Staff in Our Class:
Our Class Governor:
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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.
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!
The Spring term 2018 is full of exciting work with our new topic Rainforests. In science we will be looking at Materials and States of Matter as well as Sound. For our new computing topic we will be looking at Producing digital music as well as Editing and writing HTML
Spring 2018 Term Events:
School Spelling Bee begins!
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.
English Focus: 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 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.
Our topic for the Spring term is Rainforests. The children will discover where in the world rainforests are situated and facts about what a rainforest is.
We will also look at the climate of the areas of rainforests as well as the types of settlement and land use of rainforests.
Who can find more information about Rainforests before or whilst we complete the work? Find out who or what lives in a rainforest. What is the Weather/Climate like in a rainforest? What interesting facts can we all learn from?
What animals live in a rainforest? Do people live in rainforests? If so what is their habitat like?
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:
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