Welcome to Class 4!
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Our Class Teacher is Miss Wilks and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Armstrong. Every other Tuesday Miss Wilks has PPA time and Mrs Cain will lead the class on those days.
There are 24 children in our class and it is a mixed Year 4 and Year 5 class.
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This term Year 4 will be studying the three themes of Local Church (Community), Eucharist (Relating) and Lent/Easter (Giving). The children will also spend one week studying Islam. Within the Local Church topic we will be looking at life in the local Christian community and ministries in the parish. For the Sacramental preparation module, Year 4 will be looking at what happens when Catholics celebrate the mass. In the weeks leading up to Easter, the children will be focussing on self-discipline and celebrating growth to new life.
This term in English we will be focusing on the novel "Stig of the Dump". Within this focus, we will be; writing letters, creating and describing our own imaginary worlds and writing diary entries. We will also be looking at Myths and Legends and traditional poems and acting out and performing our own poetry. We will also be incorporating spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as reading comprehension practise into our English lessons every week.
In Maths we will be building on our skills and understanding when focusing on these areas in the first half term:
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
We will then be focussing on these areas in the second half term:
Our topic this term is ‘Art and Artists'. We are looking back through history and seeing how art has developed and changed through the ages. At the start of the topic we will be exploring Stone Age art and looking at cave paintings and then moving through to look at art and artists in the Egyptian, Roman and Victorian time period. We will be using Art, Design and Technology to explore the topic further by making Egyptian art and Roman pottery. We will also focus on local artists and work held in the Baltic and Laing Art Gallery.
Our Science topic for the first half term is Sound in which we will be looking at vibrations, how we hear sound, pitch, soundproofing and making music. Our Science topic for the second half term is Living things and their Habitats. In this topic we will be grouping living things, classifying vertebrates, going on an "Invertebrate hunt", using classification keys and studying environmental changes.
PE will take place every Thursday and Friday afternoon so children will need to bring in their PE kits on Monday and take them home on a Friday. Year 4 are currently learning a dance on a Thursday afternoon for a dance competition at St Bede's in February.
Year 4 will continue their recorder lessons with their music teacher on a Thursday afternoon. Within these lessons they will learn how to read music, use their voice and recorder with increasing control and accuracy and listen to appreciate a wide variety of music. Year 5 will begin to develop understanding of the history of music and use their voice and different instruments to improvise and compose music.
During the Spring term we will be focussing on French vocabulary for; animals, colours and the "Four Friends" story. We will acquire new vocabulary and practise vocabulary already learnt through games, role-play activities and written work.
The children will be given time within class to work on spelling rules and extend this knowledge through practise in school. They will also be given the spellings sheet to take home and practise for their weekly spelling test on a Friday.
According to The National Curriculum framework "children are expected to apply all of their multiplication tables and related division facts frequently, commit them to memory and use them confidently to make larger calculations". It is important that the children practice their times tables during the week for their weekly test on a Friday.
Children have reading books and reading records that are sent home with them every Friday. Children are encouraged to read for at least 15 mins per evening and to record their reading in their reading records. Parents are asked to sign their child's reading record on a Thursday evening if possible ready for a reading record check on a Friday.
Homework will be sent home with children every Friday in their homework folder. Please help to support your child with completing their homework which is due into school on a Tuesday.
Please feel free to write any queries or comments in your child's diary that your child can show their teacher in class. The diary is an invaluable tool for you to keep in regular contact with us!