Happy New Year
Welcome back to 2020!
Please read the class letter and curriculum map for more information about the term.
Children of the World
The class have been finding out how children all over the world travel to school. They have been intrigued and fascinated at the hard journeys that they make. The class came up with some great questions that they will be finding the answers out to throughout the term.
Firework Maker's Daughter
The children have thoroughly enjoyed hearing this fantastic story by Philip Pullman. Each child has had a copy of the book and followed the adventures of Lila as she seeks the Royal Sulphur. In English, the children have discovered new vocabulary from the book, predicted what happens next, written summaries, created and answered comprhension questions and written a review.
The class have all been involved with the buidling of some very complicated lego sets. There will be two teams competing at a City Shaper Lego event where they will need to build and programme a robot and present a project on how they can improve a community.
The class have been learning new skills in hockey. For many, this is the first time they have learned how to play. They are being taught by PE specialists from Stoke Dameral Secondary School, who have been very impressed by the children's skills so far.
The children are continuing to develop their clarinet skills.
Our class read
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The children are enjoying their end of day story and have been transported to the magical land of Narnia.
Welcome to Year 4
People on the move.
Welcome back to an exciting new term. The children are really enthusiastic and have made a super start already. Please find below a copy of our class curriculum map and letter. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please pop in to see me as soon as possible. In this way, we can find a solution together without any unnecessary worry. Enjoy the late summer sunshine and visit these pages regularly to see what the children have been up to.
(Recent pictures coming up soon!)
Homework is given out on a Friday. It will usually be stuck in the children's orange homework book and will often be an English or Maths task related to our learning that week.
All the children will have their spellings stuck in their book too. These need to be written out accurately at least 5 times and a sentence needs to be written containing each of the words, again, ensuring accuracy with capital letters and correct punctuation at the end.
Reading is really important and it is essential to help your child with this, either by reading to them or by listening to them. We expect a school book a week to be exchanged. Make time to discuss new words or to discuss why characters may be acting in different ways.
Finally, times tables knowledge is a key ingredient to success in maths. It is the Government expectation that by the end of
Year 4, all the children will be able to answer 25 random tables questions in 150 seconds. Please help your child practise their tables. They will be having regular practise at school and will be looking for patterns and relationships between the numbers. Please look in the front of their homework books to see one such pattern and how the '21 facts' make 84 different questions.
Again, if you have any questions about this, please come and see me and have a chat.
Homework Week 1
Design an Anglo Saxon outfit. A separate page has been sent home for this.
Make an Anglo Saxon outfit. This will be worn on our Saxon themed days;for example when we visit the Saxon village at Escot. These need to be ready by the 26th September.
Read your school book.
Practise your tables.
Reading with Year 1
Each week the class will be reading with Year 1. I think they were even more excited than the Year 1 children on their first visit to the classroom. It is great to see the class looking after the younger members of the school and for some of them to have the opportunity of reading to their younger siblings.
Looking for Saxon Evidence
How do we know the Saxons were here? The class have been looking for evidence in the names of towns and cities all over England. They really enjoyed searching for places ending in suffixes like -ton, -ham or -ford.
Making Roman Numerals
As much as possible in maths, the class will use a concrete, pictorial then abstract approach. In other words, they will use hands-on equipment or materials to embrace a new idea before using picture representations in books and then finally the 'abstract' numbers.
The class used matchsticks to create numbers using Roman numerals before writing anything in their books.
Saxon Trip to Escot
All the children have bought home a letter about our Saxon trip to Escot near Exeter. Please complete this as soon as possible. A copy of the letter is below.
Problem solving and team building.
The class really enjoyed working together to silently arrange themselves in a line relating to their age.
They worked as a team to try to cross the shark infested playground using only three hoops to reach the other side.
Creating a class charter
All the children thought about and discussed their ideas for how they would like to behave in Year 4. It was great to hear so many positive phrases like 'always try you best' and 'never give up' Our final class poster is below.
We have been making the most of the good weather and have started our basketball training this term. The class have been improving their chest and bounce passing as well as their dribbling skills.
The class have begun a new coding unit on Code.org and have shown some very developed skills already. This can be accessed from home at anytime using their school Google login.
Mathletics and Timestable Rockstars
The children will have access to these great maths websites from home. Click on the links below to use them. The logins will be stuck in the children's homework books.
The Talking Together Tree
As a school, we are committed to the emotional wellbeing of the children and the whole St.Andrew's family.
The children have been listening to a story that helps to give them the skills and words to make a 'good plan' when things are not going so well. This is a solution focused approach and enables the children to speak and be listened to when there may be a problem.
Over the term, the class will be developing these key life skills and identify what makes a 'good plan' rather than a 'do nothing' or 'bossy' plan.
The children had a fantastic morning with Tina. There were a load of activities that really fired their imagination.
The class have been learning Spanish numbers and places around the world in a great cross-curricular morning with Mr. Napier.
We have all enjoyed reading this book by the marvellous Michael Morpurgo.
This week, we begin to hear a tale all about the legendary