Cedar – Mrs Henshall (Year 4)
Welcome to Year 4 Cedar Class!
Class Teacher – Mrs Henshall
Class Teaching Assistant – Mrs Sutherland and Miss Smith
Class Governor – Elaine Speakman-Davies
Welcome parents, carers, governors and children to Cedar Class page!
Spring (1) – Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you have had a good rest over the holidays and are feeling ready to learn!
In English we will be using the Talk 4 Writing process to explore the text ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’. This links with our topic of ‘Ancient Egypt’ and allows us to learn about the Egyptians. We will be focusing on using exciting vocabulary in our writing as well as using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause. We will be extending the range of sentences we use with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although.
During Talk for Reading we will start by exploring a variety of fairy tales, reading with consistent accuracy, fluency and confidence. Accelerated reader will be used in the afternoon to support the progress of comprehension. Reading/Phonic interventions will also be taking place outside of class to support those children that need it.
During this half term we will be exploring multiplication and division. We will explore factor pairs, multiplying 3 numbers and multiplying 2 digits by 1. We will continue our learning of our times tables during daily focused sessions. We will do this through a range of games and songs. Times tables will also be sent home to practice each week.
Our focus in science will be “Animals including humans”. During this topic, we will explore the human digestive system and learn about predators and the food chain. We will be asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiry to answer them. The children will also have the opportunity to set up simple practical experiments, comparative and fair tests. In year 4, we will begin recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables linking with our focus of Animals including humans.
We will continue with separate sessions focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar in the afternoon using a scheme called ‘No Nonsense Spellings’. This term we will be using spelling journals to help support learning of the statutory spelling list, and homophones. We will also explore the effectiveness of different sentence structures and apostrophes.
This term, we will be focusing our learning around the Egyptians. We will be investigating the big question ‘What was so awesome about the Egyptians?’ We will learn about life as an Egyptian, explore the exciting pyramids and find out who Tutankhamun was. Our learning will be based around the children’s questions and interests.
In R.E we will explore the question ‘How did Jesus teach about god and values through parables?’
During Spanish we will be adding new words to our vocabulary with a focus on foods, animals and colours. We will also explore the Spanish culture.
Reminders and other important information
P.E will take place on Tuesdays, however please ensure that P.E kits are in school all week as we will also have a second lesson which will vary week to week.
We will be starting swimming lessons on Friday 24th January 2020. Please ensure the children bring in their swimming costumes and towels on these days.
Homework will be given out every Friday and is due back the following Friday. This will consist of times tables practise and children will complete a times tables test each Tuesday. Handwriting practise or spellings may also be given.
Reading at home will form the other part of homework. We are encouraging children to read at home as much as possible and will be checking their reading records daily, so please make sure these are in school every day and are signed each time your child reads at home. These will then be counted and contribute towards their 100 Reads.
All children have login details for two fantastic maths resources and should seek to regularly access these at home.
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