welcome to class 4
Autumn Term 2021
Welcome back to school Year 4. We hope you've had a lovely summer break and are looking forward to the term ahead, I know we are.
Over the next term, we will be developing your understanding of place value, how to calculate using the four operations and we will also look at measuring lengths and perimeters.
This term we'll be consolidating the work done in Year 3 on developing the basics needed for good writing, in particular focusing on handwriting, presentation and also basic punctuation and grammar skills. Our writing sequence will focus on looking at vocabulary choices and the impact this can have on the reader. We will mainly be using poetry to learn about this and hope the children will enjoy analysing, writing and performing a range of poems.
Our first topic we are going to look at involves learning about animal and humans' teeth, diet and digestion. It's a very practical topic which links nicely with the theme and will involve lots of opportunities for the children to investigate and explore the scientific concepts.
Our theme is Ancient Britain: The Stone Age to The Iron Age. This is a fascinating topic which introduces the children to what life was like in Britain for our ancient ancestors which began around 2 and a half million years ago! We’ll look at how people survived by creating shelters; hunting and gathering wild animals and plants and how they developed ingenious tools to make life easier for themselves. We’ll also be investigating how we know so much about this period of time before written history, by looking at artefacts and becoming history detectives.
You can learn at home too. Click on the buttons below to practise skills and have fun!
Forest school is on alternate Monday afternoons, the dates are up on the classroom window.
Please ensure your child comes into school wearing appropriate clothing and has an old coat and suitable footwear. If the weather is wet or cold we will be going out anyway so it would be useful if they have wellies in school.
PE is on Thursday afternoons. For most of the Autumn term this will be swimming.
If you have purchased a CC logo tracksuit top and bottoms, then your child will be able to wear their PE kit underneath this and come to school in their tracksuit on PE days. If you do not wish to purchase the tracksuit and bottoms, then your child must wear their school uniform to school as usual and keep their PE kit in school. Long hair must be tied back, and earrings must be removed. If your child cannot take their earrings out, please provide tape or plasters to put over the earrings, to reduce the risk of any injuries during the lesson.
We value the work parents do to support their child's learning through homework. In Class 4, the children are given an English and maths homework every week. The homework will be set on a Thursday and should be handed in on the next Monday. For maths, they will also be set a KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts) to focus on for the whole term. These skills should be practised regularly for short periods, about 10 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. This term's KIRF will involve number bonds to 100 and counting in larger steps.
Children are also expected to read at least three times a week, and to record this in their reading records. They will be given a book banded book in school and it is their responsibility to change it regularly. In Class 4, it is really important to spend time talking to your child about their reading, asking questions and giving them the opportunity to explain their understanding. In addition, it is an expectation that children bring their reading diaries to school every day so that reading done within school can be recorded and any comments or reminders can be written within them. Reading records are checked every Wednesday and children who have not completed the required number of reads will stay in at break time to catch up on their reading.
Daily practice of multiplication and division facts is also very important in Class 4 as children are going to need these facts on the tip of their tongues to complete more formal calculations in class and the new national times table tests we will be taking part in at the end of the year. There are lots of ways that you can practise: singing; matching cards; writing the multiplication and division facts down; using a timer to beat your score; as well as using the Times Table Rockstars web site.