Year 4

15 April 2016

Dear Parents,

 

This week in English, the students have learned how to create impartial newspaper reports, with all the features in place. They also brought in clippings of articles and found all the common features of different types of news stories.

 

In Maths we explored time sequences and how to calculate time in different countries. We also learnt how to tell the time using terms "minutes pass" and "minutes to". Parents are encouraged to revise with students at home.

 

In Science, we learned how to make a simple circuit by using electrical components such as bulbs, wires, and batteries. We also learned to make a circuit with a buzzer as well as make our very own switch from a paper clip, thumbtacks, corrugated cardboard and polystyrene foam!

 

In Humanities, year 4 closely examined air pollution; its causes, effects on humans and animals, and what they can do to help reduce it by making small changes in habits.

Homework

Homework goes home on a Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday.

The homework this week for PSHE is to create laws that protect the rights of citizens; in English, to create three Newspaper headings that are concise and contain features of newspaper headings; Humanities, to write a full page on how they can prevent air pollution.

 

What we plan for next week

 

In English, year 4 will work towards creating a newspaper article for the first chapter of their class literacy book, George’s Marvelous Medicine.

 

In Maths, students will be focusing on days, dates, months and years. Depending on their progress, they may also move forward to reading timetables and answering questions based on timetables. We will also cover how to calculate elapsed time in days and weeks.

 

In Science, we will learn to make circuits with more compenents and find out how additional components can affect the performance of a circuit. They will complete Science workbook page 52 ‘Making a bulb light up’.

In Humanities, students will examine land pollution by looking at the causes, affects and what they can do to help prevent it.

How you can help your child at home

  • Encourage healthy eating habits- healthy snacks and lunches, and a water bottle
  • Provide a calm environment for your child to study
  • Praise efforts and encourage your child to be independent
  • Refer to your child’s timetable for reminders about library and PE (wear PE uniform on PE days!)
  • Help your child to develop a love of reading- Give praise, use reading as a reward, write in their Home Reader book (Yellow book!).

 

Dates for your Diary

Good Luck Anshi Ramesh and Venus Ong, who are both attending a day-long chess competition; we are all rooting for you both and hope you have an excellent day competing.

The Year Four Team

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