Welcome to Class 4

A very warm welcome to Class 4: Fabulous Learners!

This year the class have decided to aspire to be ‘the best learners in the world!’ 

Mr. Adams and Mrs. Jenkins are the class teachers. Mrs. Jenkins teaches Monday and Tuesday; Mr. Adams teaches Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We have a continuous curriculum, and therefore we learn units across the week. The children say they are incredibly lucky because they have 2 teachers!

Mrs. Robinson helps support teaching and learning by teaching reading in the morning and by providing well targeted support during a Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Robinson will also help the children who are on the reading scheme to change their reading book.   

Year 4 home learning each week consists of: Learn Its! Spelling Patterns and Key Word, and Reading independently or with adult support. Each topic has a menu of activities that can be completed, each topic is taught throughout a full term – 3 topics per school year.

As a class we are great learners, we learn together and enjoy sharing our successes.

During the Autumn Terms our topic is ‘India’. An inspiring way to explore geography, arts and culture including food, story and faith. We also link our English to our topic learning and scripting the story of Rama and Sita, as well as writing information based on our knowledge of India.

During the Spring Terms our topic is ‘Invaders and Settlers’. Revealing the changing face of our United Kingdom throughout a period that saw: Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Exciting, thrilling and totally engaging, this topic explores history, geography, science and the arts. Borne from within this period in history was a tale of ‘Beowulf the Brave’, which we will use to develop our English writing skills.

During the Summer Terms our topic is ‘Technology and Invention’. Understanding how traditional inventions were woven in to feats of daring adventure. ‘The Queen of the Falls’ and ‘Man on a Wire’ are fascinating tales of invention and triumph. Both will inspire creative writing and an opportunity to apply writing skills that inform, persuade and discuss. Beyond that, how have ‘Robots’ developed and continue to influence how we live. A great opportunity to apply design and technology skills and create a unique robot. Please click here to view our curriculum map.

Here is a copy of the general Year 4 timetable. Changes are made whenever they help our learning. However, we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum and therefore each term we will teach the wider curriculum in the afternoon while reading, maths and English are taught during the morning lessons.

In Year 4 we are using a range of spelling strategies including phonic knowledge to support accurate spelling. Here is a copy of the Grapheme Chart we use.

We would encourage the children to learn spellings through an understanding of the word structure rather than memorising words for a test. Of course tests play their own part in the learning process, but deeper and long lasting learning means investigating words, word patterns and knowing the meaning of the words being learnt.

 

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