Staff in Our Class:
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Times table rock stars: This will help children with their weekly times table test.
Maths website that children have used in the classroom. This is a game that can test the children’s addition, subtraction, multiplication and division knowledge.
BBC – Natural disasters. This will give children an insight into the different types of natural disasters.
Spellings and times tables are tested on a Tuesday. All children’s scores are recorded and when they are secure on one times table, they then move up onto the next one. Once they have completed the times tables, children are given mixed times table grids to ensure they are retaining their knowledge of the times tables.
It is important that students in year 4 are regularly practising their spellings and applying them within their work. We also have spelling journals which are used for children to practise words which they are getting incorrect in class.
Monday and Wednesday
Year 4 will be going swimming on a Friday.
Seals Class Page
Our Class Animal:
Our class name is Seals.
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 seal. Seals are a group of marine mammals that live in various regions of the world. They can survive both in polar and in tropic water. Seals are divided in two families: one that includes seals with ears, like sea lions, and others that includes earless seals, like common seals. There are 33 species of seals in total. Did you know that a Seal can hold its breath for 2 hours, which is a record in the animal world? If they reach adulthood, seals can live up to 30 years. Seals are highly intelligent; they have even been known to push drowning pets to safety. It is hoped that the children can think as intelligently as a seal.
Can you find any other unusual facts about the seal? As we are all new to year 4 at the start of the new year we will name the seal, so get your thinking caps on for a good name for our class seal. There will be a second seal to make sure the class seal is not too lonely; I’ve called him Sammy Seal. This seal can go on adventures that the children take after school and write a diary of where Sammy has been and what it got up to. (You can decide if Sammy is a girl or a boy for yourself).
Do you know any more facts about seals? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?
All About Me:
I have worked at SHMP for 20 years in many different roles. I began teaching at the school part time, teaching music to children in Key Stage 2, followed by teaching music from nursery to year 6 as well as teaching year 3 for one day a week.
In 2009, I became a year 3/4 classroom teacher; followed by working in year 5 for the last five years. This will be my first year at teaching a year 4 class, which has been a desire of mine for a while.
From a very young age, I wanted to work with children. I was brought up with music; learning to play the piano and recorder from 7 years old, followed by the oboe at the age of 10. I thoroughly enjoy teaching children and learning from them too. I often tell the children that we are all learning all the time, so I look forward to teaching year 4 as well as learning from them. This year I will be leading French, which means that I oversee and support the teaching of French throughout Key Stage Two. Luckily for me, I learnt French from a young age at school and I have had many holidays in France where I try to speak to the locals and just about get by if the French people do not speak too quickly back to me!
I am really looking forward to teaching year 4, especially finding out more about the children that are in my class. There is lots of new learning for this year, starting with Movie Week. The children will also be having weekly swimming lessons at Pontefract swimming baths. It’s an exciting new chapter for the children as well as myself so I hope the children are ready to be challenged so they can feel proud of themselves in their future achievements.
Homework: Children are given homework every Tuesday which is to be returned the following Tuesday, (times tables, spellings and handwriting).
Autumn 2017 Term Events:
The first week of the Autumn term will be film week.
In Year 4 children have the opportunity to go swimming and this is classed as one of their PE sessions. The other sport that will be taught this term is high 5 netball. This invasion game will enable children to develop their team work skills and raise their awareness of the importance of rules.
During the first half term we will be paying a particular focus to the author Roald Dahl. We will be learning and reading some of his books. Through the term we will also conduct research about Dahl himself and find out why he chose to become an author. We will be basing our writing around the texts, the BFG, The Twits and Esio Trot. We will be developing our use of ambitious vocabulary and ensuring that we are reading our writing to check it.
Throughout the first half of the Autumn Term , we will be: • recognising the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, ones) • counting in multiples of 6,7,9 and 25. • counting in multiples of 1000; counting backwards through zero to include negative numbers. • adding and subtracting numbers with up to four digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction • adding and subtracting numbers mentally, including: - a three-digit number and a four digit number. • recall and use multiplication and division facts for tables up to 12 x 12 multiplication tables • checking answers to multiplication and division calculations using rounding.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Autumn Term Educational Visits:
“Science based trip”. We are still trying to find a suitable trip to support the learning and understanding of the children. We acknowledge that children learn best when they are participating and therefore we will try our utmost to arrange a visit/visitor. Watch this space!
We will be learning about animals including humans. In this unit we will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. We will be exploring how animals and humans have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. We will learn about the digestive system in humans and identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
In the Autumn term we will be delving into our ‘Through the Ages’ topic where we will learn about the changes in Britain brought about from the Stone Age and Iron Age. Geographically speaking, we will be using maps to describe features and locate countries as well as build our knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.
Our topic ‘Through the Ages’ will also look at human geography including settlements. Mud art was explored in this era and we will be exploring the creations and identifying how they were made. If you would like to support your child further, please carry out your very own research around the Stone Age or Iron Age era or just ask your child what they have been learning and see if you can extend their knowledge of this topic.
- What facts can you find out about a seal that I haven’t already told you? Find out what period of time our topic Stone age and Iron age comes from? What else can you find out about this topic? How many vital organs do we have in our bodies? Can you name them? Can you find any easy methods to learn any of the times tables? For the 9 x table you can use your fingers. What is special about the 11 times table? What is your favourite author and why? Which book have you enjoyed reading the most and why? How many colours do you know in French? Draw a rainbow and label each colour with the French translation of each colours
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. During Year 6 the children sit the statutory assessment, these being the SATs exams.
National Curriculum Objectives:
What do the children in our class have to say?