Our day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm, children can be brought around the one way system and enter the classroom via the outside door. They will need to use handgel as they enter the classroom.
What to expect in Year 4:
This year you will be building on what you have learnt so far in Key Stage 2. You will grow as individuals and learn how to manage your own equipment and daily routines.
We have heard great things about you from Mrs Southernwood and are looking forward to helping you grow throughout the year.
It will be important to learn to work as a team - this is essential for getting the most out of Year 4. You will need to be thoughtful and considerate to the feelings of your classmates, so that we can all progress together.
This year, you will build on your work from Year 3 by completing writing in a range of genres such as: creating play scripts and poems, character profiles and formal letters.
You will add depth and detail to your descriptive writing and make better use of paragraphs and the punctuation you learn about in Year 3.
We will look at our understanding of what we read and learn about inference within an authors writing. We will also look at predicting how a story may progress and justifying our opinions.
You will continue to build on your Key Stage 2 learning from Year 3, adding and subtracting increasingly large numbers both mentally and using formal written methods.
This is also true for the multiplication and division problems we will learn to solve - this will be helped by learning our times tables up to 12 x 12.
We will look at perimeter and area, where our times tables knowledge will be essential. Our knowledge of fractions and decimals will grow, as well as our confidence using both the 12 and 24 hour clock.
We have some interesting topics to cover this year, starting with a dive into the deep in our Science-based topic: What lives in the Ocean?
We will look at life in our oceans and how it has adapted to live in different conditions, how they might hunt their prey and how they might avoid being eaten themselves.
We will learn about how creatures survive and reproduce as part of an investigation into life cycles.
How you can help your child's learning journey
Continue to help them in the ways you would normally. Listen to them read as often as possible -
I cannot stress enough how helpful this one act is for every other learning activity.
Practice times tables regularly, talk to them about their day - perhaps ask them to teach you something that they found out about each day. Help them with their homework. Encourage them to read by showing enthusiasm for their book preferences, then ask them to tell you about what they are reading. Visit a library to just look around until something grabs their interest.
They are not too old to be read to either - read something to them that they might not usually read, then discuss your interpretation of the text, or explain some of the technical vocabulary to them - we all know that kids love to learn technical vocabulary to bamboozle their friends with.
This half-term we will be looking at 'states of matter' and how solids, liquids and gases change when they are heated and cooled.
In Literacy, we will create instructions for our own potions and labels to stick on bottles of our noxious concoctions. We will also be writing formal letters about the state of modern anaesthesia compared to in ancient times, as well as looking at playscripts and poetry (...hubble, bubble, toil and trouble..!).
In maths, we will first look at our knowledge of decimals and place value, before spending several week refreshing and adding to our knowledge of fractions.
There will be lots of 'icky' potions and medicines to find out about in our History lessons, and we hope to be able to get into the kitchen before Easter to mix up our very own cauldron of... Easter biscuit mixture!
The topic for the first half term in spring is an exciting journey to some of the most interesting places on our planet.
We will be looking at people who have successfully navigated the world in 80 days from the fictional Phileas Fogg, to real-world heroes like Mark Beaumont.
We will also be looking at some of the features that prevent us from taking a direct route around the world - Mountains. We will look into the geography and climate of high-alpine environments and how humans use or overcome them. We will also look at mapping in more detail, as well as the water cycle, and why high mountains are often rainy or snowy.
We will write poetically about Alpine environments, as well as creating a narrative about a mysterious alpine creature...
We dip further into the stories of Ancient Greece this half term, building on knowledge from Year 3. We will start with a reminder of some basics by looking at where and when Ancient Greece was, as well as reminding ourselves about some of their gods.
Next, we will look at the decade-long siege of Troy and find out more about some of the main characters involved. This is also a good time to investigate the weapons and methods of war from this period and maybe make some of our own!
Following this, we will investigate the character Odysseus and his long journey home from the Trojan War - what happened to him and what did he do about it?
Not being an expert in this period of history, I am looking forward to finding out all about Ancient Greece and am sure that there will be lots of weird (and probably gruesome) stories to entertain the class.