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Year 4

Class teachers

Magpie - Ms Johnson

Starling - Ms A Begum

Welcome to Magpie and Starling!

This year we have planned lots of exciting topics for the children in Year 4. The children will be working hard to develop their skills to reach the standard of the Year 4 curriculum. As they mature and move through the school, the children take on more responsibility as independent learners, and are given opportunities to take on roles such as being a Peer Mediator or Playground Supporter and take part in gardening club.

In Year 4, the children begin to develop their ability to self-evaluate and set their own next steps.  We continue to provide engaging opportunities for the children and aim to accelerate progress to raise standards.

In the autumn term, we focus on London and the Thames through a cross curricular approach.  To link with the theme of the Thames and water, we learn about the water cycle and make waterproof devices, which we design ourselves and evaluate. We also focus on the novel Varjak Paw by S. F. Siad.

In the spring term, our focus is the Ancient Egyptians. We refer back to the work that we did on rivers in autumn term and compare the River Thames to the Nile, looking at how the River Nile is important to Egypt and its history. We also look at how people lived in Ancient Egyptian times and complete work on maps and locating important places. We explore stories about the different Egyptian Gods and we learn and write about Howard Carter. In science, we focus on electricity and link this to our work on Howard Carter and exploring tombs by designing and making our own torches. As part of computing, we allow children to blog their learning about the Egyptians, where they are able to post their own work as well as comment on other children’s work.

During the summer term, we learn all about the Anglo-Saxons and their settlement in Britain. Adventure stories is one of the text types we focus on. In Science we learn about sound during the first half term and move onto learning about animals, including humans during the second. In geography we compare mountains in Britain to other countries. As part of D.T, we create our own Anglo Saxon necklaces that we design, create and evaluate. Throughout the year in computing we will be working on touch typing skills and developing previous skills we have learnt on scratch.

PE  

This term Magpie and Starling will both have PE on a Tuesday and Friday. We will be following our REAL PE program to develop children’s basic core balance and agility skills. All children need to have full P.E. kit to participate. Our P.E. uniform is white t-shirt, navy/black shorts and trainers or plimsolls.

Homework

Homework goes out on Friday and should come back on the following Monday. It will include spellings linked to their topic work, English and Maths work. It is very important that the children read at home every day for 20 minutes. There is evidence to suggest that children that read consistently perform better at reading and writing.