Welcome to Year 4!
Class teacher: Miss Sweeney.
Hello and welcome to Year 4! My name is Miss Sweeney and I am really excited to return to school, see all of your happy faces and get back to doing some amazing learning. As I was lucky enough to have taught some of you before, I am looking forward to seeing you grow and make progress in your learning. For those of you who I have not taught before, I hope that you will really enjoy being part of the class and I am excited to get to know you, your talents and your unique qualities. Although the last school year didn’t quite turn out how we had expected, we have so much to look forward to this year.
On this class page, you will be able to find information about our learning for the Autumn 1 half-term and also see in advance some of the objectives that we will be working towards. At the bottom of the page, I have attached the homework and spelling sheets for this half-term and also some useful links which will help you with your learning. As it has been a while since you have seen school and our learning environment, I have attached some pictures of what our classroom will look like when you return in September and the welcome booklet you received on your transition day.
Learning logs and spellings will be given out on a Thursday and brought in to school, after completion, on a Monday where we will have a class walk around to praise and share the good work completed at home.
These books will be given back the following Thursday to be taken home to complete.
Reading books will be chosen from our accelerated reader scheme and will also go home on a Thursday and brought in on a Monday. If the book has not been completed in this time then the book can be kept at home until the following Monday to bring in then. The children will take their online quizzes and choose a new book to take home on the Thursday.
PE - PE will be on a Thursday afternoon. Children are to come to school in their PE kits for our PE lesson and they will stay in their kit all day.
Swimming - Swimming will be on a Wednesday afternoon. They will need to bring in their swimming kit which should consist of a suitable swimming costume/trunks and a towel. Please make sure that the children come in appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather conditions.
To begin our English learning this half-term, we will be focusing on a picture book by Sarah Roberts called ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’. The thought-provoking picture book charts the eventful journey made by Stanley, a discarded plastic carrier bag, who is swept into the sea. As he drifts through the ocean waves, he is mistaken for a jellyfish and swallowed by a series of unsuspecting animals. We will be working towards creating a persuasive speech for Andy Burnham where we will try to persuade the government to reduce their use of single use plastic. To do this we are going to be learning persuasive language techniques, expanded noun phrases and using new vocabulary for effect. We will also spend this time recapping some of our learning from previous year groups and consolidating the range of skills that you already have.
For our Guided Reading sessions, we will be focusing on applying our growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that we discover. We will also be reading further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word. An important focus of our sessions will be checking that the text makes sense and discussing our understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context. Over the summer holidays, try to spend some time reading different styles of texts and practising your word reading and comprehension ready for September.
Our first Maths topic for this school year will be Place Value. During this topic, we will be recapping our number work that we have learnt in previous year groups and then moving onto counting from 0 in multiples of 50, 100, 25 and 1000 and finding 10, 100 and 1000 more or less than a given number. As well as learning to identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, we will also be reading and writing numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words. We will also be beginning to learn about rounding any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. Throughout the year, we will also be working on our times table knowledge and by the end of Year 4 pupils are expected to know all their tables from the 2s – 12s. In preparation for this, it would be helpful to practice as much as possible at home and play on TT Rockstars.
This half-term our Topic will be Settlements and Land use with a Geography focus. Settlement are a place where people establish a community. Settlements can vary in size from the very small (a house) to extremely large (a city). They can be permanent or temporary and they start in different places for different reasons - protection, building materials, water for drinking, food and crops and flat land for building easily. Since prehistory the settlements and land use of the UK have changed and will continue to change. During our Topic lessons, we will be learning to locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe concentrating on its environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities. We will also be using fieldwork to observe, measure, record and investigate the local area, looking at types of shops, services and houses. We will also be linking our Topic to our learning on the Children’s rights and making PSHE links throughout the half-term.
Our Science topic for this half term is Forces and Magnets. We will begin the topic by learning to identify forces as pushes and pulls and describe friction as a force that slows objects down. We will use practical materials to feel the pulling force of a magnet and sort real life materials according to whether they are magnetic or not. As we get further into the topic, we will create an investigation into magnet strength and make predictions for our experiments. Using the data that we collect, we will learn to construct a bar chart on labelled axes form a conclusion from our results.
We will begin our RE learning this year with the topic of Homes. In this topic we will, explore how God is present in every home and how this is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home through good times and bad times. We will be asking ourselves questions such as; What does the word ‘family’ mean to you? What people do you associate with ‘family’? What joys and sorrows do you remember of family life? Throughout the topic, we will make links to PSHE and circle time in which we will learn to discuss our thoughts in a safe space and understand those of others. We will also link our learning to the Scripture: John 13: 34 ‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.’
You will be given a learning log at the start of the year with this half term's homework board at the front. The children are able to choose which activity they wish to complete each week from their homework board and we ask that this is completed in their learning log and brought back to school on a Friday morning. The children will have chance to share their home learning with their peers on Friday afternoons.
Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday.