Our Class Writer:
Our class writer is Roald Dahl, who wrote many children’s classics including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox. Visit his website to find out more about his work and extraordinary life.
Primary Homework Help – A website with a whole range of games and activities to help with Literacy, Maths and a lot more.
Places to visit
Newsletter Autumn Term 2016
Welcome to the amazing, magical world of potions and their properties… Now scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there – dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet!). Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class.
Newsletter Summer Term 2016
May I welcome you all back to a new school term. I hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter and a well-deserved rest. Our topic this term is called ‘The Banquet’ wherein Year 4 will be learning about one of England’s most famous monarchs; King Henry VIII.
Newsletter Spring Term 2016
During this term our topic has been ‘Raging Rivers’. We have learned about how rivers are formed as well as about the water cycle and how important this is for our existence.
We learned about the different parts of a river, like the source, tributaries, meanders and ox-bow lakes for example. We found out about how rivers are used for pleasure including pleasure boating and surfing and that they can also be used for generating electricity which is very good for the environment.
As part of our learning we visited the Docklands Museum which was a great experience. We found out about how the docks were used in the past and that spices and cloth were traded there. Unfortunately the slave trade was also supported by the docks which we found very surprising.
In English we learnt the story of the Four Dragons and we used this as a basis for our own innovated story which was fun. We were also very pleased to meet the author, Sam Gayton again and he read us part of his new story as well as part of Herculfleas which we are reading and enjoying in class at the moment.
Newsletter Autumn Term 2015
Our autumn term topic this year will be Tomb Raiders. As historians we will be studying the past society of Ancient Egypt and we will be learning all about the Pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphics and mummies. In addition to this, in order to support the children’s learning we shall also be visiting the British Museum – TBC.
Newsletter Spring Term 2015:
This term our topic will be ‘Extreme Environments’. As Geographers we will be exploring different environments both hot and cold. This half term, we will start off by looking at the most extreme environment of all…Space! We will learn all about the history behind space travel, the work of N.A.S.A, the Earths position in the solar system and all about the other planets in the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ solar systems.
Newsletter Autumn Term 2014:
Our autumn term topic this year will be Tomb Raiders. As historians we will be studying the past society of Ancient Egypt and we will be learning all about the Pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphics and mummies. In addition to this, in order to support the children’s learning we shall also be visiting the British Museum on October 9th.
As Geographers we will be exploring the environs of Egypt, describing the country and its physiological features using geographical vocabulary.
During English this term we will be studying the story of Isis and Osiris, newspaper reports, poetry, and the story of Tutankhamen’s tomb the children will also be writing instructions. We will also be undertaking a variety of grammar and spelling activities in order to hone the children’s writing skills.
During Mathematics this term we will be studying the following topics: number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, geometry, position and direction, properties of shapes, and measurements and statistics. It is also important that children continue to practise their multiplication tables as they form the foundation of an array of calculations, thus the children will have a differentiated tables test each Monday.
As Scientists we will be learning about electricity and animals, including humans.
In Physical education we will continue to go swimming on Mondays at Stebbon School whilst PE will be on Friday.
In ICT we will be exploring the development of software and toy making, we shall also continue to focus upon being safe when using digital media.
As Artists and Designers the children will be exploring collage, colour and pattern, as well as designing and making an Ancient Egyptian death mask.
In Religious Education we will be exploring our beliefs through the topic, Faith in Action.
Reading at home with an adult regularly can really assist with raising the reading level of a child. Thus, finding ten quality minutes a day to read and talk about texts would be extremely beneficial.
There will be a differentiated times tables test on Monday mornings, whilst spellings will be handed out on a Monday for a test on Friday.
If you would like to support your child’s home learning then here are some possible activities and websites linked to our topic.
Suggestions for project work:
British museum (website)
Write names in hieroglyphics.
Make a model pyramid previous ones have been made out of card and also sugar cubes, Bisto cubes and even rice!
Visit the local library to find out more about the Ancient Egyptians, creating a fact file.
Learn from websites such as the BBC, Topmarks website.
Please remember that we have swimming every Monday and PE on Friday afternoon. Please could you ensure that children have the appropriate kit on these days?
Our Class assembly will be on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 3:00pm, Year 4 parents and carers are very welcome.
Finally, please do not hesitate to arrange a meeting to talk to any of us to answer any further questions. We are normally in the playground at least ten minutes before the bell in the morning, but if you would like a longer conversation then do come and see me at the end of the day or you may arrange an appointment at the office.
Newsletter Summer Term 2014
Our topic this term is “The Banquet”.
Suggestions for project work:
- Find out about the Tudor Kings and Queens creating a fact file
- Collect and try Tudor recipes
- Find out about Tudor sports and what ones we still have today
- Can you find and try to sing or play King Henry’s songs?
Newsletter Spring Term 2014
I’d like to welcome you back to a new school term! I am looking forward to working with your children, learning new topics and continuing to work hard. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of all the staff in Year 4 for the wonderful gifts we received at Christmas and wish you all a happy new year. Our topic this term is Raging Rivers.