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 Summer Term Ahead:
It’s hard to believe we are entering the final half term of year 4. It has been a very exciting and fulfilling year for me and I hope the children have enjoyed the topics and different lessons we have completed so far.
Summer 2018 Term Events:
The countdown to our Summer Festival begins!
During the first part of the Summer term we will be working our English around Michael Morpurgo’s popular children’s book, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. Through this the children will write stories, predictions, diary entries and act out through role play. We will also be reading, poetry and basing our writing after half term around our topic work, The Romans. We will read myths such as Romulus and Remus and write biographies.
Throughout the first half of the Summer Term , we will:
- develop our knowledge of place value further using up to 4 digit numbers
- build on our knowledge of the four operations and the formal methods of calculation using these to solve two step problems.
- solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.
- measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in cm and metres.
- find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares and relate it to multiplication arrays.
- describe positions on a 2d grid as coordinates in the first quadrant.
- describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Summer Term Educational Visits:
During the first week back after the half term holiday the whole of year 4 will be going on a trip to the Yorkshire Museum to discover more about our Romans topic. The children will be able to see artefacts dating back to Roman York as well as slip back in time by stepping across a mosaic that takes you back into the cosmopolitan, busy and wealthy city that was Eboracum.
For our final half term our topic in science is Plants, where we will name the main parts of a plant and describe the functions of the roots of plants. We will find out what Photosynthesis is and conduct an investigation to see whether a plant grows better with more water. We shall also dissect a flower and name the parts as well as begin to understand what pollination is.
In the Summer term we will be learning about the Romans and their impact on Britain. We will learn about Caesar’s attempted invasion, the powerful Roman army and the key people involved in Britain’s resistance, like Boudicca. The children will use their map skills to identify countries in Europe and how ‘Romanisation’ changed Britain and the geography such as the building of roads.
We will be visiting the Yorkshire museum to embed our learning and view some Roman relics.
Can you research a part of the Roman Empire that is of interest to you?
Can you create your own Plant themed crossword?
Can you design your own type of rose?
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?