St Charles Curriculum Information - Year 4 Autumn 2 2015 English We will be looking at Stories from Other Cultures comparing creation myths from Ancient Egypt and the Yoruba tribe in West Africa. We will be learning how to write explanation texts on the building of the pyramids. In Spelling, we will be learning the different rules for changing words from the singular to the plural form. History We will be learning about life in Ancient Egypt ranging from the beliefs in an after-life to the importance of the River Nile for Pyramid building. We will be developing computing skills by using different research websites. Art We will linking up with our History topic and learning how to make a replica of an ancient Egyptian canopic jar in pottery. Science We will learn about Electricity including how to build our own circuits and to then draw these using symbols. We will learn the importance of using it safely. Music We will continue learning Recorder each Friday working towards our performance at the Carol Concert. Please ensure recorders are in school. French We will be learning the words for animals and how some nouns are masculine and some are feminine. RE & PSHE We will be learning about the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation linking this with the theme of belonging. Then as Advent begins, we will look at God’s gift of love and friendship through the birth of Jesus. In PSHE we will be learning about reaching out to our community and taking part in anti-bullying week (16-20 November). Homework Children will bring home longer books which they should read independently for at least 20 minutes daily. Please help develop their comprehension skills by asking them questions on what they have read. Books must be returned each day as they may be used in Guided Reading sessions. Project based homework will be given focusing on the term topic, Ancient Egypt. Year 4 children need to accumulate at least 15 points in half a term. Green Learning Log Books need to show work in progress. Children will have a tables test (‘The Box’) each Friday. They need to practise 3 times per week at home. A weekly list of spellings or a worksheet will also be sent home for learning. Please ensure your child brings their homework diary and book bag every day. Maths We will be learning to: Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks Solve time problems e.g. converting hours to minutes, minutes to seconds Solve mental division and written multiplication questions Measure length including perimeter Understand how to read and analyse statistics PE We will be improving our tactics and skills for invasion games on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure long hair is tied back and earrings removed on PE days and full kit is in school. Diary Dates: 9 November 1.30 (Infants) 2.20 (Juniors) ‘The Power of One’ – anti-bullying show 10 November 6pm Church – “Children of East Lancashire Sing” 12 November – Parents’ Evening 4 – 7.30pm 13 November – Non uniform Day – for chocolate 14 November – Family Mass 5.45pm 16 November – Anti bullying week 18 November – Open Afternoon including prospective parents 30 November – Enterprise Week 1 December 6.30pm Joint Advent service with other Rishton schools 4 December 2.30pm – Mass and Enterprise Awards in Church 4 December 6.30pm Rishton Lights switch on 5 December 11am – 1pm – Christmas Fair with Carols 10 December 2pm and 6.30pm – Infant Production for parents 12 December – Family Mass 5.45pm 14 December – PTFA Discos: 6.00pm (Infants) 7.15pm (Juniors) 15 December 2pm – Carol Service in school 16 December – Christmas Lunch 17 December 9.15am – Whole School Mass then class parties in the afternoon 18 December – School Closes. Children may be collected at 2pm.