Mr Cockson, Mrs Mounsey (4PC) and Mrs Carruthers (4LC) welcome you to Year 4.
We are also lucky to have Mr Ali, and Mrs Iqbal and working alongside the children on a regular basis.
This year, Year Four will continue to have swimming lessons on a Thursday afternoon. They have P.E on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure that children bring in the correct kit on these days.
Homework is set on a weekly basis. At the start of the year, it will be an English or Mathematics activity, spellings and times tables to learn and daily reading with an adult or older relative to share a book and talk about it. It will be given out and marked every Thursday/Friday. Later in the year, we will start termly homework where the children will have a wide variety of homework linking into their subject topics.
Please remember your reading book and water bottle every day. We may also have clubs on Mondays, so you may need your kit then!
In Maths, we began the Autumn term learning about place value. We have learnt how to read and write 4 and 5 digit numbers (in numbers and words). We also practised comparing, ordering and partitioning numbers, whilst incorporating real life practice into our place value work. We are trying to 'master' these areas and are applying our knowledge in lots of different ways. We also counted on backwards through zero and played games with negative numbers.
Our first topic in English celebrated the British authors Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. This really fitted into our topic on communities. We have read 'The Faraway Tree' and 'The BFG'.
Our second English topic was Nonsense/Narrative Poetry. The classes enjoy poetry a great deal, and with nonsense poetry the children enjoyed some humorous poems which they performed to the class. The children looked closely at Limericks by Edward Lear, a famous Victorian poet. They also used the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll as inspiration to write their own nonsense poem, that included some of their own nonsense words. We also improved grammar skills by using adverbs and fronted adverbials.
For our third topic, we have been looking at Aesop's fables. Aesop was a Greek man who wrote fables. He wrote them because he wanted to teach people, by telling them stories. Each of these stories has a moral. That means the lesson that it teaches us. We read many fables and tried to work out what the morals of the story were.Most of the characters in the fables are animals, but with human characteristics. Despite being written thousands of years ago, the lessons still apply to our lives nowadays. We wrote our own fables, some of us using the same morals as Aesop and some making up our own. Our own morals included: Don’t judge someone by their looks; being patient pays off and have more than one friend as you never know when you might need them.
Year Four have enjoyed some very practical lessons using electricity! They have learnt about completing and drawing circuits (including switches, buzzers and motors), materials that are good conductors and insulators, and how to keep safe around electricity.
We have all become experts in States of Matter! We have been developing and showcasing an understanding of all areas of states of matter, including how materials can change from one state to another, through a large range of simple practical enquiries.