Year Four

Teachers: Mrs S.Strain & Miss G. Endemanuo

Teaching Assistant: Mrs C. Lightfoot

Welcome

Welcome to our class page. This is where you will find out about some of the exciting things you learn whilst in Year 4. We are currently updating our class page, so if you have any ideas about how we can improve it, please do let us know.

Class Rules

In Year 4 we follow 3 simple rules:

Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe

Rewards

In Year 4 we believe in 'catching children doing the right thing'.  We instantly reward children for:

Class Dojo rewards have been generated by our pupils and include things like:

Wear your own clothes to school

Seat Pass

Pen permission for the day

We are always open to new ideas!

Sanctions

You will be reminded of our class rules.

You will be warned and asked to make the right choice.

If poor conduct continues you will receive time out where you may:

Repeat or complete unsatisfactory work

Write a letter of apology

Write out the school rules

We will record your behaviour on our Behaviour Sheet

We will inform parents/ carers so that they can support you to make the right choices.

We will always support you to Be Ready, Respectful and Safe.

Learning Project

World War II

During this Learning Project the children will learn about what life was like for the soldiers, women and children during the Second World War.  They will learn about British leaders, military equipment, rationing, bomb shelters and what it felt like to be an evacuee. 

This project also includes art being created, using the symbolic poppy as a stimulus.  In Music the children will learn songs from the era and why they were so important.  We will share British Pathe (through the Internet) to show real life footage of this time.  Our class read is Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll, a novel set in World War II.  In October we will visit Norton Priory and learn more about World War II and even get to look at artefacts.

Maths

Literacy

Reading

Letters from the Lighthouse is our class read. 

It is an historical novel set in World War 2.

Have a think about.....

Why Esther Jenkins is such an angry character.

Where Sukie might be.

What does the secret code mean?

How would you feel if you were an evacuee?

What would you pack in your suitcase?

Do you think Olive and Cliff will feel safe living in a Lighthouse?

Where would you hide a secret note? In your sock drawer or somewhere else?

Spelling Punctuation and Grammar

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Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar

In Year 4 one literacy lesson per week is for the explicit teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.  The children will learn how to use:

  • Fronted adverbials

  • Paragraphs

  • Appropriate choice of pronoun or noun across sentences to avoid repetition

  • Inverted commas and other punctuation to mark direct speech

  • Apostrophes to mark singular and plural possession

Spellings are taken from the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling lists and are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those that they often misspell.  We will also explore the origins of some spellings.

Handwriting

Children are encouraged to practice the Letter-join style of handwriting.

 

A Pen Licence is given to children who can consistently demonstrate a fluent, cursive style of writing.

Writing

Writing tasks are linked to our Learning Project. 

This term we will be planning, drafting and editing:

Evacuee letters

Evacuee diary entries

Narrative: Historical Setting

Newspaper Report

Poetry 

Propaganda Posters

Electricity

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity

  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers

  • Identify whether a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery

  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Sound

  • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

  • Recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear.

  • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

  • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

  • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

States of Matter

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases

  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)

  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways 

  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment 

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Animals including humans

  • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans

  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Independent learners.....

  • Visit the library to find out more about the science topic being covered or look for information on the Internet

  •  Visit parks and woodlands and look at habitats of squirrels, birds, rabbits etc.

  •  Discuss the effects of electricity in lights, computer etc. and emphasise the safety aspects – no fingers in sockets, no wet hands.

Science

Useful Information

Class News & Events

Lego Circuits

Yesterday, Tuesday 5th November, our school hall became a hive of activity.  We brought our Science and Design & Technology Curriculum to life.  By applying our skills and knowledge we built electrical circuits to light up street scenes.  We had to be creative thinkers, problem solvers and team- workers.

Thank you to Philip and Maria! We hope you can come back soon! 

On Wednesday 9th October we left school wearing our evacuee labels and escaped to our local museum, Norton Priory. 

We discovered what life was like for people living during World War 2.

We explored World War 2 artefacts and immersed ourselves in 1940's Britain.  Thank you Susan for helping to bring our Learning Project to life.

Year Four Work

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