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Term 6

 

I hope you all had a lovely half term. We are now entering our final term in Year 4, where has the time gone? In just seven weeks, this wonderful class will be moving on to Year 5! We had a lovely term 5, we all enjoyed the trip to ‘Living Land’ at the county showground. I always find this term really busy but enjoyable as there are so many great things going on. Please feel free to come see me if you have any questions about this term, my door is always open.

 

Literacy

In Literacy we will be moving into the past and studying Greek Mythology for our ‘Stories with an historical setting’ unit. We will be writing an adventure story, creating our own mythological God and writing non-chronological reports.

 

Maths

This term we will be investigating: - Measures – weight and capacity - Fractions – Decimals – statistics and shape and position.

 

RE

In RE this term we are looking at ‘Belonging to the Church’. Here we will be looking at the community of the Church, what we believe, how the Church celebrates and I am hoping that with the help of Fr Anthony and Fr Sylvester we will be visiting our Church to have a look around.

 

Science

Our topic this term is ‘Living Things & their habitats’. The class will be exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. We will also learn that most living things live in habitats, to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants. We will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats.

 

Important dates for your diary:

                                        Minilympics: Monday 10th June 2019

                                        DT day: Friday 28th June 2019

                                        RE celebration: Monday 8th July 2019 @ 2:45pm

                                        Transition morning: Wednesday 10th July 2019

                                        Sports Day: Friday 12th July 2019

                                        Summer Fayre: Saturday 20th July 2019

                          Last day of term 6: Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Term 5

What wonderful sunny weather to welcome us back to our penultimate term.  I hope that you all had a lovely Easter. 

 

Please feel free to come see me if you have any questions about this term, my door is always open.

 

Literacy

This term we will continue with ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes, as we aim to write an instructional text on how to catch The Iron Man.

 

We will then turn our attentions to Arctic Explorers, where we will read all about the adventures of Ernest Shackleton and use this as the basis for our writing.

 

Each week, we will continue to have spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and reading comprehension lessons. Each week on a Friday, the children will have a spelling test, these spellings will be set as part of the children’s homework.

 

 

Maths

Our times table work is ‘hotting’ up and now we are introducing division facts.  Your children have access to a wonderful ICT programme called ‘Times Table Rockstars’, a username and password was issued last term.

 

A huge focus throughout Year 4 will be on the children quickly recalling multiplication facts up to 12x12 and we will be having weekly times tables tests every Friday in order for the children to fully focus on learning and recalling these facts

 

RE

RE this term is Mission of the Church. Here we will be learning that Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection and He went back to Heaven.  We will also learn that Jesus chose Peter to be the leader of the Church and that the Christian Church began at Pentecost.  We will finally look at how St. Peter and St. Stephen helped spread the Good News.

 

Science

Our science topic will continue as animals including humans. The children will be describing the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans, identifying the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions and they will construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

 

History

We are moving back to history this term. We are now investigating the Anglo-Saxons.

 

Important dates for your diary:

                                      RE celebration: Wednesday 15th May @2:45pm

                                      French Art Day: Friday 17th May 2019

                                      DT day: Wednesday 22nd May 2019

                                 Last day of term 5: Friday 24th May 2019

                                      Start of term 6: Tuesday 4th June 2019

 

Mr Todd

 

 

Other Faiths Week

Year 4 - Buddhism

 

This week, to celebrate other faiths week, we learnt about the religion of Buddhism.

 

First, we explained who Siddhartha Gautma was and explained how Buddhism was founded.

 

Next, we learnt all about Buddhist places of worship, creating an information poster showing our knowledge.

 

      

 

We then understood why Buddhists meditate and participated in our own meditation.

 

After, we showed our understanding of what happens in a major Buddhist festival by creating a Wesak lantern.

 

     

 

Finally, we looked at what a Buddhist holy book is and what it contains.

 

What a fabulous week!

