Welcome everybody to Year 4's class page
Class Teachers: Mrs Ryder
LSAs: Miss Campbell & Mrs Bancroft
If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to ask one of the Year 4 team.
Our Christian value this half term is Respect
“So in everything, do to others, what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.”
Reading at home
In Year 4, we ask your child to bring their reading record and reading book into school every day.
We appreciate that it is not always possible to read every night with your child, but do ask that you make every effort to read at least 5 times per week with them, and make a comment in their reading records. Each time a child reads and gets their book signed, they will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into our reading draw, where they have the opportunity to win a wonderful prize at the end of the term.
Reading at home doesn't always mean their school reading books, it could be anything from a newspaper, magazine, kindle books to instructions of a board game.
Follow the link to access the Oxford Owl Ebooks library for a wide range of reading choices - you will need your login details.
You can also access EPIC which is an online book library.
In line with our school policy, children in Year 4 will be expected to complete the the following homework each week:
TTRS - To support children’s fluency in recalling their times tables, every week children will be asked to complete 10 minutes to play on TTRS at home. We ask that you encourage your child to play a few 2/3 minute games throughout the week rather than completing this in one go.
Year 4 staff will monitor who is regularly completing this homework and enter these children’s names into our exciting prize draw where one lucky child will receive a prize each half term.
Year 4 will be going to Eccles Leisure Centre on Monday afternoons for their swimming lessons. These will take place every week until February half term. Children will walk to and from the swimming pool so please ensure that they have a warm coat for the walk on colder days. Children are not allowed to wear earrings during swimming lessons so we ask that your child doesn't wear earrings on a Monday.
Close fitting swimming trunks
Our P.E days this half term is Tuesday.
PE should be brought into school in a small PE bag and it can stay in school for the duration of the term. Children will get changed in school ready for the start of their session - children must come to school in their full school uniform on PE day.
PE kit consists of:
*a plain white t-shirt; *black shorts; *black PE pumps.
Bags, Water bottles & snacks
Due to the limited space we have in the cloakroom, please can children refrain from bringing in large rucksacks/handbags. They are too big for the pegs and children cannot hang their coats up properly. Instead children will only be permitted to bring the green school reading book bags to put their belongings in. Thank you for your co-operation with this.
Please remember to bring a small water bottle in every day - it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please clearly label your child's water bottle. These are to go home every night to be cleaned, re-filled and brought back to school the next day. Water bottles should be carried to avoid leakages in their book bags.
Children can purchase bread sticks at the start of each half term, this is payable through Parent Pay or children can bring a healthy snack for break time.
Addition and subtraction
In Maths, we will be focussing on addition and subtraction. Initially, we will look at adding and subtracting tens, hundreds and thousands identifying the columns that are affected by this. We will move onto column addition and subtraction without any exchanges then building up to multiple exchanges. To support your child's learning we will also look at the use of number lines as a visual aid. Als, we will be practising our times tables ready for the multiplication check in June.
Poetry and Fiction
In English we will be learning about poetry, studying the poem ‘The Lost Lost Property office’ by Michael McGough. The children will identify features poem and will have the opportunity to write their own. Look out on Seesaw for the children performing their poems! Also, we will be reading the book Greek Myths and using this text as a basis to extend our reading comprehension whilst building our narrative writing skills.
In science we will be splitting our learning into the three areas of biology, physics and chemistry in preparation for high school. In biology we will focus on plants and their habitats, in chemistry on rocks and their properties and in physics we will be looking at energy.
R.E – The celebrations of Christmas and Hanukah
This term we will be learning about the celebrations of Christmas and Hanukah. We will also be asking ourselves the question Why is Jesus described as the light of the world?
History – How have the Greeks influenced our lives today?
In this topic we will be finding where Greece is in the world, learning who the Ancient Greeks were and what life was like then. We will be identifying how the Greeks influenced the way in which we live today and specifically looking at the role of women. Also, we will look at the beginnings of the Olympic games.
Geography – What resources does the UK share with the world?
We will be looking at the geography of the UK and what the UK has to offer to the rest of the world, identifying what goods we export and how we export these goods.
Design Technology – Textiles - Book Sleeves or mobile phone covers
The children will be examining different fastenings and designs then making and designing their own book sleeve or mobile phone covers - the choice is theirs.
Art – Sculpture - Elizabeth Catlett
In Art we will be focussing on the female artist Elizabeth Catlett looking at her paintings and sculptures. There will be opportunities to identify the role she played in support of black African women. We will be making some sculptures based on the techniques that she used. We will also be recreating some of her art work in her style.