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Welcome to our Year 4 homepage!!

Myself, Mrs Pearson, Miss Devlin and Miss Metcalf would like to welcome our new year 4 class back after our summer holidays and we hope you've all had a fabulous time.

This is the place to come to find out what's going on in Year 4.  I'm sure we will have a fantastic year and I'm really looking forward to getting to share some fantastic activities with the children.

 

If you have any questions please feel free contact me on my school e-mail address moliver@stbedes.cumbria.sch.uk.

Thank you.

 


 

Autumn Term 2021

 

In RE we will start by looking at how we have been created by and how we are loved by God. In this we think about how God made us and how He wants us to live our lives.  In this unit, the children will have a chance to think about themselves and how they are changing and to think of all the things we have to be grateful for.  We will be encouraging the children to look for signs and symbols related to the Catholic faith especially in the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation.

 

In our writing this term will be taking off to magical places and we’ll be learning how to describe the people and places we visit and the characters we meet along the way. We start off with a simple door....but what lies behind that door?  Maybe fire breathing dragons? or ice trolls?  Or maybe animals that talk! Who knows!!!

Whatever we find, we’ll be using a range of techniques to help show the places we visit to our readers. From narrative stories to information texts, explanations to poetry, we have a lot going on. It’s time to go exploring!

 

Reading is also very important for us in year 4 and we have some fabulous class books lined up to get lost in, starting with ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe’ by C.S.Lewis. We’ll also be setting the children reading challenges and showing them how sometimes we have to infer information from the words the author has written and how they give us clues to find. We'll also be learning how to 'magpie' great ideas from the books we read to use in our own stories.

 

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 written methods to add or subtract up to four digits.  We will also cover shape and space, roman numerals and statistics. Reasoning and word problems will be at the heart of all we do.

A key focus for Year 4 is to master our times tables all the way up to 12 x 12 and there will be an on-line test at the end of this year for the children to have a go at. So, we will be practising our times tables daily and I would ask you also to practise them at home to ensure the children become fluent. We are lucky as all the children will have access to ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ again this year which will really help them to learn and embed the skills they need.

The children will also have access to Mathletics again this year which is a brilliant resource to use and gain confidence.  Who will be our Mathlete of the week?

 

In science we will start off 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.  Following on from this will be an investigation into a famous scientist and we’ll be looking at the work of Isaac Newton.

 

Our topic this term is the Anglo-Saxons and find out what life was like when the Romans left Britain.  We will be learning all about what it was like in Anglo-Saxon Britain from the houses they lived in, to the food they ate to the gods they believed in. This will also tie into our literacy as we will be learning about the story of Beowulf and the monsters he meets.

Another of our class books is ‘Anglo-Saxon boy’ which is historical fiction examining the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

 

PE this term will start off on Monday and Wednesday and we'll be getting fit and playing different invasion games, learning to attack and defend. Could you please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit (white T-shirt, black shorts underneath jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt).

 

In ART / DT we will be starting off with self portraits based on the work of Modigliani before looking at sketching and shading work. For design and technology, we will be having a go at weaving to support our work on the Anglo Saxons.

 

Homework - In Year 4 we really want to encourage the children to read and enjoy books and so we'd ask for each child to read for at least 15 minutes a day. We are very fortunate to have access to the SORA app for reading books so the children can access these at home. Also, please try to get your children to engage with Mathletics and Times Tables Rock Stars, both of which will really help with their maths learning. Let's see who can earn their gold Mathletics certificate this year.

Other pieces of homework will be set through the Seesaw app. If you have any problems getting online or using the apps, please do not worry, we're here to help and the children can always access their work during school times.

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch and I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all over the next year.


KPI's for Numeracy

KPI's for Writing

KPI's for Reading

 

 Autumn

 Spring

Summer

RE

Module 1 - Created and loved by God

Religious understanding - baptism and reconciliation.

Me, myself and I.

 

Module 2 - Created to love others

Religious understanding - The prodigal son.

Personal relationships

Keeping safe.

Module 3 - Created to live in community.

religious understanding - What is the Church?

How do I love others?

 

 

Science

States of matter - Solids, liquids and gases 

States of matter - Solids, liquids and gases 

Electricity

Forces 

Living Things and their Habitats

 Living Things and their Habitats

 

ICT

E-Safety Unit

 

 Creating animations - Character interviews.

 

 

E-Safety Unit

 

Creating posters with Adobe Spark.

E-Safety Unit

 Creating a video with voice over using Adobe Spark video.

 

P.E.

Cricket,

Invasion and defend

Tag rugby

Cricket

 

Athletics,

 

P.S.H.E

 

Friendship

 Safety

Resilience

 Care

Achieve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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