Term 4

 

Yet another term has gone by where your children have made me incredibly proud. Our class assembly to the rest of the school was written by them and based entirely on their research and their RE celebration was all the children’s work – all I had to do was stand back and marvel at their talents.

 

This term starts with Other Faiths week. Year 4 will be exploring Buddhism and we look forward to learning all about another major world faith.

 

Please feel free to come see me if you have any questions about this term, my door is always open.

 

Maths

A huge focus throughout Year 4 will be on the children quickly recalling multiplication facts up to 12x12 and we will be having weekly times tables tests every Friday in order for the children to fully focus on learning and recalling these facts.

Please, please, please keep on working with your children on their times tables as this is such a vital part of all maths. A good website to use with educational games based around times tables is https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables.

 

This term we will be looking at fractions, decimals, statistics and shape - position and direction.

 

Literacy

Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes will lead us to Easter where we will be exploring vocabulary, settings and instructional writing.

 

Each week, we will continue to have spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and reading comprehension lessons. Each week on a Friday, the children will have a spelling test, these spellings will be set as part of the children’s homework.

 

Important dates for your diary:

Class Mass: Tuesday 26th March 2019

DT day: Friday 29th March 2019

Parent consultations: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 and Thursday 4th April 2019

Last day of term 4: Friday 5th April 2019

Start of term 5: Tuesday 23rd April 2019

 

Mr Todd

Roman Museum Trip 15th February 2019

 

Today, we visited the Roman Museum in Canterbury to conclude our learning on Roman Britain.

 

The museum was full of artefacts including helmets, accessories, mosaic pictures, coins and weapons.

 

First, we were introduced to our guides, Grace and Sam, who took us on our leaning journey through the museum.

 

We made our way through the museum, listening and discussing key features.

 

The children were able to create there own Roman coin and take part in an archaeological dig.

 

This was great fun. Here are a selection of the many photos taken from the day. Enjoy!

Safer Internet Day 2019

 

In Year 4, the children discussed the advantages and disadvantages in 'surfing' the internet. We identified that the internet is an amazing tool when used safely and correctly.

 

The main ethos the children identified when surfing the internet is to:
Be smart and safe by making the right choices. If you are ever unsure, ASK for help and advice. Do not deal with it alone!

 

The children demonstrated their wonderful learning by creating Safer Internet posters and a handy leaflet to staying safe online.

 

Term 3

 

Happy new year! I hope that you all have had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for all my cards and gifts, you are very generous.

 

I was rather proud of year 4 during the Christmas performance. I think it if fair to say the Annunciation was beautifully retold and would go so far to say that year 4 were the best in the whole school!

 

Please feel free to come see me if you have any questions about this term, my door is always open.

 

In Literacy we are going to continue with our ‘BFG’ work – the children have taken in so much, that I feel it would be a shame to prematurely finish the text without exploring the key features of play scripts, adapting chapters of the story and performing them in front of the class. When we do complete ‘The BFG’, we will move onto ‘Windows’ by Jeannie Baker. The story is told from the same window over a period of time and does not contain any words.

 

We will continue to have spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) lessons and reading comprehension lessons. Each week on a Friday, the children will have a spelling test, these spellings will be set as part of the children’s homework.

 

In Maths, a huge focus throughout Year 4 will be on the children quickly recalling multiplication facts up to 12x12 and we will be having weekly times tables tests every Friday in order for the children to fully focus on learning and recalling these facts that unlock so much of maths.

 

The topics that we will be covering in maths this term are: Money to solve problems including coins and notes, using the inverse up to 4 digits, 2D shape, time and measures.

 

PE

We have finished swimming for the year and we will be back to two weekly sessions of PE, every Monday and Wednesday. This term we will be looking at hockey and gymnastics. Please can PE kits be in for these sessions!

 

 

Important dates for your diary:

RE celebration: Thursday 14th February 2019

DT day: Friday 8th February 2019

Last day of term 3: Friday 15th February 2019

Start of term 4: Monday 25th February 2019

 

Mr Todd

Anti-Bullying Week 2018

 

In year 4 this week, we have been approaching the important topic of anti-bullying through a variety of tasks.

