Pine Class (Year 4)

We are a class of 35 children taught by Mrs Jackman and Mrs Moss.

This term our topic is Ancient Egypt! Year 4 have made a great start to the new year and are working very hard. We are lucky to have a final year student teacher, Miss Ward, helping in Year 4 over the next few weeks.

There will be another parents’ evening in April but we have an open door policy and always encourage parents to come and talk to us (or telephone us via the school office) if they have any questions or concerns about their child.  We would always contact parents/carers prior to parents’ evening if there is something important that we feel we need to discuss with them.

Homework

Year 4 will continue to receive spelling homework each Monday to be completed over the week and handed  in on the Friday of the same week. This reinforces the work completed in our (usually) daily spelling sessions.

Reading with your child is the most important thing you can do to support your child’s learning! We are continuing with our class reading challenge, and would like each child to continue to read 5 pages from their reading book each night to an adult, who then signs their reading record. The books are checked each morning and the children move along one ‘block’ of a pyramid on our display board in the classroom (linking to our Egypt theme) with a little treat given when they land on a multiple of 5 (5,10,15, 20 etc.). Reading over the weekend counts as moving one block. This was very successful last term and a big thank you to all the parents, carers, grandparents and children for their hard work and support with this!

The children complete times-table activities in class most days, but as reinforcement each Friday the children are given a specific times-table to revise for a test the following Friday (which they may note down in their reading records ).  There are various free apps, worksheets and resources to support children in learning their times-tables online, which parents may find useful. There are times-table activities on Purple Mash too. Printed times-table worksheets can be provided on request.

Please read the Friday Newsletter, which will inform you of all forthcoming events and other important information. 

All children have been given login’s for Purple Mash (an interactive online learning platform) upon which there are various activities and games to support the topics that the children have been learning about in class.  We will let the children know if we have set a specific task for them to complete at home. Please click HERE to access the login page for Purple Mash. Please contact Mrs Jackman or Mrs Moss if your child has any difficulties logging onto the site.

This half term Year 4 will be studying: 

In History the children will learn about Ancient Egypt. This theme will link to our Art lessons where we will learn sketching techniques to draw artefacts and cartouches. There will be the opportunity to learn to write in hieroglyphics.

In Maths we will be focusing on both mental and written methods of multiplication and division.

In English, the children will study the book The Ice Palace and produce pieces of writing inspired by the story.

In Science, our topic is sound and there will be lots of practical work as the children learn about this fascinating topic.

In RE, the main focus is on Jesus and how he stood up against those in authority.

In Computing, the children will learn to write and debug programmes using Purple Mash.

In music, the children will learn to play the glockenspiel.

PE lessons will take place on either a Tuesday or Wednesday each week and the theme is ball skills. In addition to the Tuesday/Wednesday PE session, we will use the running track as much as possible. Our Egyptian dance topic will hopefully take place next half term.

In French, the children will learn about numbers and festivals.

In PSHE the children will continue to learn about good mental health though our work from the Action for Happiness scheme. There will be work on the British value of the month (e.g. courage) and discussions/activities about coping with anger and bereavement.