Welcome to Year 4!
In Year 4 we have two classes - Gala and Braeburn Class.
In Braeburn class the teachers are Mrs Walsh (Monday- Tuesday) and Mrs Dyer (Wednesday-Friday) and the teaching assistants are Miss Hadrill and Mrs James.
In Gala class the teacher is Mr Jibb and the teaching assistant is Mrs Greenwood.
Coming-up In this term.
How to Train your Dragon
Anglo-Saxon art and craft
Make your own torch
Please bring in small plastic bottles to make torches with.
This term we using the text ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell and thinking about stories with Historical settings.
Our focus this term will be on sentence construction and how to improve the language we use. We will be using dictionaries and thesauruses to help to improve our spellings and the vocabulary we use in order to make our writing as interesting for the reader as possible.
Things to do:
Discuss different stories with the children. Can they think of any other stories in historical settings? Can they identify some good descriptive sentences in their reading and explain why it is good? Practice writing in third person accurately and in the past tense. Can they self-correct any mistakes made?
Children will be revising sounds for different graphemes and completing a variety of spelling activities. Children’s knowledge will be tested within these sessions not through spellings being sent home to be revised. This will also include revision of words from the statutory spelling list and a range of homophones.
In maths we will be continuing to look at fractions and decimals up to and including hundredths. We will link this with money and think about how we divide and multiply by 10 and 100. We will continue to use word problems and reasoning to explain answers as fully as we can.
Please continue to make use of Times Tables Rockstars, as a good knowledge of multiplication is needed throughout the maths curriculum.
In topic we are beginning to learn about the Anglo-Saxons after the fall of the Roman Empire in Britain.
We will be studying how the Anglo-Saxons came to settle in Britain, place names originating from the Anglo-Saxon times as well as language and how they used to live.
It would be great to share any research that you might like to do about this historical period. You could even create your own piece of Anglo-Saxon jewellery. Can you find any places in Kent and have Anglo-Saxon origins?
In science we are continuing to look at electricity. We will think about how electricity is created and how we can make circuits using different materials. We will then be creating our own torches using plastic bottles and making switches.
Please could the children bring in a small plastic bottle in order to make their own torch.
In computing we are continuing to develop our programming skills. We will be using Scratch and Purple Mash.
This term we are studying gymnastics for our indoor PE sessions. We will be thinking about balance and how to use equipment safely and sensibly.
For outdoor PE we will be participating in outdoor and adventurous activities. We will use different directional vocabulary, work in pairs and groups and create our own obstacle courses.
All the children had a great time creating their own pizzas. We had some great ideas and the children even made their own pizza boxes to take them home in. Here are some of the creations the children made:
The Mile Run
The children ran a mile round the field for an inter house competition and see if they could beat their time form before. They all put in a lot of effort and we certainly discovered some real talent for long distance running.
The Digestive System
The children have enjoyed learning about the digestive system and have carried out many different investigations over the term. They especially liked creating the intestines!