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Year Four

Spring Term 2019! (second Half)

 

This half-term, our topic is ‘From bean to bar’. Children will begin learning about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation and their finding if the cocoa bean. The learning will progress into the history of chocolate from then until the present day with lots of tasting of different chocolate along the way.

The children will learn all about the Ancient Mayans and their contributions to our society. We will look at where they were from, their way of life and what is left of the Mayan civilisation. The children will also be learning about the history of chocolate and how it became a huge part of our lives. We will be learning about how chocolate was changed with the likes of John Cadbury, Rodolphe Lindt, Henri Nestle, Frank and Ethal Mars and Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie.

In maths fractions is going to be our key focus this half term. We will continue working on different English and Grammar skills which the children can then apply to different genres of writing.  During science the learning will be focusing on states of matter looking at changes to materials at different temperatures and classifying materials as solids, liquids or gasses. Computing will continue weekly and the children will build on their programming and de-bugging skills.

We have a new homework grid which is a slight adaption to our grid last half term. There is still an emphasis on times tables through times table rock stars, spellings through spelling shed and reading through recording readings and answering a specific question from our reading stickers. Your child will have set activities within spelling shed to complete on a weekly basis, these will be set on a Wednesday. Your child will have set times tables through time table rock stars which they need to practise in order to earn coins. This can be completed in either garage or studio for the children to collect their coins. Your child should be reading daily but we ask for records at least 5 times a week and a detailed response to the specific learning relating to the reading they are completing at home.

We have our sessions with JA sports this half term with a focus on tennis; this will be on Tuesdays and will be outside weather permitting or in the hall if not. The second session of PE is still on Thursdays. Please ensure that your child’s kit includes suitable jumpers, jogging bottoms and a spare pair of socks whilst the weather is still cold. Parents are asked to write a letter to the child’s class teacher if their child is injured and unable to take part in a games or P.E. lesson. If children forget their kit, they will be expected to observe the lesson, inside or outside.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term 2019!

This half-term, our topic is ‘India’. Children will learn and explore the Indian culture through the writing of their own brochure. The content is aimed at other children and will include a variety of pages to inform them about the country and why they might want to visit.

The children will learn and develop and understanding about all aspects of life in India from its geography, climate, famous monuments and food to its religions, traditions and expressive arts. They will explore traditional Indian cuisine with a visit to a local Indian restaurant to experience this first hand, as well as cooking their own Dahl. They will learn about Indian music and instruments as well as expressing themselves through Bhangra dancing. We will also read a variety of Indian stories, looking more closely at the story of Rama and Sita and how this relates to our RE topic of Hinduism.  Children will also try their hand at using clay to create a Diwali lamp and at drawing their own Rangoli pattern.

To conclude this topic, we will showcase our Indian festival. This fabulous finish session will take place at 2.30pm on Wednesday 13th February in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you and will let you know more about it nearer the time.

Homework is changing and this half-term is the first outing of the new grid. To see the new India topic based grid please click here. There is an emphasis on times tables through times table rock stars, spellings through spelling shed and reading through recording readings and answering a specific question. Your child will have set activities within spelling shed to complete on a weekly basis, these will be set on a Wednesday. Your child will have set times tables through time table rock stars which they need to practise in order to earn coins. This can be completed in either garage or studio for the children to collect their coins. Your child should be reading daily but we ask for records at least 5 times a week and a detailed response to the specific relating to the reading they are completing at home.

The Year 4 outdoor games lessons take place on Thursdays. Please ensure that your child’s kit includes suitable jumpers, jogging bottoms and a spare pair of socks whilst the weather is still cold. P.E. lessons take place on most other days so it is important that all children keep their P.E. kit in school during the week. Parents are asked to write a letter to the child’s class teacher if their child is injured and unable to take part in a games or P.E. lesson. If children forget their kit, they will be expected to observe the lesson, inside or outside.

 

Click here to see our Yearly Overview for 2018-19

Autumn Term 2018

 

What is a growth mind-set?

"It’s the belief that although we are born with a certain level of intelligence, we can develop it throughout our lives through effort, strategies, facing challenges and learning from our mistakes."

Click here if you would like more information about what growth mind-set means. 

 

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  Each class has a motto to re-enforce growth mind-set.  

Robin’s motto - ‘Mistakes are proof that you are learning!’  

Doves motto - ‘It’s OK to not know, but it’s not OK to not try!’  

Autumn Second Half Term 

 

We start this term with an exciting visit from Zoolab. This term will focus on Orangutan rescue where the children will be in the role of a Rainforest conservationist and design their own orangutan sanctuary in Borneo.  This will include areas of geographical knowledge, maths, problems solving, persuasive writing and advertising. 

We will be finishing this fabulous topic with a Fab finish in your child's classrooms on Thursday 6th December at 2:30pm. Come along and see what your child has been learning across all subjects so far in year 4. 

The two half terms have separate homework grids to keep the children engaged and stimulated. You can find the newest homework grid here. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who managed to earn 30 points in their homework last term! 

Miss Sullivan is offering a spelling homework club for your child to complete this with support on Thursdays and is happy for as many children to attend as possible. For a copy of the current spelling homework grid please click here.  

Our PE days are Wednesday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor), please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing for both PE sessions especially outdoor as temperatures start to drop in the coming months.  

We will start working on our Year 3 and 4 Christmas Carol concert taking place at St Andrew's Church in Burgess Hill. The dates and times for your diaries are; 

Wednesday 5th December 1.45 pm
Thursday 6th December 9.45 am
More information regarding this will soon follow. 

We have already started this academic year brilliantly and this will continue throughout. We encourage parents to read at home often with their child. Mental maths is a focus this year and we would like parents to practise this at home with your child in relation to everyday situations. If you need any advice on this please ask a member of the yer 4 team! 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at parents evening and our fab finish! 

YEAR 4 team  

Miss Sullivan, Mrs Ahmed, Mrs Gathern and Mrs Whitehorn (Robins) 

Mrs Whinder, Mrs Rowen and Mrs Worsley (Doves)