Welcome to year 4:
Mr Wymer and Mr Gould (class teachers)
Mr Channer (assisting teaching)
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 evert 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 6th March 2019.
St Martin de Porres' class assembly will be on the 23rd January 2019.
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.
Teaching and Learning
In literacy this term, we will be continuing to write our own explanation texts using what we have learnt in science. We will focus on improving our sentence structure and using connectives in our writing. Next we will be getting creative and writing our own fairy tales using a range of sentence openers. Finally, we will explore different forms of poetry including haikus and kennings.
Throughout the term, we will be practising using apostrophes and inverted commas with greater accuracy.
This term in maths, the children will be introduced to decimal place value. They will learn to identify the value of decimal tenths and hundredths in a number, as well as comparing and rounding decimal numbers.
After that, they will be learning how to read and write analogue time to the nearest minute. They will also be converting analogue times to digital, and vice versa.
Finally, the children will be improving their understanding of shape and geometry by identifying quadrilaterals, lines of symmetry and different types of angles.
The children also need to continue practising their times tables at home regularly.
Reading: The Big Read
This term, we will be continuing to read 'War Game' by Michael Foreman. 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. We will also focus on explaining the meaning of unfamiliar words by reading the surrounding text carefully.The children 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 'Chocolate'.
Our next IPC topic is ‘Chocolate’.
We will be learning about the inventors of chocolate: the ancient Aztecs, and how they created this fabulous commodity.
Using paints, we will design and paint our own Aztec chocolate mugs.
In geography, we will be learning about the different parts of the world that produce chocolate and exploring the chocolate supply chain.
This half term, we will be finishing our 'Animals including humans'topic. We will be:
At the end of the half-term, we will begin our new unit on Electricity.
Both year four classes will continue with their weekly music lessons. St Martha will be learning the trumpet and St Martin de Porres will be learning the guitar.