Our first week back in the classroom has been amazing and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing some familiar faces again and getting to know new ones. The children in King-Smith Class have shown me how they are respectful, ready to learn and that they can keep themselves and others safe, demonstrating already that they are following our three school rules.
In English, we have started the year exploring the book “The Planet in a Pickle Jar” where we were able to talk about some of our special memories and the world around us. We used descriptive writing to write about special things we would preserve in a pickle jar. The children made their own pickle jars where they added all the things they would like to keep forever, including mempires, pets and things they enjoy.
Our focus for English for this half-term will be based around our class author, Dick King-Smith. We will read a variety of her texts with a bigger focus on ‘The Hodgeheg” to complete writing tasks such as descriptive writing. Next half term we will be moving onto creating genres such as diary entries and narratives alongside non-fiction writing of explanation texts. Throughout the term we will also be recapping our grammar and word classes to help us build up interesting sentences in our writing.
In Maths, we are developing our place value knowledge, understanding numbers up to ten thousand (10,000) and using formal written methods for all four operations. The children will use a variety of concrete resources to support them and we are hoping that the weather will allow us to do some outside learning on the school grounds.
In History, we will be creating an understanding of the wider world’s past. Our focus will be on the achievements of the earliest civilizations – giving an overview of where & when the first civilisations appeared and a depth study of: Shang Dynasty.
In Art, we will focus upon drawing and painting this term, exploring different cultural artists and techniques linked to our History and RE work. The children will begin to understand colour theory and mixing of colours and develop their brush control when painting.
In Science, we will be kicking off our year by exploring our first topic ‘States of Matter’. We will be investigating the differences between solids, liquids and gases and researching the links these have to our water cycle. After half term, we will be exploring how sound can be created – this will be linked to data handling and representing data we collect onto digital devices.
In Computing, we will be exploring basic skills such as logging on and off a laptop, typing skills and different ways to present our written work. We will also be discussing the importance of internet safety and providing the children with a wealth of strategies to deal with online safety issues.
In PSHE we are continuing to follow the Jigsaw scheme of work. Our school-wide jigsaw topic for this half-term is called ‘Being Me’; where we will all be discussing what it means to be a school citizen, our rights and responsibilities and rewards and consequences. We will use and enjoy mindfulness and circle time activities to allow children time to reconnect with each other after the summer holidays.
In RE, we will learn about Hinduism; we will focus on the story of Rama and Sita and Diwali (the festival of light).
Our weekly schedule can be found in the class handbook, where you will also find the homework expectations and P.E time table for the school year.
Please remember you can talk to me if you need to on the playground at the end of the day or via Class Dojo.
Year 4 are an incredibly kind and caring year group and I am so excited for the year ahead, watching all of the children grow in confidence and knowledge.