Class 4

Welcome to Class 4!

Happy New Year – here’s hoping 2022 will be fabulous for us all!  We hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break and are raring to go! We cannot wait to start the new year and are really looking forward to what Class 4 will be learning this half term!

ENGLISH

In English, we will be looking at diary writing and journalistic writing.  This will link with our Topic work on ‘Ancient Egypt’.  We will be working on our key skills in grammar and punctuation as well as our spelling and handwriting.  In reading, we will be working on our comprehension skills, in particular our understanding new and rich vocabulary as well as developing out ability to infer and deduce. Our class text for this half term is ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ by Emma Carroll.

MATHS

In mathematics, we will be working on multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages.  We will also continue to work on our recall of times-table facts up to 12 x 12.   It would be great if you could encourage the children to continue to work on these at home using Times Table Rockstars – I am hoping to start up some competitions online.

TOPIC

Our topic for this term is ‘Ancient Egypt’ which a brilliant topic that the children will love!   Then, we will move on to ‘All Around the World’ which will have a geography focus.

In Design Technology we will doing some work making papyrus paper as well as exploring mechanisms like a shaduf! Hopefully, we will also be able to do some sewing.   Our Art will focus on drawing cartoons in the style of specific artists and improving our painting skills.

In Science, the children will begin to look at plants and their lifecycles! For computing, we will be looking at programming and repeating patterns.

Our PE sessions will be on a Thursday afternoon with our P.E. coach and on a Friday afternoon with the class teacher.  Over the course of the Spring term we will  cover tennis, badminton and football.

Please continue to encourage your children to read on a regular basis at home and we will send some further information about homework projects that you can take part in if you choose.

If you have any questions or worries, please do not hesitate to speak to us – we are more than happy to help.

Our Class Reader

Other recommended reads for our topic ‘Tutankhamun’s Tomb’ include:

  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (the author of the Percy Jackson books)
  • The Eye of Ra

Meet the Teacher

Please have a look at the Class 4 Meet The Teacher (Miss Evans) if you were unable to attend this session.

British Values – Democracy Day

The children in Class 4 took part in Democracy Day where they created presentations to decide on a class charity.  The children voted and the winning charity was announced as the British Red Cross.  Watch this space for our fundraising ideas!

We also looked at this picture and considered what it represented:

Here is what the children said:

“Grow like a sunflower.” Gamaliel

“Look up to the future.” Kristiana

“Everybody is equal; no matter their culture we can all enjoy the same thing.” Laila

“Don’t look down – always look on the bright side and for the positives.”  Annie and Kingsley

“No mattter how tall you are, you can always reach your goal.” Max

We are sure you agree that these are wonderful ideas that we could all live our lives by.

Summer Term Class Reader

Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans

Class 4 Weekly Timetable

Class 4 Curriculum Maps

Class 4 Curriculum Newsletters

Class 4 Gallery of Glory!

Homework

Homework this term is designed to:

  • support your child’s learning in class;
  • give them the opportunities to go over and revisit passed taught topics;
  • improve their speed of processing skills and quick mental recall;
  • increase their opportunities to read for pleasure, which improves speed of reading, sight vocabulary, spelling recall and help enhances creative writing and knowledge of the world.

Homework to be completed weekly:

  • 5 reads a week
  • Spellings
  • Times Tables using TT Rock Stars

Our topic for the next term is Geography based and will look at how settlements have evolved over time.  Here are some examples of some creative work to support your child’s learning:

  • Geography Quiz
  • Jigsaw puzzle of the UK and/or the World
  • PowerPoint presentation on Stone Age Settlements

At parents evening, there were many requests for paper copies of English and Maths work – please keep your eyes peeled for work given out on Fridays!

Maths Games to Support Learning

This half term, we are working on Place Value and the four number operations.  Keep an eye out for some games to help support the children with their learning:

Compare Numbers on a Number Line

Rocket Rounding

English Games to Support Learning

This half term, we are looking at Persuasive Texts (Adverts), Instructional and Explanation Texts and Image Poetry.  Why not have a look at the following:

Adverts

Instructions

Explanations

Exploring Poetry

We will also be working on key grammar skills and the following may support the children’s understanding:

Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives

What is a pronoun?