang farming and irrigation techniques.
Week 4-Shang religion.
Week 5-Shang writing.
Week 6-The legend of the first Shang king.
We will be doing some exciting projects in art and DT this term, such as; making a model Chinese city, making Chinese porridge, drawing Chinese gods and making oracle bones.
In English we will be studying The Iron Man by Ted Hughes . This is a fiction text which tells the wonderful story of a young boy's relationship with a giant made of iron.
Children will discover a crime scene on day one and will have to ask investigative questions to uncover what was found. They will then work on writing a newspaper report sharing their findings. Next, we will explore the devices used by an author to build a sense of mystery and suspense. After, we will look at the idea of conscience and try write a letter to influence a character's decision. Children will then examine the use of imagery in writing and work on improving the quality of their own descriptions, with the final aim of writing a descriptive poem. Finally, we will end the term with children creating and writing their own suspense story.
Below is a summary of the math topics week by week.
Week 1- Mental addition and subtraction
Week 2- Place value
Week 3- Multiplication, division and fractions
Week 4-Time and length
Week 5-Written addition and subtraction
Please make sure times tables are practiced a couple of times a week at home, little and often is the best way to tackle these. Students will need to know all their timestables off by heart by the end of this term.
How you can support at home