welcome to class 4
Class Teacher: Mrs Small
I am a keen amateur naturalist and (very amateur) painter so I grab every opportunity to get outdoors or involve paint in my lessons. Be prepared to get messy in my class!
Welcome to year 4. Please read on for information about our learning, as well as dates for PE and Forest School.
Over the summer term, we will cover money, time, graphs, properties of shapes and coordinates as well as revising all number work covered so far in year 4.
English, Geography and History
Usually, we base our English on an illustrated story. However, since everyone is working from home this term, activities will be based on a different genre of writing each week and will include letters, reviews, information texts, biographies, poetry and story writing.
Our theme is entitled 'Reign Over Us' and is a whistle-stop tour through British history from Edward the Confessor to the present day. We will look at significant monarchs and the changes that took place during their reigns that have shaped the country we live in today.
Animals and their habitats is the focus of science this term. If the weather is good, there should be lots of opportunities to get outside and study animals and plants and what they need to survive in their natural habitats. In addition, we will think about the differences and similarities between species and how scientists use these features to classify and name living things.
At school we would have practised athletics, rounders and cricket. If you get the opportunity, try to organise family games as well as practising ball skills and cycling and running during your daily exercise.
You can learn at home too. Click on the buttons below to practice skills and have fun!
Forest school is on alternate Monday afternoons.
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.
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.