♥ Welcome to Year 4 ♥
Mrs Rose is the class teacher in Year 4 with Mr Bowker teaching DT, Computing and PE.
Our initial focus in the Autumn Term is on 'The Mass' and how the local Church is 'Good News' for all. We also look at the life of the Church in other parts of the world comparing it to ours here. During the second part of the Autumn Term we look at the significant events in the life of Jesus. We also discuss the Gospel message of Jesus bringing fullness of life for all people and his teachings of The Beatitudes. Our topic during December will of course be Christmas.
In the Spring Term we will look at the Rites of Baptism and Confirmation and how they are celebrated in the Church. We will also investigate why it is important to take responsibility for our actions. Easter will be a focus for the second half of our Spring Term as well as some of the other significant events in the life of Christ.
For our Summer Term, we will begin with the story of 'The Holy Spirit at Penetcost', finishing our Summer Term with an exploration of the Bible, particularly stories form the Old Testament.
As well as this we will be writing our own prayers and beginning to plan and deliver our own prayer and liturgies in small groups.
During our English lessons our activities will focus mainly around a class text. We will be writing in a variety of styles and formats. The children will develop their ability to draft a piece of work, then complete it. They will then work on evaluating their writing for effectiveness and taught how to improve it further. In all areas of the curriculum, we will be working on improving handwriting as well as spellings. Our reading focus will be on fluency and reading comprehension.
Our Maths lessons will begin with place value and number skills, moving onto using and understanding the four operations. During the spring and summer terms we will cover all aspects of the year 4 curriculum which include: numbers and the number system, fractions, measurement, properties of 2D and 3D shapes and statistics. We will consolidate what the children have learnt from Year 3 and build on their knowledge and confidence throughout the term.
For the first half of the autumn term we will be swimming on a Monday and will have PE on a Thursday. PE lessons may be indoor or outdoor so please make sure your child's full kit, including plimsolls, is kept in school. All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied up. Please remove your child's ear-rings before school if they are unable to do so by themselves.
Topics for our Autumn Term science lessons are Living things and their Habitats and Our Environment. We will be planning and carrying out investigations related to 'our changing environment' and the children will learning about fair testing.
In the Spring Term we will look at Sound and Electricity, investigating sound vibrations and how sounds are made as well as which objects conduct electricity. Our electricity knowledge will help with our DT project.
We will begin with a geography focus of British geography in the first half term, locating cities of the UK and looking in particular at Manchester. We will also look for evidence on Roman settlements and their characteristics which will lead us into or history focus after half term. Our history topic will cover the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
This year we will be continuing to learn to play the guitar. Following from year 3, the children will learn simple and more complex tunes and sequences as well as developing their knowledge of musical terminology. The children will take their guitars home each week and encouraged to practise. Please make sure your child has their guitar each Friday for the lesson or they will be unable to participate fully.
Terra Firma Thursday
Thursday is our outdoor day where many of our tasks and activities will take place outside. Please make sure the children are dressed in suitable outside clothes that are appropriate for the weather.
The children will be required to read each day. Please record in your child's reading journal when you hear them read aloud at home.
Children will also receive a list of spellings each Monday which they will need to learn for a short test on Friday, these will be available on the School Jotter app.
The children will continue to have access to Times Tables Rockstars both at school and at home. Access to this resource at home will help to improve their speed and accuracy of mental recall of multiplication and division facts for the 1 to 12 times tables.
Year 4 will be given a half termly homework booklet which I would like them to bring into school each Friday to be stamped so that I can keep track of their progress.
If you have any queries at any point, please call in and see me either before school (8.45- 9.00) or after school at 3.30pm.
Mrs S Rose
"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - AA Milne "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do so." JM Barrie "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Dr Seuss