Welcome to Year 4!
The class teacher is Mr O'Connor
Welcome back after the half term break.
In Literacy we follow the school’s scheme Success For All (SFA) and we are currently basing our work around 'The Good-Time Boys' by Hiawyn Oram. The Good-Time Boys is a play based on an East African folktale.
The reading learning objectives for this three week cycle of work are:
- To identify the format and layout of a play script
- To understand the setting and storyline and identify how the writer makes this clear to the audience.
- To understand how stage directions move the performance forward.
- To understand how the writer makes the storyline clear to the audience through dialogue and action.
- To identify additional information included in a play script.
- To understand how the director's notes can be used when planning a performance of the play.
The writing learning objectives are:
- To write a character sketch of the two boys, Amini and Ajidi, comparing and contrasting their personalities and behaviour.
- To write a play script, with dialogue, stage directions and director's notes.
- To write instructions for scenery and costumes for a play.
The children will have daily numeracy lessons covering the New Curriculum’s Year 4 objectives. This term’s session will involve; mental addition and subtraction, number and place value, mental multiplication and division, measurement, decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions.
Cross Curricular Topic
This term's cross curricular topic is ‘PREDATORS’ and the children will be doing a wide range of activities. Related to science the children will be learning about: Food Chains; Fossils; Plant Parts and Functions; Water Transportation in Plants; Skeletal Systems; Working Scientifically. Related to art and design: Symmetrical art; 3-D scale models. Related to Computing: Online Research; Digital Presentations.
The Science topic is Electricity, the children will be working scientifically to plan and undertake a number of investigations. By the end of this block the children will have acheived the following National Curriclum outcomes:
i) identify common appliances that run on electricity
ii) construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
iii) identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
iv) recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
v) recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors
The children also have a broad and balanced curriculum including French, Hymn practice, Music, PE, RE, PSHE, Art & Design and Computing.
PE- Every Monday and Wednesday.
Children should have their kits in school at all times as PE sessions vary each half term and can change due to the weather conditions. Children cannot opt in or out of PE over the year unless they have a medical problem.
It is really important your child had the correct PE kit for health and safety reasons.
Pumps or trainers
Blue/Black jogging pants or leggings as the children will be doing outdoor PE this term. We encourage a change of socks- white but this is not compulsory.
The PE kit can be left in school for the half term.
Every Friday there will be regular literacy and numeracy activities which the children will take home with them and are to bring it in on Wednesday. Other activities such as projects for History or Geography work will be set as appropriate throughout the year. As a school we appreciate any feedback you give us and the support you will be giving your children to complete their tasks successfully. Please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns.
Children read daily in SFA and will be given the opportunity to read for enjoyment in class at least 4 times a week. We will not send reading books home unless you specifically want your child to have one. If you would like your child to bring a reading book home, then please hear your child read for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week and sign the reading diary. The children will earn merits if they do this and return their homework on time.
Dates for the diary
3rd March- Allegro dance at Broadoak
9th March- Cross Country at Broadoak
5th April- Parents Evening
11th April- Break up for Easter
Mr O’Connor, Mrs Baker & Mrs Moran
Have a look around the Year 4 classroom...