Mrs Shires - firstname.lastname@example.org
A big welcome to year 4, we are really looking forward to working with your child and you throughout the year. We are really excited that school feels like it is beginning to return to normal (Pre COVID) but we will continue to cautious as the safety of the children is still paramount. We will be updating the class pages with photos and the exciting things we have been doing as often as possible.
In year 4 we work as a team, we help and support each other as we become more independent learners. We have the St Peters & Clifton Spirit at the heart of what we do and we are proud of our achievements big and small.
Autumn 2 - Year 4 are looking forward to a half term packed full of fun and learning. Our theme is...’Raid, Invade and Stayed’ as in History we look at different the tribes and groups of people that came to Britain after the Romans left our shores. In English, we will be reading a version of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf and some Myths and Legends from the Viking era. We will create diary entries, character descriptions, poems and write our own myths. Our Maths focus this half term will be converting lengths, measuring the perimeter of rectilinear shapes and working on our multiplication skills. In Design and Technology, we will design and create ear defenders that could be use by a Viking during battle. Our topic will culminate in a Viking day in week 6 where the children can dress up and will take part in different craft activities.
PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please send your child in their PE kit on PE days and they will stay in it all day. All items should be named. Outdoor kit is required at the moment.
Spellings are been done in school every morning so your child will not be bringing home a spelling book. Children should use spelling shed to practise their spellings and they will be given out on Wednesday and then tested the following Wednesday.
Reading is a very important skill that the children need to access all areas of the curriculum, you can support us with your child’s reading journey by listening to your child read for 10 minutes every night. This can then be recorded in the reading record.
Mathletics activities will be set for homework on a weekly basis.
We have had a great start to the year and can’t wait to learn and grow together as a class over the next academic year.
4 Cherry looked at the impact of oils spills on the animals of that habitat.
As our design and technology topic comes to an end, we have made our final product. The Viking children were struggling with the noise that their raiding grown ups were making so we designed and made ear defenders.
We are making good progress with our basketball skills and this week learnt two more passes. We can now try to do all 4 basketball passes as well as the new skills of dribbling and defending.
In science we have continued our work with sound, we know why animals have different shaped ears and why the shape is important. We were surprised to find that string telephones work and ear cones really do make sounds louder.
We had an amazing day celebrating Diwali. The children found out what the colour of their clothes meant and represented. We listened to and then described characters from the story of Rama and Sita. We then worked in groups to make masks of the characters and retell the story. In the afternoon, the children designed Rangoli patterns, made Diva pots and Kandil lanterns.
We have finished our science topic of electricity by making toys with buzzers and lights.
Year 4 have really enjoyed their 'electricity' topic this half term. Creating series circuits and learning about conductor and insulators. We have planned and designed our toys that will create a buzz, watch out for the pictures of the finished products.
Throughout art this half term we have focused on the sculptures of Henry Moore. We started with learning how to sketch and were shocked at how easy it is to draw 3D shapes. We have then learnt how to manipulate clay and made a clay sculpture.
We have taken part in the virtual cross country challenge, as well as learning how to play tag rugby and hockey this half term. The class have demonstrated good skills in both hockey and rugby and are able to have small group games.
For National Poetry Day, we read the poem 'Which Wild One' by James Carter, it is an animal choices poem. The children then had fun thinking of their own Which Wild One poem and learnt that not all poems have to rhyme.
We have been learning how to pronounce and write about bodies in French. We have learnt to sing head, shoulders, knees and toes in French this has helped us to remember the names for the body parts. Mrs Humbles came to teach one of our French lessons and taught us how to use our prior knowledge of colours and size together with the body parts to describe a monster.