Year 4: Pandas Class
A Message from the Class Teacher
Welcome to year 4! This year we will be working very hard on a range of different topics, as well as learning to work as part of a team, learning about growth mindset and becoming more independent learners.
In English we will spend the year looking at a range of books and carrying out a wide range of reading and writing activities based around them. We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books. Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will be bringing things home to support this. Furthermore, we will be using active reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics.
In Maths we will be focusing on a range of key skills; developing written methods, increasing speed, increasing our knowledge of shapes, measures and data. Whenever possible we link Maths to real life situations.
Our first topic, looking at countries and continents is called Around the World in Eighty Days will help us develop a wide range of geography, research and art skills. We will also be finding out about our local history of and the changes in settlements over the years.
Click on the link below to see what else we will be getting up to, by looking at our our curriculum map. We are on cycle B.
PE is on TUesday and Thursday, though it is useful to keep PE kits in school from Monday –Friday in case we have any special sessions. Swimming will be on a Thusrday afternoon, starting in term 5.
We are also very fortunate this year to be learning how to play a variety of brass instruments. Look out for the date of our next concert.
Homework usually goes home on a Friday, and should be handed in the following Wednesday afternoon. There is a homework club run three times a week at lunch time. All children are welcome to attend any of the sessions that they wish to. No need to book, just turn up.
How can parents help?
- Reading at home. Please remember to sign your child’s record so that they can be awarded stamps towards our new school reading rewards prizes. Please note, it is fine to sign the reading record books whenever your child reads something, not just their scheme books. Enjoying reading is just as important as building up a range of skills!
- Looking at everyday measurements and prices when out shopping or cooking at home.
- Making predictions about and discussing any TV programs that you may watch together.This really helps build an understanding of the world, as well as helping with comprehension and creative writing skills.
- Time. Telling the time using both (including with Roman numerals) analogue and digital clocks.
Thank you for your support.
What exciting things have we been up to during terms 4 & 5?
We are continuing to work hard on our presentation and speed. Our progress in these two aspects can be seen in our books and on our classroom walls. More and more children are getting closer to earning pen licenses too. One person has even achieved his fountain diploma in year 4.
After a focus on prominent children’s authors, Roald Dahl and David Walliams in terms 3 and 4, we’ve started the summer terms with poetry by Roger McGough. After this, we will continue to focus on a range of children’s books. This variety is helping us to look at ways in which language can be manipulated for effect as well as giving us plenty of opportunities to develop our grammar skills.
In Maths, we’re continuing to grow in confidence at working with larger numbers and have solved a wide range of problems using numbers, shapes and measures. Coordinates and data handling are great fun!
In Science, we’ve had fun exploring electrical circuits, helping MI5 to design switches for different purposes. Now, we’re moving onto a unit all about sound, which will surely involve more interesting experiments.
After a geography focus in the first two terms, and travelling through time during terms 3 and 4, we are now looking at a topic on sustainable living.
Thursday afternoons are seeing us enjoy swimming lessons at a local pool. There’s a lot to learn to help us develop our water confidence, but our active listening skills should help us do well.
On Friday mornings we are really fortunate to be receiving brass instrument lessons from both Miss Raby and a specialist teacher. Our Christmas and Easter concerts were a great success, so now we’re looking forward to our next one.