Welcome to Year 4

A BIG welcome to Year 4 children and parents from all of the team! We are looking forward to a very exciting year.

Juniper

Miss Crosbie and Mrs Lea

Lime

Mrs Dempster and Mrs Hodges

Pine

Ms Vallance

Year group TAs Mrs Gibbon and Mrs Michta

Homework, Challenges and Home/School Diaries:

Mathematics

A Mathematics sheet will be sent home every Friday and will be expected to be handed in on a Thursday.

Spelling rules

Every half term, children will be sent home with a list of our Year 4 ‘Special Spellings’ which we would like them to learn for a spelling test at the end of each half term. In addition to these spellings, they will also come home with a list of words which follow a rule every week. They will be tested on Friday in their spelling book and this will be sent home so you can see their progress. If your child is already able to spell these, please encourage them to use the spellings in a piece of description or in more complex sentences; this could be written on paper and glued into the back of the Mathematics Homework book.

Challenges

There will be a number of challenges displayed which relate to our termly topic, please encourage your child to choose and complete at least 3 of these during each half term. This challenge work can be brought into school (or photographed at home and the photo brought in) whenever your child has completed each task. Children will be awarded a House Point for every challenge. Please encourage your child to complete these challenges as independently as they can with guidance when required. These challenges may stay the same during the second half of the term. Please also ensure Home/School diaries are handed in on Thursdays with their Mathematics and Spelling Homework books.

Times Table Challenge:

Times tables continue to be a focus in Year 4. With the advent of the Government timed multiplication tests in June we will continue to encourage the children to build on their skills from year 3. Please see the maths page of the school website for helpful hints on how to assist your child with learning their tables and copies of sheets which you can print off for children to challenge themselves.

Term Topics

Heroes and Villains

In the first half of the Autumn term, our English focus is on Macbeth and the children will learn about the Scottish Play through a variety of different versions and role-play experiences. The children will study the characters of the three witches and work towards writing and performing their own play. As part of this process, the children will develop their suspense writing and be encouraged to think about intonation and expression when performing.

In the second half-term, our focus changes to biographies and the children will have the opportunity to research key people of interest who they have identified as heroes, from across a wide spectrum.

In History, the children will learn about the Tudors and their significance in our locality. As part of their learning, the children will explore a variety of history sources to help them consider and challenge the notion of Henry VIII’s portrayal as a villain. To enrich their understanding of this period of history, the children will also visit Hever Castle which forms part of The Tudor Way.

In Art, children will study the work of pop artist, Gary Grayson, and produce their own pieces based around onomatopoeia inspired by Superheroes.

In Science, the children will look at the different roles of human and animal teeth, follow the journey of a banana sandwich through the digestion process and investigate electricity.

Our PSHE Jigsaw topics for this term are: ‘Being Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.

Click here to view the Skills Map for the Autumn term

Optional Homework - Autumn Term

Yabba Dabba Dooo!

During the Spring term, we will be travelling further back in time to explore life in the Stone Age! On our journey, the children will compare and contrast life in the Stone Age with life today and develop their understanding of the significant changes which occurred during this fascinating period of history.

To bring this topic to life, we will use a number of Stone Age related texts including ‘Ug: Boy Genius Of The Stone Age And His Search For Soft Trousers’ and ‘Stone Age Boy’. The children will have the opportunity to explore writing for different purposes including narratives, a newspaper report about vandalism at Stonehenge and an information leaflet about Skara Brae. The children will also participate in a Stone Age workshop led by ‘Hands on History’.

In our Art learning, children will have the opportunity to observe and discuss primitive animal and human images found in the Lascaux caves in France and then reproduce their own looking at colours and techniques. The children will also explore shape, colour, tone and texture by creating stunning silhouettes of Stonehenge.

Our Science learning will focus on sound and food chains.

Our PSHE Jigsaw topics for this term are: ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’.

Optional Homework - Spring Term

Rainforest Explorers

In the Summer term, much of our learning about the Amazon Rainforest and rivers will stem from our key text, ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. In addition to developing their descriptive writing, the children will also develop their Geography skills. They will learn about the location of the Amazon Rainforest by using atlases to explore the world’s continents, countries and cities. The children will also learn about the river system, different rivers around the world and biomes.

Our Geography field trip to Cuckmere Haven complements our topic and will enable the children to compare local physical geography with that of the rainforest. At Cuckmere Haven, the children will experience a range of activities including interpreting maps, learning about meanders and other parts of the river, monitoring river flow and observing different coastal habitats.

In Science, the children will explore ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ using the school grounds and their developing knowledge of the rainforest jungle. Our learning will focus on habitats, classification keys and how environments can change and endanger living things.

In Art, the children will have the opportunity to study the French artist, Henri Rousseau. They will make observational sketches of leaves collected from the school grounds, create multi-media mobiles and sculpt clay tiles featuring leaves and animals in the style of Henri Rousseau.

Our PSHE Jigsaw topics for this term are: ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’.

Optional Homework - Summer Term

Information

P.E.

Just a reminder that your child needs to have a white t-shirt, shorts and a pair of trainers for PE. We also advise providing a tracksuit for outside PE. Please put all kit in a named bag and label each item. Please can we remind you that no jewellery should be worn, including earrings and long hair should be tied back (please ensure hair ties are in your child’s bag). PE days will be written in the home/school diary, but please can your child leave their PE kit in school all week in case it changes.

Rucksack and pencil cases

Like Year 3, we still encourage your child to bring in a rucksack so they can keep their own personal belongings safe. Pencil cases will be used every day; please can your child have one in their school bag ready to use. Please can it include: a few pencils, rubber, sharpener, colouring pencils, felt tip pens and a ruler. This does not need to be too big, because they need to fit it into a tray. Please have this clearly named.

Show and Tell

We will be encouraging the children to bring in any items which they have at home, including books, artefacts and research about our termly topic. They will be able to talk about the item which they have brought in from home to the class.

Rewards

Children’s attitudes and achievements both in and outside of school are celebrated through a range of opportunities, such as stickers, house-points and certificates.

Please encourage your child to talk about why they have been given one of these rewards, to support the celebration of their achievements.

Welcome Letter to New Parents