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Class 4

Mrs Wicks

Class Teacher

Mr Swanston

Class Teacher

Mrs Cooper

Teaching Assistant

Miss St Vall

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO CLASS 4
 
Class 4 consists of Y4 and Y5 children.
 
Our aim is to nurture the children in our care to be adaptable, diligent, creative, self-motivated and thoughtful learners through a rich, varied and exciting curriculum.  
 
We encourage children to immerse themselves in our topic and make links between all the subjects they are taught. Throughout the year, children also focus on developing the 5R's of learning: Resilience, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Reasoning and Reflection.
 
KNOWLEDGE RICH PROJECT (KRP)
 
Spring 2022 ~ Misty Mountain, Winding River
 
This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them.
 
Heritage/ localisation
 
We will be exploring our local river and going on a local walk. The Menalhyl River rises on Borlasevath and Retallack Moor Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and flows for 12 miles before entering the sea at Mawgan Porth; it principally consists of a main channel which rises to the east of St Columb Major and a tributary which drains the north of the catchment.

In Geography, your child will be describing and understanding key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle.

This half term in Science, your child will learn about states of matter: solids, liquids and gases; investigating gases; heating and cooling materials; and evaporation and condensation. Next half term, your child will learn about living things and their habitats.

Next half term in Art/DT, your child will be learning about the techniques that artists use when composing landscape images, such as colour and atmosphere. They will be studying the historical and cultural portrayal of animals in art, and the visual qualities of animals through sketching, printmaking and clay modelling.

In Computing, your child will be recording sounds on digital devices, creating a podcast, combining audios and evaluating their podcasts.

In MfL, your child will be learning basic French grammar associated with shopping: fruit, vegetables, clothes, and money. 

In Maths, your child will study multiplication and division, addition and subtraction, fractions, decimals and percentages.

In English, your child will study diaries, information leaflets, narrative poems, and explanation texts.

For PSHE we will be using the SCARF programme which is centred on a values-based and ‘growth mindset’ approach promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. The themes this half term are Keeping Myself Safe and Rights and Responsibilities.

For RE, your child will be studying PEOPLE OF GOD: What is it like to follow God? and How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?

PE

Class 4 have PE on Tuesdays with Miss Delaney. Children can come to school in their PE kits on this day. PE kit consists of: black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms; a green T-shirt; and black trainers or plimsolls. No earrings or jewellery to be worn. Please ensure all items of PE kit and school uniform are named. The themes this term are: Boot Camp, Gym sequences, Step to the beat, and Might Movers (boxercise). We will also start some days with Yoga or Wake and Shake; normal uniform can be worn for this but girls will need to wear shorts or leggings underneath their skirts.

HOMEWORK
  1. Reading: at least five times a week (reading records to be handed in on a Monday morning and checked on a Tuesday morning)
  2. Spellings (a spelling slip will be sent home each Monday and they will be tested the following Monday)
  3. Times tables facts (these will be tested each Friday)
  4. Optional Curriculum Project activities (see home learning ideas on Google Classroom)
Learning times table facts is vital and children should be able to recite their table facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. Therefore, it is really important that whenever you get a few minutes you keep encouraging them to revisit these so they can automatically recall the facts without having to use fingers or apparatus. The more your child practices the easier they will find calculations at school and out in the real world. Pupils in Year 4 will also be doing an online multiplication tables check in June. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from 2 to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.

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