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 the Christmas Play and the children’s first residential trip to Flatford Mill.
Homework will be set daily and must be handed in the following day. Children will also be required to read for 20 minutes and practise their recorder for at least 5 minutes a day.
Reading and homework diaries will be collected in every Monday morning and every child needs to ensure that their diaries 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. Reading record books will be randomly checked during our reading sessions throughout the week, so please also initial their books each night.
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 next week 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 pop in or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Very best wishes,
Mrs. Allery & Mrs. Thompson
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. KS
In comprehension this half term we will be reading and analysing texts related to the overarching theme of myths and legends. ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo will be read together during 4A’s class reader sessions and 4T will read ‘Grandpa Chatterji’ by Jamila Gavin.
For children to be good writers they need to regularly read a variety of books, 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. RA/KS
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. RA/KS
Mrs. Allery’s Group: Place value, ordering and rounding up numbers; understanding multiplication and division - to 10000, by 10 or 100 using mental calculation strategies; money problems - including the use of a calculator; revising fractions - of a shape, introducing proper, improper and mixed numbers and revising equivalence among fractions; decimals to tenths, linking to fractions and mixed numbers and rounding up to whole numbers; using Data Handling processes – simple frequency, bar line charts and range and mode. RA
Mrs. Thompson’s Group: Comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000; Mental calculation strategies and pencil and paper procedures for addition and subtraction; Weight - reading and writing weight using metric units and reading from scales; 2D shape - discussing properties such as lines of symmetry and right angles; decimal notation for tenths - including ordering and using and applying. The children will continue to work on times tables. KT
The children will start the half term with ‘Moving and Growing’ in science. The topic will extend their knowledge on how the skeleton is related to movement and support in humans and other vertebrates. They will learn about what happens to bones and muscles when animals move. In their investigative work, they will be focusing on turning ideas into an investigation. The children will decide what evidence to collect when making measurements and observations. They will learn to compare results and interpret evidence. The work will also offer opportunities to understand the science related to personal health. EG/ KT
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, investigate the two main but very contrasting cities of Athens and Sparta, relate the activities of the latter group of people to the Olympic activities, discuss the famous Battle of Marathon and begin to look at everyday life in the typical Ancient Greek town. LC
This half term we will be developing mapping skills, using a variety of maps including Ordnance Survey maps and digital maps. We learn how to read the information maps can provide for us, including understanding compass directions, different scale maps and measuring distance on maps, coordinates and grid references and map symbols. There will also be an opportunity to use the mapping skills learnt to create a fantasy map. 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. KS/JT
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 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 be introduced to definite and indefinite articles and how to use these. TMS
The children will begin the year by looking at the culture of Spain. They will look in detail at various customs and traditions and compare and contrast these with those of England. They will learn numbers to 1000 and recap the Spanish alphabet. They will finish the term looking at days and dates. TW
We start the year with programming. The children will review educational software and will 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 will be learning about the different types of scale and how they are formed, which will help develop knowledge of notation when playing the recorder. At the first lesson I will be assessing each child’s level of recorder playing. I expect all children to practise regularly for 5 minutes a day and this is shown on their homework timetable. There are many exciting pieces to learn and I hope that very soon they will be able to show off their skills to their peers in the music assembly. RA
We will be having an Art Week this half term, 16th-19th September, with a focus on architecture. The children will work with Chee-Kit Lai, a professional architect from The Mobile Studio, who has also taught at the Royal Academy of Art. The children will be creating large scale pieces during the week and their work will be available for parents to view after school on Friday 19th.
To complement this, we will be using architecture and structure as a theme for some of the rest of our work.
We will also be designing Christmas cards, which the PA are kindly arranging to have printed and which will be available for you to purchase, as in previous years.
Please ensure that your child has an adequately large painting apron for the new year. JT
4A will do a course in Mindfulness. This is a powerpoint presentation illustrated with video clips which teaches the children about the different functions of the parts of the brain, as well as teaching them to observe their thoughts and therefore to be less likely to be taken in by all our mind presents to us. It teaches them strategies to control their emotions and exercises to develop stillness. GRC.
4T - New Beginnings: We will be discussing rights and responsibilities and writing a class charter. We will develop skills to make new people feel welcome and to learn how to join in with a group. KT
PE & GAMES
This half term the boys will take part in tag rugby activities and the girls will take part in unihockey activities on Tuesday afternoons in games. Boys will need to wear their house colour football top and socks and PE shorts and bring football boots and trainers with them each week. Girls will need to wear their white polo shirt, PE shorts, white socks and trainers. A variety of sending and receiving skills will be developed across all these activities leading to controlled passing and good teamwork in small sided games. In PE lessons on Mondays the children will be introduced to tri golf. The children will learn how to connect with the golf ball and develop a variety of controlled swings for different challenges. Boys and girls will need to wear their white polo shirt, PE shorts, white socks and trainers. Tracksuits will only be worn in inclement weather. SAW