Year 4 Class - Karen Grove / Samantha Goddard

Year 4 Class - Introduction

 

Welcome to Year 4.

 

We are well established in the juniors now and our expectations have gone up even further. We are learning to work independently and think for ourselves, applying our learning and making decisions about how we do things.

 

As our reading begins to take off we can be more ambitious in our choice of reading materials and we can use our reading experiences as food for discussion, asking good questions and honing our own ideas. Our vocabulary is increasing, too, so we are able to express ourselves more clearly and this is having an effect on our writing.

 

Autumn Letter

8th September 2017

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Year Four! We hope you have had a fantastic summer. Just to confirm, your child is being taught by Ms K Grove on a Monday, Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday morning. Mrs A McErlean will teach Science to half the class the second part of the morning whilst Mrs K Keeling takes the other half swimming. Mrs K Keeling will teach on Wednesday afternoons. Mrs S Goddard will teach on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs K Keeling will be the Year 4 Teaching Assistant every morning.

In English the first two units that we will cover this term are Stories with a Moral and Sound Poetry based on  ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough.

In Mathematics we will follow the White Rose curriculum which will start with place value and addition and subtraction.

Some subjects will stand alone as follows:

Science:       Sound - How are sounds made?

History:       The Ancient Egyptians – How do we know about the past?

PSHE:              Internet Safety – How do we stay safe and happy?

RE:                  What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?

PE:                  Monday (indoor)

Spring Term 2017

 

 

 

Monday 10th September 2017

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

 

 

Welcome back and happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break.  I am thoroughly looking forward to this term and there is a lot of exciting things to look forward to.  The purpose of this letter is to let you know what the children will be learning between now and Easter and to give you some updated information about Year 4.

 

 

 

The teaching arrangements this term are as follows. Monday – Friday I will be teaching the class.  On Monday afternoon I will be having my PPA time and Mrs Keeling will be taking the children.

 

 

 

Manchester Museum

Ancient Egypt is great fun! This was confirmed with our trip to Manchester Museum. Firstly,  we had some self guided time and then spent some time looking at Ancient Egyptian artefacts. Eventually, we studied a mummy called Asru and had a think about items that she could take with her to the afterlife. We had a superb day and the children were excellently behaved. Well done Year 4!

Mr Hall's Drama Club

I have FINALLY chosen the children that are to take part in my drama club. It has been an immensely difficult decision and I would like to say a huge well done to ALL the children who auditioned. The standard was extremely high. Rehearsals will start on Wednesday 9th November.

Mr H

Welcome to Year 4

 

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

Welcome back to another school year – I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break.  I am thoroughly looking forward to working with your children and getting to know them.  The purpose of this letter is to let you know what the children will be learning between now and Christmas and to give you some general information about Year 4 and our class procedures.

 

The teaching arrangements this term are as follows. Monday – Friday I will be teaching the class.  On Monday afternoons I will have my PPA time (planning, preparation and assessment) so Mrs Keeling will register the children and teach them in the afternoon. The rest of the week will be as normal apart from Wednesday, which I will explain in further detail later in this letter.

 

 

For English we will be starting with instructions, narratives and then poetry.  After half term we will move onto fantasy narratives, newspapers and then persuasive texts. In Mathematics we will be looking at the place value of numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and then eventually moving onto multiplication.

 

Suspicious happenings!

According to Roald Dahl witches often disguise themselves as normal women. They do, however, have blue spit and wear gloves to hide their claws. Of course this is a work of fiction. Or so we thought...

Stand by for our important news reports on the matter!

Test Week

I would just like to say a huge well done to all of Year 4 for their excellent efforts this week. These tests have not been easy but you have conducted yourselves extremely well and shown some brilliant knowledge. Well done Year 4, I'm very proud.

Mr Hall

Natural Art

We have been having great fun in Year 4! We have looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. He uses natural materials to make sculptures so we've had a go ourselves! Take a look below!

Space Week!

What an absolutely fantastic week we've had in Year 4. I have been looking forward to this for a while as space is my favourite subject so I hope I have transferred some of my enthusiasm onto the children! We have learnt a lot and I do mean a lot! We started the week by looking at some of the planets in our solar system on the website www.solarsystemscope.com. We looked at the various temperatures and different sizes of the planets and then children made up some planets of their own. We compiled these into our own solar system!

After this, we got factual! We looked at all the planets within our Sun's gravity and we researched them all individually. The children did some wonderful drawings of the planets and presented the facts with enthusiasm and precision.

We also created some space based poems which was a lot of fun.

In addition to all of this, we carried out some drama, were involved with art and even began to design our own rocket. What a great week!

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