Hello and Welcome to Year 4
with Miss Jackson and Mrs Gregory
Autumn one was very busy. All the children worked really hard, across the whole curriculum, and have settled into Year 4 well. Miss Jackson is already proud of all the children - especially their new found love for new vocabulary.
The theme of last half term was 'Potions'. The children thoroughly enjoyed reading and doing work around 'The Last Alchemist' by Colin Thompson. We also went to the 2017 - 2018 Doncaster Book Awards and came away being able to recite a selection of Paul Cookson's poems.
The children also learnt about the different types of wands and made their own hats. As well as welcomed the scientists Katie and Michelle from Lab Rascals, who worked scientifically with us.
Autumn Term and General Information
We always look forward to seeing the children, as well as how smart they look in September. However we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our School uniform which is as follows:
- Black or grey skirt or trousers.
- White or burgundy polo shirt or white shirt.
- Burgundy jumper (without hood), cardigan or pullover.
- White or grey socks.
- Black shoes.
- Black, burgundy, grey, white or red hair bobbles, small clips or small bows.
- Optional red and white summer dress for girls and grey shorts for boys.
Please see the Physical Education section further below for the indoor and outdoor uniform.
As a class we will be reading 'The Ancient Maya' by Jackie Maloy.
Everyone will also take part in a weekly Guided reading lesson with Miss Jackson, as well as be provided with opportunities to access other tasks based around reading.
Children will also be provided with a Library book of their choosing, during our class library session on a Friday. Every child is expected to have their book in school along with their reading record every day.
During our Friday celebration assembly certificates will be awarded to the children for reading ten or more books. However, these must be recorded in both the children's reading diary and the class book log.
It would be beneficial to your child's progress if you could find just ten minutes a couple of times a week, more if you can, to listen to your child read and record this in their reading record.
Below are some questions that may help you to support your child’s reading development and enjoyment of the fictional texts they read.
What has happened so far? Is it what you expected to happen? What might happen next? How do you think the story might end? What was their favourite part? Why? Who are the main characters in the story? What character would you like to be in the story?
It is every child's responsibility to ensure that the books are kept in a good condition, not ripped, bent or lost 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 there book during our library session.
During English lessons our learning will link to our theme 'Marvellous Mayan's'. We are intending to explore a range of different writing genres such as: explanation's, recounts and non-chronological reports.
We will be linking areas of Mathematics such as, Angles and properties of shapes to our theme 'Marvellous Mayan's'. However we will also be covering a range of other areas of Mathematics from the National Curriculum.
By the end of Year 4, it is expected by the Government, that all children know and can recall the multiplication and division facts for the multiplication tables up to 12 X 12 in any order. This is to give the children a good foundation for the arithmetic questions that they will be presented with, when the enter Upper Key Stage Two.
We will be learning the times tables through songs and completing Big Maths challenges, in school. However, it would be fantastic if the children can also be supported in memorising the times table facts at home also.
Our Science unit for this half term is animals, including humans.
During this unit the children 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.
Have you guessed that our first theme is 'Marvellous Mayan's' yet?
During Marvellous Mayan's we are intending to:
- Read a range of non-fiction texts
- Discover where and when the Maya civilisation started.
- Learn about the day of the dead festival.
- Have our own day of the dead festival involving face painting and food tasting.
- Uncover the history of Chichen Itza.
After Christmas the children will be learning about the Viking era. For which we have arranged for Northern Forge to visit the children in school with real artefacts. A letter regarding this was sent out before October half term. If for any reason you have not received this letter please contact the office or log onto your Parentpay account for a copy. Thank you
For our Christmas performance, we will be joined by the rest of Lower Key Stage Two for what we are hoping to be a magnificent show of 'The Star's Come Out For Christmas'. This will take place on Tuesday 12th December at 10am and 2pm.
Every child has a statutory entitlement to Religious Education and our class are very fortunate to have our School Religious Education Leader as their Class Teacher.
In Year 4, at Thorne Brooke Primary, Christianity and Hinduism are taught.
Within this half term the primary focus will be Hinduism, but towards the end of the half term we will be returning to Christianity and hopefully discover what a Christingle is and make our own.
French is taught within Year 4, at Thorne Brooke Primary.
Luckily for our class, the other Year 4 Class Teacher Miss Merry is our school French Leader. Therefore the children will have the wonderful opportunity of being taught French each week by Miss Merry, who is a fantastic linguist.
Within this half term the French focus is Noel. Can you find out what this French word translates to English as?
As our P.E days can change, for numerous reasons 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.
Our whole school uniform for P.E is unchanged since the last academic year and is as follows:
INdoor PE Uniform:
- Black elasticated waist shorts.
- Plain white t-shirt.
- Black pumps.
Outdoor PE Uniform:
- Suitable outdoor jumper, preferably a dark colour and without a hood.
- Tracksuits, preferably a dark colour, may be worn in cold weather.
If your child should have their ears pierced, they need to be able to remove and put back in their own earing's, which should be studs, for all P.E lessons. This is for both safety and hygiene reasons.
Reading and Spellings homework tasks are set weekly and are compulsory. For any children non-compliant with the compulsory homework consequences will be considered and potentially actioned.
Homework should be completed to the same high standard that we expect in school (neat handwriting, answers written fully, errors crossed out neatly etc). Homework is set on a Thursday and expected to be returned to school on a Tuesday morning. Each week, the homework will include a list of spellings to learn for a weekly spelling test. It is also expected that each child will read their reading book to an adult for at least 10 minutes per week as a part of their compulsory homework.
At the beginning of each new theme, 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, but are advised as they are designed to enhance the children's learning about the theme.. 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 theme.
If for any reason your child cannot complete homework at home, they can always attend homework club with Miss Merry on a Monday lunch time.
If you have any problems with homework, please arrange to see Miss Jackson as soon as possible to work together to resolve the matter.
We highly 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.
On specific days (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) Key Stage Two children are welcome to take advantage of Mr England's tuck shop where at 10:30am the children will be able to purchase fruit, for a small price.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our class web page. We hope you have found the information above useful and continue to visit our page as it is updated through out the coming year.
We would also like to make you aware that we have a Year 4 section on our Federation blog and Facebook page, which we will also update with magical moments from our learning journey throughout the year.
If you have any further questions or concerns about your child's journey in Year 4 please do not hesitate to come and see Miss Jackson as soon as possible.
Miss. L. Jackson and Mrs. L. Gregory
Class Teacher Core Learning LSA