Welcome to Class Four! Come and have a look at what we have been doing...

 Teacher: Miss Hargreaves

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Dennett 

Spring 1
Maths      

Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Fractions

Telling the time

English

Fox by Margaret Wild 

The Tin Forest

 

Topic

History - Ancient Romans

Science

Properties and Changes in Materials

 

RE

Salvation - Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?

Art/

D&T

Mosaics

 

Music

Trumpets
PE

Thursday and Friday afternoons

Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school on these days

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Information for Parents

In Year 4, we are focusing on perfecting the skills learnt in Year 3, and learning new skills in preparation for moving into upper Key Stage 2. English and Maths Homework will include topics learnt in class to extend and strengthen understanding. Roughly 30 minutes should be spent on each piece of Maths and English homework.

Investigation Homework is an opportunity for children to conduct their own research into a set topic. They can undertake and present however they wish. Some pupils choose to make powerpoints, write poetry, bake, make models or posters, to name a few examples. Children should spend approximately 2 hours on this homework, to ensure quality research and a high standard of presentation.

In addition, Class 4 have spellings to practise which are taken from the statutory spelling list for Key Stage 2. Spellings are set on Mondays and tested on Fridays. It is also expected that children read at home at least twice a week. It is helpful if children can read aloud and independently, and discuss their book with an adult, to check their understanding of the text. In Class 4, we have a reward system for reading. Each time a child reads at home, they get a sticker on their bookmark. When they reach 10 stickers, they can go in the prize box!

 

 

 

English – “Fox” by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks

In English we have been studying “Fox”, a book about a friendship between a Dog and Magpie. Their relationship is put to the test when Fox tries to join them. Fox tries to lure Magpie away from Dog.

We took part in a drama activity called a “conscience alley” to work out what Magpie should do. Half of us were Dog convincing Magpie to stay, and the other half was Magpie’s thoughts persuading Magpie to go with Fox. Mae was Magpie, and she had to go down the centre of the two lines, listening to each person’s opinion.

 

PHSE Day – Safety Day – 5.2.18

On Safety day, Class 4 learnt about safety at home. We discussed the potential hazards children might come across at home, the consequences of these hazards, and how they can be prevented.

First of all, we completed a circle time activity, where we discussed times when we or people we know have had serious accidents at home. It was really interesting to hear everyone’s stories!

Next, we filled in a table by looking at different activities, like playing in the kitchen or making a hot drink and the potential risks associated with these activities. We also talked about what would happen if something went wrong.

Afterwards, we went to the “Switched on Kids” website to find out about electrical safety at home. We had to click on one of the rooms of the house and identify potential hazards in the home. Some of these included: trailing electrical cables, overloaded plug sockets and leaving electrical items switched on.

We also watched some videos about how hot some electrical items can get. In one video, we saw some hair straighteners cooking bacon and eggs, because they were so hot! We also saw one about children swallowing small items like button batteries.

In the afternoon, we talked about internet safety. We discussed how many devices each of us has at home, the kind of websites and apps we use, and how many of us are supervised by parents when using such devices.

We talked about the dangers of the internet. We know that social media can be extremely dangerous if not monitored by an adult and it is illegal for children to use. We also talked about cyber bullying and what we can do if we experience it. Then we took part in a quiz to see if we could put ourselves into different situations, and make the right decisions.

Times Tables Rockstars

Recalling 12 x 12 times tables is an important objective in Year 4. To help pupils with this, we are now using Times Tables Rockstars in school. This is a safe online way for children to learn their times tables. The more they play, the more virtual coins they earn to 'buy' things for their character, and they can make it onto the school leader board. Children can access the site at home, and logins are stuck in the front of their reading records. 

 

Science Experiment - Healthy Teeth

We have been looking at how we can keep our teeth healthy in Science. We decided to test the effects of different liquids on our teeth. Obviously we couldn't use human teeth, so we used hard boiled eggs instead! 

We placed each of our eggs into different liquids and observed and recorded any changes over 5 days. The liquids we used were Ribena, milk, orange juice, Coca-Cola and water. We also put one egg in a bowl on its own as a control, to help us see how the egg should look. 

The results of our experiment were quite shocking! This enquiry helped us to see what would happen if we didn't brush our teeth. We concluded that even if we drink these liquids, it is best to drink water afterwards to get rid of the sugar.