Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page!
Happy New Year from all of the year 4 team! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break.
I have got more exciting things planned for the children this term. In Maths, we will be developing our skills when using formal written methods for division and multiplication. We will also be finding out about square numbers and solving problems involving time. In literacy we are going to be writing stories about amazing creatures and non-fiction texts linked to our topic.
Our Learning Focus topic this term is ‘Decades’. We will be finding out about the 1970’s and how the people and events from that time in history influence the way we live today. We will also be researching the life and work of the famous artist David Hockney and creating artwork for our 1970’s gallery.
Please could you help us with our topic this term? Do you have any old magazines that you no longer require? – We can use these in our David Hockney collages. Any 1970’s memorabilia that the children could bring in to add to our ‘Decades’ display would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance for your help.
Year 4 Independent Learning Task
I would like you to design and create an eye-catching and colourful 1970’s style platform shoe or boot. Be as creative as you like! The shoe or boot can either be a 3D model, a collage, painting or drawing.
I would like your creation to include some of the things we have been finding out about from the 1970’s.
You could include images of: The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, 1970’s pop bands, toys or films. Your creation could have special features e.g it could light up or even play music!
Your creation needs to be in school by Monday 5th February 2018
A few reminders for the spring term:
• PE Kit: Children need to wear black/blue plain shorts, with a plain team coloured top, (no football shirts) and a pair of trainers or pumps. As some of our PE sessions will be outside the children also need: tracksuit bottoms or leggings, again black/blue or grey and a jumper. This term PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday. If possible it would be helpful if the children could bring their kits on Monday and leave them in school for the week.
• PE: All jewellery must be removed before coming to school.
• Water bottles: Please make sure that children have water for inside the classroom and that water bottles are named.
• Reading books: These need to be in school EVERY day, as the children will be using them each morning. Please continue to support us by reading at home – if you do can you please jot it in their reading diary.
• Tuck: This is available to buy from school ranging in price from 20p-50p.
• Homework: This is handed out on a Friday and is expected back the following Wednesday. This includes spellings, which will be tested the week after they were given out.
Thank you once again for all your support.
As always, any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to pop in.
Year 3/4 spelling list* https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf (Page 16 for the spelling list.)
Useful information for all literacy topics
Year 4's visit to Stafford Castle on Thursday 12th October 2017
We had a fantastic visit to Stafford Castle! The children experienced what it would have been like to live in Roman and Norman times. They had the opportunity to try on armour and clothing from that period in history. We were all surprised how heavy some of the items were.
The children created some lovely brass rubbings which will be displayed in class. They also made lavender bags.
One of the sessions included a guided tour of Stafford Castle. The children travelled back in time, they each took on the role of a Roman soldier: marching around the castle grounds; following orders from the centurions in charge.
We were very lucky with the weather, it was an absolutely beautiful day and the views from the castle were superb!
The children’s behaviour was outstanding throughout the entire visit. We had an amazing day and we are sure the children will be talking about it for a long time to come.
Quotes from the children:
“I loved being in the castle, I could imagine the enemy trying to march up to the castle.”
“I didn’t think the armour was going to be so heavy!”
“The smell of the lavender was really powerful!”