Welcome to Year 4!
Class teacher: Miss Sweeney.
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 Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 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 are going to be reading The Flower by John Light. The beautiful picture book tells the story of Brigg who lives in a small, grey room in a large, grey city. When he finds a book in the library labelled, ‘Do Not Read’, he cannot resist taking it home. In it, he comes upon pictures of bright, vibrant objects called flowers. He cannot find flowers anywhere in the city but stumbles instead on a packet of seeds. This sets off a chain of events which bring about unexpected results, continuing to grow and bloom even after we have turned the last page. We will be using the book to help us write a descriptive opening to the story. We will be make predictions and inferences about the story as well as using descriptive language to improve out writing. Later on in the half-term, we will be looking at biographies. We will be focusing on the Rosa Parks: Little person, big dream and using this to help us write our own biographies.
For our Maths topic this half-term we are going to start by learning to tell the time and then moving onto statistics, shape and position and direction.
We will be learning to:
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.
To begin the half-term, we are going to be starting our Topic of Manchester Music where we will focus on Music and Computing objectives. During our Manchester Music topic, we will begin to learn about the Manchester music culture and how it has evolved over the past 50 years. We will also look at how the way we listen to music has changed and research for ourselves how streaming and YouTube has changed the music industry.
During the topic, we will also learn to use search engines efficiently and present information that we have found through various software. After that, we will use Garage Band to create repetition, selection and sequence to create a backing track to our own lyrics.
Our Science topic for this half-term is Rocks. In this topic we will be learning to:
For our RE topic this half-term, we are going to be learning about special places through the teaching of the Universal Church.
In this topic we will: