Hello and Welcome to Year 4!
Well the first half term has flown by, and it feels like we are already on the countdown to Christmas. Before we get there however, we do have a jam packed half term to get through.
What will the children be learning about during Autumn 2?
All our learning will link to our topic, ‘Marvellous Mayans’. Our class will be looking at a range of non-fiction texts, including The Ancient Maya, which will support our writing genres this half term. The children will be learning how to write a recount and how to explain something.
In Mathematics we will be tackling time, quite a tricky concept but one that we are ready for, and properties of shapes. We will be linking to our topic with some a very cool design project which will put our new-found shape knowledge to the test!
Everyone will continue to take part in a weekly guided reading lesson with Miss Merry, as well as being provided with opportunities to access other tasks based around reading.
Everyone will also be provided with a library book of their choosing during our class library session to continue that ‘love of reading’. Some children may have an additional ‘leveled’ book issued by a member of staff. It is every child's responsibility to ensure that the books are kept in a good condition and brought to school every day in case for any reason our library slot changes to a different day. It is also the children's responsibility to decide if they need to change their book during our library session.
Reading is a very important life skill that every individual needs. Please can you spend 10 minutes each night reading with your child.
Our science theme for this half term is Animals, including Humans.
Within this theme we will be learning:
To describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.
To identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
To construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
Our new topic is Marvellous Mayans.
During this topic we will be researching the ancient Maya and what happened to their civilisation, exploring the glyph language of the ancient Maya, creating our own wrestling masks and comparing our lives to that of a child in Mexico, linking our topic to an international outlook.
At the beginning of each half term, the children will be provided with a ‘homework menu’ in their homework books. This is a sheet that provides the children with a selection of home learning tasks. Tasks from this ‘menu’ are optional. The children can decide which tasks they wish to complete and how many. Some children may decide to complete one task from the menu per week and others may complete one larger task during the whole half term. Children will be awarded house points and other merits for any topic homework they complete. We have a dedicated homework display that we are hoping will soon be filled by fabulous topic homework.
‘General homework’ is set by Miss Merry weekly and is compulsory. Homework should be completed with the same standard as we would expect in school (neat handwriting, answers written fully, errors crossed out neatly etc). Homework is set on a Thursday and should be brought back to school on a Tuesday. Each week, the children will be given a list of spellings to learn for a weekly spelling test, will be expected to read their reading book to an adult for at least 10 minutes each night and will be given either a piece of Maths or English task.
This year our P.E. slot will be on a Monday afternoon and also on Tuesday, however we strongly advise that all children bring both their indoor and outdoor PE kit on a Monday morning and take it home on a Friday for washing, as our P.E slots can change from time to time. There are no changes in P.E. kit requirements from year three to year four.
Even though the weather is turning cooler we strongly recommend that all children have a water bottle in school every day, so that they can keep hydrated throughout the day. We have a designated area in the classroom where we keep our water bottles and can fill them up at the water fountain in our shared area, at appropriate times. You can purchase a school water bottle from the office or use an alternative bottle. It would be really useful if you can make sure that your child's full name is on the bottle, in case we have more than one of the same bottle.
Fruit for break time
We would also like to remind you that the children are more than welcome to bring their own fruit for break time. However we must stress that they can only bring fruit, as we are a healthy school.
Thank you for your support and for taking the time to visit our class web page. We hope you have found the above information useful.
If you have any further questions or concerns about your child's journey in Year 4 please come and see Miss Merry as soon as possible.
Miss Merry, Mrs Kendell and Mrs Gregory.