Hi and welcome to year 4. Our team include Mrs Caldicott (Wednesday - Friday), Mrs Priest (Monday - Tuesday), and Mr Donhou (Full-time). We have really enjoyed our first half term with your children...Roll on Christmas!
January- April 2018
This Spring term we are looking at stories from other cultures. Our main text will be 'A journey to Jo'Burg' by Beverly Naidoo. This is a really exciting book which has lots of discussion points. Set in a the apartheid in South Africa, class systems, poverty and misfortunes will hopefully provoke plenty of interesting conversation and questions.
The children will be identifying features of cultures, similarities and differences. Focus on writing newspaper reports, diary entries and some drama involving hot seating and conscience allay.
September- December 2017
Leading up to Christmas we have been delving into imaginary worlds, experiencing Susan, Edmund, Peter and Lucy’s journey through Narnia in our focus text ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ We have been reading, researching and writing stories.
The children have been inspired by creating their own imaginary worlds as well as watching clips from the BBC version. They will also get the chance to watch the newer film leading up to Christmas.
With the new topic Multiplication and Division, Year 4 have been working hard to practice their times table calculations. We have been learning new strategies and using a variety of resources to aid our learning such as flip sticks, number cards, multilink cubes and multiplication squares. Lessons have involved investigating factor pairs and number size, multiplication and division facts, and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We will be looking further into using written methods for both Multiplication and Division as well as problem solving.
The children have been leading their own learning, challenging themselves with Mild, Hot, Chilli and Carolina Reaper challenges.
We strongly encourage children to continue to practice their times tables up to 12 x 12 as this is a Year 4 expectation.
January- April 2018
As we are into the Spring term we have just begun our new topic exploring Electricity and it's action packed. Within this topic, the children will be investigating how to make a complete circuit using lots of exciting equipment. They will make predictions, discuss, create and observe the brightness of the light bulb, how to add switches, buzzers and motors. Learning what an insulator and a conductor is and which materials work best. There will be some discussion on Electrical safety in which the children will showcase their learning through Safety posters. Finally, the children will be researching famous scientist in the world of Electricity and produce work that they will present to the class.
During the Autumn term, we have been exploring the topic Sound. Using musical equipment, pitching forks and model ears the children have had hands on experience of investigating how sound is made, questioning how we hear sounds and how sound travels through a solid, liquid and a gas. We have explored the whole school site listening to different sounds, watching videos of the famous composer Tchaikovsky and discussing different ways to describe sounds.
This term in History, we will be looking at Viking Gods and festivals.
In Geography, We will be looking at North and South America; using our map skills to locate and research various countries and cities. We will also be looking at the varied landscapes and some cultures found there.
Our PE days are Monday, Wednesday and Swimming on a Friday so please ensure the children have a clean PE kit on Monday each week, thank you.