4P - Mrs Phillips supported by Mrs Burlow & Miss Baker
4J - Mr Jones - supported by Mrs Westmore & Mrs Bennett
4B - Miss Bishop - supported by Mrs Brown & Mr Crawforth
YORK TRIP 2017
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Our children have now completed their first year in the juniors and have settled in well. In Year 4 we continue to build upon the knowledge and skills they have learnt in previous years. In the Summer term we take the children on their first residential trip to York.
Our topic for the first half of the Autumn Term is 'India'. The children will look at similarities and differences between the UK and India and study Indian culture, geography and society while solving the riddle of the stolen golden statue. Children will 'fly' to India on the BCPA airline, landing in Agra and handling artefacts in the marketplace, before moving on to the majestic Taj Mahal. They will also learn about the Hindu religion and about electrical circuits, all within the context of our India theme. Our learning journey will incorporate a WOW day, with art, dancing, food tasting and a special surprise visitor!
With maths lessons this term Year 4 will learn about arithmetic, number and place value, rapid recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pupils will also study fractions, decimals and percentages and position as well as covering 'basic skills' within weekly discrete sessions.
In our English learning journeys we will study poetry, the traditional tales of Rudyard Kipling (focusing on the tale of How the Rhino got his skin) and non-chronological reports, initially looking at one about India. These will be linked to Year 4 vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling requirements. Pupils will also have weekly discrete sessions on spelling and will have their spelling lists sent home to practise.
Each child will take part in weekly Reciprocal Reading lessons, spending one session reading and discussing a text in a group with the class teacher, one session completing a follow up task, one session working on spelling skills using the Spellodrome website and one session reading for pleasure. We encourage children to read as often as possible outside of school, to discuss what they have read with a family member or friend, and to cover a wide range of text types wherever possible to expand their experience.
Our focus during our computing sessions will be on 'basic skills' using Microsoft Office. Children will be able to create, amend and publish documents using Word and PowerPoint, including how to change font style, background and the look of a piece of work. They will be introduced to sensible online searching within our weekly computing lessons, and will be encouraged to apply their skills within other areas of the curriculum when required.
In PE the children will take part in gymnastic lessons, led by Mr Holdaway. We are also fortunate to welcome Cheltenham Town FC this term to carry out weekly football coaching sessions on the field.
Our PSHCE and Circle Time will focus on settling into our new year group and personal resilience. Pupils are introduced to Weebles, which always bounce back, no matter how hard they are knocked! The children will discuss their own personal qualities, and how to develop resiliance. Y4 will also hold regular 'Philosophy for Children' sessions, embedding the principles of listening to, considering and responding to other children's opinions, as well as formulating philosophical questions to discuss as a class.
We will continue to have music lessons with Mrs Powell and Miss Bishop, looking at composition within an Indian context. They will also look at a variety of British Values within lessons on democracy and Tolerance, including holding a real life parliamentary debate on the merits of homework and school uniform!
It's Springtime, and year 4 have another exciting term ahead! The children recently received an email from Cleeve Town Council, explaining that the refuse site in Stome Orchard may need to be expanded to cope with the extra demand for landfill in the area. We decided that the area would be better used as a local zoo!
The children started the topic by designing their own zoo, before creating PowerPoint presentations to be sent to the town planning department, persuading them to accept the zoo proposal. The classes will then begin to create merchandise to be sold in the gift shop; notably animal fridge magnets! They will continue to explore the animal world, looking at the food chain, animal habitats and animal classification. Children will explore teeth and the digestive system, and will even have the opportunity to sketch real skulls.
Alongside designing a zoo, year 4 will also find a solution to the expansion of landfill by investigating recycling and protecting our environment. They will carry out a school survey based on how much each class recycles; compile and manipulate data; create graphs and charts; write reports - all whilst applying their computing skills.
As well as our busy topic work, year 4 children will continue to engage in daily Maths, English and Reading lessons. Our maths coverage will include Place Value, Time, Money, Fractions, Shape and the Rapid Recall of Addition and Subtraction facts. Our English learning journeys will look at persuasive texts and setting descriptions, using a Talk 4 Writing Approach, supported by discrte spelling and VGPS lessons. Children will explore a variety of text types and genres in their Book Club lessons; reading with a teacher before applying their understanding through comprehension activities.
Pupils will be introduced to repetition and vaiables within our coding sessions: using the Discovery education Coding vehicle and Scratch.
In PSHE, children will cover e-safety, the influence of the media and health and wellbeing, with a focus on risk management, keeping safe and drug awareness.
Our PE sessions will focus on dance and wall and net activities.
Alongside all of this, we will also be preparing for our imminent trip to York.
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LETTERS & DOCUMENTS
Y4 Travel to India & Explore (19 images)
Y4 have been learning all about India
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