4B - Miss Bishop - supported by Mr Crawforth
4PG - Mrs Phillips & Mrs Gardiner - supported by Mrs Baker
4D - Miss Draper - supported by Mrs Brown
Autumn Term 2021
Welcome to Year 4! We have an exciting term ahead this year which starts off with the 3D curriculum and our topic, The Battle of Britain. Throughout the unit, we will build children's vocabulary and focus on facilitating link-making between material covered in class, previously learnt knowledge and information from other areas of the curriculum. Children will work collaboratively and develop learning behaviours, such as resilience and communication.
When we are not learning about the Battle of Britain, we will be covering other areas in sessions including Science, PSHE, P4C (Philosophy for Children) and Computing. Our Science coverage this term is Electricity, which will involve creating circuits, exploring different materials and completing experiments. PSHE this term looks at building relationships with friends and family, and also keeping safe both online and in the real world. We will also consider media influence. Within P4C enquiries, we will look at power, courage, fairness all within a discussion framework - listening and responding to other children's thoughts and opinions and thinking about these big concepts. Our computing sessions focus on developing some 'basic skills' within Word and PowerPoint documents, amending font size and style and colours, inserting pictures, formatting documents and setting up animations and transitions. Alongside all of this learning, we also have Music and French sessions, taught by our resident experts, Miss Bishop and Mrs Philips respectively, Forest School with Mr Holdiway as well as twice weekly PE lessons - this term covering agility, balance, coordination and invasion games.
Of course, a school day will also include the core subjects of English, maths and Reading. Our English Learning Journey follows the Talk4Writing model, where we immerse ourselves in a text type, imitate it to learn the structure and features, innovate our own versions as a class with support, before independently applying our understanding on our own writing. Our English
units this term cover narrative within 'Quest and 'Defeating the Monster' stories and non-fiction Information Texts.
Our daily Book Club sessions go hand in hand with our English - every other week, children will have the opportunity to read to two adults in the classroom, as well as our sessions focusing on a text and whole class 'inference' sessions to focus on this important skill within reading.
We ask that children read books regularly, ideally daily, and ask that they complete their reading record to show what they have read. We have a reading scheme in Lower Key Stage 2, whereby Reading Points are awarded to children who read regularly, with a reward being provided at the end of term to encourage and motivate everyone to delve into books.
Our Maths coverage this term includes looking at place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (both mental and written strategies) and measure. Daily class sessions are based on individual assessment of each child, so every pupil will have an individual learning journey, tailored to their needs. One BIG Year 4 target is being able to recall our Times Tables - we use Times Tables Rockstars website to practice this and would encourage you to promote this at home too - all children have their own login and password and should rock out as often as they can at home!
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