Hello to everyone in Pine Class,
Welcome to our class page and the 2nd half of the Autumn term! In Year 4 your class teacher is Mrs Hathaway (Mon, Tues and Wednes) and Mr McQuillan (Thurs and Fri). We are supported by Mrs Johnstone through the week and Mr Hartley on a Tuesday afternoon.
Spellings & Handwriting
We will continue to work on our spelling patterns, sounds and handwriting each day. Spellings will be uploaded to Google classroom on a Friday and the test will always take place on the following Friday. We will have special sounds to focus on and investigate each week, a spelling pattern to practice as well as learning our spellings for that week. Throughout all of these activities we will have opportunities to focus on our handwriting and thinking about how we can make it even better.
KS2-Spelling-Menu Click this link to find some great ideas for working on your spellings.
The children are provided with a rich reading curriculum through our English work, our daily reading comprehensions, our class novel and independent reading.
Please try and read at home as often as you can, and we will also try and listen to your child in school as much as we can. Please also make sure your child has their reading book in school everyday.
This half term we will be looking at the beautiful book The Ice Palace by Robert Swindell. We shall again study 3rd person narrative with writing opportunities such as character descriptions, scene settings as well as illustration creating story telling.
With Christmas looming we will have opportunity to prepare a piece of poetry to recite for the Christmas Carol service this year. Lots of favourites in the running, but down to four possible choices. You will have to wait and see!!
More work will be done with place value, subtraction as well as units of measurement!
Times Table Rock Stars
We will continue to use Times Table Rock Stars as a fantastic way of learning times tables. Children can log in at home with their personal username and password. Please click the link below to visit the site.
Mr McQuillan will be teaching RE this half term as well as looking at our monthly values.
This term we are looking at different types of land use and settlements.
This term we will be completing our studies of ELECTRICITY and soon studying SOUND!!
We had a change of plan last term and decided not to look at the work of BARBARA HEPWORTH (which wewill do later in the academic year ) and instead made preparations for our illustrating a story, utilising the new ACCESSART curriculum!
At the latter part of last half term we were able to begin on our DT project – and we will be able to construct and evaluate our designs! Watch this space!!
This half term we will be looking at how to take care of ourselves and those around us as well as studying our VALUES for this half term – TOLERANCE and PATIENCE
Physical Education will often (weather permitting) take place outside. We will take regular exercise by using the outdoor track as often as possible.
Please ensure that warm/waterproof jackets or coats are sent to school with your child. Our PE day will be on Wednesday and on this day children will come to school wearing their PE Kit – this will consist of shorts, t-shirt, leggings/jogging pants (if chosen), their school sweatshirt/cardigan and either school shoes or trainers.
A pair of trainers should also be kept at school permanently for outdoor/track use for other activities.
Working Online and ICT
Remember that if you are completing any searches online to use ‘children’, ‘child’ or ‘kids’ in your search to ensure any adult or unsuitable content is filtered out.
Always remember what KS says: If you have ‘yukky feelings’, then Say NO, Walk Away and Tell a Trusted Adult. The same rules apply online as in real life. Ask an adult if you are unsure about ANYTHING online. Make good, sensible choices and ask for help if something goes wrong.
We would always urge parents to carefully monitor what their child is accessing online. All links and videos provided are checked by staff to ensure their suitability, however links and suggestions will not have been. Please ensure your child is safe when accessing online material.
In ICT this term we are looking at coding and spreadsheets. We will be using Purple Mash to support our ICT lessons. The children can also access this at home so they can continue to work on their skills.
Best wishes Mrs Hathaway and Mr McQuillan