Pine Class (Year 4)

Pine Class are a class of thirty seven children taught by Mrs Moss (Mon-Wed) and Miss Taylor (Thur and Fri). Mrs Hathaway teaches on Tuesday afternoon during Mrs Moss’s planning time. Mrs Lakin and Mrs Durant are our teaching assistants. 

What’s happening this half term?

Our main topic and History focus  is Ancient Egypt. Click on the picture below to find out more about this fascinating civilisation.

In other subjects:

Maths

Our main focus this half term will be fractions. The children will continue to complete mental Maths and times table activities each day.

English

We will learn the story of Isis and Osiris, which is a story about ancient Egyptian gods. This story will be used to inspire our own creative writing. There will be plenty of grammar work (both revision and new concepts) and daily spelling sessions.

The children take part in weekly guided reading sessions (in small groups) with a teacher. If is not their day for guided reading, the children complete reading comprehension, handwriting and grammar tasks to reinforce their learning during this time-slot. 

Science

Our science topic is States of Matter. The children will learn about solids, liquids and gases in a variety of practical ways. We will start by making and investigating a special type of slime!

Religious Education

The topic is Easter and focuses on betrayal and trust. On Tuesday 5th May, we will visit a school in Preston to share some of our learning about Easter and to learn about Islam.

Computing

We will complete our work on spreadsheets then move onto use ‘Logo’ to learn more about computer programming. 

Music

The children will continue to learn to play the recorder with Mrs Pilkington. We are planning a performance to the whole school and parents in an assembly at the end of this half term (details to follow in the school newsletter). 

Art 

The children’s artwork will continued to be inspired by Ancient Egypt.

Physical Education

Gymnastics is main focus this term and PE lessons will continue to take place on a Thursday afternoon. A further PE session is scheduled for Wednesday afternoons. We will also use the running track to develop our fitness

French

The topic is animals.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

The themes covered will be Emotional Health and Well Being, British Values and good mental health.

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

Homework

Spelling and Reading

Year 4 receive spelling homework each Friday to be handed in the following Friday. There is a reading challenge too, with all children encouraged to read five pages five times a week in order to move up a square on our challenge chart. There are prizes and our KS2 reading reading scheme has just been updated! We check all reading records each Tuesday morning. 

Times-tables

Each child has a login to RockStar Times-tables, a brilliant, fun times-table app, to help them to learn their times-tables both at home and at school.

Purple Mash

All children have logins 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 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.