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Year 4 - Miss Cox, Mrs Bowman and Mrs Hoveman

Overview for Parents – Terms 3&4

Our first unit is Dragons – are they fact or fiction?
Pupils will have opportunities for imaginative writing and poetry about dragons and heroes. They will explore sounds and movements through music and PE while learning how to construct and draw dragons in art. Dragon myths and legends, such as St George and the Dragon will be studied. Our class text will be ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. We will travel back to the days when Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was just a boy and discover whether he can capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb!

Our next unit is all about the human condition- The Good, the Bad and The Ugly.  It contains stories, myths and legends that show human beings, real and imaginary, at their best and worst! There are heroes and villains; saints and sinners; angels and monsters; friends and fiends! From the outset, crime and punishment are important themes for this Unit. Lessons, particularly those in history, help pupils to understand how crime and punishment has developed over time. In English, there are opportunities for pupils to express themselves through poetry and drama.

In Sounding Off , a leading role is given to sounds in general and their use in making music in particular.  How different sounds are produced is developed in music and what causes them to be different is looked at in science. Pupils explore how sounds are made and transmitted.  In English we will explore poems and consider how the poet has made use of various sounds in the poem. This then develops into the exploration of a story and finally use of report writing to support investigation work in science.

The use of ICT is integrated into all parts of the curriculum.

We will continue to follow the national frameworks for Literacy and Numeracy for Year 4. Literacy will be linked to our new units as well as incorporating spelling, punctuation and grammar.​

Our RE themes are Jesus the teacher, and Jesus the Saviour, with a focus on his use of parables to show us the way to live.

We will do PE on a Wednesday and it will be outside whenever possible. PE kits should be in school every day in case there is a change of plan.

Please keep reading to, and hearing your child read, every night. Reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. And please continue to test times tables regularly…in as fun a way as you can!

Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in by the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website. 

Thank you for all your support.


Miss Cox and Mrs Bowman

Information for Parents – Terms 1 & 2 2017​

The class teacher, Miss Cox and the Teaching Assistants, Mrs Bowman and Mrs Hoveman welcome you to Year 4! We are looking forward to working together, meeting you and teaching your children.

As a school, St Augustine’s are using the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ which allows teachers to deliver the Curriculum in nine units over the academic year. Many of the subjects will interlink so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. All children will be encouraged to draw on their past experience and existing knowledge to discover new facts and truths. They will be given the opportunity to interact with the world around them using a variety of thinking skills to be creative and solve problems.

Children will always have an English and Maths lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Maths within the themed units, Maths will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

We are starting the first term with Science based topic – “Where does my food go?” We will be learning about our digestive systems, following our food’s journey through the body. We will be looking at human and animal teeth - their types and functions. In art the work of Guiseppe Arcimboldo, who painted fruit and vegetable portraits, will be our stimulus.  Singing will be food related songs and in French the focus will be animals.

Our second exciting unit is History based - “Were the dark ages dark?” The children will learn about the invaders and settlers who came to Britain after the departure of the Romans. This will include a trip to Kent Life Museum for a Viking Day… Yes we will be dressing up! In music we will study the instruments and epic poems of the period. In art we will be using the Bayeaux tapestry as the starting point for our creative work. We also have a Geographical element, exploring the physical and human geography of Iceland.

Our final unit of the term - “Batteries included” - brings in the science of electricity, conductors and insulators. In Design and Technology, we will be getting into the festive spirit by designing and making a Christmas decoration that lights up. In French we will learn about festivals and celebrations in other countries and our music theme is magical music!

The use of ICT is integrated into all parts of the curriculum. We will be focusing on using the Internet to aid research and presenting our work in appropriate ways. We will also be using DB primary. DB Primary is a safe, intuitive and friendly online environment designed to engage and educate the next generation of learners.

Our RE themes are The Bible, looking particularly at Old Testament stories and in Term 2 we explore relationships with God as we learn how to trust in Him.

We will do PE on a Wednesday afternoon. It is extremely important PE kits are in school every day in case there is a change of plan.

Children will benefit from reading at home every night and we would welcome you signing their reading journals at least 4 times a week. By the end of Year 4, every child should know all their times tables up to 12 x 12! Times tables and spellings will be part of homework tasks. Homework will be both Maths and English based and will be given on a Friday and should be handed in by the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.  

We are looking forward to an exciting start to the year. We will be working extremely hard in year 4 but will also make sure we have fun with our learning.

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to see me,

Miss Cox

Archive Pictures from Year 3

Archive Photos from Year 2

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