Year 4 - Sharks

Welcome to Year 4 and our Super Shark class! 


We hope you had a good summer - it was great to see so many of you at our Summer Camp fun - and now you are ready for a great year together!


We have lots of exciting learning planned this term and we can't wait to get started!


We are going to continue reading The BFG together and then develop our story writing through a lovely story called The Tear Thief.  We will be writing observational poems about Sharks and then explaining how things work, looking at amazing, useful inventions such as The Teacher-Pleaser (very important!wink) and other cracking contraptions! I've also got lots of great reading books to share with you!  I'm on the lookout for superstar readers this year! Remember, you can log on to Rising Stars and read online if you forget to bring a reading book home!


In Maths, we will be starting off with place value, then moving on to the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  We will also be having a big focus on learning our times tables - who will be our top Times Tables Rockstars this year?! Remember, the more you practise on Times Tables Rockstars, the more confident you will become, and this will help in all areas of your maths! 


Our history topic is The Stone Age to Iron Age, where we will be learning about the earliest people living in Britain! This also links well to our science topic of Rocks and soils, where we will be investigating different types of rocks, learning how they have formed and their different properties.  Our Art lessons will also focus on drawing skills and link to the very first cave drawings and paintings discovered from all those years ago!


In RE, we will be learning about Hinduism through their community and worship, as well as exploring our first school value of Trust and exploring our own beliefs through Godly Play.  In PSHE, we will be celebrating our school community and developing our expectations and responsibilities, as well as our resilience, using The Dot by Peter H Reynolds.


We are lucky enough to have a PE session with Coach Ollie every Monday, and in our own PE lessons, we will be developing our Tri Golf skills! Remember, our school uniform is still joggers, leggings or shorts and black trainers, so we will be ready for PE and outdoor learning every day! 


In music, we will be exploring the music of Abba, and in French we will be developing our language skills talking about where we live.  


Excitingly, it is our turn to be responsible for the Allotment this year - we will be working in there every Friday with our friends from We Can Grow - it was great to taste some of the fruits and vegetables from the allotment in our school dinners last year - hopefully we can produce even more yummy food! Remember to bring in a pair of wellies or sturdy shoes on a Friday - we will be out there rain or shine! 


Homework will be given out every Friday and collected in the following Wednesday - this will include some maths learning, some spelling work and there will be a half termly topic challenge as well.  We also expect you to be reading at home regularly - this can be recorded in your homework book. Times Tables Rockstars, Spelling Shed and Rising Stars will be part of your weekly homework.


If there are any questions from parents or carers, or anyone would like to offer help or expertise, please don't hesitate to ask - there will always be someone available on the gate, or the office can make an appointment.


Looking forward to a brilliant year ahead!




Mrs Vaux, Mrs Steers, Mrs Dickinson, Mrs Hobson smiley