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 5th December 2018.
St Martin de Porres' class assembly will be on the 7th November 2018.
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 the second half of Autumn term, we will be reading 'Gregory Cool', a story set in the Caribbean. We will then be creating holiday brochures advertising holidays to the Caribbean using persuasive language. After that, the children will have a chance to get creative and write their own superhero stories, practising planning stories and starting sentences in lots of different ways. Finally, we will be learning to write instructions to make our own medicines based on the Roald Dahl classic 'George's Marvellous Medicine'.
In grammar, we will be focusing on:
This half term in maths, we will start by learning about multiplication and division. We will learn how to multiply using the grid method before learning and using the distributive law of multiplication. Following this we will begin to use the chunking method to divide numbers into groups (while continuing to regularly practice our multiplication tables!).
We will also be introducing fractions and decimals during the autumn term. We will learn how to add fractions together and begin to identify fractions of a whole and of different quantities.
Finally this half term, we will be looking at time using both analogue and digital clocks.
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 continuing to read '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. 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 topics will be 'Roman Britain' and 'Community'.
After we've finished our Roman topic, we will be beginning our new topic, which is based on the theme 'Community'. As well as thinking about the communities we belong to, we will learn how to use maps to explore our local area, beginning to use grid references to identify positions on a map. We will even be creating our own maps which will include a range of symbols and our very own key.
This half term, our science topic will be 'Animals including humans'. We will be: