Assalamu’alaikum and welcome to all
Year 4 children and parents
Spring 1 is now over and we are now progressing through Spring 2.
Look below to find out what we are doing this half term.
Welcome to a new term!
Our character focus is on Honesty. Through sharing stories of the Prophets and Companions, we hope to inspire and teach the children to be honest. Ali ibn Abi Talib reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “You must be truthful. Verily, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise.”
The English curriculum will continue with the development of spoken language, reading and writing skills. Children will develop their reading comprehension skills as well as learn spellings, punctuation and grammar. They will learn new skills and contexts for writing based on core texts. This term we will be looking at ‘African Tales’ by Gcina Mhlophe; an anthology of fictional tales from all over Africa. Children will be encouraged to apply their writing skills to other areas of the curriculum.
The National Curriculum for Maths is being taught using the ‘Singapore Maths’ approach.
This term, pupils will be covering decimals and money. Pupils will learn how to count, order and record decimals, see equivalence between tenths and hundredths and will be able to compare and order the numbers. Pupils will learn to continue linear number sequences as well as round decimals to the nearest whole number. In this chapter, pupils will learn how to count and record in pounds and pence. Following on from that, the children will begin the topic of money where they will make links between tenths and hundredths and decimal notation for money.They will learn how to compare amounts of money by looking at significant digits and by converting amounts from pounds to pence and vice versa. Pupils will be taught how to round money to the nearest pound and understand contexts in which this would be a useful skill to know. They will use this skill to estimate amounts and totals. They will apply these skills to problem-solving situations, finding totals and calculating change.
The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)
This academic year, 2019-2020, all Y4 children will have their multiplication skills formally tested in a new statutory test. Children will be expected to memorise multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12.
Through regular practise children will develop their knowledge of multiplication tables in order to recall facts with precision and fluency.
It will be administered for children in Year 4 during Summer 2020.
Our Science topic this term will be ‘Human Nutrition’. In this topic the children will develop their understanding of their personal health and how this is related to human nutrition, dentition and digestion. They will describe, sequence and investigate the simple functions and the basic parts of the digestive system in humans and they will identify and name the different types of teeth in humans and some other animals, and their simple functions. Children will understand how their teeth could decay and how they could keep teeth healthy.
In History, pupils will continue to learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain at the time. We will be finding out why the Romans invaded Britain and consider the resistance of native Britons during the invasion. Pupils will also examine how the Romans have influenced the culture of the native Britons and the legacy they have left behind.
Art & DT
This half term the focus is on DT; the children will be investigating electrical systems through the use of CRUMBLE technology which will allow the children to collaborate their computing and technology skills and knowledge. They will have the opportunity to design, create and evaluate their own electrical system which they will programme themselves using simple algorithms.
In PSHE we will be discussing ‘Substance Education and Changes’; the children will explore ways they can stay safe and the dangers of harmful substances, discuss how they feel about change and consider what changes they may face and look at how they can feel positive about moving on.
In PE, the children will be taught by professional sport coaches once a week. In addition they will practice ball skills, teamwork and games with their Class Teacher. PE lessons will be on Thursdays and Fridays- please ensure they have their full correct PE kit.
Islamic Studies and Arabic
Children will continue to revise surahs from the Holy Qur’an as well as duas. They will continue learning Arabic from our specialist Arabic/Islamic Studies teacher. Their topic this term is the importance and significance of Ikhlaas and the Basmallah.
Children will receive English or topic related homework and Maths homework every week. Reading is expected to happen every day and spellings are given weekly.
Government Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) in June 2020
The children need to continue to practice times tables. By the end of Year 4 children are expected to know their times tables to 12 and division facts related to it. For example, if they know 6 x 4 = 24 they need to know 24 ÷ 6 = 4 and 24 ÷ 4 = 6 .
Science Museum – March 2020
Consolidate learning on Human Nutrition; children will be attending ‘It Takes Guts’ workshop on the human digestive system.
Year 4 Staff
Ustadha Umer has been working at Iqra for a number of years and is a key member of the Iqra team.
Ustadha Tunc has newly joined us this year and has years of experience of teaching children.
Ustadha Forbes is always on hand helping individual children acheive their potential.
Latest Year 4 News
On Monday 10th June 2019, Year 4 once again paid a visit to the Natural History Museum.However, this time we took part in the ‘Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop’. Pupils designed, created and coded a Martian rover using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0...
To celebrate Science Week, Year 4 class had a digestion workshop.Children learn about their digestion system. We discovered the 3 main food groups processed during digestion. Children explored how food is broken down and how it moves through the...
In Art this term, children have been looking at famous British and American architects for inspiration. Children researched the likes of Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster before embarking on their own projects.Children had to roll out class before cutting out...
The children have made a good start to the new school year and have quickly settled into their new routines. If you wish to discuss anything then please don’t hesitate to contact us. JazakAllah Khair for your support. We look forward to seeing you in school.