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Welcome to Year 4 - Mrs Neale & Miss Houghton

Overview for Parents – Terms 3&4 2020

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 along with exploring the history behind our patron saints.

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 be inspired by stories from Greek mythology.

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 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.

In Maths, we continue to follow White Rose maths planning. We have started back with the second part of our Multiplication and Division unit. Following on from this we will be: measurement (area), fractions and decimals. We will continue to put a breakdown of the objectives we are covering each week on our weekly update.

Our RE themes are Community, Giving and Receiving and Self-Discipline.

During Term 3 we have Shepway Sports Trust providing basketball workshops, these will take place on a Wednesday. Another PE session will often take place on either a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.

Please continue to read with your child at least 4 times a week, signing their reading record to show you have done so. We are currently reading as a whole class with a focus on comprehension, a new system of recording this will show you feedback on your child’s reading from an adult every week.

As we have the multiplication screening check in June we ask that you continue to encourage your child to practice their times tables on Times Tables Rock Stars. As the check is timed (just 6 seconds per question) it is going to be hugely beneficial that they complete as many ‘Soundchecks’ whilst on the website. Doing this will show their timings and also allow them to practice answering quickly on the keypad under the same conditions as the screening check.

Thank you for all your support.

Amy Neale and Gemma Race

Overview for Parents – Terms 1 & 2

The teaching team in year 4 will be Mrs Neale and Miss Houghton. We are very much looking forward to getting to know your children and start our learning adventures this year.

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 discreetly 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 begin the year with a science based topic called “Where does my food go?” We will explore how our digestive systems work and also looking at how important our teeth are in the process of digestion. Our creative learning will compliment this where we will be inspired by the works of Guiseppe Arcrimboldo, who painted fruit and vegetable portraits. We will also be learning food based songs in Singing and animals names in French.

Just before the October half term we will begin our next exciting topic, a history based one, exploring invaders and settlers. Our question “Were the dark ages dark?” will see us investigate Britain after the departure of the Romans, look as musical instruments and poems of the period and use the Bayeaux tapestry as a launch for our creative work in Art. We will also incorporate a geographical element by researching the physical and human geography of Iceland.

As we approach Christmas, we will be using our learning from our final unit of the term – “Batteries Included’ – to design and create our own stunning light up Christmas decorations. In French, we will learn about festivals and celebrations of 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. In term 2 we explore relationships with God as we learn how to trust in Him.

We will do PE on a Tuesday and Thursday. 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! As a school, we use Times Tables Rock Stars to make our multiplication learning is fun along with a bit of healthy competition, we ask that your child carries this on at home. In addition to reading and times tables, your child will bring home a spelling list every week to learn ready to be tested in school the following week. A welcome change to homework from previous years is that we have chosen not to be sending home any other addition tasks. Please see this year’s first newsletter from Mr McConnell for more information on this.

We like to take our learning seriously in year 4. Feeling challenged happens when we are about to discover something new about ourselves or the world around us. We will make sure that whilst we are pushing ourselves in discovery we are having lots of fun at the same time! We can’t wait!

I am always happy to discuss the curriculum, your child and how we can all best support each other. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to see me briefly after school or by appointment through the school office.

Amy Neale and Shannon Houghton

Archive photos from Year 2, 3 and 4

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