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Welcome to Year 4 - Mrs Carrá & Mrs. Hockey




TERMS 3 & 4

Welcome back to Year 4!

We hope that you have had a restful Christmas and are looking forward to hearing the children’s stories of what they have done during their holidays.

We start Term 3 with our new topic, titled ‘Dragons - Fact or Fiction?’.

The theme of ‘dragons’ challenges pupil perception of what is real and what is not. They journey through ages, times and places searching for clues, and this culminates in the creation of their own mythical beast. A great deal of the Unit is built around fantasy, but at each step, an element of truth and history is unveiled. Pupils will work as a team of dragon experts and explorers and then take on roles as reporters, presenters, journalists, and entertainers. In this Unit, pupils will immerse themselves in ‘dragonology’, researching dragon ‘stories’ and ‘history’. This theme will be continued in Art where the children will be inspired by the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, creating a stained-glass window, and using clay to create a sculpture of their own ferocious dragon.  

Just before the February half term we will begin our next exciting topic, titled ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.

This Unit is all about the human condition. 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 mythical characters such as Sisyphus to historical ones such as Mother Teresa, the Unit shows how humans are capable of both imagining and being good or evil, kind or cruel, generous or mean. Ugliness of spirit is a much more important part of the topic than physical appearance.

From the outset, crime and punishment are important themes. Children will learn of the case of Dr Crippen who was the first criminal to be apprehended using radio technology. Later lessons, particularly those in history, will help pupils to understand how crime and punishment has developed over time.

There are many opportunities for creativity and creative thinking within this exciting Unit. Pupils are frequently required to use their imaginations to generate new questions and possibilities’ e.g. alternative endings to stories or new ways of looking at familiar things. In English, there are opportunities for pupils to express themselves through poetry and drama. In art, pupils will create their own grotesque gargoyles.

Our final topic is called “sounding off”.  In this topic a leading role is given to sounds in general and their use in making music.  How different sounds are produced is developed in music and what causes them to be different is looked at in science.

Children will explore how sounds are made and transmitted.  Emphasis is given to sounds being made in a wide range of ways but in each case something is vibrating.  This is then examined in more detail in terms of sounds getting louder, higher or fainter.

In English we will be exploring a poem and asking pupils to consider how the poet has made use of various sounds in the poem.  This then develops into the exploration of a story in which animals perform as musicians, with pupils developing ideas about how this device can be extended and applied.  Later use is made of Saint-Saëns ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with its depiction of different animals in different ways and finally use of English in terms of report writing to support investigation work in science.

Throughout all the topics we will continue our Numeracy lessons covering all the strands included in the National Curriculum, namely number work, measures, shape, data handling and problem solving. This term will be working hard at consolidating our formal written methods and how apply these in a variety of different contexts. It is essential at this stage that all children continue to learn their times tables, now up to 12 X 12.

We will continue to develop our skills in P.E lesson on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is important that children have their P.E kit in school at all times.

Spellings will be given out on a Friday to learn for a small test the following Friday. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and talk about the book so that your child develops a greater understanding of new vocabulary and themes. Please make sure your child also reads a variety of genres in order to broaden their vocabulary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school office and arrange an appointment.

Kinds regards

Miss Johnson 



Welcome to Year 4 with Miss Johnson and Mrs Hockey! We are very much looking forward to getting to know your children and starting 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 problem solve.

Children will have an English and Maths lesson each day. Maths will continue to be taught to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding with some elements expanding into our themed curriculum. Some 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 Monday and Wednesday. It is extremely important PE kits are in school every day.

Children 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.

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.

Miss Johnson

Archive photos from Year 2, 3 and 4

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