Our Year 4 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 4 class page. In Year 4 we are looking forward to the challenges ahead as the children are now fully settled into KS2. During this year the children will be encouraged to be proactive in their independent learning as well as building good relationships in order to work effectively as teams. The children will be nurtured and encouraged to work alongside others in a variety of contexts with a focus on problem solving, research and sharing ideas.
Our Year 4 Class 2020-2021
Mrs Monaghan- Year 4 teacher
Mrs Jones- Teaching Assistant
Mr Southern- Pastoral Manager
Things to remember
- Please remember that homework is due in by WEDNESDAY each week.
- PE lessons for Autumn 2 will be on a Wednesday. The children will continue with their swimming lessons and will need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits. Please remember to write your child's name on all of their uniform and sports kids to avoid confusion. Can you also please label your child's swimming bag.
- Reading is encouraged both in school but also at home. Reading for enjoyment is as important as reading to learn. It is important that the children read a range of books/comics/newspapers at home and develop their comprehension skills and vocabulary. This will help consolidate the reading work we will be doing in class. In Year 4, we feel it is important for the children to develop a love of reading as this gives their 'imagination wings'.
- We will be continuing with Spelling Shed this year and the children will be encouraged to use this at home as well as in school. The children will also be bringing home a list of the Year 3/4 words they are still not sure how to spell. Please practise these at home(little and often).
- In Year 4, the children have the fantastic opportunity to learn to play the guitar. This lesson takes place on a Thursday afternoon.
- The expectation at the end of Year 4 is that the children will be able to recall their times tables up to 12x12. It is important that the children regularly practise these at home. TTRockstars is a fantastic tool for this as well as 'Hit the Button'.
This half term.... Autumn 2 (November - December 2020)
We will be continuing with our Class reader 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.' By Roald Dahl
'Charlie Bucket loves CHOCOLATE and Mr Wonka , the most wondrous inventor in the world, is opening the gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. It's the prize of a lifetime! Gobstoppers, wriggle sweets and a river of melted chocolate delight await. Charlie needs just one Golden Ticket and these delicious treats could all be his.
We will also be continuing to develop our comprehension skills and thinking carefully about our reading VIPERS (vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve, sequence or summarise) It is important that the children continue to read at home and develop their comprehension skills and vocabulary. This will help consolidate the reading work we will be doing in class.
In English we will continue to use the writing lenses from the 'Writing Rainbow'. For the first couple of weeks we will be looking at poetry. The children will be creating their own Autumn Poem using the lenses of personification and metaphor. We will also be discussing Remembrance poetry on Remembrance Day.
After this we will be starting our non-fiction writing unit based around the theme of animals. The children will have the opportunity to learn about the structure and layout of information texts and non-chronological reports as well as researching and producing their own piece of information writing (Writing to inform).
Throughout this term we will continue to practise our joins (please continue to do this at home too!) in our handwriting lessons. Each week we will also zoom in on an aspect of grammar as well as looking at our weekly spelling rule. It is important that the children continue to practise the Year 3 statutory spelling words they found tricky. I will be assessing the children on these words again before we break up for Christmas.
In Mathematics we will continue to follow our Power Maths scheme. We will be finishing off place value at the start of this half term and then moving onto addition and subtraction. We will continue to embed and consolidate our understanding of place value in our morning activities. It is very important that the children continue to practise rounding at home, as this is something that they found challenging, especially when rounding 4-digit numbers.
Below is a break down of this half term:
- Solving problems using rounding
- Counting in 25s
- Negative numbers
We will then move onto addition and subtraction. We will be covering:
- Adding and subtracting 1s, 10s,100s,1000s
- Adding two 4-digit numbers
- Subtracting two 4-digit numbers
- Equivalent difference
- Estimating answers to additions and subtractions
- problem solving
RE -We will start this half term by looking closely at the Psalms and thinking about the imagery within them.
Our focus will then turn to Christmas. In Year 4 we explore the symbolism of light. Key questions we will be thinking about are:
- Why is Jesus described as the light of the world?
- What did the light do to the dark?
- Why is light such a powerful symbol?
- Is light a good metaphor for Jesus?
- The sun already lights the world so how can Jesus be the light?
- How does Jesus bring light?
The children will also have the opportunity to learn about Christingles and make their own. During this unit, we will also look at light in the Jewish faith, focusing on the festival of Hanukkah.
Our topic after this will be 'Living Things.'
During this unit the children will have the opportunity to:
- To recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
- To recognise how a simple key helps identify living things.
- To ask questions that can be used to construct a key.
- To observe key features of living things.
- To recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
- To examine invertebrates in their environment.
- To identify invertebrates with a simple key.
- To make careful observations.
Topic: History - The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
We will be thinking about:
- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
- The Roman Empire by AD42 and the power of its army.
- The successful invasion of Claudius
- British resistance. (Boudicca)
- 'Romanisation.' of Britain. (Technology, culture and beliefs)
Key Questions will be:
- Why did Roman Emperor Claudius leave Italy to invade Britain?