 

Each child has worked hard to raise awareness by making friendship fans, creating anti-bullying posters and by creating a recipe for a good friend.

 

The children have shown great respect and knowledge in this topic which was demonstrated through an anti-bullying reading comprehension.

 

Our work can be seen displayed in our classroom.

 

Perimeter

 

This week in our Maths lessons we have been focusing on finding the perimeter of rectilinear shapes.

 

We concluded this by helping Zorb, my shape-shifting alien pet.

 

Here's the problem:

I have a shape shifting 2D onesie for Zorb to wear. The material will bend to any shape but is made for a pet with skin that measures 220cm from one point all the way back around.

 

Can you shape shift Zorb so that he fits perfectly into his onesie?

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed tackling this problem and were able to apply their knowledge of perimeter to help Zorb with his onesie.

 

 

Term 2

 

I hope that you have had an enjoyable and rewarding half term. All of the children made a brilliant start to Year 4 and I hope this can continue into this term. Thank you to all those parents who came to watch our RE celebration. It was a pleasure to meet all of you at our parents’ evenings at the end of last term.

 

In Literacy we will use ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl as our stimuli, focusing on play scripts and script writing. We will explore the features of play scripts and will adapt chapters of the story into our own play script with an aim to perform them in front of the class. We will also be having weekly spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) lessons and reading comprehension lessons. Each week on a Friday, the children will have a spelling test, these spellings will be set as part of the children’s homework.

 

 

A huge big focus throughout Year 4 will be on the children quickly recalling multiplication facts up to 12x12 and we will be having weekly times tables tests every Friday in order for the children to fully focus on learning and recalling these facts that unlock so much of maths.

 

The topics that we will be covering in maths this term are: Perimeter, Multiplication and division to solve problems including remainders, using partitioning to double/halve numbers including decimals, acute, obtuse and right angles, 2D symmetry, shape problems, statistics and hopefully time.

 

Homework will be given out on a Monday and collected on a Friday. This will consist of spellings, reading, times tables and most of the time either a Maths or English task. Homework will be set every week.

 

Important dates for your diary:

Anti-bullying week:WB 12th November

DT day: Friday 7th December

Last day of term 2: Tuesday 18th December

Start of term 3: Thursday 3rd January 2019

 

Mr Todd

DT Day

 

This DT Day we looked at the topic of textiles using the style 'Batik'. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique originated from Malaysia. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

 

We had great fun designing, making and evaluating this process.

 

 

Term 1

 

I hope that you have had a lovely, relaxing summer and welcome back to school and to Year 4.

 

It was wonderful to meet the children at the end of last term and I am really looking forward to this academic year.

 

Year 4 is a time where children start to flourish and I look forward to being on this journey with them, working in partnership with you.

 

In literacy, our book this term is Cloudbusting by Malorie Blackman. The children are going to be producing some fantastic writing linked with the text.

 

Image result for cloudbusting

 

In Maths we are going to be covering the following topics:

 

  • Place value: read, order write and compare numbers 1000+.
  • Add & subtract 4 digit numbers & decimals.
  • Use decimal fractions to solve problems.
  • Solve problems involving length – cm, m, km & convert between them.
  • Perimeter.

 

Homework will be given out on a Monday and collected on a Friday. This will consist of spellings, reading, times tables and most of the time either a Maths or English task. Homework will be set every week.

 

Important dates for your diary:

Meet the teacher: Thursday 13th September 3:10pm.

DT day: Friday 5th October

RE celebration: Wednesday 10th October 2:45pm

Parent consultation: Wednesday 17th October 4:00-7:00pm

                        Thursday 18th October 3:20-6:00pm

Last Day of term 1: Friday 19th October

Start of Term 2: Tuesday 30th October

 

Mr Todd

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