welcome to class 4
Class Teacher: Mrs Small
Welcome to year 4. Please read on for information about our learning, as well as dates for PE and Forest School.
This term, we will be multiplying and dividing larger numbers using written methods. To further encourage a secure understanding of place value, we will focus on the longer methods of partitioning numbers before multiplying and dividing them, rather than teach the quicker short methods - these will be taught in year 5. Children will be encouraged to keep practising their times table facts ready for the national test they will take in June.
English, Geography and History
Tomb Raiders is the title of our theme for the whole spring term. The focus will be to learn about Ancient Egypt and how archaeologists pieced together evidence found in the pyramids to build a picture of how Egyptians lived during the time of the Pharaohs. We will read the story of The Egyptian Cinderella, Rhodopsis, who goes from slave to queen in a fairy tale with a difference. During English lessons, we will focus on writing and punctuating dialogue accurately and grouping ideas into paragraphs.
This term, we will be making a lot of noise as we investigate sound and learn how it is made and travels through the air.
Gymnastics will be the focus of our PE lessons this term. PE will be on Wednesday afternoons. Please send children to school in their PE kits and suitable footwear.
You can learn at home too. Click on the buttons below to practice skills and have fun!
Forest school is on alternate Monday afternoons. The dates up to Easter 2020 are:
Please ensure your child brings in appropriate clothing if the weather is wet or cold - coat, gloves, scarf, hat, boots.
PE is on Wednesday afternoons.
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.
A member of Worcestershire County Council's Road Safety team will be leading two sessions on road safety in March. The dates for these sessions are Tuesday 17th and Tuesday 24th March.
We value the work parents do to support their child's learning through homework. In Class 4, the children are given an English or theme-based homework every week. The homework will be set on a Thursday and should be handed in on the next Tuesday. For maths, they will 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 is to be able to tell the time on an analogue clock.
Children are also expected to read at least three times a week, and to record this in their reading records. The books they read can be from school, home or the library. 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 Monday 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.