Year 4: Pandas Class
A Message from the Class Teacher
Welcome to year 4! This year we will be working very hard on a range of different topics, as well as learning to work as part of a team and becoming more independent learners.
In English we will be starting the year with a book about a boy called Ruskin. We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books. Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will be bringing things home to support this. Furthermore, we will be using active reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics.
In Maths we will be focussing on a range of key skills; developing written methods, increasing speed, increasing our knowledge of shapes, measures and data. Whenever possible we link Maths to real life situations.
Our first topic, Ancient Egypt will take us back in time to a land of pharoahs. We will also be finding out about our local history of smugglers, before ending the year finding out about extreme environments and survival.
Click on the link below to see what else we will be getting up to, by looking at our our curriculum map. We are on cycle A.
PE is on Monday and Thursday, though it is useful to keep PE kits in school from Monday –Friday in case we have any special sessions. Swimming will be on a Thusrday afternoon, starting in term 5.
We are also very fortunate this year to be learning how to play a variety of brass instruments. Look out for the date of our next concert.
Homework usually goes home on a Friday, and should be handed in the following Wednesday afternoon. There is a homework club run three times a week at lunch time. All children are welcome to attend any of the sessions that they wish to. No need to book, just turn up.
How can parents help?
- Reading at home. Please remember to sign your child’s record so that they can be awarded stamps towards our new school reading rewards prizes. Please note, it is fine to sign the reading record books whenever your child reads something, not just their scheme books. Enjoying reading is just as important as building up a range of skills!
- Looking at everyday measurements and prices when out shopping or cooking at home.
- Making predictions about and discussing any TV programs that you may watch together.This really helps build an understanding of the world, as well as helping with comprehension and creative writing skills.
- Time. Telling the time using both (including with Roman numerals) analogue and digital clocks.
Thank you for your support.
What exciting things have we been up to during terms 3and 4?
Our topic for this term is smugglers, which we’re also covering through our new text in English. So far we’ve had fun coming up with plans to smuggle chocolate to Mrs Addison in Kangaroos. The customs officers in their class were very good at their jobs! In our class book, Smugglers we’ve discovered an old letter from a smuggler in the 1300s and are looking forward to finding out more.
In Maths we’ve created some art work showing different 2d shapes and right angles. We’ve also been stretching our mathematical thinking by looking at different ways that numbers can be shown.
In PE, we’re enjoying improving our balancing skills in gymnastics.
What exciting things have we been up to during terms 1 and 2?
We have started the year working hard on our presentation and speed. Our progress in these two aspects can already be seen in our books and on our classroom walls.
On Friday mornings we are really fortunate to be receiving brass instrument lessons from a specialist teacher. We worked really hard and were able to play two songs as part of the school carol service in Lydd church in December. Well done to everyone- you sounded fantastic!
Our Egyptian Topic has been varied and fun so far. We have created intricate embossed artworks using string, tin foil and marker pens, made papyrus and started to learn about tombs and mummification. During week seven we started an experiment to mummify tomatoes. These turned out well, leaving us with crispy tomato skins.
The term two homework project was to create a canonic jar. These were amazing and are now displayed on the KS2 corridor for all to admire.