October Half Term Homework - handed out on Thursday 24th October. OPTIONAL - please see further down the page for a list of tasks you could do to engage your child in the topic.
Weekly Attendance - From 21.10.2019 - 24.10.2019 - 96.10%! Remember to turn up and be on time!
Welcome to 4W - Ready, Respectful, Safe!
Class Teacher: Mr M Walker
Teaching Assistant: Miss J Sanderson
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.
During the first week of term, as a class we decided on the values and rules that we believe are important, in order for us to be outstanding learners. We agreed to;
- Use our listening skills to listen carefully to each other,
- Keep noise levels down whilst working,
- Welcome new people,
- Use manners,
- Not to fight,
- Respect each other,
- Persevere with learning,
- Not to answer back,
- Not to bully each other,
- Help keep each other safe,
- Be ready to learn and accept challenges.
Physical Education - Our PE days this year are Thursday afternoon with Miss Walker and Friday mornings. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school for these days, which should include appropriate outdoor clothing. Jewellery must not be worn for PE, if earrings can come out they should be, however, if they can't be removed then plasters (supplied from home) should be worn. Unfortunately, we are unable to help children remove jewellery or place plasters on.
Homework - Homework will be given out on a Friday and due back in the following Thursday in order for us to mark it together on a Friday afternoon. If children do not complete or make an attempt to do the homework or forget to bring the completed one in, as with all other classes across the school, children will be required to stay in at break and complete this.
Reading at home - On a Monday, we will check all children's reading records for evidence of reading at home, an adult will need to sign the reading record to show that this has taken place. We expect children to read a minimum of 4 times per week. If children have not been listened to then a reading club will be available for those children. A bookmark, has been placed inside the children's reading record to help question the children as they read text.
Reflex Maths - Since the beginning of the year, the children have been accessing Reflex Maths. This is an online platform designed to develop the fluency of children's times-table knowledge. The games that children play are interactive and engaging and the children have so far shown great enthusiasm for it. Children are able and know how to access this one a computer or iPad at home. This is more preferable than Times-table Rockstars as it teaches the children at their own rate instead of testing them like Rockstars. . We go on this everyday during assembly or at the end of maths at 10:00am.
Active Learn and Times-tables - The Active Learn maths online platform, will have lots of engaging games assigned to the children's user accounts for them to access throughout the year. Their username and passwords have been written down in the front of their reading record on a sticker. Should they need reminding throughout the year, the children should simply ask for their details again. By the end of year 4, children are expected to know and recall all table facts up to the 12 times-tables. Children should use Times-Table Rockstars to practise and schedules have been assigned for them to practise the ones they have shown need developing. Links below
Below is a list of words from the National Curriculum. These are words that can be tricky to spell but with support, the children by the end of Lower Key Stage 2, should be able to spell. Please use this list to support and add to the spelling words sent home each week. Simple activities like reading, covering and writing the word, then comparing the two spellings, can be effective. In addition to the spelling list below, I have also included a Complex Speed Sounds Chart, these are all the sounds and ways of making such sounds which should aid with spelling.
Spellings will be sent home with the homework each week, with a look, cover, write, check grid for children to use. These are generally words from our spelling sessions at school and focus on the spelling rules for year 4. Ocassionally, we might send words home from the list below and/or lower down in school to consolidate their learning.
In addition to the common exception words, we have a big focus on the 100 and 200 most commonly used words and making sure that the children are comfortable in spelling these. These are words that are used every day in conversation, writing and general day to day life. In the coming weeks we will be sending more information about these.
Below is a list of the 100 and 200 most commonly used words, please refer to these and occasionally test your children in batches of 10.
Autumn 2 Together we are reading: Classic Fairy Tales and Viking Stories
During Autumn 2, we will be looking at classic fairy tales and writing character descriptions from them and then using what we have learnt to write the fairy tales from the persepctive of some of the naughty characters in the text. After, we will begin to look at instructions and the children will write instructions about how to make some from the Viking era, either a food product or some clothing. Finally, in the last few weeks, in the run up to Christmas, we will be writing discussion texts about why the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings invaded Britain.
