4P - Mrs Phillips supported by Mrs Burlow, Mr Chapman & 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!
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Y4 Travel to India & Explore (19 images)
Y4 have been learning all about India
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