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Lowdham C of E Primary School

‘Shine Like Stars’

Class 4 - Mrs Davey

Class 4

2021-22

Mrs Davey

 

School Closure/ Absence

In the event that school is closed, then work will be set and sent through Class Dojo. Any children who are having to self-isolate, but who still feel well, can access the following websites to help them stay in touch with their learning: 

 

www.mathletics.co.uk

www.spellingframe.co.uk

www.timestables.co.uk

www.ttrockstars.com

www.purplemash.com

www.home.oxfordowl.co.uk

 

 

Welcome to Class 4

In Class 4, we are kind, we work hard, and we enjoy taking on roles and responsibilities that help to make our classroom a happy and positive learning space. Our curriculum is full of exciting, cross-curricular topics which we change every half term. We also follow a class text each term which is linked to our English work and, where possible, our science and topic work as well.

This year, we will be learning about, and exploring, the following topics:

 

Autumn 1

'Living Things and their Habitats'

This is a science based topic all about grouping and classifying living things. The children will learn how to use branching keys and we also have an exciting trip planned to go pond dipping at Sherwood Pines! Here we will also learn more about food chains and food webs. Our class text is 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White.

In Geography, we'll be using an atlas to locate the capital cities of Europe. We'll also be finding out about some of the the world's rivers and mountains! Our music topic is ABBA's fabulous 'Mamma Mia'! We'll be learning their song and using using the glockenspiels as an accompaniment to explore pitch and rhythm.

Maths- Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction.

RE- The Hindu faith, their beliefs and festivals.

 

Autumn 2

‘Romans’ and 'Electricity'

This term we are learning about the spread of the Roman Empire and its impact on life in Britain today. The children will find out what life was like in ancient Rome through reading 'The Journal of Iliona'- the diary of a Greek slave girl. In science, we are learning about electrical components, symbols and circuits. The children will be investigating factors that affect the brightness of a bulb and they will experiment with different materials to find out which are good conductors. 

Maths- Measures involving Length and Perimeter, Multiplication.

RE- 'Incarnation', Jesus' Last Supper. The power of prayer. I am your servant.

 

Spring 1

‘Chemical Chaos’ – another science topic all about changing materials where we will investigate the three states of matter- solids, liquids and gases.

Our supporting text is the wonderful ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. The children will be designing, packaging and marketing their own chocolate bar!

Maths- Division methods, Area, Fractions

RE- Pilgrimages & Spiritual Journeys.

 

Spring 2

‘Good Vibrations’ – a topic about ‘sound’. Our English text is ‘Grandpa Chatterji’ by Jamila Gavin. This is an insightful and cultural story about a family living in Leicester who are visited by their wonderful Grandpa from Calcutta. 

Maths- Fractions and Decimals

RE- Salvation: The importance of Maundy Thursday and Easter Week to Christians.

 

Summer 1

‘Blue John’ by Berlie Doherty- a beautiful story based on the gemstone found in the caverns at Castleton in Derbyshire. This is a geography topic, looking at localities and conducting a comparative study and we'll learn to use grid references in map reading. As part of this study, we'll be visiting Peak Cavern and Peveril Castle in Castleton.

Maths- Money, Time and Statistics

RE- Spiritual expression through music.

 

Summer 2

‘The Ancient Egyptians’ -an exciting history topic linked to our class text- ‘Egyptian Cinderella' by Shirley Climo. 

Science- Digestion and Teeth.

Maths- Geometry and Shape

RE- The Journey of Life & Death

 

Whizzes and Pen-Licences!

In class 4, we take lots of pride in our handwriting and how neatly we present our work. Throughout the year, we work hard to practise our joined-up handwriting in order to gain, and keep, the precious pen-licence! Every week, we work together in class, and at home, to learn and practise our times-tables and spellings. There are lots of rewards and 'whizzes' for working hard and trying our very best, for being resilient and for making good progress in any or all areas of our learning.

 

Homework in Class 4

 

Please make sure your child has their planner in school every day.

 

  • Times-tables practise (tests are every Friday)

The children will have a times-tables booklet in their planner which will record their progress and show which times tables they are working on.

For information about the Statutory MTC 'Multiplication Tables Check' in Year 4 (Summer Term) please follow this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multiplication-tables-check-information-for-parents/multiplication-tables-check-information-for-parents-text-version--2 

I can also recommend these excellent websites for your child to practise on:

www.timestables.co.uk

www.mathsframe.co.uk

www.ttrockstars.com

www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Book- Times-Tables Fables (available on Amazon)

 

  • Spellings (tests are every Tuesday)

A list of 10 words will be given out weekly and stuck in planners. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded each half-term for exceptional spelling scores.

www.spellingframe.co.uk  is a brilliant website for practising spellings, especially the Y3/4 statutory list of spelling words.

 

  • ‘Mathletics' - www.mathletics.co.uk - for extra practise, quizzes and problem solving linked to our termly units.

 

  • Reading- please encourage your child to read at least three times a week. Children may read to themselves if they prefer but all reading should be recorded in their planner and signed by an adult at home. Planners are checked most days and ‘whizzes’ are given out each time a child has three new reading entries in their planner.

 

PE

PE is on Mondays and Fridays. Please make sure your child has a white PE top, blue/black shorts or leggings and trainers. Tracksuits/sweatshirts are advisable for the winter months. We would prefer PE kit to stay at school until half-term. Please let me know if your child has an inhaler kept in school.

 

 

 

 

School Closure/ Absence

In the event that school is closed due to a Coronavirus outbreak, or if our whole class needs to isolate, then work will be set and sent through Class Dojo. If the event that I am also unwell and unable to teach, then please access the following websites to help your child stay in touch with their learning: 

 

www.mathletics.co.uk

www.spellingframe.co.uk

www.timestables.co.uk

www.ttrockstars.com

www.purplemash.com

www.home.oxfordowl.co.uk

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Y3/4 Spelling List

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