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Welcome to Year 4 - Mrs Everitt & Miss Houghton

Overview for Parents – Terms 5&6 2019

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.

Pupils will reflect upon the lives of the humans and animals that have co-existed in the Amazonian rainforest for thousands of year, drawing inspiration from the remarkable indigenous people such as the Yanomamo, and spectacular animals such as the jaguar and the pink river dolphin.

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.

We will continue to do PE at least twice a week and PE kits should be in school every day. Sports will include Pop Lacrosse, 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 play Times Table Rock stars regularly…it is really making a difference! We continue to teach and learn spellings patterns and grammar through short, regular phonics and grammar 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.

Mrs Everitt and Miss Houghton

Overview for Parents – Terms 3&4  2019

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 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 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 Of, , 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 a 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.

We will do PE twice a week. Tuesday PE will be outside whenever possible, with hall time on Thursday, 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. 

Thank you for all your support.

Jessica Everitt and Shannon Houghton

Overview – Terms 1 & 2 2018

The class teacher, Mrs Everitt and Miss Houghton 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 a 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. 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 looking at the family tree and how we are all part of God’s family. Term 2 we explore relationships with God as we learn how to trust in Him.

We will do PE on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. 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 encourage you to sign 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,

Mrs Everitt

 

Archive photos from Year 2, 3 and 4

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