WELCOME TO YEAR 4 .........

Information for the start of the year:

Adults in Year 4: Mrs Naylor: Monday/Tuesday

                             Mrs Noble: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Due to Covid-19 there have been some changes to the way things happen in school.  We will keep you updated of these changes via the usual channels (see communication section below).

Until further notice, there will no longer be a Friday Merit assembly in school for parents to attend. However, we intend to continue with this practice in class on a Friday instead.

There will be a Parents Evening on September the 29th and 30th for you to meet us and discuss how your child has settled in to Year 4.  More details about this will follow in due course.

Start and finish:

8.45am start 

3.00pm finish

Homework: To be set when appropriate.

When set, Literacy homework - Monday (to be returned the following Monday)
When set, Maths homework - Friday, this will usually be MyMaths (occasionally a written activity) and should be completed by the following Friday.

Occasional topic homework may also be set.

Children are required to read 3 times a week. Please sign and date your child's Reading Record book each time they read. Reading Records will be checked every Friday.

Swimming and PE:

Currently, due to Covid, the children will not be taking part in a weekly swimming lesson. We will let you know when swimming will resume.

Swimming: is on Wednesday morning. If your child has long hair then they must use a swimming cap. Boys swim shorts must not be longer than knee length and girls must have a one piece swimming costume.

PE: 
All children need an outdoor and indoor PE kit as detailed in the school prospectus. This must be in a reasonable sized bag to leave on their peg in the cloakroom.

For the first half term of the autumn term PE will be on a Friday. This will change each half term throughout the year and we will keep you updated of these as they occur.

Reading:

After completing their Star Reading test, children will be bringing home an Accelerated Reading book from the appropriate level as in previous years. A selection of books will be provided for them in the classroom from which to choose their books. We appreciate this will mean the children will have a reduced amount of choice but due to the current Covid-19 situation this will continue for the foreseeable future. 

Communication:

Information for class and school events will be sent out via our class page, the school website and the School Jotter app. Please ensure school has your up to date email and telephone number.

Bright Sparks is here!

Unit Summary

Electricity is an energy that flows along wires in our homes, schools, offices, towns and cities to power lights, televisions, computers, cars and trains, and hundreds of other things that we use every day. Let's find out what we can do with electricity.

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • Which common appliances run on electricity
  • How to make an electrical circuit
  • Which materials allow electricity to pass through them
  • What happens when we change a circuit
  • How to build bigger circuits
  • About magnetism and electricity
  • About using electricity as heat
  • How to keep safe around electricity

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make a house with lighting and a door buzzer

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the history of the electric light bulb

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we produce electricity in our country
  • Why saving electricity is good for the planet

Entry Point and Knowledge Harvest

 

Scavengers and Settlers Display

Scavengers and Settlers

Explaining the theme: Humans are special. Unlike other animals, we can adapt and learn new skills in order to survive, which is exactly what our ancestors did in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • How fossils are made and what we can learn from them
  • What our earliest ancestors might have looked like
  • How our ancestors were able to survive
  • How to use archaeological evidence to find out about a prehistoric hunter
  • Where our ancestors settled and how they lived
  • How we can learn about the past by investigating a Stone Age village
  • What life was like during the Bronze Age and Iron Ages

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to create our own prehistoric cave paintings
  • How to make and decorate pottery, based on one of the periods we have explored

In Technology we’ll be finding out:

  • About the types of foods that the first farmers would have grown
  • How we can update the dishes that the early settlers may have eaten

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we can work together to learn new skills and achieve our goals

Entry Point

During our entry point we had to look for wood to make a Stone Age shelter.

During our knowledge harvest, we had to draw what we thought, our Stone age ancestors might have looked like!

This is Lucy, our real ancestor. She lived about 3 million years ago.

The Bronze Age

Iron Age is here!

We designed our own Stone Age art based on Stonehenge.

BRAINWAVE ........

Explaining the theme: Our brain is special because we can use it to learn lots of new and different things every day, enabling us to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve the way that we learn, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.  

In this unit, we’ll be finding out:

  • How different people learn
  • About the importance of practice when learning a skill
  • How the brain works
  • How to make connections between our learning
  • How we can share our learning with others
  • Why it is important to learn from other children and cultures around the world
  • How positive thinking can help us to succeed
  • How to look after our brain
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  • When they learn children will be:
  • Investigating
  • Thinking
  • Reflecting
  • Researching
  • Teaching
  • Observing
  • Assessing
  • Presenting

Black History Month

October is Black History Month. We talked about why we celebrate this particular topic.  In class we talked about influential Black musicians and produced a poster about their lives.