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 9th May 2018
St Martha's class assembly will be 13th June 2018.
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.
In summer term, we will be exploring a range of new fiction and non-fiction genres. We will begin by learning about stories from other cultures, giving the children opportunities to find out more about storytelling traditions in different countries. Then they will get to write stories which are set in other parts of the world. After that, we will be looking at narrative poetry: poems which tell a story, including 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes, a story which is set in 18th century England. Finally, we will be writing explanation texts: non-fiction texts which explain how a process works.
In grammar, we will be focusing on:
- Using the possessive apostrophe to show belonging in words with regular plurals (for example, the girls' umbrellas) and in words with irregular plurals (for example, the children's umbrellas)
- Using determiners: words which go before a noun and identify the noun in greater detail (for example, a/an/the/some)
- Using the present perfect and past perfect forms of verbs
This half term, we will recap multiplying two digit and three digit numbers by a one digit number using formal written method.
We will also be finding the perimeter and area of 2-D shapes. So make sure to revise the names and properties of all of the 2-D shapes.
By the end of Year 4, you must know all your multiplication facts. So please make sure that you are practising your times tables daily!
Reading: The Big Read
In Summer 1, we will be finishing 'Hamish and the Gravity Burp' by Danny Wallace. 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 'On top: Clean Water, Dirty Water'
We use water for many things – it is an important part of our daily lives. For most of us, clean fresh water is available ‘on tap’. But not everybody in the world is as lucky.
Explaining the Theme
In Geography, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- About the water cycle and how rain is made
- How water gets to our taps and where it goes to after we have used it
- What causes water pollution and what can be done about it
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How to make our own water cycle
- How to investigate and clean different water samples
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How some people around the world do not have access to clean water
- How we can help to improve the lives of people in poorer countries
This half term, we will be continuing with Solids, Liquids and Gases.
We will now focus on the Water Cycle and understand how water travels through the Earth by evaporation, condensation and precipitation.