Zambezi - Year Four
This half term we will continue our topic of ‘Water’. Our focus will change to how access to water is different in other countries and look at some geographical aspects such as flooding and drought and considering the advantages and disadvantages of building a settlement near to a river. We will be continuing to link this to our science topic of ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases’ where we will be experimenting how these can change state through heating and cooling and finding out about the water cycle. We will be visiting the Headingley water treatment centre to find out how water is cleaned and gets to our homes.
In maths we are learning to use written methods for addition and subtraction and using these strategies to solve a range of problems. We will also be learning to find the perimeter and area of a shape and then developing our multiplication and division skills. In our times tables rock stars sessions in class we will continue to work on our 3, 4 and 8 times table so focus on these ones at home. Please also continue to use Mathletics at home to practise your skills too! Zambezi are currently the top of the leader board in school because we have used it the most- we intend to keep it that way!
In Literacy and guided reading we will reading texts linked to our water topic. We have just finished reading ‘The water tower’ and we really enjoyed it. Our next texts are ‘A thirst for Home’ and ‘Lila and the secret of the rain’. We will develop our writing skills by writing our own descriptions, reports, stories, diary entries and newspaper articles. We will have a spelling session in class every day and our test will be on a Friday, look out for the spellings to practise, they will be stuck in reading diaries.
Zambezi will continue their swimming lessons on a Wednesday up until Christmas – we have increased the session-time to an hour and our aim is to have every child in class achieving at least 25 metres! We can do it! Our other PE day will be Monday. Please make sure that both indoor and outdoor PE kits are in school for the whole week.
In PSHE we are just finishing our topic of ‘Democracy’ where we have been finding out about how our county is run. We will soon be moving on to our next topic of ‘Drug, alcohol and tobacco education’. We will be finding out about the effects of alcohol and smoking on the body and considering why some people would choose to take these drugs.