Welcome to year 4:
Miss Daramola and Mr Gould
Welcome to the class webpage for both year 4 classes. We hope you're all looking forward to life in St Martin De Porres (Miss Daramola) and St Martha (Mr Gould). You will find everything you need to know about the year 4 classes here, including the homework your child will need to complete in year 4.
Please make sure your child brings in a P.E. kit on the Monday and brings these home to be washed on Friday. (Blue/black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, white P.E. top and trainers/plimsoles)
Saint Martha will have guitar lessons on Monday and Saint Martin De Porres will have wind lessons on Thursday. Please ensure that if your child brings their instrument home that they bring it back in on the days that they are needed.
Year 4's homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday at the latest.
Please remind your children to do their homework or they will be asked to attend Homework Club during Thursday playtime.
St Martin de Porres' class assembly will be Wednesday 27th September.
St Martha's class assembly has been postponed until Wednesday 8th November.
This half-term in literacy, we will be learning all about myths and legends, beginning with the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus! We will writing a persuasive speech from the perspective of the evil villain King Minos. Whilst continuing to revise our use of full-stops and capital letters, we will also practise using a range of sentence openers to make our writing more interesting. For example, we will learn how to use fronted adverbials. These are sentence openers which add detail about how, how often or where the main action in the sentence happened. We always use a comma after a fronted adverbial.
Example of a fronted adverbial:
Before the sun came up, he ate his breakfast.
After finishing learning about myths and legends, we will be reading the picture-book 'Gregory Cool' by Caroline Binch. We will be using this as a stimuli to write persuasive fliers convincing Gregory that Tobago is a great holiday destination.
To make our fliers as persuasive as possible, we will include:
- Catchy slogans
- Rhetorical questions
- Memorable adjectives
- Conjunctions of cause and effect like 'because' and 'so'
- Similes and metaphors to describe Tobago
This half-term, we are practising telling the time and solving problems involving time. We have been revising reading analogue clocks to the nearest minute and converting analogue time to digital 12-hour clock times.
We will be moving on to solving time lapse problems such as:
Tracy put her cake in at 6:30pm for 45 minutes.
What time does the cake need to be taken out?
We can solve problems such as these by using a blank number line. This problem is asking us to add on 45 minutes to find a new time.
We will start the half-term by revising multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
We will then learn our 6 times tables.
Reading: The Big Read
This half-term we will continue Philip Pullman's 'I Was A Rat- Or The Scarlet Slippers', a twist on an old fashioned fairy-tale set in a historical setting. The children will be reading this in class every day, building their reading fluency and decoding skills. As well as reading out loud, they will reflect on the novel's key characters, settings and themes. Over the course of the half-term, they will have opportunities to make their own predictions, share their opinions about key characters, and write simple summaries of what they have read. They will also explore elements of the text through drama and dance.
Reading at home
We have a wide range of books to support your child's reading within the school, and we hope this will enable your child to experience a range of authors and styles of books. However, in order to become confident readers, children need to read at home as much as possible. Most children will be responsible for selecting their own reading book and changing these when they are finished. We will be checking regularly to ensure that the children are changing their reading books.
This half-term we will continuing to learn about 'Romans in Britain'.
This half-term we will finish our topic on Roman Britain, learning all about Hadrian's Wall and the fall of the Roman Empire. We will use primary sources to form our own historical theories.
Underneath you can find plenty of websites to explore, interactive games to play and even some craft ideas.
BBC Bitesize Romans: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zwmpfg8
Roman homework help: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Romans.html
Make a Roman mosaic: http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/mosaic/mkmosaic.htm
Play the Roman numerals game: http://www.show.me.uk/editorial/1137-yummy-roman-cakes
Play the Roman boardgame: http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/games/romgame/index.htm
This half-term in Science, our topic is 'Animals including humans'. We will be learning about human and animal nutrition, from food chains to digestive systems to teeth. The children will learn to identify the different parts of the digestive system and say what they do. We will also learn about different types of teeth and how humans and animals use them.
Homework for Year 4
You can find the literacy, numeracy and topic homework for both year 4 classes here. Please ensure that your child completes their homework promptly and keeps their homework book in a good condition over the course of the year.