Autumn 1 Together we are reading: Demon Dentist by David Walliams
During English lessons this half term, we will be creating poems to perform using lots of onomatopoeia words. We will think about the different sounds that we can hear when we eat and when Alfie visits the Demon Dentist, Miss Root. In addition to this, we will write non-chronological reports about teeth and the digestive system, exploring the functions of different organs and how they help digest our food. At the end of the half term we will write a recount about Alfie's experience of the dentists and how his opinion of Miss Root changes throughout the book.
Over the half term, we have created some amazing and expressive onomatopoeia poems by thinking about all the sounds our bodies make whilst digesting food. The children had a go at, independently, writing their own onomatopoeia poems using sounds that we could hear from Miss Root's terrifying dentist's office with drills whirring, doors slamming and patients screaming. We also wrote intresting and informative non-chronological reports about the digestive system and our teeth. The children explained aboutt he function of each part of the digestive system and mouth, stating what it was for and how it helped in the next part of the process. Some children used some amazing similies and metaphors to describe what the oesophagus does. Over the last couple of weeks of the half term, we have investigated diaries. We wrote from the perspective of Alfie, the main character from Demon Dentist. We wrote one together about when he first met Miss Root and an independent one of when Alfie first found out about the mysterious happenings all over time. Below are some examples of our amazing pieces of work on display.
In maths this term,we will be concentrating on our place value skills, adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers and developing our multiplication skills so that we are able to use a formal written method for multiplying 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. In addition to this, we will investigate fractions and how to find a unit and non-unit fraction of an amount.
On a Friday, we will be developing our arithmetic skills and developing our problem solving skills by compelting STOPS! Maths Investigations. Our focus for this half term is Act It Out. During this unit we will try to solve a number of worded problems using apparatus to help us find solutions and show the answer.
At the end of each maths lesson, we will be going on Reflex maths to develop our times-table skills. This is a highly effective way of the children practising their times-table skills and learning the facts they do not know in order to become fluent.
See our Reflex achievments below.
Autumn 2 Topic: Traders & Raiders
This half term, we will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We will start by investigating the different areas of land that the Anglo-Saxons occupied (Saxon Forts) as well as placing the key events of this period of history on a timeline. The children will use maps to identify other areas inland which were occupied and how we know this. In addition to this, we will look at a number of different reasons why they invaded and what Britain had that they wanted. As a DT project, we will design and create our own pieces of weaponary, looking at a number of examples and thinking about pros and cons of each. The children will then name their weapons with kennings which is what the vikings used.
Below is some optional topic homework, this work can be undertaken as a mini-projects and brought back to school for show and tell opportunities, which will help with the children's speaking and listening skills as they share what they have done. The tasks are designed to inspire and spark engagement in the topics and to develop their knowledge as they go through the unit. Look out for the knowledge organiser being sent home during the first week back.
In science, we will be looking at electricity and creating circuits with batteries, wires and bulbs and identifying a number of different factors as to why a bulb will or will not light up. This science topic will also enable us to teach to children about fossil fuels and how electricity comes to us in our homes.
In RE we will be digging deeper with the incarnation unit of our Understanding Christianty work. This will entail us thinking about how we see God in everyday life and how people show their faith in different ways.
In ICT, we will be using Microsoft Word to develop our word processing skills by creating documents, formatting it properply and setting it up in different ways for different text types. This will include font changes, moving text into different parts of the page and also the different uses for a typed document.
Autumn 1 Topic: Bottoms, Burps and Bile
This half term our topic is Bottoms, Burps and Bile. During this fantastic and amazing topic the children will be taken on an epic journey through the digestive system, starting with the teeth. The children will learn about the functions of the different organs and how they contribute to good and healthy digestion as well as setting up a number of practical experiments to observe the effects of sugar on teeth. We will also create replicas of the digestive system to help the children understand the processes involved in digestion.
Worries and Concerns
For little worries or concerns, please feel free to catch me at the door at drop off or pick up or send a note with reading record s. If you have something urgent or needs a little more time, then please feel free to contact the main office and leave a message or use the main school email address.