Pine Class (Year 4)

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

Our topic of Ancient Egypt continues this half term.
Miss Ward, a student teacher, will help in Pine class until the end of week 4.

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.

What will Year 4 be studying this half term?

History

The children will continue to learn about Ancient Egypt.

Maths

The children will develop their understanding of data handling followed by fractions. There will be daily times-table activities too.

English

The children will write non-chronological reports about Ancient Egypt followed by a story.

Science

Our science topic is Animals Including Humans. The children will learn about teeth, digestion, food chains and food webs through lots of practical ‘hands on’ investigations.

R.E.

In R.E. the topic is Easter- Betrayal and Trust.

Computing

The children will learn to use Logo to design a font.

Music

The children will learn to play the glockenspiel and will have the opportunity to use Garage Band software as part of their composition work.

Art

The children’s artwork will be inspired by Henry Moore’s sheep sketchbook. There will be links made between Moore and our class artist Barbara Hepworth, whom the children studied in the Autumn term.

Design Technology

The children will have the opportunity to design and construct pyramids.

Physical Education

PE lessons will take place on Thursday afternoons. The topic this half term is dance on the theme of Ancient Egypt.

French

The children will learn to talk about pets and animals.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

The children will continue to learn about good mental health through our work from the Action for Happiness scheme. There will be work on the British value of the month too. KidSafe (safeguarding sessions) will start towards the end of the half term.