A very warm welcome to both pupils and parents. We hope you all had a relaxing summer break and we look forward to getting to know your children as we embark on the new and exciting challenges of Year 4, which include a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum on Monday 26th September, the Christmas Play and the children’s second residential trip to Flatford Mill.
Homework will be set daily and your child will record the due date in their homework diary. Reading and homework diaries will be collected in every Monday morning and every child needs to ensure that both have been signed by a parent by that time. It would be most appreciated if you would look at your child’s diary each night so that you are aware of the homework set and kindly initial. If your child is unable to do the set homework, please write a short note in their diary with an explanation.
Please remember that children should come to school in full PE kit on PE days, Mondays and Tuesdays. On other days when they have sports clubs, they should come in school uniform but bring kit to change into.
We very much look forward to meeting parents on Tuesday 6th September @ 7.00 p.m., when we will run through the Year 4 routines and procedures, but in the meantime, should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very best wishes,
Mrs. Allery & Mr. Tovell
In comprehension this half term we will be reading and analysing texts related to the overarching theme of myths and legends.
For children to be good writers they need to read a variety of books regularly, which will not only stimulate their imaginary skills, but develop and broaden their grammar and vocabulary. In addition to their lunch time reading, please ensure that your child reads for the required time of twenty minutes at home.
In celebration of his 100th birthday, we will do a brief study about Roald Dahl, in preparation for our trip. Our class reader will be ‘Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator’ by Roald Dahl. RA/DT
Creative writing this half term will be based on Myths and Legends, linked with our history topic. We will be creating character profiles and exploring new ways to develop and structure our story writing. Finally, we will write our own myth or legend.
Spellings will be set weekly. Children will be expected to use the Spellodrome programme in addition to writing out each word to assist with their learning. RA/DT
This half term’s focus will be on number and the four operations, place value - identifying, ordering and rounding, including negative numbers, mental and written addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, including partitioning, inverses, times tables and problem solving. RA/DT
The first half term will cover 'Eating and Digestion' which is our first topic on the new science curriculum. The children will study animal diets, including that of humans, and types of teeth as part of understanding the digestive system. The topic will also include the relationship of plants and animals in food chains where terms such as carnivore, omnivore and herbivore will be learned. EG
Our focus in History this term is the civilisation of Ancient Greece. This half term in particular we focus on where and when events took place and investigate the early Ancient Greeks and look at one of the most famous Ancient Greek events, the Olympics. We will then look at the birth of democracy in Athens and compare this city state to its main rival, Sparta. In the last part of the half term we will begin to focus on soldiers and warfare. DH/EG
We will start the year by exploring maps and developing mapping skills, using the online Ordnance Survey Mapzone and the digital maps service Digimaps which can be accessed via the Learning Portal. The children will learn how to read information on maps including understanding compass directions, different scale maps and measuring distance on maps, coordinates and grid references and map symbols. SAW
We will be looking at different initiation ceremonies where members of a community are welcomed into adulthood, including Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism and Humanism and what impact making a commitment to a religion may have on a believer’s life. DT
We will start the term by looking at the culture of France and where French is spoken in the world. The children will learn how to greet people and introduce basic facts about themselves. They will learn the days of the week, months of the year and the numbers to 31, in order to be able to talk about their birthdays. They will learn the vocabulary for the people in their family and understand the difference between masculine and feminine nouns in French. Finally the children will learn the alphabet in French and use this to spell their names. RP
Pupils will discuss where Spanish is spoken, learn to greet each other and ask simple questions about name and wellbeing. They will study numbers 1 – 20 and be introduced to their first classroom commands. There will be a strong emphasis on the correct pronunciation of key sounds in Spanish. TW
The children enjoyed programming their nursery rhymes last year, and we start the year with developing their programming skills further. They will review educational software and will then create their own interactive maths quiz. We will use Scratch, which can be used online or downloaded from http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/. MHL
This half term we will be learning about the different types of scale and how they are formed, revising the musical elements and listening and appreciating music from different eras. Pupils will continue to learn notation and they should be encouraged to practise their recorder regularly at home in readiness for their assessment at the end of half term. Please ensure your child comes fully equipped to every lesson with their music folder containing their recorder, recorder book, pencil and a rubber. RA
We will be making tonal drawings using a variety of media and consolidating colour theory and colour mixing work. We will be looking at a range of artists, making notes and interesting points as we go through the half term. Please ensure that your child has an art apron that is big enough to cover sleeves and lap. AD
This half term the children will learn about various Greek myths and legends through process drama where they will ‘step into the shoes’ of different characters. This will inspire and be the catalyst for creative story writing in English and bring the History topic to life. AM
We will discuss the benefits of having a Growth Mindset, before thinking about New Beginnings, with particular focus on the values of acceptance, initiative and adaptability. RA/DT
PE & GAMES
Games will take place on Tuesdays and this half term Y4 boys will take part in tag rugby activities and Y4 girls will take part in hockey activities. We will focus on developing skills with control and accuracy when passing or dribbling to keep possession and make progress towards the goal. They will be introduced to some basic attacking and defending skills to apply appropriately in games.
PE lessons will take place on Mondays and the children will be undertaking some Tri Golf activities. They will focus on developing a basic swing and consistent strike of the ball towards a target.
Kit required: white school polo shirt, black school shorts with house ribbons sewn on, school junior tracksuit (sweatshirt and jogging bottoms), plain white ankle socks, predominately white trainers. Additional items for outdoor PE in cold or wet weather new school rain mac, school fleece and woollen hat. Boys will also need a house football top, house football socks and football boots in a boot bag on Tuesdays.
Team trials for the football and cross country teams will take place during the first week as follows and everyone is invited to trial for teams.
Cross country - Thursday 8th September 1 - 1.30pm
Football - Friday 9th September 1 - 1.50pm
Team squads will then be selected and practices will continue to run on these days and times. SAW