Pine Class (Year 4)

We are a class of 35 children taught by Mrs Moss (Mon-Wed) and currently Mrs Taylor (Thur and Fri). Mrs Kinder is our teaching assistant.

We hope that you find this web-page gives you a taste of the learning planned for this half term. The children have come back after the Easter break full of enthusiasm and are already working really hard! 

Our topic this term is Rivers.

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 section of a river on our display board in the classroom (linking to our Rivers 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 with division facts 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?

Geography

The children will learn about Whitby. This unit will be followed by work on rivers and the water cycle (linked to Science) which will probably begin after half term.

Maths

The focus this half term is firstly on understanding decimal numbers. This will then lead onto learning about measurement, including time, where a good understanding of decimals and fractions is important. There will be revision work on arithmetic methods covered earlier in the year. Times-table practice will take place regularly and will include learning the division facts associated with each times-table.

English

The book Varjak Paw by S.F. Said will be used to inspire the children’s writing. They will have the opportunity to write newspaper reports, diary entries and take part in various reading and drama activities to support their learning. Grammar work will be both woven into this unit and taught separately as appropriate. Spelling practise sessions will take place frequently throughout the week. Specific reading comprehension skills sessions will take place weekly.

Science

Our science topic (continued from last half term) 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 involves learning about the origin of the Christian church and learning more about different types of Christian church. There will be a special visit from Queen’s Drive Primary School (from Preston) who will be teaching Year 4 about Islam. We look forward to their visit!

Computing

The children learn to code using Purple Mash.

Music

The children will continue to learn to play the recorder. After this, they will have the opportunity to use Garage Band software as part of their composition work. A special ‘Rivers’ composition day will take place after half term.

Art

The children’s artwork will be inspired by a journey and will link to aboriginal artwork styles.

Design Technology

After half term, the children will take part in a sewing based project.

Physical Education

PE lessons will take place on Friday mornings. The children will be practising athletic skills in preparation for Sports Day.

French

The topic is ‘The World’ and includes learning the French names for different countries and learning to talk about geographical locations.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

We will complete the remaining KidSafe Full Programme 2 sessions (safeguarding). 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.