Year 4 - Sharks

January 2022


Happy New Year! 


Welcome back everyone - we hope you had a super holiday and are ready for a great term.  


This term we have lots of exciting learning planned! In English, we are going to start off with some creative poetry, followed by writing our own portal stories - what magical words could we end up in?  We will also be writing persuasive texts, myths and information texts linked to our history topic of Ancient Greece.  In maths, we will be developing our multiplication and division strategies, finding the area of shapes, then learning all about fractions and decimals. We will continue to work on our times tables knowledge so that we are able to rapidly recall all the facts up to 12 x 12 - keep practising these at home and playing on Times Tables Rockstars! 


In history, we will be learning about Ancient Greece and how they have influenced our world today.  We will be learning about Islam in our RE lessons, and how to keep a healthy body and healthy mind in PSHE.  In music, we will be learning the classic song 'Lean on Me' and developing our understanding of music notation, whilst in PE we will be working with Coach Ash for the first half term doing indoor Athletics , followed by a half term of hockey when (hopefully!) the weather is a bit more pleasant!  We will be continuing to learn more French  through our topic 'On the Move' and learning about editing photos in computing, as well as continuing to develop our coding skills.  Our topics in science are Animals including Humans, then moving on to learning all about Forces.  In Art we will be using clay to create art inspired by the Ancient Greeks.


Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned on a Wednesday - don't forget that as well as the work in books, children should play games on Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rockstars as part of their weekly homework.  Also, of course, children should be reading for about 20 minutes at least 3 times a week and recording this in the homework books.  It has been lovely to see how enthusiastic the children have been about reading our class novels and our Book Advent leading up to Christmas, so hopefully we can continue to build on their enthusiasm this term as being a fluent reader is so important for all areas of education.


Another area that has really impressed me, is how well the class have got to grips with Google Classroom - an online learning platform.  This is something that we often use in class, so if they have a tablet or other device at home, please do try to get them to log on at home so they can show you some of their learning.  Should your child need to access remote learning, this a great way for me to share work with them and for them to interact with the class whilst at home.  Log in details are in their homework books, but if you need any help with logging on at home, please don't hesitate to ask.


As ever, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to catch me at the gate after school or contact the school office to make an appointment. 


Best wishes, 


Mrs Vaux smiley

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