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Year 4 Blog

Welcome back, Y4! We hope everyone had a fantastic break full of wonderful experiences and are coming back to school really refreshed and ready to learn!
Our central idea for topic this term is 'How we share the planet'. We will be debating about whether animals are capable of experiencing the same emotions as humans and writing our own persuasive arguments. Later on, we will be reading the book 'If the World Were A Village' and writing our own poems focusing on the concept of place and home. We will additionally be learning about architecture, using the Layout software to create our own computerised artwork inspired by famous unusual buildings, and will be visiting Endcliffe Park to construct our own dens. Towards the end of the spring term, we will be studying water across the planet, how it is used, and how waterways have been key in shaping civilisations such as the Vikings and Romans. In maths this half-term, we will be focusing mainly on fractions, working with halves, quarters, tenths and hundredths. We will also be finding fractions of amounts using concrete resources and drawing to show our understanding. Later on, we will be moving on to learning about time. If your child owns a watch, it would be fantastic if they could get into the habit of wearing it regularly and having conversations at home about time, e.g. What time is breakfast? When is bedtime? How many hours until teatime?
Our Friday maths mornings are continuing this half-term, so please feel free to come and join us in your child's classroom at 8.45am every Friday.  
We will also be shortly sending out further letters concerning the Castleton residential trip, which will run from Wednesday 28th February to Friday 2nd March.
In addition, we are looking to recruit three new class parents, one for each of the three classes. As part of this role, which is typically held for one term, you would help with communication between the class teacher and other parents by emailing around key dates and other information. If this is something you would be interested in, please speak to your child's teacher.
We are really looking forward to what promises to be an excellent and productive new term in Year 4!
Mr Handley, Mrs Schmidt, Mr Hurley, Mrs Maycock, Mr Hewson and Mrs Khurram