Staff in Our Class:
Our Class Governor:
How can you support at home?
BBC Bitesize - This website takes the children through all of the different aspects of writing (nouns, verbs, paragraphs etc), children get the opportunity to firstly read the aspect of English and see examples and then get the opportunity to play an online game which tests their knowledge of the area.
This is a very interactive maths based website which allows you and your child to select individual programmes of study (Year 4), and within each programme of study there is a breakdown of exemplar questions which match the objectives on the National Curriculum. IXL will track your score, and the questions will automatically increase in difficulty as you improve.
There are also over 100 questions based around English, in the exact same manner as the maths mentioned above.
This is an excellent website to support the learning of times tables.
For fun facts related to our topic stone age to iron age.
Spellings and Times Tables are both tested on a Tuesday in Dolphin class.
Times Tables are tested weekly on TT Rockstar the previous week. We also complete a ‘speed table’ grid termly to track progress made by using TT Rockstar.
Spellings and Times Tables are tested regularly to ensure that the children are comfortably working towards achieving within their program of study.
Mondays and Wednesdays
Year 4 will be going swimming on a Friday.
Our Class Animal:
Each class, has been given a different animal (from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups.
All classes at Smawthorne now have an animal to identify them. Each class in LKS2 is represented by a water themed animal. Our class animal being a Dolphin.
Inside our class we have a Dolphin themed reading area and a water themed display for the children’s birthdays.
Did you know that:
Dolphins are one of the most intelligent animals and can be trained by humans?
Dolphins have a special way of communicating with each other by using clicking and whistling sounds?
Dolphins can only stay underwater for 15 minutes at a time?
Can you carry out your own research and see if you can find out any more interesting facts about dolphins?
Do you know any more facts about dolphins? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?
All About Me:
Hi, I’m Miss Ogley and I am now in my fifth year of teaching at Smawthorne Henry Moore. When I first came here as an NQT, I taught in Year 1, then I spent 3 years in Year 3 before coming to Year 4. I have had the opportunity to teach some of the children from my ‘first class’ and see them progress through school both academically and socially. This was my intention when I decided to become a teacher, to make a difference to children’s lives, be a positive role model or mentor and nurture children, providing learning opportunities for them to increase their knowledge as well as their social skills.
As well as teaching the Dolphin class, I am also the Phase leader for Lower Key Stage 2. This means that I spend a lot of time in the Y3 and Y4 classes ensuring that things are running smoothly.
In addition I will also be leading Reading across school. There is nothing better than having time to lose yourself within the pages of a book. It’s through reading that the children have the opportunity to ‘magpie’ words and enrich their vocabulary whilst being entertained at the same time!
Another aspect of my role is to support any trainee teachers that we have on placement in school. I mentor them and ensure we, as a school, are giving the trainees lots of experience and opportunities to develop in their role.
I am really looking forward to continuing teaching Year 4 and teaching a brand new curriculum! I’m excited that I have the same class however, we will now be known as the Dolphins. The children are all aware of my expectations of them and we are looking forward to sharing our successes in the term ahead.
Weekly Spellings – handed out on a Tuesday (glued into planners), to be tested on the following Tuesday.
Times tables - children will have a weekly times tables test, these will be written in your child’s planners; or just pop into the classroom and look at our Times tables results chart. By year 4 it is expected that all children know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10’s times tables.
Our weekly comprehension activities are sent home to promote and nurture conversation and understanding around a text. Children should be encouraged to think about word choices made by the author and to try and identify meaning and inferences within a text.
Weekly maths sheets are sent home with the children to reinforce the learning completed that week. This is an opportunity for the children to hone their skills, calculate and problem solve independently.
The children are split into 3 spelling groups and are given a list of spellings to learn. Your child should know which group they are in and will be able to tell you what their spellings are for the week.
For a full list of spellings see the school website.
TT Rock Stars / Times tables:
Each week children will have a set times table or division facts to learn. They will be tested on a weekly basis.
Spring 2018 Term Events:
Our school Spelling Bee begins the first week back.
During the first part of the Spring term we will be working our English around the popular children’s book, ‘The Worst Witch’. Through this the children will write stories, predictions, create characters and description. We will also be reading, ‘Operation Gadgetman’ where we will be inspiring the children to create their own gadgets and write instructions.
We will be developing our use of ambitious vocabulary and ensuring that we are reading out writing to check it. Alongside there will be extra focus on SPaG elements in particular the use of connectives and adverbial openers.
Throughout the first half of the Spring Term , we will:
- identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.
- round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.
- solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
- solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
- recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations.
- multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Spring 2018 Term Educational Visits:
Tropical World - Leeds
We will be visiting Tropical world to explore the different climates of the Rainforest and the differing species of animals it inhabits. The children will take part in a workshop while there to underpin and embed their learning.
In the first half of the Spring term we will be learning about Materials and States of Matter. We will compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases, observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). Through this topic we will also identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.
In the Spring term we will be delving into our ‘Rainforests’ topic where we will describe and understand key aspects of: Physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle.
We will explore Human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
The children will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
Can you create an acrostic poem using the word Dolphin?
Can you research an animal of interest that lives in a rainforest?
Can you create your own Rainforest themed wordsearch or crossword?
How is Progress Measured in Year Four?
Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons teachers will use AFL (Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class.
National Curriculum Objectives:
What do the children in our class have to say?