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. You will find everything you need to know about the two year 4 classes here, including the homework your child will need to complete in year 4. St Martha's class teacher is Mr Gould and St Martin de Porres' class is Mr Wymer.
Please make sure your child brings in a P.E. kit every Monday and brings this 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 19th July.
St Martin de Porres' class assembly will be on the 8th May.
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 start by focusing on African Dilemma stories. We will use examples of African dilemma stories to create our own. We will then move on to focusing on biographies and their key features. We will also be looking at myths.
After half term, we will be focusing on newspaper reports and non-chronological reports. We will end the year with two poetry units. The first unit will be 'Odes' where children will be encouraged to include similes and interesting adjectives in their writing. The second poetry unit will be 'Kennings'. Here, children will be encouraged to use powerful verbs.
This term in maths, the children will be developing their understanding of multiplication and division. They will learn about factors and multiples, multiplying three numbers, and using long multiplication to multiply a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number.
Next the children will be learning more about measures such as length, mass and capacity. They will learn to convert from one unit of measure to another using multiplication or division.
Finally, they will be learning about perimeter and area. The perimeter of a shape is the distance around the outside of the shape. The area is the amount of space taken up by a shape.
The children also need to continue practising their times tables at home regularly.
Reading: The Big Read
This term, we will be reading 'Hot Like Fire', a collection of poems by Jamaican-born poet Valerie Bloom, who has lived in London since 1979. We will be learning all about the performance techniques which Valerie Bloom and other poets use to bring their poems to life, before putting some of these strategies into practice ourselves. As well as improving our performance skills, we will be looking carefully at Valerie Bloom's use of rhythm and form, and will use new words like stanza and rhyme scheme to describe her poems.
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 'Water'.
Our next IPC topic is ‘Water’.
In geography, we will be investigating the different forms and uses of water. We will also be learning about the journey water takes from source to sea. We will also look at topical issues such as water shortages and pollution problems across the globe.
We will use art to help develop our understanding of rivers and their key features.
This half term, we will be focusing on sound and how it is produced. We will look at how sound travels through liquids, solids and gases and also explore how pitch can be altered.
Next half term we will be looking at electricity. We will be building circuits and developing an understanding of their key components.
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.