Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, we hope you all had a lovely summer break. We have really enjoyed our first few weeks back at school and thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into our amazing curriculum as well as learning more about our class names and how they inspire us. In Year 4, we haves the theme of scientists and our classes are: Mary Anning (Mrs Knight – Year Leader), Grace Hopper (Mr Scott) and Hypatia (Mrs Record).
We are ready and excited to get going with our Autumn units of learning. Before half term, we will be changing to our history topic of ‘Britain’s Settlements’ with a focus on the Saxons and Scots and learning about electricity and the dangers of electricity in science. We will also be learning about three contrasting artists: Monet, Turner and Matisse and exploring the range of techniques and materials they use. After half term, we will be studying our geography unit of field work looking at practical geography skills such as map work, compass use and completing surveys. We will be looking at states of matter in science. The children will also have the opportunity to use their DT skills to design and make a Christmas decoration as their end of term project. If you would like to know more about what we will be learning in school this term our curriculum maps are available on the school website.
Year 4 will have their PE lessons on a Monday and Tuesday. Please remember, on our PE days, children need to come in wearing PE kit that consists of a plain colour t-shirt and dark coloured bottoms. If you child has long hair, please ensure it is tied back and, if possible, earrings are removed. In October, the children will have an opportunity to participate in swimming lessons. A separate letter will be sent regarding this.
With regards to what you can do at home to support your child’s learning, we will be soon accepting applications for Sports Captains and School Council. Please feel free to help your children with their applications and talk about why they would be great in these roles. We are also in the process of reorganising our reading books so more information will be with you shortly regarding home reading. This year the children will be completing the Government’s statutory Multiplication Tables Check. We continue to dedicate one session a week to times tables but continuing this practise at home is incredibly important to best support them mastering their times table knowledge. There are many ways in which you can work on these with your child. Please see a list below:
We will be resending their Times Table Rockstars login home next week so that the children are able to practice these and compete with their peers. In addition to this, last year we launched BOOM reader. The Y4 children, and yourselves, have been great at logging each reading session and we cannot wait to see the plethora of books your children read this year.
Below is the topic homework for this term. We cannot wait to see what exciting projects the children produce. We do not mind how this work is presented- it can be a presentation, a letter, a recorded video, sculpture, model or a piece of artwork. If you need to send in your homework via email, please make sure your teacher is expecting to receive it so they can check all files.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s class teacher and thank you for your ongoing support.
The Year 4 Team
Year 4 Autumn 1 Curriculum Homework – Due in Monday 16th Oct
Create a piece of work that represents your favourite artist we have studied this term: Monet, Matiesse, Turner.
You could create:
- A piece of artwork in their style
- Recreating their artwork
- A presentation about the artist
Year 4 Autumn 1 Curriculum Homework – Due in Monday 11th Dec
Create a project to inform the rest of the school about what life was like in Saxon Britain.
You could create:
- A speech on Saxon life
- A model of what Saxon settlements were like
- A presentation on different aspects of Saxon life
- An annotated drawing of your favourite part of Saxon life