The new term has started and there is lots to look forward to.
This term is going to be busy with the things we have planned in class and the build up to the Christmas play in December.
In RE we focus on family, both our own and the family of Jesus, looking at the exploits of Abraham, King David, Solomon and Ruth. We will look at how people are called to the Catholic faith and what it means to live our lives in the way that God wants us to.
In literacy we will be working on narratives and focus on some excellent texts including ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S.Lewis and ‘Where the wild things are’ by Maurice Sendac. Our main focus is the use of expanded noun phrases and adverbials to really describe the settings and characters and their actions in detail.
We will also be focusing on reading in class and I would encourage you to read as much as possible at home and help your children with their reading challenges. The more detail they can include in their answers the better. We will change the reading challenge books once per week and we really encourage the children to take their time with the text and find the details.
In numeracy we start by looking in detail at place value up to 4 digits (Thousands, hundreds, tens and units) but also introduce the children to decimals which we will see later in the year in more detail. Next will be addition and subtraction, using the column method to four digits. In addition to this, we will cover shape and space, roman numerals and statistics. Word problems will be at the heart of all we do.
One change this year is that our children in Year 4 will be tested on their knowledge of the times tables at the end of the year so it is especially important this year and one of our key targets is for all children to be fluent in their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of the year.
The children will also have access to Mathletics again this year which is a brilliant resource to use and gain confidence. Can they become the Mathlete of the week?
In science we will be looking at states of matter – solids, liquids and gasses, before moving onto forces and friction. Our aim is to carry out lots of experiments and have fun looking at questions that the children would like to answer. New this year for us will be an investigation into a famous scientist and we’ll be looking at the work of Isaac Newton.
In history we focus on the Anglo-Saxons and find out what life was like when the Romans left Britain. There are lots of opportunities to look at life in Anglo-Saxon times and this leads us to try our hand at weaving.
This is just a taste of what we will be doing and I’m really looking forward to teaching this class. If you have any questions about our curriculum, please do not hesitate to get in touch.