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Year 4 - Miss Cox and Mrs Bowman

Terms 1 & 2

The class teacher, Miss Cox and the Teaching Assistant, Mrs Bowman 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 a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy 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 twice a week, on a Tuesday and Thursday 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 numeracy and literacy 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.

TERMS 3 & 4

Our first unit is Sounding Off , where 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. At the end of this topic we will be taking a trip to the Marlowe Theatre to watch the Philharmonia Orchestra perform. We will be learning about different composers throughout the topic and we will then watch the Philharmonia Orchestra perform these famous compositions as we sing alongside.  

Our next unit is Dragons – are they fact or fiction?

Pupils will have opportunities for imaginative writing and poetry about dragons and heroes. They will explore dragon sounds and movements through music and PE. Dragon myths and legends, such as St George and the Dragon, Chinese dragons and Beowulf and the Dragon will be studied.

Our final 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.  

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 twice a week. Tuesday’s will be outside whenever possible, with hall time on Thursday’s with Elite Sports, but 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. 

TERMS 5 & 6

We start the term by looking at the mighty River Amazon of South America, and the incredible biodiversity it supports. In geography they discover what rainforests are, where they are located in the world and how plants are arranged in the rainforests. We investigate the threat to the forest posed by deforestation and examine its causes and possible consequences for humanity. In science they learn about the water cycle and how it works in the context of the Amazon rainforest. In addition, they look at how plants have adapted to meet the challenges of the rainforest environment.

Our Class Book for this topic is Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. This is an exciting adventure set on the Amazon River in Brazil, known locally as the River Sea. The main character is Maia, an orphan who is sent from school in England to live in Brazil with her only remaining relatives, the Carters. Maia dreams of having adventures in Brazil and of the wonderful things she will see and the loving family she will have. Miss Minton is the Carter family’s new governess and she travels with Maia on her long journey. They journey by boat and on the voyage become friendly with Clovis, a boy actor who wishes he could return to England. This friendship becomes very important later in the story Maia soon realises that the Carters are not the ideal family she hoped they would be. They don’t like mixing with the natives or eating local food. They want to live as if they were still in England. Maia befriends Finn, a mysterious boy who seems almost native and is hiding in the jungle near her home. She discovers he is heir to a family fortune back in England and is being searched for by agents of his family in Brazil. Maia and her friends must do everything they can to stop Finn being taken back to England with exciting results.

Our final units, A Place for Everything and It’s a Small World are combined to explore the worlds of plants and animals, with a focus on our local area. They identify and classify flora and fauna, as well as consider the habitats and environments that they live in.  Pupils also consider the positive and negative impacts of human activity on animal and plant habitats and environments. They will look at an area familiar to them and consider the influences and impacts that incomers have had and discover how the area has changed.

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 Mission of the Church and Belonging to the Church-learning about the early leaders of the Church and exploring our role in the Church Community.

We will continue to do PE at least twice a week and PE kits should be in school every day. Sports will include rounders, athletics and cricket.

Adults and children in Year 4 are reading, reviewing, lending and recommending a variety of books. Please continue to read with, and listen to, at home.  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! We continue to teach and learn spellings through short, regular phonics sessions.

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 your continued support.

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

Miss Cox