- The Roman invasion - Have the books got it right?
- Should the Celts take on the Romans?
- What image do we have of Boudicca today?
- How were the Romans able to keep control over such a vast empire?
- What have the Romans ever done for us?
- Chronology, knowledge & understanding – When I talk or write about the past, I include details which show some understanding of what things were like before and after this at local, national and world level.
- Chronology – I can place historical periods I have studied on a timeline, as well as information about my topic.
- Significance – I can suggest which people and causes& consequences of change are more historically important.
- Understanding historical interpretation – I can compare evidence to help me identify reliable information
Computing - Our topic this half term is 'We are Co-Authors'. The children will be producing their own wiki. During this topic they will:
• Understand the conventions for collaborative online work, particularly in wikis.
•Be aware of their responsibilities when editing other people’s work.
• Become familiar with Wikipedia, including potential problems associated with its use.
• Practise research skills.
• Write for a target audience using a wiki tool.
• Develop collaboration skills.
• Develop proof reading skills
Art- The children have 2 DT tasks to complete before we can make our switch from DT to Art next half-term (during which time we will develop our painting skills and study a French artist) : one is the packaging for their biscuits and the other is a final evaluation of their product.
French - Our first unit of French, ‘Moi et ma famille’ (Me and my family) got off to a promising start! We spent a lot of time on phonetical work, grasping the French alphabet and revisiting previous learning. We also made some progress with early vocabulary learning (focusing on who is in our family), and hope next half-term to complete this unit with a look at how we talk about our pets in French! Work with possessive adjectives (mon and ma) and some further phonetical work will hopefully keep us busy before we take a look at a French artist and at Christmas traditions in France!
Music- The children will be continuing with their WOPPS guitar lessons on a Thursday afternoon with Barry and Sam.
HeartSmart - 'Don't Forget to Let Love In.'
Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.
Self-worth. Learn how to love and value yourself well.
You’re important, you matter, you’re one in a million and above all you’re loved. These are messages that we all need to hear, believe and remember – because sometimes we forget. The healthier our internal dialogue, the greater our sense of worth which is the cornerstone of character and resilience. How kind are the thoughts we listen to? How patient are we with ourselves? How often do we find ourselves listening to the Scrapman?
Don’t Forget to Let Love In helps us grow in self compassion. You’ll notice we don’t shy away from using the word love. It’s a big deal. Without it we’re no one, but no one is without it. The ability to receive or reject it in our lives defines us. Our actions, beliefs and very essence is shaped by our experience of it. Our hearts are made strong because of it. So in partnering with love, we partner with a strength that’s stronger than any challenge life might throw at us. Although it can be a challenge to receive it, love never fails. Don’t Forget to Let Love In!
Autumn Term 1 NEWS!
During the first half of Autumn Term we have found our feet! We had a great half-term, developing routines and relationships and the children have amazed me with their work ethic and team work. We have shared learning in our Geography, Science and RE lessons as well as in English and Maths. We have shared our ideas and understand how working as a team or with a partner can help our own learning journey. I am proud of all the hard work the children have put into their learning this half term!
I have absolutely loved sharing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the children and can't wait to continue reading it together this half-term. The children have developed both their reading and writing skills through our class novel and it has been wonderful to see them engaged and reading for pleasure. I enjoyed reading their very own Chapter 15's and loved all of their wonderful sweet inventions! The children are really developing into confident writers who are not afraid to challenge themselves. I am also pleased that they are beginning to proof read their work more and working hard to make sure all their sentences make sense. We will be introducing more editing this half-term, another important skill for a developing writer. The children's inference skills are slowing starting to develop and they are now starting to use evidence from the text which is pleasing to see. We will continue to develop our comprehension skills through our VIPERS questions.
In Maths we have spent the half-term focusing on place value. The children have shown through their explanations that they are developing their reasoning skills and are able to show examples of their thinking. This is a key area we will continue to develop throughout the year. They have enjoyed using all the concrete equipment and have slowly become more confident with 4-digit numbers. It is crucial that the children continue to practise all the skills we have learnt to keep it bubbling!
Our Science lessons have been a hive of activity. The children have loved our topic on teeth and eating, especially our lessons on the Digestive System. It is been wonderful to see them so engaged and enthused about their learning and thinking scientifically. They also worked well and participated fully in class discussions which was a pleasure to see!
In Geography we learnt more about the UK. The children really developed their map reading skills through this topic and did a fantastic job using an 8-point compass. Through our RE, Heartsmart lessons and Picture News the children have shown great sensitivity and really developed their reflective thinking. They have really thought about the choices they make and what God looks for in our hearts. We have also explored friendship and the qualities of a good friend.
Our first unit of French, ‘Moi et ma famille’ (Me and my family) got off to a promising start! We spent a lot of time on phonetical work, grasping the French alphabet and revisiting previous learning. We also made some progress with early vocabulary learning (focusing on who is in our family). The adaptations to our first DT unit of work on Food Technology (which saw the children taste-testing biscuits, researching biscuit eating habits and even following a recipe/baking biscuits at home