Rossington St Michael's C of E Primary School, Sheepbridge Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN11 0EZ

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Rossington St Michael’s C of E Primary School

Learning to be the best that we can be with the love of God

Welcome to Year 4 - The Wallabies

Hello! Welcome to our class page. One this page you are able to view class information such as daily timetable and routines, pictures of our class events and trips, information about our learning and any FAQs.This is a space to celebrate the children's achievements and show off the amazing things the children do every day at school.

Class Teacher: Mr Walker

Supporting Staff: Mrs Taylor and Mrs Green

Class Charter

At the beginning of the year the class came up with a class charter, these are the class rules that the children felt were important to them and they all agreed to follow them.

English

This half term we have introduced the children to narratives. They used the Pixar short film clip 'The Blue Umbrella'. They loved watching the clip and thinking about language which represents how the characters feel. They did a superb job in writing the narrative of this love story and their work is on display in the classroom.

In addition to narratives, we are going to be looking at the life of a Roman solider and writing a passage from their diary. Thinking about how hard and difficult their lives would have been. Moving towards the October half term we will be furthering the work on Romans by doing a character description of a Roman.

We finished off the Autumn term by completing some work on Grendel from Beowulf, the children were eager to write Grendel and use awesome adjectives to complete a character description. In addition to this, the children became journalists, completing a newspaper report about our book Viking Boy. The children really enjoyed and engaged with this book and was great for broadening their vocabulary.

During the first half of the Spring term, our topic changed to potions. This allowed us to look in depth at the features of instructions and persuasive writing. The children wrote their own instructions for their own potion, designed an advert using persuasive language and then wrote a letter to Unilever explaining why they should buy their potion to sell to the world. The children were entralled by this project.

Throughout the remaining weeks in the Spring term, our topic will be Art Attack, which will involve us responding to pictures. We are looking at an amazing picture book by Chris Haughton called Shhh! We have a plan! which was inspired by the artist Henri Rousseau. We will be finishing this off towards Easter with the children creating their own picture book. In addition to this, we will be undertaking literacy projects during topic time by writing information texts about artists and responding to their paintings.

 

Maths

During the first half term we have done alot of work on place value. Place value is ensuring the children understand what a number is, what each digit in a number respresents and the value in the number. The children have then applied this to various mathmatical concepts such as grid method multiplication. Following this we will be looking at time and telling the time accurately to the nearest minute, ensuring that the children are confident in using time language such as quarter past, half past, quarter to and using other minutes to and past the hour.

Over the last couple of half terms we have focused our maths skills on multiplication and division, fractions and properties of shape. During the remainder of the Spring term we will be focusing on time and consolidating skills involving multiplying and dividing by ten and a hundred.

 

Topic

Autumn 1 - The Romans

We are currently learning about the Romans. This is a fantastic topic to broaden the children's knowledge of histroical events and what impact the ancient civilization had on Britain. In particular, we will examine the life of a Roman soldier, what the Romans brought the Britain and the impact on the local area.

For our trip we had a fantastic day out at Doncaster Museum. The day was jam packed with activities for the children to take part in, learning about mosaics, Roman board games, Roman artifacts (genuine 2,000 year old finds), Roman gifts. At the end of the morning we then planned a dinner party, ensuring we had enough cutlery and plates to feed everyone. We even had time to dress up as Celts and Roman Soldiers.

 

Autumn 2 - The Vikings

We had a brilliant journey through history this have term, examining how the Vikings took over, why they came and important historical dates from their era. The children engaged with learning about their houses, transportation and what general life would have been like in this time in history. They learnt about a memorable date, 1066 and the Battle of Hastings, where William the Conqueror defeated King Harold. As and added extra, we built our own model Viking houses, which looked absolutley fantastic and so life like.

Spring 1 - Potions

We have had an amazing DT project throughout this topic, we looked at what makes an effective potion bottle and how we could make our own out of recycled material. Eventually, we decided that using old bottles and balloons would allow us to make interesting shapes and then paper mache was used to cover them. The children really enjoyed being creative and undertaking this project. We briefly looked at medicine in time and looked at how it progressed over time to give us modern medicine. 

Spring 2 and Summer 1 - Art Attack 

 

Summer 2 - Around the World in Eighty Days

 

PE

PE takes place on Monday or Tuesday and Friday afternoons. The children should be responsible for bringing their own PE kit. They should also have both indoor and outdoor kits with them just in case we decide to go outside. For health and safety reasons children should not be wearing any jewellery to take part in PE or sport, particularly ear rings. These should be removed before coming to school on a PE day.

 

Science

We have so far examined teeth and their different functions and the human digestive system, for this we wrote about the journey of a cheese sandwich and experimented by creating our own digestive systems with crackers, orange juice and tights. During the Spring term we have examined properties of the different states of matter, and the particle layout of each one. We examined the point at which water will melt and evaporate, over the coming weeks will look at the water cycle.

 

Homework

Homework is set on a Thursday and is due in the following Wednesday. If children make no attempt to do the homework, it is expected across school, that they will stay in during their break time to complete it. However, if children need additional support with any part of the homework, they should ask for help from either myself or Mrs Taylor on a Wednesday morning  as this is when the 'Homework Clinic' will be open.Further information about homework can be found below, which summarises the feedback from the parent open afternoon.

Worries and Concerns

If you have any worries or concerns about anything, big or little, please do not hesitate to send a note in or come and see me at the door on a morning or evening. More information about our class can be found in the powerpoint from the parent afternoon. Click here to view Powerpoint presentation.