Welcome to Year 4!
Mrs Durkin and Mrs Harrington are the teachers in 4A.
Mr Platon is the teacher in 4J.
Mrs Curnick, Mrs Drodz and Miss Meade are the Teaching Assistants who will be working within the year group.
In maths, this term we will be looking at place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division methods. We will continue with the Singapore Maths Method, using a Concrete-Pictorial- Abstract approach. The use of word problems will encourage your children to use high-order thinking techniques and applied skills in their work. Children will be practising their times tables knowledge on Purple Mash in the Computing suite; this allows the children to become accustomed to the format that will be used in the Multiplication Tables Check in the Summer term.
In English, as the class read texts, we will use the material to explore vocabulary, language, imagery and literary techniques. We look at the grammar used and they will use this as a prompt for their own creative writing later on. Some of the texts we will be looking at this term are 'Escape from Pompeii', 'Leon and the Place Between’ and 'Krindlekrax'.
We encourage the children to read daily and take some responsibility for commenting on what they have read in their reading records but do ask that you sign it every night. Please listen to your child read as well as reading to your child. It is important to discuss the books they are reading by asking relevant questions. The children will be expected to bring in their reading records once a week. The day your child brings in their reading record will be informed to them.
In RE, we will be covering a different topic each half term, covering 'Beginning of the Church' and Advent.
In History, this term, we will be studying the impact of the Romans on Britain. In Geography, we will be linking a major event in the Roman city of Pompeii and volcanoes. Using volcanos as a catalyst, the children will be using stop animation to create videos to show how the eruption of Mount Vesuvius could have affected the locals.
In Science, this term, we will be investigating the digestive system and learn about organisms and habitats.
Each week, the children will receive either maths or English homework. Occasionally, the homework may relate to 'Topic' or R.E. work we are covering. Alongside this, there will be weekly spellings and times tables to learn using 'Times Tables Rockstars' so that the children can practise their times tables knowledge to prepare them for the Multiplication Tables Check in the Summer. Your child has been given their login details.
Homework will be uploaded on Microsoft Teams on Friday. The homework is expected to be handed in by Tuesday by uploading it on Teams. Spellings will also be given and your child will be tested on following Thursday.