Our Autumn topic until Half Term is How Children’s Lives have changed. We’ll be developing skills around continuity and change and learning about wat it means to be a significant figure. We’ll be learning about why a person or event is significant, how lives were affected, how long these effects lasted and whether the significant person or event had a good or bad impact. We’ll be building these skills while looking at the changes in children’s lives in Tudor times, Victorian times and Lord Shaftesbury’s changes.
Alongside this we’ll be learning about the human digestive system, human teeth and dental hygiene, the teeth of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and some of my favourite learning about producers, predators and prey! This will set us up well for our learning after half term where we’ll be learning about why the rainforests are important.
We’ll start our year, as usual, with The Lost Words. It’s always a lovely way to start the school year by connecting with nature and words that are falling out of the English language for children. We’ll be exploring starlings and swifts and their incredible murmurations or journeys.
We’ll be building to our bank of folk tales and fairy tales and we’ll use the stunning book The Golden Cage in our literacy lessons.
Class reading book for pleasure:
My Name is River. Children are very welcome to bring in a copy of their own to read along as this is rea to them in class. The book tells the story of Dylan and his mission to stop a global company from buying his family’s farm. All he wants is to be able to build a treehouse on the family farm, instead he’s skipping a school Geography trip and ends up in Brazil where a street girl, called Lucia saves his life and opens his eyes to the world.
Your PE day is Friday. Please come to school in your PE kit, it must be a PE kit and not a football kit. Please also tie your long hair back and take out any jewellery.
Children need to have at least five records of reading in a week in their planner and complete at least five 5-a-day tasks on Doodlemaths. New spellings are given out every Tuesday based on a new spelling rule.
If there are any messages or you would like to speak to either of us then please feel free to message us on Class Dojo. If messages are urgent, then please contact the school office.
Mrs Clark-Allan and Ms Taylor
Multiplications Tables Check
In June 2021 all pupils in Y4 will be required to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from 2 to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.
Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.
If you would like more information on the MTC click this link here: