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Year 4

 

 

 

Welcome to Year 4! 

 

 

 

Mrs. Davis - Class Teacher  

Mrs. Jones - Teaching Assistant  

Mrs. Lander - Teaching Assistant

Remembrance Pebbles. Even though we are all in isolation, we are remembering those who have gone before us.

Good Morning Year 4,

If you are learning from home, your music lesson will be set on https://charanga.com/site/ each Friday.

Click on teacher and pupil login and then choose the student log in via Yumu.

Your log in details are your christian name plus the first letter of your surname, if this does not work use your christian name plus your first and second letter of your surname.  E.G. John Smith log in would be John S or John Sm.  

The password for all year 4 children is blue.

Any problems logging in to Charanga please contact myself or Mrs Davis.

Have fun!

Mrs Draycott

Our Class Saint is Saint Genesius of Rome. He is the patron saint of actors.

Saint Genesius

Saint Genesius is considered to be the patron saint of actors, lawyers, barristers, clowns, comedians, converts, dancers, people with epilepsy, musicians and victims of torture.

 

His feast day is August 25th.

 

Genesius was once an actor who had performed in plays, which mocked Christiainty.

According to legend, while performing in a play that mocked baptism, he fell ill on stage.  Claiming he could see angels, he asked to be baptised there and then, which converted him.

He proclaimed his new belief, and he steadfastly refused to renounce it, even when the emperor Diocletian ordered him to do so.

He was sentenced to death for his beliefs.

Vehicle:

For our spring term our vehicle is called

‘Along the Nile - Nile Fest’

We are hoping to share an afternoon, on the school field (weather permitting) a Festival of the Nile.  It will include our learning about Rivers, Egypt and a 'Mummy Maze' for you to explore.  We can't wait!

 

 

RE

All classes follow a scheme called:

 “Learning and Growing as the people of God”

Throughout this the children learn about religion; knowledge and understanding of  and learn from religion; reflecting on meaning.

  • 12 Units: Creation, Jesus teaches us how to pray, Advent, Christmas, Jesus: Light of the World and Beloved Son, Old Testament – King David, Lent: Living as followers of Jesus, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Sharing in the life of Christ and Special roles and responsibilities.
  • Children may occasionally have some RE homework to bring home.

 

READING

Our aim at St. Joseph’s is to promote a love of reading within children throughout the school whilst teaching them the important skills of phonics, de-coding, fluency and comprehension.

During the summer term, we will be reading and comparing a variety of texts by Roald Dahl and and then looking at his biography. 

 

WRITING

Areas to consider when producing a piece of writing;

  1. Sentence structure - short sentences for tension and to move the story along. Sentence starts for effect e.g. verbs at the start for action.
  2. Punctuation - apostrophes for contractions (I'll) and possession (Tom's cat) along with inverted commas for direct speech.
  3. Text Structure - Devices common to text types.
  4. Composition and effect - Making sure the reader is being entertained.  Descriptions including figurative language: similes, metaphors along with noun phrases and expanded noun phrases for detail.
  5. Word structure and spelling
  6. Presentation and handwriting

 

We are currently encouraging pupils to learn about themselves as writers.  With this in mind we are teaching the writing process using the following steps:

1. Brainstorming ideas

2. Planning (in a variety of ways, so children can select and trial different methods).

3.  Drafting

4.  Revising (in a variety of different ways, so children are exposed to a range of potential improvements and confidently revise their written words with the reader in mind).

5.  Proof reading  - does it make sense?

6.  Editing (Capitals, Use of vocabulary, Punctuation and Spellings.

7.  Publishing

 

I will be publishing some of our work on Pobble.  Giving the writing a sense of purpose will encourage children to make a greater effort with their work.

 

 

Maths

We have a class K.I.R.F. (Key Instant Recall Facts) focus on x10, x100 and divide by 10 and 100. 

 

 Decimals, we are learning about tenths and hundredths and understanding how they relate to the equivalent fractions. After this we will be learning about: Money, Time, Statistics and Geometry. 

 

 

Science

Our Science Unit for the summer term is Habitats:

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped (classified) in a variety of different ways.
  • Explore and use a variety of classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • Recognise that environments can change and this can sometimes pose a threat to the inhabitants of that environment.

 

Finally, we will end the year with a little more work on understanding circuits - Electricity.

HISTORY

We are learning about Ancient Egypt through enquiry.  Each week we will consider a different question.

Q1.  How can we discover what Ancient Egypt was like over 5,000 years ago?

Q2.Whoo did build the pyramids?  Can we rely on all sources of information to inform us?

Q3.  What can an old clay model and an old pair of sandals tell us about life in Ancient Egypt?

Q4.  Can we solve a 3,000 year old crime using evidence from that time?

Q5.  What can we learn/ deduce  form just 6 objects about Ancient Egypt?

Q6.  What happened to dead people in Ancient Egypt?

Q7.  What did Ancient Egypt have in common with other ancient civilizations of that time?

 

Geography

We are focussing on Rivers.  Rivers of the UK and the River Nile.

  • Rivers flow from a source to another body of water.
  • Identify features of the upper course of a river.
  • Identify features of the middle course of a river.
  • Identify the features of the lower course of a river.
  • Understand erosion
  • Explain the importance of the Nile to farmers
  • Conduct fieldwork on a local stream - in Bramshall Park

 

Art

3d Sculpture with wire.

Our focus is on Robin Wright, a local artist. Children will research, trial skills, design, make and evaluate a piece of wire sculpture of their own.  We aim to show these off at our Nile Fest, at the end of term.

 

Birthday Books. I am so pleased that parents are providing new release books for our book corner. I am sure this will help develop our 'Love of Reading'. Thank you in advance, your generosity is very welcomed by all of our class.

Inspiring creative ways to practise your spellings. How do you practise yours?

Geography - Athens here we come. Take a look at our amazing 3d models of Landmarks. WOW! I am so impressed. Thank you to all of the adults who have assisted with these stunning models. I'll give you all a Dojo too! Mrs. Sassi gave us STAR CLASS for these!

Ancient Greek Style Theatre Masks - Can you name any of the characters of the Ancient Greek Myths? Why were masks worn? Are masks worn in theatres today?

A sample of 'Upcycled' instruments. WOW! They are all amazing. We have used them for our Science lessons to help us understand how sounds can be made and how sound travels from a source to our ear.

Art - Who was Exekias? Look at what we have found out.

Spiral Poems - not only written but made into 3d for greater effect! Which one is your favourite: Tornado, DNA, Helter Skelter or Curly Hair?

 

 

 

Helpful homework hints:

 

 

  • Maths

Times tables need to be practised consistently throughout the year. Below are some websites to support you with this.

This website has a nice friendly breakdown of what the new times tables check means. You can also sign up for a free resource pack which includes some great paper based activities. 

Here's a link to the government website and their full framework on the checks in June. 

 

Below are some resources to support you at home. 

 

 

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