Welcome to year 4:
Mr Wymer and Mr Gould
You can find the homework and spellings for both year 4 classes here. Homework will be given out every Friday. Please ensure that your child hands their homework book in on a Wednesday so that it can be marked promptly. If your child does not do their homework, they will be asked to attend homework club during Thursday lunchtime.
Welcome to the class webpage for both year 4 classes. We hope you're all looking forward to life in St Martin De Porres (Mr Wymer) 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)
St Martin de Porres will have guitar lessons on Mondays and St Martha will have trumpet and clarinet lessons on Thursday. Please ensure that if your child brings their instrument home they bring it back in on the days that they are needed.
St Martha's class assembly will be on the 26th September 2018.
St Martin de Porres' class assembly will be 7th November 2018.
In autumn term, we will be reading and writing stories set in imaginary worlds, such as Roald Dahl's 'Dream Country' from 'The BFG' and Oscar Wilde's 'Selfish Giant'. We will be revising the basics of sentence structure and punctuation, before getting creative and using similes and metaphors for description. As well as this, we will be learning to express characters' thoughts and feelings using descriptive language. After that, we will writing poems about the natural world using what we have learnt about similes and metaphors.
In grammar, we will be focusing on:
This half term in maths, we will be learning about 4-digit place value. We will learn how to identify the value of each digit, before ordering, comparing and rounding numbers. When comparing 4-digit numbers, we will use inequality signs (< or >) to show which number is bigger: e.g. 7031 > 7013. When ordering 4-digit numbers, we will be expected to know how to arrange numbers in ascending order (from smallest to biggest) and descending order (biggest to smallest).
After we have done that, we will practise adding and subtracting 3-digit and 4-digit numbers. We will learn how to use number lines to find the difference between two numbers.
Finding the difference on a number line
By the end of Year 4, you must also know all your multiplication facts. So please make sure that you are practising your times tables daily! We will have a times tables test every week.
Reading: The Big Read
This term, we will be reading 'I Was A Rat (The Scarlet Slippers)' by Philip Pullman. 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, our IPC topic will be 'Roman Britain'
This half term, we will be learning about 'Habitats'.
A habitat is the home of a plant or an animal. We will be looking for wildlife in our own pond habitat before learning about a range of other habitats. We will also find out how particular animals and plants have adapted to living in their habitats.